By CityLIfe Arts Writer
Entering women’s month with a big bang, Herstory International Theatre Festival made History at the Soweto Theatre. The seven days theatre festival has come to an end with a successful turnout.
The opening night was filled with women from different walks of life, sharing their creative gifts at the Soweto Theatre. The performances were beautifully curated and presented in a very unique way that was very appealing to the eye. Performances such as Elelloang, Poem by Yamoria the twin poets, music sang beautifully by Buhle Bendalo, Caroline Barole took us back with classical music, AusTebza was magnificent with that bass guitar, the Fat Black Women Sings were singing so profound and The Winnie Madikizela Mandela documentary was narrated by Tekano to commemorate and celebrate women and children.
“I come from a family of amazing women, they are loud, they are present, they are the best singers, best cooks, best gossipers. But they can tell you who’s a witch, who took whose husband but also they are prayer warriors. They don’t apologise for taking up space. They taught me that you don’t apologise for your loudness but, more than anything, that it’s within history that her story should always rise,” said Napo at the opening night.
The women shut down the festival on the last day as they closed off the seven day theatre festival with Napo honouring everyone who participated in making the festival possible. Masheane has created history and looks forward to many more life changing festivals that will continue to uplift and empower women and children.
Masheane made it possible for young women to live up their dreams by providing them with the artistic abilities they needed as part of the HerStory International Theatre.