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TYA in South Africa

ON MESSED MAKE UPS AND WAKE UP CALLS

by Lalu Mokuku. On 15 July 2021, I went to listen to an audio reading of Dipalo at the vNAF 2021.  See https://nationalartsfestival.co.za/show/dipalo/ For certain occasions, like “going” to the theatre, I like putting on makeup. Perhaps it softens my being, and reminds me of the many selves I am capable of becoming. Sometimes my makeup […]

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Young performers develop new work exploring language and identity in schools

by Faye Kabali-Kagwa Thetha/ Talk/ Praat is a movement piece that explores the difficulties of expressing identity in formal education when children are not taught in their home language. The piece focuses particularly on the impact this has on their sense of belonging. The concept for Thetha/ Talk/ Praat was initially pitched by Nasfa Ncanywa […]

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Artists in School programme – Working with artists to improve music and dance education in Western Cape Schools

Artists in School programme – Working with artists to improve music and dance education inWestern Cape Schools “This program isn’t just for today or tomorrow but it’s a long journey where you can live your dreams in music.” – Nathan Marang, Music Artist-facilitator (Phakama Arts Foundation, West Coast)“What I’m looking forward to is to do […]

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iStimela Sendaba: The storytelling train is still moving on

So many things have happened in this first half of 2021 and we at ASSITEJ SA and Play Africa have managed to broaden our network, bringing more storytelling coach-conductors on board the story train, iStimela Sendaba. After five weeks of storytelling mentorship between 5 mentors and 20 storytellers, we travelled to all nine provinces with […]

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Lits’omong Winter Showcase – Our Journey

It’s been a few months since the start of the Lits’omong Drama Development Programme 2020/2021. Soweto Theatre and ASSITEJ SA have come together to deliver a training and drama development programme to both facilitators and learners and it has proven to be a wonderful journey indeed. We are still going. Since the learners joined us […]

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iStimela Sendaba: The storytelling train is still moving on

So many things have happened in this first half of 2021 and we at ASSITEJ SA and Play Africa have managed to broaden our network, bringing more storytelling coach-conductors on board the story train, iStimela Sendaba. After five weeks of storytelling mentorship between 5 mentors and 20 storytellers, we traveled to all nine provinces with […]

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The Kickstarter Creative Arts Empowerment Project Resource delivery

Kickstarter is an educational teacher empowerment and artist in a residency programme, at the Intermediate level (Grade 4, 5, and 6) in South African Primary Schools which has been running since 2015 with the support of Rand Merchant bank. The project was originally based in two districts in Kwa Zulu Natal ( Umlazi and Umgungundlovu) […]

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AFRICA pays tribute to Yvette Hardie

On 23 April, Africa invited the world to zoom into the leadership and legacy of Yvette Hardie. This followed her stepping down as the President of ASSITEJ International, a role she constitutionally assumed for three consecutive terms since 2011. Welcoming the guests was ASSITEJ Nigeria Chairperson and ASSITEJ International Executive Member Pamela Udoko, who introduced […]

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Centre Stage; A Little Scientist

Caregivers and babies enter the theatre space. As nappy bags and strollers are put on the side and shoes are being removed, an atmosphere of questionable anticipation can be felt: What did we buy tickets for? Look at all these babies together, theatre for babies? What will happen? A baby boy, on his mother’s hip, […]

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