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.
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.
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.
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.