Artscape Women’s Festival 2012 coming up

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Artscape is celebrating its sixth Women’s Arts Week from 8 to 11 August at the Artscape Theatre Centre with the theme Humanity.

The festival will host theatre productions, workshops and exhibitions. The Gender Equality Discussion Panel will take place on 9 August at 10:00 facilitated by The Triangle Project. A report back and audit on the 2011 Women & Justice: Are the Scales Balancing will take place before this year’s panel discussion.

In Dance for a Cure top South African and international performers pool their talent to raise funds to vaccinate children against cervical cancer. Leading dancers, singers and musicians from South Africa, France, Australia and the UK will create a spectacular concert. Featured companies are Jazzart, La Rosa, Cape Town City Ballet and Cape Youth Dance Company. Vocal artists are Sibongile Mngoma(SA), Fem Belling(Australia), Dominque Paccout(France) and Charlie Dee(UK). Musical Director Richard Cock. Dates: 9 and 10 August 19:30. Cost: R120.

I Stand Corrected is a piece of physical theatre, which is a response to homophobia and transphobia, hate rapes and murders. Commissioned by Artscape, this presentation is the first collaboration between highly acclaimed international artists Mojisola Adebayo and Mamela Nyamza. Dates: 10 and 11 August at 18:00. Cost: R70.

Die Vagina Monoloë gives a voice to women (and men!) to voice their secret and suppressed fears. This production has been translated in many languages but it’s the first time it’s going to be performed in Afrikaans. Performed by Antoinette Louw, Lulu Botha and Simone Alexia Biscombe and leading role, Nanine Wessels. Dates: 9 August at 18:00 and 10 August at 20:15. Cost R90.

The Eve A Celebration of the curve of humanity is a jazz concert which promises to celebrate the essence of being human with a female glance. It brings together original music, unique arrangements of jazz standards and poetry, paying homage to the human spirit. Artistic director, Melanie Scholtz, Musical director, Lee Gelderbloem, with Amanda Tiffin, Mtika and Bulelwa Basse. Date: 11 August at 20:15. Cost: R80.

BAHI (The Borrowed Angels Healing Initiative) will host an inspirational fundraiser concert featuring top local musicians. BAHI provides support to parents who have lost a child though stillbirth or other forms of pregnancy loss. Date: 5 August at 17:00. Cost: R60.

Eric Miller Photographic Exhibition titled The Nevergiveups celebrates the lives of a group of extraordinary Khayelitsha grandmothers. The Nevergiveups highlights the crucial role that grandmothers are playing in holding together communities across South Africa. Dates: 1 to 31 August.

Pink Drive – Early Detection Saves Lives, a tangible cancer initiative powers a mobile mammography educational unit in South Africa. This year they offer on-site mammography tests, educational talks and clinical exams. Dates: 8 to 11 August at 10:00.

The annual ‘WHEAT Trust’ Awards Ceremony acknowledges work done by women in seeking local solutions to local problems, takes place on 10 August – by invitation only. WHEAT Trust Girl Talk Workshop on 11 August at 12:00 explores sound and responsible answers to questions about sex, drugs, peer pressure and socio-economic challenges. Various gender related stakeholders and NGOs are to host stalls in the Theatre and Chandelier foyers.

For more information about this year’s festival visit www.artscape.co.za. For ticket bookings contact Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695.

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