Open Mic and Women in Dialogue

Women in Dialogue

Drama Theatre at 15h00

The popular Women in Dialogue session is a regular and important feature at SAWAF, and this year Nancy Richards will lead a panel discussion on ‘Nation building’. Panelists include: First Lady, Thobeka Zuma; MEC of Arts, Culture, Sport & Recreation for KZN, Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha; eThekwini Deputy Mayor, Nomvuzo Tshabalala; Duma Ndlovu; and Thato Tsautse. This session allows attendees to make their own contributions to the discussion, resulting in an environment where dialogue is created, ideas are exchanged and expertise is shared.

“The Women in Dialogue session is one of the most powerful agents with the potential for change at the South African Women’s Arts Festival,” says Playhouse Company Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Linda Bukhosini. “This session gives ordinary South African women a voice to be heard by some of our country’s leading decision-makers.”

The Women in Dialogue session begins at 15h00 in the Playhouse Drama Theatre on 4 August. Admission is free, but registration is required.

Topic: Responsible social networking and nation building

Panel speakers:
Ms Nancy Richards (facilitator)
Mr Duma Ndlovu
Ms Thato Tsabuse
Mrs Thobeka Zuma (First Lady)
Ms Ntombikayise Sibhidla (MEC of Arts and Culture)

Open Mic:

Drama Theatre at 15h00

The Open Mic Poetry session is a regularly feature at SAWAF, and this year’s instalment is set to be better than ever. Legendary South African storyteller and author, Dr Gcina Mhlophe, hosts the two-hour session. Top local artists Bongani Mavuso, Naima McLean, Zolani Mkiva, Ntsiki Mazwai and Sbo da Poet will support Dr Mhlophe’s charismatic storytelling style and explore this year’s theme, ‘Poetry Moves’. Members of the poetry community are encouraged to participate in this exciting and creative two-hour session, where language will be woven and shaped into a rich tapestry celebrating women from all walks of life and the role they play in society.

The Open Mic Poetry session begins at 13h00 in the Playhouse Drama Theatre on 4 August. Admission is free, but registration is required.

Line up of poets:
Naima McLean
Zolani Mkiva
Ntsiki Mazwai
Dr Gcina Mhlophe
Bongani Mavuso
Sbo da Poet