The 16th edition of the Artscape Women Humanities Arts Festival takes place from 1 to 27 August, with a series of stage productions, two book launches, a film screening and more.
There is also a number of festivities on Women’s Day, August 9, with a Circle of Care at the centre of the festival in solidarity with all victims of the COVID pandemic and those affected by gender-based violence.
Some highlights of the Women Humanities Arts Festival include:
With (-Out) You book launch – 1 Aug
Dr Beryl Botman launches her book on 1 August, With (-Out) You which is a true-life journey of a woman dealing with the sudden loss of her husband. She will also be having a conversation with Woman Zone as part of their podcast series.
Femme Fantasties concert – 1 Aug
Produced by AKTV-Crescendo its alumni, SAMA-nominated singer and songwriter, Jodi Jantjies, will be joined by a powerhouse musical line-up including the Lady Day Big Band, Vicky Sampson, Anna Davel, Tracey-Lee Olivier, Zimbini as well as the talented UWC Creative Arts Choir.
Spertyd 3-4 Aug
This adaption of Elsa Joubert’s autobiography describes her journey through the contentment of age. She writes about the ageing process honestly and is devoid of sentiment. This insightful, intimate story is performed by the amazing Sandra Prinsloo and is produced by Margit Meyer-Rödenbeck and Alexa Strachan.
The Unlikely Secret Agent 4–9 Aug
Written and directed by award-winning actor and playwright Paul du Toit, and based on the Alan Paton Award-winning novel by Ronnie Kasrils, the story tells of Eleanor, an unassuming, young single mother who is arrested in Durban and interrogated in a 90-day detention over her lover and notorious “Terrorist”, Red Ronnie Kasrils.
Yekabani le Panty 4–9 Aug
A performance by Peggy Tunyiswa and Carin Bester is about a white woman and black woman who unpack their differences and challenge the oppression between them and take back their power.
Karin Kortje in Cabaret 5-6 Aug
Set in the 1920s, Karin Kortje plays the role of Betty at a Cabaret show scene.
Broken Crayons Still Colour Beautifully 8 Aug
The festival is hosting this inaugural symposium which offers unique opportunities for women living with disabilities including dialogue, networking and exposure.
Woman Zone 8 – 9 Aug
Woman Zone celebrates 10 years with books.
AbFab Drag 9 Aug
This popular event takes place for one show only.
Two Hues Film Screening 9 Aug
This event comprises of a film screening of the proof-of-concept short film, Two Hues, followed by an information session.
Onder Die Brug 25–27 August
This story, written by Raydene Le Roux, tells an adventurous tale of a young man who ran away from his small-town life to Cape Town in search of a better life although things do not work out the way he expected.
Venue: Artscape Theatre, D.F. Malan St, Foreshore Cape Town
Time: 1 – 27 Aug