SAST says no to xenophobia and GBV

Thakgatso Setseta

The South African State Theatre joins South Africans and Africans in denouncing the recent spate of xenophobic attacks that have had the continent divided.

  In a statement Africa’s largest theatre complex said: “We are established on a mandate to reinforce social cohesion. We therefore express great disdain to these attacks on our sisters and brothers from the African continent and other parts of the world, and we add our voice in our people’s call for unity in diversity. One Africa is possible.”

  The State Theatre takes pride in its philosophical mandate of immersing itself as Africa’s leading Pan African performing arts institution. “This is reflective in our artistic programming which invites contributions from the rest of Africa. In March this year, the State Theatre was home to a large-scale Nigerian musical, Fela and the Kalakuta Queens, performed by an all-Nigerian cast with a few South Africans. Also, the newly-launched dance festival, Dance Umbrella Africa hosted in April featured artists hailing from African countries such as Mali, Senegal and Malawi. These events brought not only art lovers and artists together for a world class artistic experience, they also re-opened a cultural opportunity for us to learn from one another, regardless of one’s geographical origin- which is what Ubuntu teaches us.”

  The South African State Theatre remains committed to the attainment of the African Union’s Vision 2063.

Thakgatso Setseta

The South African State Theatre joins South Africans and Africans in denouncing the recent spate of xenophobic attacks that have had the continent divided.

  In a statement Africa’s largest theatre complex said: “We are established on a mandate to reinforce social cohesion. We therefore express great disdain to these attacks on our sisters and brothers from the African continent and other parts of the world, and we add our voice in our people’s call for unity in diversity. One Africa is possible.”

  The State Theatre takes pride in its philosophical mandate of immersing itself as Africa’s leading Pan African performing arts institution. “This is reflective in our artistic programming which invites contributions from the rest of Africa. In March this year, the State Theatre was home to a large-scale Nigerian musical, Fela and the Kalakuta Queens, performed by an all-Nigerian cast with a few South Africans. Also, the newly-launched dance festival, Dance Umbrella Africa hosted in April featured artists hailing from African countries such as Mali, Senegal and Malawi. These events brought not only art lovers and artists together for a world class artistic experience, they also re-opened a cultural opportunity for us to learn from one another, regardless of one’s geographical origin- which is what Ubuntu teaches us.”

  The South African State Theatre remains committed to the attainment of the African Union’s Vision 2063.

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