What is the difference between horror and thriller? If you have asked this question before or just want to know why this genre is so popular, then Vreesfees is the programme for you. A chat programme that takes an in-depth look at horrors and thrillers and why these genres have taken the theatre world by storm. With six episodes of 10 minutes each, two theatre practitioners with years of experience will take you on a journey into the world of the macabre.
Elzabé Zietsman presents a social cabaret concert, with art exhibited by well-known Free State artists Pauline Gutter and Jacques Fuller as a bonus. This double bill entertainment takes place at the Monte Bello Estate just outside Bloemfontein. A sociable cabaret concert, and exquisite art to enrich your senses.
Vyfster, Volare, Bamboleo, Hotel California, and many more hits will be heard here! Don’t miss the fastest guitar duo in the world (as confirmed live on Jacaranda fm) in this world-class performance! With numerous awards behind their name, this duo is something to behold! With hands so fast all you see is a “blur” and musicality that makes your heart melt, they are joined by the Montoya Spanish Dancers in this epic show.
An anthropology student gets a culture shock when she needs to do an assignment on the LGBTQIA+ community. While she is working on her assignment, Sebabatso makes alliances in the LGBTQIA+ community on campus and she becomes involved in campus politics. During a campus protest caused by the student dean’s actions, she discovers that there are individuals who belong to both the LGBTQIA+ and disabled communities.
Long before Jack Parow and Fokofpolisiekar, Porselynnkas was a poetic and more theatrical equivalent to the Voëlvry movement. Banned by local radio stations, loathed by the church, and considered out-of-bounds, Porselynnkas, nevertheless executed 34 poetry happenings, distributed 21 poetry volumes, made music, broadcasted a radio drama and caused anarchy in theatre between 1996 and 1999. In the mid 1990s Afrikaans theatre needed a black sheep – and found it in the form of Porselynnkas, one of the first performance poetry groups in the country.
Charlotte moved to Hong Kong for a new start. After a year working at a school and with the pressure of Covid-19, her partying lifestyle is taking its toll. Charlotte’s colleagues from work, with the help of guru Josh Zhen, decides to intervene in her life via a zoom call.
“We are going to make a documentary about a missing book, what could be more simple?” What starts as a simple challenge leads to a struggle with creativity, depression and trying not to kill oneself. Almost ten years after making the documentary Porsellynkas, writer Sjaka Septembir and film maker Matthew Kalil set off on a journey to find a book that Sjaka wrote in the 90s. But there are no copies to be found anywhere. Their quest takes them back to both their childhood homes and a history that might be best left forgotten.
A queen, desperate to save her marriage; mistakenly dances with the devil. Stuck in limbo, she frantically needs to find peace for herself and her daughter who is paying the price. This show is a beautiful, visually stimulating work featuring seven of the best artists from the Free State, all with unique talents to offer.
A poetical, visual and symphonic conversation between four artists and two cities: Cape Town and Zwolle.
October 2020 – during the Corona crisis – the artist duo BrotherTill and film maker Jonathan Sipkema from The Netherlands worked together with South African word artist Jitsvinger and film maker Lindsey Appolis on a unique project. In this film project they looked for new ways to get to know each other via digital channels. Their work stemmed from the idea: listening is looking, and looking is listening. “How does the streaming water sound on your side? Which song do the birds sing in the evening? Which sound sits under your skin?” In the 72-hour-long film project, four artists came to know each other through the words they put to the sounds of their homes and the poetry of the city they imagined.
The film project falls within the international collaboration project ONS Perspektief.
co-created by Louise Westerhout and Roxanne de Freitas
In a posthumanist landscape two femme survivors of the Patriarchal Apocalypse attempt to find the cure for gender-based violence. Their experimental research methodology takes us to the edge of known scientific paradigms. But will their work assure a future of immunity from violence, or will they be sabotaged by the infectious threat of PTSD?
Trigger warning: descriptions of sexual assault. No trauma porn though…
We are two femme survivors of sexual assault. We greet you warmly from across the interwebs. This is our story of survivorship. It is also a story for survivors. We invite you to take (up) as much time and space as you need here.
If you are also inspired and ready to share your anonymous story, we have set up an Instagram page especially for you: @sexualassaultartssa
A visually captivating exploration of the relationship between a woman and the element water. Her love-hate relationship with this element is explored as her journey unfolds. Directed by award-winning director Patrick T. Peni (currently the editor at Ferguson Films), this project makes use of the spoken word, visuals, sound, and imagery. It will leave the audience begging for more.
Valie, a somewhat grumpy clown, is tired of fumbling through life alone. Loneliness appears to have become his middle name. One strange day he decides to catch the bus to the End Of The Earth, but Fate has other plans in store for him. He meets Mollie, a youthful clown, and together they discover the impossible — Jupiter has fallen to earth!
Barulho D’água (Noise in the Water) not only tells the tragedy of thousands of refugees who mostly died crossing the Mediterranean Sea: The few who succeeded in crossing are identified by numbers, such as the shy Tunisian immigrant who struggles to raise her eyes when narrating the drama she and others endured at the fury of the sea. The author stays true to the essential characteristics of what he heard and saw in Mazara del Vallo at the Seat of San Vito Onlus, an Italian town that stretches towards the African coast.
BETEWU was created as a reflective theatre work after thorough research into circumstances caused by Covid-19. BETEWU explores artistic men’s mental health: What do men who write, direct, and act go through in their off-stage lives? “Monna ke Nku ha lle” is ancient wisdom. It encourages men to cry, however, in society’s eyes that’s not manly, “ha re tlo lla le basadi”. No longer able to vent themselves in the centre of the kraal, men seem to be at a loss, and now more than ever, quote the ancient saying “Qcina ndoda … monna ha lle o nka qeto. Ho lla ha ho thuse.”
A tense drama situated in the rural area of the Northern Cape. The moon is Aku’s mother, the stars his light, and the diamond he picks up a gift from the moon. Adrienne Sichel in the Star: “… a bravura play by Luwes who has proven that he can write with the vision and soul of a poet – a rare gist in any language. A strong sense of a rich, unique, form of expression in the tradition of Irish dramatist James Millington Syngy’s whimsical, poetic colloquialism – in Afrikaans.
HOUSE IN PLAY is an interactive online Zoom performance experience for children ages 4 – 8 (and their parents) with performer Ieltxu Ortueta encouraging his audiences to rediscover the house as a space of play. The performance offers a delightful sense of play and interactive experience for the entire family. It intends to form a community of builders, creators, and artists from its audiences, young and old, devising playgrounds of composition, construction, and discovery. HOUSE IN PLAY / Playgrounds aspires to transcend age, language as well as cultural background / social class and will show us how art, play and creativity can connect us all.
The school is very excited, all the kids can dress as their favourite superheroes. Bennie is confused, he wants to dress as his favourite Miss SA contestant.
This story is about being who you want to be. A flower still smells the same, even if he chooses a different name.
Drizzles presents a retelling of The Three Little Pigs. Nikkie the Snake is the wolf, she is looking for straw for her straw hat that she wants to wear on holiday, as well as wood for her upcoming braai. Luckily she is stopped before she can get to the brick house.
Humanity born from nature, humanity one with nature, humanity fighting nature, nature swallowing humanity to enrich itself. From dust we came, to dust we return.
NEVERLAND is a theatre-dance film motivated by dissociative identity disorder – a disorder characterised by the presence of two or more distinct personality states. Dissociative identity disorder, previously called multiple personality disorder, is usually a reaction to trauma. In South Africa, especially in the Black culture, this state of mind would be regarded as some form of witchcraft. In the White culture, it is seen as a disorder. The title, NEVERLAND takes inspiration from J.M. Barrie’s original story of Peter Pan and the idea of a space / place that exist only in a child’s mind.
Uvuko:opstanding/resurrection is a shadow dance, a dance of snakes and ladders. It is about shedding old skin like a snake. It is about ego death. It is about levelling up. It is about the euphoria of becoming and the drudgery of letting go. Uvuko is a multimedia, kaleidoscopic experience of the moments between death and the rebirth of the self. Uvuko is about eating the flesh, drinking the blood, and rising every time they try to kill you.
This documentary profiles three young, talented, and diverse poets, who have showcased their work in Bloemfontein over the past few years. It not only aims to highlight their journey within the creative sector while featuring some of their amazing work, but also to inspire upcoming poets and give the audience a glimpse into how they have persevered so far. Be prepared to be captivated, while discovering the golden thread that runs through their journey within our dynamic creative community.
Telematic 360 was an online artistic programme, started by the Pan African Telematic Art Project (an initiative of the Vrystaat Arts Festival), and funded by the National Arts Council of South Africa. This project equipped ten artists over seven weeks with skills, knowledge, and competencies in the field of poetry or extended reality. The artists created five collaborative projects: Four augmented reality projects and one virtual project. These can be accessed via the digital report (download / read the report here).
The Interactive Arts Ensemble 2021 invites the audience to participate in a virtual immersive interdisciplinary artistic experience that addresses colonial constructs, such as land ownership, fashion, consumerism, gender politics, and education. Take a taxi ride through South Africa, Spain, and New York City to strive for community relationships beyond geopolitical borders, amidst a global pandemic. Audience members are strongly encouraged to wear headphones to maximize this experience.
Gabbing with Gays is an interactive, audiovisual tour of emotional intimacy in the LGBTQIA+ community, featuring voices from around the world. Gabbing with Gays is open to all folx regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, etc. For Snelstroom 2021, Gabbing With Gays will be presented live and have a recorded presentation. Featuring video, audio, and visual art pieces with multiple opportunities for audience interaction, the live presentation will be recorded for future audience members to watch.
AIR IT OUT aims to generate a creative, fun, and colourful event, that will create a safe public space to speak about healthy mental wealth concepts and to encourage acceptance and kindness both for ourselves and for each other. AIR IT OUT hopes to normalise mental health challenges by creating a visual display online in solidarity with everyone who has struggled with it, knows someone who has struggled, or those whose lives have been affected by the mental health of others.