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Friday, August 14, 2015


The Nelisa Mzimela Legacy Foundation (Mzimela Foundation) is hosting the 4th INK Arts Festival from August 22 to 29, 2015. The festival is an arts, culture and tourism development project; established by this organisation and founded by Nelisa Mzimela four years ago. The festival boasts itself as a uniquely multi-disciplinary festival; covering various forms of performance arts; fine and visual arts; and, for the first time this year, the vision of promoting culture and tourism within the INK area will be a significant feature at this year’s festival.

The festival seeks to create multiple platforms for both the emerging and professional artists to showcase, promote and expand their artistic, creative and innovative work. And for SMME’s - more in particular youth-owned cultural, tourism and other related businesses - the festival presents an opportunity for them to gain exposure; knowledge and expand their business network. The festival is open to all. Local, regional, national and even international submissions are accepted.

There is a variety of activities and events offered at the festival. In commemoration of the 60 years of the Freedom Charter; the theme for the festival for the year is Human Rights for All.

For the first time; the festival will host a photographic exhibition, under the theme of Human Rights for All, which will be launched on the Opening and Awards Night Ceremony on August 22 at Ntuzuma A Hall. Three young photographers- Sbusiso Ngcobo, Busani and Lungani - went out on a mission to capture images in and around the community; to tell stories through the lens of a camera. There will also be an Opening Theatre Production titled: Cry and Stop written and directed by a female emerging director, Phindile Mngadi. The story sensitively explores issues of sexuality; gender; inequalities, violence and self-love and appreciation.

The Opening Night will feature Headline Artist, Ms. Classic aka Bongiwe Msomi; local Kwaito group called Speed-Trap; Newcomers: Urban Trains (Hip Hop), Samaraiza (Poet/Guitarist), Gospel sensation Sandile Khawula, Contemporary and Traditional dancers and The multi-talented, previous recipient of the INK Artist of the Year 2014 Award, Ferrero Le-Poet who will deliver a performance, before the announcement of the INK Artist of the Year 2015.

The Opening Film for this year; Miners Shut Down will be screened before the end of the event. The ceremony will close with a uniting performance by reggae artists Rainbow Man.

This year’s festival was made possible by its key partners: EThekwini Municipality (Durban Metro) and the Department of Arts and Culture of KwaZulu-Natal. The festival also welcomes and appreciates previous and new associate partners and contributors: GCIS, K-Cap, KUMISA, SAMRO, PANSA, VANSA, Catalina Theatre, Twist Theatre Development projects, Durban Green Corridor, African Rhythms, OASIS Arc Dance Company, KwaMashu School of Dance Theatre, TVP, Publicity Matters and EKhaya Guest House in Ballito.

The team responsible for the artistic, creative and business organisation and coordination of this year’s festival includes festival director Nelisa Mzimela, festival coordinator / emerging theatre director: Motaung Koalane, technical: Oliver Amisi and Sphamandla Nomandla and photographer Sbusiso Ngcobo, as well as festival assistants Lungani Majola, Siyabulela Mlama and Amanda Mzimela.

Tickets R30 on Opening Night (strictly no under 13’s). Tickets R30 to see up to five, back-to-back theatre shows at K-Cap on August 23; Tickets R250 for the INK Tourism experience.

Tickets R50 for the Closing Night Ceremony which will take place at an undisclosed venue. General access and R100 VIP access. The rest of the activities, events, exhibitions, shows and screenings are all free of charge.

For bookings or more information contact the festival organisers office hours: Nelisa Mzimela on 078 609 5201; Motaung Koalane 0n 060 439518; and Oliver Amisi on 074 629 7491 or e-Mail: Also follow on Facebook: INK Arts Festival and Twitter: @NMzi_Foundation