In each city there is a special fringe program
Every evening in the Township Café or the studio there are post show talks with the artists, choreographers and directors. In each city there is a selection of workshops, debates, panel discussions, spoken word artists ad live music. The Township Café is the vibrant heart of the festival and the key setting for the fringe programme. Here you can chat with friends, sample authentic cuisine, drink, dance and really get the chance to sample a true and vibrant South African atmosphere.
The Netherlands - Eindhoven and Amsterdam
Every evening post-show talks in the Township Café, with directors, choreographers and artists.
Every evening a maker of MC watches a performance and gives an artistic statement at the end of the evening (max 5 min), as a powerful reaction on the performance just seen.
A theatrical jamsession at MC. On 3 October Senami Awunou (Benin) & Rutger Esajas will have unexpected meetings with unlikely guests.
Debate No Borders in arts and culture
Performing Arts in 'lean times' compels us to reconsider the position of art and the artist. What can we learn from South Africa, where lean budgets and a limited arts infrastructure go together with a great sense of creative urgency to make art that does more than just amuse and comfort? English spoken.
Debate Afro Ladies Night
A special evening for black women by black women. Double bill with
Learn all about South African Pantsula and hiphop. With Multiple Moves, Via Volcano and the 5 o’clock class of talented youth. 1 hour.
Narrative workshop by director Peter Hayes, University of Cape Town.
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Short informative programme about twin citizenship Eindhoven-Emfuleni
including debates, photos and films.
Tania Leon Studiefonds evening
Amsterdam / MC Theater / Wed 29 Sep / 7.00pm
UK Fringe program
Post Show Talks
After many of the performances in the UK the actors, dancers and directors will be holding post show discussions. There will be opportunities to meet the artists themselves and ask them any questions you have about their work.
A workshop exploring the role of producer across the subsidised, commercial and international arts sectors and the opportunities available to UK based arts professionals. With Jan Ryan, Director of UK Arts and Executive Producer of Afrovibes.
Managing International Participation Projects
Share experiences and tips on how to get participatory work started abroad.
Working Internationally as an Artist
Tips on creating spoken word abroad and how UK artists can take advantage of international opportunities. With poets Zena Edwards and Karen Brodie of the British Council.
Workshops for young people
The Zulus are one of the most well known tribes in Southern Africa. Learn basic Zulu movement, focusing on the power and subtlety of this traditional dance form.
Emerging from the townships of Johannesburg, Kwaito is a mixture of house, rap and African rhythms popular in nightclubs across South Africa. Join this energetic Kwaito workshop and learn moves like kwasa-kwasa and twalatsa.
Paul Grootboom and company lead a masterclass exploring the creation of township theatre.
Deconstructing Beautiful Me with Gregory Maqoma
Gregory Maqoma has risen to become one of South Afirca’s foremost contemporary dancers and choreographers. In this workshop he will issect one of his most recent pieces Beautiful Me. This is a fantastic opportunity to see how Maqoma creates his work. Places for this workshop are limited and available only to experienced dancers.
Commonalities and Differences
This is a panel event with some of the artists involved in the festival. The event will be hosted by Gregory Maqoma and will feature Pamela Ngwabeni and Peter Hayes amongst others. The theme of the discussions will the the Commonalities and Differences between South African and British theatre, its style, content and methods of production.
The Saul Williams Experience: Q and A
Saul Williams, one of the outstanding slam poets of his generation, makes a one-off visit to Manchester as part of Manchester Literature Festival and Black History Month. Young Identity, Contact, Speakeasy, Manchester Literature Festival, Commonword and Amazing Heights.
Chuck Perkins: Q and A
A rare opportunity to converse with one of America’s premier spoken word artists, dubbed the Poet Laureate of New Orleans. Manchester Literature Festival and Commonword.
Talks and workshops have limited spaces. Book early to avoid disappointment. Contact the Albany's Box Office on 020 8692 4446.