Artscape to celebrate Heritage Festival in grand style

Artscape Theatre Centre’s 2017 Heritage Festival is set to take you through a memorable journey of indigenous, contemporary and international artistic works in dance, music and jazz in celebrating our diverse cultures and identities.

The celebration will kickstart with the Artscape Indigenous Ensemble along with the invited guests from Afrovibes in Netherlands, showcasing the cross-cultural dance genres at Guga S’thebe New Theatre in Langa on the 10th September 2017 at 14h00 and it continues at Zolani Centre Theatre in Nyanga on the 17th September at 14h00 with the final destination culminating in a big bang Indigenous concert “Road Trip with Dizu Plaatjies” on the 24th September, 15h00 at Artscape.

The world renowned Indigenous artist Dizu Plaatjies will be taking us on his musical journey featuring the legendries Pops Mohamed and Dave Reynolds, choreographed by Elvis Sibeko, joined by the award-winning poet Siphokazi Jonas, dancers Thabisa Dinga and Thembekile Komani, Manyano Mzi on drums, Peter Ndlala on Bass guitar, Artscape Indigenous Ensemble, Ibuyambo Musical Group and Sikwantu Cultural Group (Oomama bomngqungqo wakwaXhosa).

Thursday, 21 September celebrates local heritage when the Cape Cultural Collective celebrates its 10th anniversary showcasing “Big Bash”, a kaleidoscope of the City’s cultural collective. The line-up includes top comedian Riaad Moosa, the magical Rosa Choir and the Cape Flats Tenors among others.

The 22 – 23 September will witness South African and Dutch dancers sharing the stage with a splendid international collaboration “JONGA” and new work by Artists in Residence Kirvan Fortuin, In your Hands! This encounter, made possible by Artscape Theatre Centre in collaboration with Afrovibes Incubator Programme, Jazzart and DOX is a mixture of African, contemporary and urban dance forms creating an interesting connection between dance and video. JONGA is created by South African dancer and choreographer Elvis Sibeko together with the Dutch brothers Thomas and Erik Bos from Urban Collective 155, in co-operation with other dancers Aviwe November and Rein Luuring. Kirvan Fortuin, South African born choreographer and dancer will perform his new work, “In Your Hands” as the curtain raiser.

The Heritage Festival will wrap-up with a grand finale production “Tribute to the Jazz Masters” by well-known professional jazz musicians who will be sharing the stage from 28 – 30 September. Nomfundo Xaluva, Zoe Modiga, Monique Hellenberg, Sylvester Mazinyane, Buddy Wells, and McCoy Mrubata, Alvin Dyers, Hilton Schilder and Sylvia Mdunyelwa will be paying tribute to our jazz legends such as Errol Dyers and the Schilder family, Miriam Makeba and many more.

Tickets for all productions (ranging from R100 – 150) are available via Computicket or Artscape-Dial-a-Seat 021 421 7695

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