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Friday, August 22, 2014


In celebration of 20 years of Democracy the Nelisa Mzimela Legacy Foundation presents the third annual Ntuzuma / INK Arts Festival - an arts, culture and tourism project established and managed by the organisation founded for this purpose by Nelisa Mzimela. The festival runs from August 26 to 30 2014 in Ntuzuma Township.

Nelisa Mzimela is Festival Director of the Annual Ntuzuma / INK Arts Festival , and is also KZN co-ordinator for the Performing Arts Network of SA, PANSA.

“The festival covers all aspects of the arts from Music, Dance and Choreography, DJ’ing, Fashion and Theatre – all with a strongly developmental and educational approach,” explains Mzimela.. “The festival aims to create various platforms for both the emerging and professional artists to showcase, promote and develop their work, talents and skills, acquire knowledge and networking opportunities through the various industry workshops and performances. The festival aims to create jobs for artists and business opportunities for the communities involved.”

This year the festival has involved several other professional organisations from the various sectors of the creative and performing arts: such as the Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA); Twist Theatre Projects; Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre; KwaZulu-Natal United Music Industry Association [KUMISA]; KZN Music House; Durban Film Office; Durban Art Gallery, KZNSA Gallery; the Green Camp and many more. These organisations are contributors to the festival and will be facilitating specific workshops thereby allowing emerging artists from these sectors and opportunity to gain knowledge and empower themselves.

The Festival will start off with a few arts workshops aimed at local and visiting emerging artists; these workshops will be facilitated by professionals from the industry and are free of charge.  (see separate story

For the first time the festival will have an Opening Night on August 28 at Ink Creative Centre from 17h00 to 22h00. Tha Simelane will keep the audience entertained alongside co-host Mpumy Ndlovu , and will give an the opening theatre performance accompanied by the poetic sounds of Radwinn van Wyk. Other artists performing on the opening night include afro-Jazz artists Ebonygypsy from Idols fame, Zulublue, Ink Gospel Competition Winners “The Mighty Tweens” and Crown Gospel winners the Fifty 50 Family, and a special dance ensemble by the local group called African Champions.

For the past month, the festival has been running a competition for the public to nominate the INK Artists of the Year 2014; this award will go to that individual artist whose work touches the lives of many in the community; an artist whose work is still relevant to the community and is based in the community of INK. Top three nominees in no particular order were Mzamo Da Storyteller, Mkho Dube and Nkanyiso Ferrero Le Poet. The winner will be announced on opening night.

The theme of the festival this year is 20 years of Democracy and Freedom, looking at the role artists play in this democratic community. The festival will open with a film titled Shield and Spear, screened at the 2014 Durban International Film Festival. It tells a story of a democratic South Africa through the eyes of the artists and was produced by Marquise Stilwell and directed by Petter Ringbom. The Opening Night promises to be an evening of glitz and glamour; the dress code will be formal / Smart Casual for all guests. Tickets R30 at the door or via the office of Ntuzuma Arts Festival on 76 Clark Road, Glenwood, Durban.

Every year the festival hosts a Career and SMME Exhibition at the Ntuzuma A Hall, inviting local schools to send their grade 10–12 learners to attend. This is an important element of the festival aimed at promoting education, career guidance and supporting SMME’s. The exhibition will take place on August 29 at Ntuzuma A Hall from 09h00 to 16h00. Institutions and organisations wishing to exhibit should contact Exhibition Coordinator, Motaung Koalane, on 060 439 3518.

Various artists will perform at the exhibition including theatre productions. Theatre productions will showcase on August 29 at Ntuzuma A Hall:

11h00 to 12h00: The Girls. Directed by Roel Twijnstra and focusing on high schools, it is based on the abduction of schoolgirls 15 years ago, in much the same way as to what is going on now in Nigeria.

13h00 to 14h00: Farm Workers directed by Lucky Cele and performed by Mzansi Arts Development, it is based on the lives of farm workers and the living conditions and everyday lives.

On Saturday there will be a Dance and Choreography Workshop at Ink Creative Centre, followed by a Street Dance Competition. Dancers and Groups interested in entering should contact Dance Coordinator Motaung Koalane on 060 439 3518 or via e-mail

Later on Saturday, catch the Closing Fashion and Music Show with LIVE Music Performances and DJ’s at Seme’s Place at B 338 Nsephe Road, Ntuzuma Township. Tickets R30 sold at the door or via Ntuzuma Arts Festival offices.

On August 26 and 27 from 17h00 to 21h00 there will be a Township Vibe Initiative / Shisa-Nyama Session aimed at supporting local businesses and promoting tourism in the INK region. For those who want to experience township culture and cuisine during the festival, will be able to meet the locals and spend a day or the whole week at in the township.

More information or bookings through Coordinator: Nelisa Mzimela on 078 609 5201 or via e-mail