‘Shared History will be a unique celebration of ideas and content, presented in a spirit of collaboration between South African companies and those from India. Shared History is a platform for the arts which transcends language, social barriers and art forms.’ ~ Sanjoy Roy
Indian and South African recent history is defined by the struggles to eradicate racial discrimination and gain independence from British Colonisation. India’s Mahatma Gandhi and South African Nelson Mandela are world icons of peace and leading figures in the shared history of India and South Africa.
Teamwork Arts Shared History Festival brings an Indian experience to South Africa along with opportunities for cultural collaboration. The 2016 Shared History Festival will run from 31 August to 10 September and celebrates the festivals 10th consecutive year.
Shared History has flourished since the inaugural event in 2007. It has become one of South Africa’s most eagerly anticipated cultural events. Shared History extends beyond entertainment; providing a platform for dialogue and cultural engagement between India and South Africa. Teamwork Arts MD Sanjoy Roy believes that ‘It’s the arts that allow us a window to see different cultures and to understand where people come from’.
Mahatma Gandhi lived in South Africa for 21 years. Whilst in South Africa Gandhi campaigned against racial discrimination cultivated his philosophy of peaceful protest and found his purpose in life. In 1914 Gandhi returned to India where he played a pivotal role in India’s pursuit for independence. India gave its full support to South Africa in its fight against apartheid. Today over a million Indians live in South Africa.
From its roots in music, dance and theatre in 2007 Shared History has evolved to incorporate; visual arts, comedy, wellness, food, literature and yoga. The Shared History Festival is an opportunity for South African artists and performers to connect with Indian cultural heritage.
The Shared History Food Festival has evolved too. In 2015 foodies were given a taste of popular street food enjoyed all over India. This gave a wider culinary experience rather than concentrating on one regional cuisine. The Shared History Food Festival offers tasty treats from 4th to 8th September.
The Shared History Festival is produced by Teamwork Arts in partnership with The High Commission of India in South Africa and South African companies. Shared History 2016 kicks off with an opening ceremony at the Embassy of India in Jo’burg on 30th August .
Highlights of Shared History 2016 include:-
A Performance by award winning singer and composer Sonam Kalra and the Sufi Gospel.
The staging of ‘Dance Like A Man’. Mahesh Dittany’s award winning portrayal of Indian family life which recieved acclaim across India, the US and London.
The Shared History Festival 2016 ends with a grand finale music concert at the Mandela theatre on 9th September.