Botho Pan African Arts Festival

Wushwini Pan African Centre, overlooking the Inanda Dam in the Valley of 1000 Hills, celebrates SA Heritage as host to a four-day arts festival, Botho Pan African Arts Festival,  from 28  September to 1 October 2017.

A packed weekend programme includes drama productions; conversations and panel discussions; storytelling, craft, exhibitions, dance; music; poetry; culinary; film; sound experimentation, CD launches and workshops.

Botho Pan African Arts Festival umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu features a vibrant programme of acts by a strong line-up of groups, artists and companies from KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Swaziland, USA, Congo, Free State, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, North West, Burundi, Nigeria, Kenya, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

16 theatre productions will be staged over the festival weekend: Nomalizo the Brave  written / directed by Bonginkosi Shangase which premiered in Grahamstown Arts Festival; Emmanuel written by Nkululeko Mzinyane and Mluleki, directed by Nkululeko Mzinyane; Daffi Falls  written / directed by Musawenkosi Shabalala and  Bongumusa Shabalala. about life and times of Muammar Gaddaffi;  AFDA’s  Othello;  Umabatha written by Welcome Msomi and directed by Siza Mthembu DUT ‘”the Zulu Macbeth”; Between Brothers a “poor theatre” inspired production about three brothers wrongfully accused of raping a three month old baby; Roots of All Evil written and directed by Xolani Dlongolo about money; Two Dead Government Officials by Bongani Baai; Sins of a Man by Thapelo Motloung (Gauteng); Peace Magents by Linda Masondo;  Robin’s Tale written and directed by Anele Nene;  Distant Silence inspired by Mia Couto’s Sleep Walking Land  directed by Tsieng Mokgoro; I have to go back a powerful collaboration from three countries, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique; a production from Botswana; TAU a  winner of Market Theatre Festival, Naledi Theatre Awards (2017).

Offering food for thought and to share some inspiration there will be a workshop: The Magic of Lights and Sound in a Production by Peter Mokgosi. Also three panel discussions: Keeping our industry alive through Festivals; Women Powerhouse: Challenges and Opportunities for Women in the Arts and What Contribution can arts culture and heritage give in the journey of Africa 2063 Vision.

An interesting feature will be the discussion / Conversation and Sound Experiment, featuring Peru/Johannesburg Composer Joao Orecchia with internationally acclaimed KZN-born composer, cellist and academic, Dr Thokozani Mhlambi.

Carrying the dance flag will by Nelly Rashualang from Siwela Sonke in Durban and Reggie Denster from East London.

Film screenings will be on offer from AFDA: Amandiya by Liana Hassim; Mandlakhe by Charles Matthews; Dear Swanky Frank by Michael Struwig and Homeless by Nathan Rice.

The spoken word will be celebrated in a Poetry Power Hour and music in the form of concerts featuring Zuloe Blue, AFDA singers and Hlengiwe Pearl.

The concert culminates on with a full day’s music and picnic at Kwangcolosi, Inanda Dam on Sunday 1 October from 11am until 7pm offering a feast of African Sounds from the continent fused with food and African Crafts.

African Cuisine will be available prepared by Zambian Chef Pasco Mulenga, who will be showcasing different meals from various African countries and Chef Nonjabulo Khoza will be specialising on South African cuisine, from bunny chow, breyani, braai-vleis, amadumbe, ubhatata, umgxabiso and dumplings.

Crafters will be from different cultures showcasing the unique diverse artefacts as well as visual artists will be displaying and selling their works.

The audiences will experience diverse cultures in its best celebrating our golden vision of building one continent through Africa 2063 Journey with the hot line up that caters for different sounds of jazz, gospel, kwaito, soul and more featuring musicians from different countries: Brodas (Nigeria); Afro Soul (SA); Madala Kunene (SA); Mbuso Khoza (SA); René Tshiakanyi (Congo); Graphity and Meez (Ghana); OZ (SA and Tanzania); Jimmy Rama ( Kenya); Sheilla; Dawn King (SA); Amavukayibambe (SA); Amachube Amahle (SA); Ngcolosi Home Boys; Ngcolosi Gospel; Big Nhlo; Three 5 Crew; Sikhuzeni Arts Production.

Botho Pan African Arts Festival tickets are R20 per show. The music concert tickets will be R50, Tickets will be available at Computicket and at the gate, and tickets can booked in advance through Mr Phila Majola on 725205093 or email him on:

Image Credit : Val Adamson

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