Sibikwa toasts heritage with platter of events

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Traditional dance, culture and African drumming will light up Ekurhuleni in September when Sibikwa Arts Centre celebrates Heritage Month in style.

Celebrating our Heritage
Celebrating our Heritage

The vital work done by Sibikwa, a community arts centre based in Benoni, has always been steeped in the flavours, moves, beats, sounds and textures of South Africa and the continent.

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For September, the organisation has prepared an exciting line-up of affordable, family-friendly events to toast South Africa’s rich diversity of cultures, says director Phyllis Klotz. All the events will take place at the Sibikwa Arts Centre, located at 13 Liverpool Road in Benoni.

The festivities start at 9.30am on Saturday 2 September 2017, with the 2017 Dance Xplosion. This dance extravaganza, in partnership with Gauteng Dance Manyano, will see young dancers from different walks of life competing for a R10 000 cash prize, with R7 000 and R4 000 for the second- and third-placed groups.

The competition is expected to be fierce as 25 dance groups pull out all the creative stops in a variety of styles – including traditional dance – in a bid to out-dance the rest, impress the judges and scoop first prize.

The adjudicators are well-known dance personalities Sonia Thandazile Radebe (this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist for dance), Faith Maseko Tshabalala and Oscar Buthelezi. Dance Xplosion will feature The Kingdom: uKhakhayi actress Tembela Mgandela as MC. Tickets for a day’s worth of electrifying live entertainment are just R20 at the gate.

The following weekend, on Sunday 10 September 2017, Sibikwa will be getting into the beat of spring with a lively African drumming extravaganza in collaboration with the Drum Café.

Live in the Beat
Live in the Beat

Live in the Beat costs only R30 per person (including the use of an African drum), with the sound of drumming filling the air from 10am to 4pm. The day will include drumming workshops for beginner percussionists, as well as intermediate and advanced drummers.

From 11.30am to 12.45pm, sound and movement will collide during a thrilling African dance workshop featuring five master drummers. Another highlight of the show will be a pulsing performance by master drummers Goula Bienvenu Gore Bi from Ivory Coast and Kojo Lion from Ghana, and South Africa’s very own Sifiso Bogale and Thokozani Nsibande.

Closing off the month’s festivities with a distinctly South African flourish, Sibikwa will celebrate Heritage Day on Sunday 25 September 2017 with a colourful extravaganza of traditional dancing, storytelling, poetry and music, with everyone gathering for a communal bring-and-braai from 3pm.

Eight dance groups will be competing for cash prizes and the chance to win new drums for their collection. The day will include a fashion parade of traditional attire with prizes for the best dressed, so be sure to don your indigenous finery for the occasion and bring the whole family from 9am to celebrate our dynamic cultural diversity! Tickets for Sibikwa’s Heritage Day celebration cost just R20 at the gate.

The Sibikwa Arts Centre is located at 13 Liverpool Road, Benoni, 1501. Phone 011 422 4359 for more details.

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