Women’s fest has shows, workshops

2015-08-04 06:01
Denise Newman will be playing Dulcie September in Cold Case: Revisiting Dulcie September which will be staged as part of the Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival.

Denise Newman will be playing Dulcie September in Cold Case: Revisiting Dulcie September which will be staged as part of the Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival.

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Women from across Cape Town will have the opportunity to access practical advice and free health screening at this year’s Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival.

The theme for this year’s festival, which takes place at Artscape from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 August, is “humanity”. The festival will aim to address challenges still prevalent in local communities and advocate humanness while also celebrating the abilities of people with disabilities.

Artscape is celebrating humanity by partnering with organisations like the Black Sash which is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a photo exhibition and the launch of a publication by author and long-time Black Sash member Mary Burton.

The arts centre will also be presenting a range of different productions, including the brand-new work Henrietta, with love, Cold case: Revisiting Dulcie September and Trapped and Ashed, both by the Unmute Dance Company, an organisation focused on the inclusion of people with disabilities.

Away from the stage, festivalgoers will be able to attend a variety of workshops covering subjects like social media, financial literacy and consumer law on the Saturday. Many of the workshops are free and aimed towards helping women successfully build or manage their own businesses.

The SA Business Resources Institute (SABRI) will provide practical business training to 50 entrepreneurs while the Women’s Achievement Network for Disability (Wand) will be hosting an empowerment workshop with teenage disabled girls from special schools across the peninsula.

Other activities around the Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival include film screenings, exhibitions and free health screenings, covering everything from breast cancer to TB and HIV.

A highlight of the festival is the Woman Zone Women’s Humanity Walk on the Sunday, which will be followed by a “humanity meal”.

The festival will end on a high note with a gospel concert on the Sunday with Neville D, Rouchelle Liedemann, Tertia Hendricks, Michelle Botha and Anele Tame, amongst others.V

Visit www.artscape.co.za for more information about the festival, participating organisations and the full festival programme. Tickets for the festival’s productions are available from Computicket or Artscape dial-a-seat on 021 421 7695.

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