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Wednesday, August 5, 2015


Ebonygypsy Arts has partnered with The Bat Centre, Stable Theatre and the Ethekwini Municipality to present A Woman, A Hat, A Bag, And Her Belly, offering a variety of family-friendly entertainment and recreational activities at Stable Theatre to encourage female appreciation and the peculiars of creative wonders.

A Woman, A Hat, A Bag, And Her Belly runs from August 6 to 9 this Women’s Month, with an all-rounder programme of fun, laughter, and reflection.

Ebonygypsy Arts exists to merge multiple disciplines to encourage a greater interest among the local audiences for the creative industry within the Durban vicinity.

Ebonygypsy Simthandile Mtolo explains: “We’ve been able to sketch out and capture quite finely the beauty, essence and relevance of women through the use of the hat which in this production symbolizes her crown of mind and responsibility, the bag which symbolizes her load, the concentration on the beauty of her structure as she is with child, ultimately wrapping her stomach with a fabric to give the allegory of the belly holding a gift. Our gorgeous future mummies will perform a stirring movement piece and fashion show inside the theatre with a range of other performances as accompaniment. The Stable Restaurant will be used as a conspicuous exhibition showing our leading range as exceptional charcoal on canvas pieces titled The Pink Series by Mlamuli Mkhwanazi, who will be exhibiting alongside Nhlakanipho Mkhize (woodcut print), and Siyasanga Tundzi (jewellery) of Hlubi Creations.

A craft market will be set out with stalls with items ranging from fashion to furniture, decor and more.

Carnival games and competitions will be set out from August 7. These include eating competitions, a game of musical chairs, and arm-wrestling matches while the little ones can get their faces painted and bounce about in the jumping castle.

An external stage has been put up for evening shows with Friday being a Hiphop night, and Saturday evening boasting a jazz and poetry programme. Poets Luleka Mhlanzi, Thando Fuze, Lungile Khwela, and Puseletso Peterson will be joined by the Ebonygypsy herself, jazz songstress and host Simthandile Mtolo.

A Woman, A Hat, A Bag, And Her Belly runs from August 6 to 9 at Stable Theatre. A detailed programme with artist profiles, times and prices can be obtained via email Pre-sold tickets available for purchase at Stable Theatre. For more information contact 071 240 3591 or 078 860 3168