Relaunching its annual Orientation Week Festival, this student-centred festival programme, initiated by Wits Theatre staff, seeks to facilitate collaboration and creative exchange within the Wits School of Arts and with other performing arts institutions in the Gauteng province.
The Pitso Ya Kalaneng Festival will transform Wits East Campus into a cultural and creative hub, celebrating student talent and the performing arts. “The Pitso Ya Kalaneng festival contributes to a holistic student experience. The festival launch also provides an opportunity for friends of the Arts to join us in recognising four decades of the Wits Theatre.
The event was conceptualised and organised by Wits Theatre staff, some of whom are Wits alumni, who observed the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on theatres. The Wits Theatre remains an important hub in our arts and culture precinct”, said Prof René Smith of the Wits School of Arts.
Event organiser and Wits alumna, Lerato Sekele, explains: “Audiences can look forward to productions that profile student works from the Wits School of Arts, AFDA, Tshwane University of Technology, The Market Theatre Lab and Drama for Life, and reignite connections with alumni and special guests.”
Highlights of the Pitso Ya Kalaneng Festival include: 12 Theatre Productions, showcasing student talent; student film screenings; Digital Gaming Stations from student developers; a fine art exhibition of student works and Foyer Flavour Jam sessions. The Pitso Ya Kalaneng Concert features Mashabela Galane, Jed Eye, Liso The Musician, Pertunia Msani, Leon John and iPhupho L’Ka Biko.