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Ishashalazi Theatre Festival promises riveting performances

Written by *Martin Mathebula

Sport, arts and culture

Soweto theatre lovers will have a second bite at the cherry when the Ishashalazi Theatre Festival returns to the newly-built Soweto Theatre in Jabulani, Gauteng.

Tembisa Young Generation were one of the groups to perform during the Ishashalazi Theatre Festival at the Soweto Theatre in December. Other groups will get opportunity to show off their talent when the festival returns to the theatre in February.The festival is scheduled for a two-day spectacle on 26 and 27 February and patrons can look forward to another round of captivating performances.

The festival, which took place at the same venue in December 2012, is a result of collaboration between the Gauteng Theatre Practitioners Committee and the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, which started in 2001.

Twenty-three groups and six poets are selected from five regions in Gauteng to perform at the festival.

Those selected then participate in a mentoring workshop by established and qualified artists. At the workshop the groups are trimmed to a final 20 who then perform at the festival.

   Theatrical plays will be the order of the day with five plays per day, while there will be poetry performances during breaks. Plays can also include musicals or dancing.

Performances will be judged by an expert panel and at the end of the festival there will be an awards ceremony with the top performances receiving prizes.

*Martin Mathebula works for the Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation.

More information on the festival contact the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation on 011 355 2624