Zwakala Festival

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The Zwakala Festival is a festival of new writing which was founded by the Market Lab in 1991.

The aim was an annual festival to showcase the top productions from the annual Community Theatre Festival and choose the ultimate winner, with an opportunity to perform in the Barney Simon Theatre.

In 2013, with the appointment of James Ngcobo as the Market Theatre's artistic director, the festival was gradually revamped, seeking to actively develop, nurture and promote new writing talent, and to act as a platform for connecting communities and artists. As part of this mentorship initiative, the artistic director began to appoint a resident director for each specific festival to help with fieldwork, identifying the eight productions that will be mentored as part the first phase of the festival. After that process the director will work with the judges to help find the winner for the year and then the Resident Director is expected to work with the winning director to prepare the production for a run at the Market Theatre.

The Resident Festival Director appointed for the 27th Zwakala Festival in 2020 is Zimkitha Kumbaca.

For more information, see the entries on the Market Theatre and Festivals

Sources News - 22 November 2019 11:00

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