If you visit Lakeside next month it may look like you’ve entered a South African township café as for one week it hosts the ‘Afro Vibes’ festival.
Afro Vibes is a national touring festival of contemporary theatre, dance, spoken word and music from South Africa and beyond. Alongside this you will find a Township Café serving authentic African food and drink.
Some of highlights at Lakeside include
Monday and Tuesday 8/9 October
And the Girls in their Sunday Dresses –
A play from award winning director Princess Mhlongo, and with two South African comedian actresses Lesego Motsepe and Hlengiwe Lushaba. Zakes Mda’s story of two characters. It has been described as an African ‘Waiting for Godot': and is certainly comedy with bite.
Thursday 11th October
In My Exile is in My Head / Inception
A dance performance taking us into the dreamworld of migrants. A spirituality summed up in the voice-over: ‘When I dance I am closer to God.’
Inception is a dance performance from Sonia Radebe. This should be worth seeing as Sonia Radebe was Best Female Dancer in Contemporary Style at the Dance Umbrella Festival 2011 in Johannesburg.
Friday 12th October
Mother to Mother
This play brings together the skills of three powerhouse women of the arts in South Africa. Author Sindiwe Magona, director Janice Honeyman and actress Thembi Mtshali Jones and is deeply moving… anyone who enjoyed watching the BBC Drama ‘A Mother’s Son’ and ‘Accused’ will recognise this now popular theme..how should parent reacts is their children commit a crime ? A sign of times across the globe perhaps.
For further details go to the Lakeside website here
Jagdish Patel is a Nottingham based photographer and a Director at the Nottingham Photographers’ Hub a social enterprise helping vulnerable communities enter the creative sector.