Arts Festival returns to City of Choice

2020-03-04 06:03
Gcina Mhlophe will be one of the guests at the 2020 ReRouting Arts Festival to be held from March 9 to March 15. PHOTO: supplied

Gcina Mhlophe will be one of the guests at the 2020 ReRouting Arts Festival to be held from March 9 to March 15. PHOTO: supplied

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THE ReRouting Arts Festival is coming back to the City of Choice from March 9 to March 15 at the Pietermaritzburg Railway Station from 6pm.

The event will feature renowned storyteller Dr Gcina Mhlophe who will be engaged in a number of different and exciting events throughout the week. These include school storytelling sessions, a collaborative work with rural farm women engaged with the Association for Rural Advancement, as well the festival’s biggest cultural activation yet, which you are invited to get involved with.

The event’s artistic director Tegan Peacock said ReRouting Arts Festival aims to realise different art forms in alternate public spaces around the city, while using the arts to build bridges and create dialogue between different socio-economic and cultural demographics.

“The festival is a means of creating platforms for young local artists to perform while also exposing them to the work of visiting professionals, locally, nationally and from the rest of the continent. Through exchange, we hope to build relationships, share knowledge and develop both our audiences and artists while taking part in an urban regeneration of the city through the promotion of a culture of art,” said Peacock, adding that the festival will be showcasing a full spectrum of arts, dance, music and drama performances.

The director further highlighted that this year, five artists will be painting five local bridges, turning our very own city into its own living art exhibition.

“Live performances happening throughout the city centre will be taking place on Friday and Saturday and the unique experiences these performances provide are surely not to be missed,” said Peacock.

He mentioned that to set the tone for this year’s festival they are holding a surprise pop-up dinner experience with Jackie Cameron School of Food and Wine on March 7.

“Tickets are limited and the venue is a secret, so be sure to book your spot for this never-to-be-repeated event,” said Peacock.

Guests to expect at the festival include Durban choreographer Musa Hlatshwayo, who will be presenting his work - Abomhlaba(thi) as part of the Saturday performances, with dancers from his company Mhayise Productions. Throughout the week he will also be working with several schools from different areas in and around PMB, to create a short performance that will be sure to challenge the participants and excite the audience.

“Locally we welcome back to the festival, Rob Boyd, with his hugely popular Tangled up in Poetry series. Don’t forget to book your spot on one of our bridges tours happening throughout the weekend. If you are interested in learning more about your city, it’s bridges and the artists who have recreated them, these will give you a new take on the classic gallery walkabout,” said Peacock.

Including, the director explained that throughout the festival they will be collecting good quality, second hand children’s books.

“These will be donated to a local school that previously has not had access to books or libraries. Every event throughout the week will have a book box where you will be able to leave your book donation,” said Peacock.

For more information on the event, e-mail reroutingartsfest@gmail.com.

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