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Linomtha gave a glimpse of what she along with Sobantwana and Buhlebendalo Mda will be bringing to the festival on Sunday 10 March between 15:00 and 17:00.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Linomtha gave a glimpse of what she along with Sobantwana and Buhlebendalo Mda will be bringing to the festival on Sunday 10 March between 15:00 and 17:00.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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The team behind the Baxter’s annual Zabalaza Theatre Festival aims to discover and empower artists from all walks of life while giving them a platform to showcase their skills with no intention of challenging them to compete against each other.

Artistic director for the festival Bongile Mantsai explained this during the media launch at the Masambe Theatre on Thursday 21 February.

The ninth edition of the festival, formerly known as Ikhwezi Theatre Festival, is set to kick-off on Friday 8 March. It will run for a week until Saturday 16 March. About 40 different productions will be performed live on stage, with about 100 artists showcasing their talents.

The productions are a mix of new and returning performances of different genres from plays, poetry to music.

Mantsai said performing local productions are groups that have been natured and ready for the industry. However, they still need guidance towards building careers as artists.

Last week’s launch follows a series of mini festivals held in Khayelitsha, Delft, Nyanga and Langa.

viewership will be open to anyone, rich or poor but it needs public to support it through

While tickets will be given to individuals and non-profit organisations, the public is urged to support the festival by buying the tickets and taking on a challenge of sponsoring free tickets for those that cannot afford.

Baxter CEO and artistic director Lara Foot says: “This is an investment into the future of theatre-making in the Western Cape. Not only will these tickets be given to learners or communities who cannot afford to purchase them, the door takings from each show will go straight back the groups or artists, which in turn means more plays by more talented artists,” says Foot.

Also, in a continuing attempt to introduce theatre to the townships, the team said there will be buses made available to transport people from various townships to and from Baxter.

The festival has a family slot over the weekend where children can enjoy jumping castle and other activities, while the parents have the whole week of enjoying the festivities.

The shows will see a line-up including but not limiting to: Six productions from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Liso Somila Toyi presenting Mdantsane Grooves featuring Luyolo Lenga, Linomtha, along with Sobantwana and Buhlebendalo Mda from The Soil, Thando Doni, Siya Seya and Lingua Franca, Luyolo Lenga, Hip-Hop music artist Pzho Thee Kulguy and friends will stage an all Hip-Hop concert called Incwadi (The Book) and there will be artists from Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Cape Town.

The festival will close with an awards ceremony on Saturday 16 March, where accolades will be awarded to artists and various productions. The Best of the Zabalaza Theatre Festival winner will be announced, and the production will receive a two-week run at the Baxter in May.

V Tickets for each production on the main festival cost R30 each but shows over the Family Carnival Weekend are priced differently. Bookings can be made through visiting www.webtickets.co.za or at Pick n Pay outlets. For a full programme visit the Baxter’s website www.baxter.co.za (http://bit.ly/Zabs2019) for the full programme or contact Monde Myataza on 021 680 3980, Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962.

The team behind the Baxter’s annual Zabalaza Theatre Festival aims to discover and empower artists from all walks of life while giving them a platform to showcase their skills with no intention of challenging them to compete against each other.

Artistic director for the festival Bongile Mantsai explained this during the media launch at the Masambe Theatre on Thursday 21 February.

The ninth edition of the festival, formerly known as Ikhwezi Theatre Festival, is set to kick-off on Friday 8 March.

It will run for a week until Saturday 16 March. About 40 different productions will be performed live on stage, with about 100 artists showcasing their talents.

The productions are a mix of new and returning performances of different genres from plays, poetry to music.

Mantsai said performing local productions are groups that have been natured and ready for the industry. However, they still need guidance towards building careers as artists.

Last week’s launch follows a series of mini festivals held in Khayelitsha, Delft, Nyanga and Langa.

viewership will be open to anyone, rich or poor but it needs public to support it through

While tickets will be given to individuals and non-profit organisations, the public is urged to support the festival by buying the tickets and taking on a challenge of sponsoring free tickets for those that cannot afford.

Baxter CEO and artistic director Lara Foot says: “This is an investment into the future of theatre-making in the Western Cape. Not only will these tickets be given to learners or communities who cannot afford to purchase them, the door takings from each show will go straight back the groups or artists, which in turn means more plays by more talented artists,” says Foot.

Also, in a continuing attempt to introduce theatre to the townships, the team said there will be buses made available to transport people from various townships to and from Baxter.

The festival has a family slot over the weekend where children can enjoy jumping castle and other activities, while the parents have the whole week of enjoying the festivities.

The shows will see a line-up including but not limiting to: Six productions from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Liso Somila Toyi presenting Mdantsane Grooves featuring Luyolo Lenga, Linomtha, along with Sobantwana and Buhlebendalo Mda from The Soil, Thando Doni, Siya Seya and Lingua Franca, Luyolo Lenga, Hip-Hop music artist Pzho Thee Kulguy and friends will stage an all Hip-Hop concert called Incwadi (The Book) and there will be artists from Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Cape Town.

The festival will close with an awards ceremony on Saturday 16 March, where accolades will be awarded to artists and various productions.

The Best of the Zabalaza Theatre Festival winner will be announced, and the production will receive a two-week run at the Baxter in May.

V Tickets for each production on the main festival cost R30 each but shows over the Family Carnival Weekend are priced differently. Bookings can be made through visiting www.webtickets.co.za or at Pick n Pay outlets. For a full programme visit the Baxter’s website www.baxter.co.za (http://bit.ly/Zabs2019) for the full programme or contact Monde Myataza on 021 680 3980, Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962.

The team behind the Baxter’s annual Zabalaza Theatre Festival aims to discover and empower artists from all walks of life while giving them a platform to showcase their skills with no intention of challenging them to compete against each other.

Artistic director for the festival Bongile Mantsai explained this during the media launch at the Masambe Theatre on Thursday 21 February.

The ninth edition of the festival, formerly known as Ikhwezi Theatre Festival, is set to kick-off on Friday 8 March. It will run for a week until Saturday 16 March. About 40 different productions will be performed live on stage, with about 100 artists showcasing their talents.

The productions are a mix of new and returning performances of different genres from plays, poetry to music.

Mantsai said performing local productions are groups that have been natured and ready for the industry. However, they still need guidance towards building careers as artists.

Last week’s launch follows a series of mini festivals held in Khayelitsha, Delft, Nyanga and Langa.

viewership will be open to anyone, rich or poor but it needs public to support it through

While tickets will be given to individuals and non-profit organisations, the public is urged to support the festival by buying the tickets and taking on a challenge of sponsoring free tickets for those that cannot afford.

Baxter CEO and artistic director Lara Foot says: “This is an investment into the future of theatre-making in the Western Cape. Not only will these tickets be given to learners or communities who cannot afford to purchase them, the door takings from each show will go straight back the groups or artists, which in turn means more plays by more talented artists,” says Foot.

Also, in a continuing attempt to introduce theatre to the townships, the team said there will be buses made available to transport people from various townships to and from Baxter.

The festival has a family slot over the weekend where children can enjoy jumping castle and other activities, while the parents have the whole week of enjoying the festivities.

The shows will see a line-up including but not limiting to: Six productions from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Liso Somila Toyi presenting Mdantsane Grooves featuring Luyolo Lenga, Linomtha, along with Sobantwana and Buhlebendalo Mda from The Soil, Thando Doni, Siya Seya and Lingua Franca, Luyolo Lenga, Hip-Hop music artist Pzho Thee Kulguy and friends will stage an all Hip-Hop concert called Incwadi (The Book) and there will be artists from Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Cape Town.

The festival will close with an awards ceremony on Saturday 16 March, where accolades will be awarded to artists and various productions. The Best of the Zabalaza Theatre Festival winner will be announced, and the production will receive a two-week run at the Baxter in May.

V Tickets for each production on the main festival cost R30 each but shows over the Family Carnival Weekend are priced differently. Bookings can be made through visiting www.webtickets.co.za or at Pick n Pay outlets. For a full programme visit the Baxter’s website www.baxter.co.za (http://bit.ly/Zabs2019) for the full programme or contact Monde Myataza on 021 680 3980, Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962.

The team behind the Baxter’s annual Zabalaza Theatre Festival aims to discover and empower artists from all walks of life while giving them a platform to showcase their skills with no intention of challenging them to compete against each other.

Artistic director for the festival Bongile Mantsai explained this during the media launch at the Masambe Theatre on Thursday 21 February.

The ninth edition of the festival, formerly known as Ikhwezi Theatre Festival, is set to kick-off on Friday 8 March. It will run for a week until Saturday 16 March. About 40 different productions will be performed live on stage, with about 100 artists showcasing their talents.

The productions are a mix of new and returning performances of different genres from plays, poetry to music.

Mantsai said performing local productions are groups that have been natured and ready for the industry. However, they still need guidance towards building careers as artists.

Last week’s launch follows a series of mini festivals held in Khayelitsha, Delft, Nyanga and Langa.

viewership will be open to anyone, rich or poor but it needs public to support it through

While tickets will be given to individuals and non-profit organisations, the public is urged to support the festival by buying the tickets and taking on a challenge of sponsoring free tickets for those that cannot afford.

Baxter CEO and artistic director Lara Foot says: “This is an investment into the future of theatre-making in the Western Cape. Not only will these tickets be given to learners or communities who cannot afford to purchase them, the door takings from each show will go straight back the groups or artists, which in turn means more plays by more talented artists,” says Foot.

Also, in a continuing attempt to introduce theatre to the townships, the team said there will be buses made available to transport people from various townships to and from Baxter.

The festival has a family slot over the weekend where children can enjoy jumping castle and other activities, while the parents have the whole week of enjoying the festivities.

The shows will see a line-up including but not limiting to: Six productions from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Liso Somila Toyi presenting Mdantsane Grooves featuring Luyolo Lenga, Linomtha, along with Sobantwana and Buhlebendalo Mda from The Soil, Thando Doni, Siya Seya and Lingua Franca, Luyolo Lenga, Hip-Hop music artist Pzho Thee Kulguy and friends will stage an all Hip-Hop concert called Incwadi (The Book) and there will be artists from Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Cape Town.

The festival will close with an awards ceremony on Saturday 16 March, where accolades will be awarded to artists and various productions. The Best of the Zabalaza Theatre Festival winner will be announced, and the production will receive a two-week run at the Baxter in May.

V Tickets for each production on the main festival cost R30 each but shows over the Family Carnival Weekend are priced differently. Bookings can be made through visiting www.webtickets.co.za or at Pick n Pay outlets. For a full programme visit the Baxter’s website www.baxter.co.za (http://bit.ly/Zabs2019) for the full programme or contact Monde Myataza on 021 680 3980, Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962.

The team behind the Baxter’s annual Zabalaza Theatre Festival aims to discover and empower artists from all walks of life while giving them a platform to showcase their skills with no intention of challenging them to compete against each other.

Artistic director for the festival Bongile Mantsai explained this during the media launch at the Masambe Theatre on Thursday 21 February.

The ninth edition of the festival, formerly known as Ikhwezi Theatre Festival, is set to kick-off on Friday 8 March. It will run for a week until Saturday 16 March. About 40 different productions will be performed live on stage, with about 100 artists showcasing their talents.

The productions are a mix of new and returning performances of different genres from plays, poetry to music.

Mantsai said performing local productions are groups that have been natured and ready for the industry. However, they still need guidance towards building careers as artists.

Last week’s launch follows a series of mini festivals held in Khayelitsha, Delft, Nyanga and Langa.

viewership will be open to anyone, rich or poor but it needs public to support it through

While tickets will be given to individuals and non-profit organisations, the public is urged to support the festival by buying the tickets and taking on a challenge of sponsoring free tickets for those that cannot afford.

Baxter CEO and artistic director Lara Foot says: “This is an investment into the future of theatre-making in the Western Cape. Not only will these tickets be given to learners or communities who cannot afford to purchase them, the door takings from each show will go straight back the groups or artists, which in turn means more plays by more talented artists,” says Foot.

Also, in a continuing attempt to introduce theatre to the townships, the team said there will be buses made available to transport people from various townships to and from Baxter.

The festival has a family slot over the weekend where children can enjoy jumping castle and other activities, while the parents have the whole week of enjoying the festivities.

The shows will see a line-up including but not limiting to: Six productions from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Liso Somila Toyi presenting Mdantsane Grooves featuring Luyolo Lenga, Linomtha, along with Sobantwana and Buhlebendalo Mda from The Soil, Thando Doni, Siya Seya and Lingua Franca, Luyolo Lenga, Hip-Hop music artist Pzho Thee Kulguy and friends will stage an all Hip-Hop concert called Incwadi (The Book) and there will be artists from Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Cape Town.

The festival will close with an awards ceremony on Saturday 16 March, where accolades will be awarded to artists and various productions. The Best of the Zabalaza Theatre Festival winner will be announced, and the production will receive a two-week run at the Baxter in May.

V Tickets for each production on the main festival cost R30 each but shows over the Family Carnival Weekend are priced differently. Bookings can be made through visiting www.webtickets.co.za or at Pick n Pay outlets. For a full programme visit the Baxter’s website www.baxter.co.za (http://bit.ly/Zabs2019) for the full programme or contact Monde Myataza on 021 680 3980, Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962.

The team behind the Baxter’s annual Zabalaza Theatre Festival aims to discover and empower artists from all walks of life while giving them a platform to showcase their skills with no intention of challenging them to compete against each other.

Artistic director for the festival Bongile Mantsai explained this during the media launch at the Masambe Theatre on Thursday 21 February.

The ninth edition of the festival, formerly known as Ikhwezi Theatre Festival, is set to kick-off on Friday 8 March. It will run for a week until Saturday 16 March. About 40 different productions will be performed live on stage, with about 100 artists showcasing their talents.

The productions are a mix of new and returning performances of different genres from plays, poetry to music.

Mantsai said performing local productions are groups that have been natured and ready for the industry. However, they still need guidance towards building careers as artists.

Last week’s launch follows a series of mini festivals held in Khayelitsha, Delft, Nyanga and Langa.

viewership will be open to anyone, rich or poor but it needs public to support it through

While tickets will be given to individuals and non-profit organisations, the public is urged to support the festival by buying the tickets and taking on a challenge of sponsoring free tickets for those that cannot afford.

Baxter CEO and artistic director Lara Foot says: “This is an investment into the future of theatre-making in the Western Cape. Not only will these tickets be given to learners or communities who cannot afford to purchase them, the door takings from each show will go straight back the groups or artists, which in turn means more plays by more talented artists,” says Foot.

Also, in a continuing attempt to introduce theatre to the townships, the team said there will be buses made available to transport people from various townships to and from Baxter.

The festival has a family slot over the weekend where children can enjoy jumping castle and other activities, while the parents have the whole week of enjoying the festivities.

The shows will see a line-up including but not limiting to: Six productions from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Liso Somila Toyi presenting Mdantsane Grooves featuring Luyolo Lenga, Linomtha, along with Sobantwana and Buhlebendalo Mda from The Soil, Thando Doni, Siya Seya and Lingua Franca, Luyolo Lenga, Hip-Hop music artist Pzho Thee Kulguy and friends will stage an all Hip-Hop concert called Incwadi (The Book) and there will be artists from Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Cape Town.

The festival will close with an awards ceremony on Saturday 16 March, where accolades will be awarded to artists and various productions. The Best of the Zabalaza Theatre Festival winner will be announced, and the production will receive a two-week run at the Baxter in May.

V Tickets for each production on the main festival cost R30 each but shows over the Family Carnival Weekend are priced differently. Bookings can be made through visiting www.webtickets.co.za or at Pick n Pay outlets. For a full programme visit the Baxter’s website www.baxter.co.za (http://bit.ly/Zabs2019) for the full programme or contact Monde Myataza on 021 680 3980, Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962.

The team behind the Baxter’s annual Zabalaza Theatre Festival aims to discover and empower artists from all walks of life while giving them a platform to showcase their skills with no intention of challenging them to compete against each other.

Artistic director for the festival Bongile Mantsai explained this during the media launch at the Masambe Theatre on Thursday 21 February.

The ninth edition of the festival, formerly known as Ikhwezi Theatre Festival, is set to kick-off on Friday 8 March. It will run for a week until Saturday 16 March. About 40 different productions will be performed live on stage, with about 100 artists showcasing their talents.

The productions are a mix of new and returning performances of different genres from plays, poetry to music.

Mantsai said performing local productions are groups that have been natured and ready for the industry. However, they still need guidance towards building careers as artists.Last week’s launch follows a series of mini festivals held in Khayelitsha, Delft, Nyanga and Langa.

viewership will be open to anyone, rich or poor but it needs public to support it through While tickets will be given to individuals and non-profit organisations, the public is urged to support the festival by buying the tickets and taking on a challenge of sponsoring free tickets for those that cannot afford.

Baxter CEO and artistic director Lara Foot says: “This is an investment into the future of theatre-making in the Western Cape. Not only will these tickets be given to learners or communities who cannot afford to purchase them, the door takings from each show will go straight back the groups or artists, which in turn means more plays by more talented artists,” says Foot.

Also, in a continuing attempt to introduce theatre to the townships, the team said there will be buses made available to transport people from various townships to and from Baxter.

The festival has a family slot over the weekend where children can enjoy jumping castle and other activities, while the parents have the whole week of enjoying the festivities.The shows will see a line-up including but not limiting to: Six productions from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Liso Somila Toyi presenting Mdantsane Grooves featuring Luyolo Lenga, Linomtha, along with Sobantwana and Buhlebendalo Mda from The Soil, Thando Doni, Siya Seya and Lingua Franca, Luyolo Lenga, Hip-Hop music artist Pzho Thee Kulguy and friends will stage an all Hip-Hop concert called Incwadi (The Book) and there will be artists from Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Cape Town. The festival will close with an awards ceremony on Saturday 16 March, where accolades will be awarded to artists and various productions. The Best of the Zabalaza Theatre Festival winner will be announced, and the production will receive a two-week run at the Baxter in May.

V Tickets for each production on the main festival cost R30 each but shows over the Family Carnival Weekend are priced differently. Bookings can be made through visiting www.webtickets.co.za or at Pick n Pay outlets. For a full programme visit the Baxter’s website www.baxter.co.za (http://bit.ly/Zabs2019) for the full programme or contact Monde Myataza on 021 680 3980, Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962.

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