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Vrystaat Kunstefees • Arts Festival • Tsa-Botjhaba Die Vrystaat Kunstefees is ‘n Afrikaanse taalfees wat kreatiewe kragte tussen Engels en Sotho kulture saamsmee. Ons dra by tot die uitruil van idees rondom kuns, kultuur en die samelewing deur verbintenisse met ander nasionale en internasionale kreatiewe gemeenskappe. The Vrystaat Arts Festival • Tsa-Botjhaba is an Afrikaans language festival that forges creative connections with English and Sotho cultures. We contribute to the exchange of ideas around arts, culture and society through connections with other national and international creative communities.
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Skryf in Vrystaters!
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From a great Vrystaat Kunstefees patron Dr Jerry Mofokeng Wa Makhetha.

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VOICES INVITATION TO ALL

Secrets harbor many identities and wounds. Those who shield these secrets seem to have a reason to do so. So, many of us go through life with wrong identities. And many women walk through life with festering wounds from scars that they dare not expose. These scars keep them awake night after night. Year after year.

I’m Mentoring a young Women’s production of VOICES in Bloemfontein. They have dared to open their voices and confront the scars of rape from a position of Power and Healing.

The power of our wounds lie in their secrecy. VOICES diffuses that power.

I’d personally like to invite you and others who are agents of Healing in this area.

I’d also like to request any assistance that you can offer to Rose - an enterprising young woman who is staging this production from her personal purse.

Opening Night is on the 23rd August at 7pm - Civic Theatre of Bloemfontein. Generous donations will be accepted.
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Vrystaat Kunstefees2 days ago
ASSITEJ SA is hosting an excellent workshop tomorrow about 'Theatre4youth in Africa-Cultivating Cultural Citizenship', Masambe Theatre, Baxter, 09:00 Cape Town

For more information and bookings: http://www.assitej2017.org.za/conference-professional-development-programme
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Vrystaat Kunstefees2 days ago
Dankie Sista Zai Zanda😎

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One thing I love about travelling, or performing in general, is audience responses to my work. In South Africa, at the opening of the Fringe Festival of the Vrystaat Kunstefees, inspired by the work of visual artist Tebogo Lesoro who was exhibiting as part of Nexus, I felt inspired to perform a poem called "The Conversation Is Always The Same."

It is the poem I eventually settled on as the primary reason for this particular trip to South Africa. It is a poem about migrant wage labour, which I pieced together from personal experience and family oral history about my own grandfather's particular experience. The response to "The Conversation Was Always The Same" was overwhelming and positive. In particular, I gained a following of new fans from the delegation from the Kingdom of Eswatini.

When I perform the same piece in Australia, it hits home, too, but in a different way. First Nations really get it as do all migrants who know the pressure of having to succeed and stack on degrees - after all, isn't that why our parents made these sacrifices. I think it is that theme of sacrifice and survival despite the odds which really pulls in the audiences here.

Yesterday, I received a call from a local fan, an organiser from the Zimbabwean community. I have a few fans from my community and that is such a huge honour to be recognised by your own. He said something that really struck me: he said that my work is inspiring because it is telling our story in a way that no-one else is able to capture. If you've listened to my Maiden speech delivered at the Parliament for Melbourne UNESCO City Of Literature, you'll know that this was a huge reason why I decided to graduate from law school and take up the task of telling these unheard stories. I'm happy that, without a word being spoken, just content shared here on social media and commitment to this calling, that mission is evident to the community here. https://www.wheelercentre.com/events/parliament-melbourne-2018

Anyway, I'm currently writing about what I get out of the poem and why I wrote it. I'm on the second draft of the booklet, which will accompany audio (and my girl Chanelle Victor has got my back on the video, which we filmed on International Women's Day - because this is also a story about my grandmother's commitment to a shared vision to make sure that children could go to school and never ever have to toil).

If you're keen to support the writing and publication of the booklet, the audio and the video, please do hop onto Patreon where you can have exclusive access to my document and archive of this last travel #journeyback2centrelove. You can access exclusive writing and photos about these experiences and more on Patreon, which is an awesome platform for creators like me who know that it is vital to retain 100% ownership of our IP while maintaining a reciprocal and generous relationship with our fans. Feel free to join me on that platform. Catch you tomorrow for #CourageousWednesdays
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