SHARED HISTORY: WHAT TO EXPECT
19th Aug 2015 sharedHistory 0
Shared History is an annual festival which showcases the best of contemporary arts and culture from the Indian subcontinent in South Africa, exploring the shared artistic bond and cultural history of the two countries.
The Festival runs from 4th — 16th September 2015 at the picturesque venues of Johannesburg and Durban.
The hallmark of the festival has always been its focus on events in the genres of Music, Dance, Theatre and Literature. Recent popular additions to the Festival are Yoga, Food, Handicrafts, Textiles and Comedy.
The Festival this year will encompass a wide range of artists showcasing the immense talent that India has to offer. Visitors can expect an array of events that will hold their attention for the whole duration of the Festival.
The Kutle Khan Project a unique collective of Rajasthani folk musicians highlighting Kutle Khan embodies the region’s rich melodic and sophisticated rhythmic traditions.
The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble is regarded as one of the foremost dance companies of India. Although steeped in and dedicated to ancient practice, Nrityagram dancers are also involved in carrying Indian dance into the twenty-first century.
Papa CJ is an established international comedian with over 800 shows under his belt. Papa CJ’s Naked straddles the genres of theatre, storytelling and stand-up comedy. It is a show that brings tales of school, work, love, passion, heartbreak and hope.
Simmi Areff is a comedian who spent a year undercover as a Wits Journalism student. A relaxed and affable persona belies an incredibly sharp mind that learns very quickly and has a seemingly inexhaustible appetite for knowledge.
C Sharp C Blunt is a play that looks at traditional gender roles as engrained by culture and the classical performance training versus the woman as the globalised consumer living in a new market that caters to her wants and needs. This cultural programming also defines the specific way girls and women are supposed to behave.
Sudarsan Pattnaik is a world renowned Indian sand artist from Orissa. He started sculpting images on sand since the age of seven and has designed hundreds of sand sculpture. Sand art, the practice of modelling sand into an artistic form has won Sudarsan 27 championship prizes for his country.
Memory against Forgetting is a solo collection chronicling the work of one of the most prolific and important photojournalists from South Africa’s recent past, Ranjith Kally. Kally’s life work offers a first-hand, on-the ground perspective of a country in upheaval and a society cleaved between the favoured and the dispossessed.
Yogathon is a group activity where people from all walks of life come together to revive their minds and souls by practicing Yoga. The therapy will take place in a park or in a vast open space to increase wellness of the mind, body and soul. This Yogathon will be conducted by well trained teachers.
At the IndiFood will be showcased in attractive stalls and live demonstrations. Tea tasting stalls will display gourmet teas grown in different regions of India.
So, it’s a Festival not to be missed if you are in these areas!