Celebrate South African Culture Through Afrovibes

Jan Ryan, producer of the Afrovibes UK festival, gives us five reasons why we should be part of the event which is heading to Swansea and Cardiff.

Afrovibes UK is celebrating South African culture

Afrovibes UK is celebrating South African culture

1. It’s the chance to immerse yourself in South Africa’s vibrant culture without travelling too far from home

Afrovibes UK is a biennial festival of contemporary theatre, music, dance and visual arts from South Africa which comes to Swansea and Cardiff for the first time this month.

The performers, writers and directors are all from South Africa, most of whom will be visiting Wales for the first time too so there’s lots of excitement within the company.

2. This year’s festival is especially significant because it commemorates 20 years of democratic elections in South Africa

Audiences in Wales will be able to enjoy award-winning South African playwright Mike van Graan’s moving play Rainbow Scars about cultural clashes in contemporary South Africa and the riveting solo performance Skierlik, based on a true story and written and performed by the up and coming young actor/playwright, Phillip M Dikotla.

We have the big dance production Biko’s Quest which honours the memory of anti-apartheid activist Steven Biko and audiences may recognise Rhetorical star Presley Chweneyagae from the 2006 Oscar winning film Tsotsi.

3. Afrovibes really has something for everyone

We’ve got some great music for audiences in Wales with the world class vocal a cappella trio The Soil who recently performed at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and will be arriving in the UK straight from their sellout concerts at the famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem.

Members of The Soil met at school in Soweto and use their voices as instruments. They’re electrifying and I guarantee everyone will want to get up and dance when they’re on stage.

4. Each venue is creating a free pop-up Township Cafe which will be designed and built by local artists and residents

The Township Cafe will be open throughout the festival and will be the perfect place to hang out, sample South African cuisine, meet some of the performers, engage in poetry readings, music and song.

5. As well as the formal programme we’ll be screening feature films and documentaries by South African filmmakers, with free discussions, talks and workshops

There will be special free events for kids and families at both venues, including storytelling, dance workshops, mask making, poetry readings and more. Afrovibes is a truly affordable festival with

Afrovibes UK will be at Taliesin Arts Centre in Swansea from October 13 to 18 and at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff from October 20 to 25. For details, visit www.afrovibesuk.com


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