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Women in arts tell their stories

Written by More Matshediso

When women come together to tell their stories in their words the results are powerful.

In line with this the South African State Theatre took a decision to dedicate this year’s Women’s Month to give women in arts a platform to tell their stories.

The 6th Annual Vavasati Women’s International Festival is said to showcase the contribution of women in the arts industry.

The word ‘Vavasati’ is a Xitsonga word meaning ‘Women’.

This year the festival brings women in the creative space together under the theme “Together we are stronger.”

The 6th Annual Vavasati Women’s International Festival is said to showcase the contribution of women in the arts industry. Credit: Neo NtlasengThe organisers of the festival said the theme was inspired by Mama Albertina Sisulu, the woman of fortitude, as the world celebrates her centenary.

It features over 20 productions in a variety of genres including music, drama, poetry, art comedy, lifestyle, workshops and discussions.

“We celebrate the magic that happens when women in the creative space work together. Over 20 productions in a variety of genres, including music, drama, poetry, art comedy, lifestyle, workshops and discussions are featured in the programme,” said festival curator and State Theatre Producer Keamogetswe Moeketsane.

The theatre created a women’s festival to give woman artists access to space, theatre resources and to give them a voice.  

The line-up includes:

  • Women in the Industry Photo Exhibition- from 9 to 31 August.
  • Heels Over Head (Concert) - on 17 and 31 August.
  • My Silence Is Talkative (Drama) - from 17 to 19 August.
  • Bodies Under Siege (Poetry) - on 18 August.
  • Senohe (Drama) - from 21 to 23 August.
  • The BLACK Series (Drama) - from 22 to 24 August.
  • Tshwane rea Tshwana Comedy show on 24 August.
  • Three Sisters (Drama) - from 28 to 30 August.
  • Nomzamo ‘She who tries’ (Musical Poetry) – from 28 to 30 August.
  • Extending the Frame – Women in Arts Conversation- on 31 August.

In an effort to make the festival more accessible and affordable, the theatre has introduced convenient packages for patrons. They are as follows:

  • Single show R80 per person
  • Four shows per week R160 per person
  • Five shows per week R200 per person

Tickets are available for purchase at Computicket outlets nationwide or through the South African State Theatre sales office on 012 392 4000.