Fresha Fest Free Festival : Full Programme

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All festival events are at the Bay of Plenty lawns, North beach, and are free of charge. There is a tent for rainy days, so come down whatever the weather!

Fresha Festival 2018 - Seeking Asylum – a performance art piece by Doung Anwar Jahangeer. He will be opening the festival again this year. Photo: Harry Lock.
Fresha Festival 2018 – Seeking Asylum – a performance art piece by Doung Anwar Jahangeer. He will be opening the festival again this year. Photo: Harry Lock.

Full Programme

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The 2019 programme and performance details are below.

Opening Procession
Friday 18 January, from 17:00:
Join us for an hour of strange and unusual happenings to kick off the festival. A taste of the weekend to come.

Yoga
Sunday 20 January and Sunday 21 January: 07:00 – 08:00
Join us at 07:00 to salute the sun! An easy open yoga class for all ages and all levels. Bring your own yoga mat or towel to sit on.

Fresha Festival 2018 - Dudlu…Dadlaza – a Dance piece by Musa Hlatshwayo and Mhayise Productions. These dancers will be doing early morning daily dance classes again this year. Photo: Vanessa Cracknell.
Fresha Festival 2018 – Dudlu…Dadlaza – a Dance piece by Musa Hlatshwayo and Mhayise Productions. These dancers will be doing early morning daily dance classes again this year. Photo: Vanessa Cracknell.

Free, open dance classes
Saturday 19 January: 08:00 – 09:00: DanceXercise
Sunday 20 January: 08:00 – 09:00: Zumba class
No matter how many left feet you have – join us for a fun, free class to get the year started on the right foot (or the left one).

Get involved!
Sunday 20 January and Sunday 21 January: 09:00 onwards
On Saturday join in with Mzansi Arts Development Ensemble for a workshop on creating art out of waste. Join Gerard O for a masterclass in street performance on Sunday: whether you are an aspiring actor, comedian or just want to entertain yourself – come and explore the mad world of this acclaimed Dutch performer for an hour. Free of charge. All day every day, add your wisest bit of advice from your favourite song in our open art exhibition: Advice from Songs. Inspired by Swiss Artist Marcus Kraft and his work – PopMusicWisdom.

Missing
Performance Art
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 13:00
Thought-provoking, uncomfortable, yet beautiful to watch. Concept and performance by Doung Anwar Jahangeer.

7 Chairs
Street theatre
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 13:20
A simple act with 7 chairs and 7 actors who expect that something will happen. Presented by Ithubalabasha Arts.

Fresha Festival 2018 - A firm festival favourite, Gerard O from the Netherlands performing his special style of comedy street theatre. He returns to the festival again this year. Photo: Harry Lock.
Fresha Festival 2018 – A firm festival favourite, Gerard O from the Netherlands performing his special style of comedy street theatre. He returns to the festival again this year. Photo: Harry Lock.

Gerard O
Street comedian
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 13:40
Dutch street comedian, Gerard Olthaar has performed at festivals around the world. Back at Fresha for the third time, anything can happen!

Tran(ce)sitions
Contemporary Dance
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 14:00
Sizwe Hlope presents an outstanding work exploring the ties that bind and ropes / umbilical cords / railway pathways / roots.

The Goal
Street theatre
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 14:30
On the pitch and off the pitch. Women versus men – the eternal game of courtship without the usual rules. Umlazi Arts Academy.

Promises
Street satire
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 14:40
When politicians promise rain on Fridays, no more dying, and more love for all; who can we trust? Who do we vote for? 034 Drama.

The Thing about Wolves
Puppets
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 15:00
A delightful collaboration between puppeteers from the Handspring Puppet company and the Mahlekahlathini Mask and Puppet Players.

Cats and the Curse
Dance
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 15:20
When two boys are cursed and turned into cats, they have to fight to win the heart of a beautiful girl. Zamokhukhanya Productions.

Street Mime
Mime artist
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 15:40
Sibo Masondo delights kids and adults alike with his gently observed comedy and perfectly timed mime.

Old skool vs new skool
Street Dance
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 16:00
Award-winning choreographer Jarryd Watson and his dance troupe from the Wenthworth Arts Organisation present all the tricks and kicks of street dance.

Love is stronger
Physical theatre
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 16:20
In a society where we can be killed for who we love, maybe love can be stronger than death.

Look up
Aerial act
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 16:40
The amazing entertainers from Innov8 gym wow us way up above the ground.

Sundowner Showcases – Live Music
Join us for live music on the Bay of Plenty lawns to dance and watch the sun go down.

The South Jersey Pompoms
Saturday 19 January at 17:00
Sassy and sharp, slightly Burlesque and joyously off-kilter; these happy rebels bring you their catchy tunes performed in German, French, Italian, English and Spanglish.

Zulu Blue and La Canta Rosa
Sunday 20 January at 17:00
An awesome collaboration between a wonderful Afro-blues outfit and an opera quartet. Think Busi Mhlongo with a touch of Puccini and a little bit of Miriam Makeba!

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