It’s starting to look like this for the entertainment industry as the schedule of programs for several African festivals, including the southeasterveenin full swing.
Taking place between April 27 and May 1 at the Artscape Theater complex in Cape Town, festival-goers can look forward to a range of productions for everyone – from theatre, dance and music to comedy and book reviews featuring some of the country’s best established and emerging artists in the lineup.
If you are a fan of Nathaniel, you would be happy to know that his show, Moscow, in the southeasterveen this year. Stars of the south easter soapie will also perform in South East Storm Strongand Ode to Agree and Classic Divas will also delight the public. On International Jazz Day (April 30), jazz lovers can enjoy authentic South African sounds in ‘Jika’ – Sounds from the SA Jazz Real Book†
Art lovers should keep an eye out for drama productions in the NATi Theater Festival program such as fuss by Philip Rademeyer, which will move the audience to tears, and the stage version of Zirk van den Berg’s award-winning book, I wish, I wish with Frank Opperman. Mutton Hour is also a special production with short stories about love, loss, clowns and cats.
There is also the musical production, Bientang: blood trail/!nau, at the eventas well as a dramedy called cookie sisters, and The primordial bitch which the 70 . celebratese birthday of actress Antoinette Kellermann and poet Antjie Krog. Also on the program are other highlights such as Herschelle Benjamin Agulhas Plainand Ferdinand Bekker’s Thu 20:15†
Thirteen books and literature reviews by the Jakes Gerwel Foundation and the ATKV can be booked. This includes a discussion between Marita van der Vyver and Cintaine Schutte about her touching childhood memoir, A Baie long letter to my daughter and others.
One of the flagship development initiatives of the Suioosterfees – the NATi Rising Stars program – will be presented in partnership with NATi, the Jakes Gerwel Foundation, Artscape and the Western Cape Department of Sport and Culture, featuring five plays by new voices. Playwrights Stephren Saayman, Heloïne Armstrong, Melissa Myburgh, Jane Mpholo and Henque Heymans make their debut at the festival this year. Their scripts were developed during a writer’s stay at the Jakes Gerwel Foundation’s Paulet House in Somerset East.
There will also be a new segment at the festival, including drama productions with students and festival-goers can look forward to three winning productions of last year’s ATKV Teen Theater.
Festival-goers, staff and performers must be able to provide proof of their Covid-19 vaccination before entry and bookings can now be made with Computicket.
Some other African festivals to add to your calendar:
Taking place at the end of March, this festival will impress anyone who loves a good movie.
Love through that dam
Love by die dam will take place in Joburg on April 3rd and in Cape Town on April 9th and will showcase some of the best local talent including Francois van Coke, Reventse, Elandré, Die Heuwels Fantasties and more.
The well-known African festival welcomes festival-goers after two years from 29 March to 3 April. The Klein Karoo Nasional Kunstefees is a family festival that will once again attract visitors from all over the country.
Although the Innibos Laeveld Nasionale Kunstefees recently announced that they will not have a physical festival until 2023, they are still presenting the festival this year, but in a different form. They call it ‘Heeltyd Feestyd’, which hosts numerous festival projects throughout the year, including a family festival of up to 3000 festival-goers in September. The festival has been dubbed Manne dis a prereg†