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Sunday, April 24, 2016


Wushwini Arts Culture and Heritage Centre, spearheaded by its founder, Jerry Pooe, will host a four-day arts festival titled WozeEnanda UHURU International community arts festival. This exciting cultural initiative runs from May 5 to 8 at Wushwini Arts Centre overlooking the scenic Inanda Dam in KZN’s famed Valley of 1000 Hills.

Uhuru International Community Arts Festival is a celebration of Africa through theatre, visual arts, dance, poetry, storytelling, exhibitions, Hip Hop, workshops, film, seminars, lectures and music. The mountains of KwaNgcolosi during the festival are always buzzing with artists from different walks of life sharing their talent and skills. The festival is a real cultural and rural tourism held at Wushwini and the surroundings community venues. Uhuru also presents the spirit of social cohesion, peace and togetherness in an artistic programme that provides opportunities to different people from different cultures, races and countries celebrating their diversity. The last festival saw more than 300 artists participating and performing to packed houses.

 “UHURU International Community Arts Festival features a vibrant programme of acts by a strong line-up of groups, artists and companies from Kwa-Zulu Natal, Gauteng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Bloemfontein, Swaziland, Botswana, Burundi, Congo, Netherlands and USA, showcasing quality Film, poetry, Hip Hop, visual arts, photography, dance, music, theatre, storytelling and praise poetry. We are sincerely grateful to EThekwini Municipality and KZN Department of Arts and Culture for supporting this festival, not forgetting all the participants who believe in the vision of this festival and all Wushwini and Eager Artists staff for the hard work in ensuring the success of this festival. We invite you to participate and to enjoy the rare experience in our Kingdom,” says the director Jerry Pooe.

The Festival will open with Site Specific by Mandla Mbotwe, under the title theme of Africa Without Borders. They will be greeted by a spectacular pageant of images and movement promising a colourful event that will linger in the memories of all who experience it.

This year’s festival is filled with Story-telling directed by Bheki Mqadi for school children, an Award winning show from Botswana, Morwa the Rising Son, performed by Tefo Paya and Volley Nchabeleng, directed by Warren Nebe. There’s also Play it back and the silent twins both theatre works from the Netherlands as well as a poetry power hour, Hip Hop hour, performed by the likes of Breeze, Mfana Kagogo, Iy’mpisi and well known Djz from Gagasi Fm Dj Lab, Dj Teabag, Mario and many more.

The UHURU International community arts Festival 2016 concludes on May 8 with a family picnic, Celebrating AFRICA Concert at Inanda Dam Green Corridor running from 11h00 till late, This concert will feature award-winning musicians like Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Dumi Mkokstad, Rene Ntshinyakanyi from Congo, Quad Elements form Swaziland, Hip Hop artist called Bliq, Isichathamiya KwaNgcolosi Home Boys, Maskandi Khuzani Mpungose and many more.

Festival tickets R50 per show and R100 a day pass to watch all the shows. The family picnic will be charged at R50 (R20 children). Tickets available at the gate or booked through Computicket or on 083 472 9795 or 078 1147 442.

For more information contact Sanele Mkhabela, Festival Co-ordinator, on 078 1147 442.