Marking the 40th anniversary of the Soweto uprising, Joburg City Theatres namely Soweto Theatre and Joburg Theatre presents historical & informative shows, free movie screenings and dialogues in celebration of Youth Month.

Sarafina! – The Sound of Freedom will be screened daily, free of charge from Friday 10th to Saturday 25th of June. The award winning film, expanded into a Broadway musical by award winning writer-composer Mbongeni Ngema is complete with memorable soundtracks.

Starting from 15th to 18th June at Soweto Theatre at 15h00 and 20h00 Vuyani Dance will be showcasing Rhythm Colour. Though the legacy of apartheid cannot be erased, the play provokes citizens to reflect on the common vision held by the youth of 1976, to eradicate all injustices. Tickets are now available for R150, R100 block booking and for R60 for students and pensioners.

“Joburg City Theatres prides itself in working towards theatre development with a keen focus on youth empowerment and development”, says Ms Xoliswa Nduneni-Ngema, CEO of Joburg City Theatres.

Soweto Theatre will also host a dialogue titled “Open letter to Freedom” from 19-24 June at 19h00 featuring; Thandi Ntuli, Urban Village, Go Barefoot, Kgafela Oa Mogogodi, Sun Xa Experiment and Automatic. The dialogue seeks to provide an opportunity to engage with more renowned scholars within the arts. Tickets are available from R100.

Revolution House from the 13 – 19th of June at Soweto Theatre is an installation of a pop-up book store filled with the literature of our forefathers. The show is daily at 3pm complemented by a live reading lead by prominent authors and reading activists. This is a free show.

Showing at the Joburg Theatre is “The Cleaners” starting on 16th June ending 19th June. Witten & directed by Sipho Zakwe, performed by Duma Ndlovu Academy (DNA) and Durban University of Technology Drama graduates Lungani Mabaso and Sipho Zakwe is a story about two young men, uZibi (dirt) and uMshanelo (broom), cleaners both in profession and bloodline; offspring to a victim of the 2007 ‘Reitz Four’ incident at the University of Free State.

The celebrations conclude with a musical presented by Joburg Theatre Community Development and Applause Theatre Company, “The Antidote” will start from the 28th of June. The production showcased at the National Arts Festival in 2014 and reviewed by the CueNewspaper in Grahamstown as “The undercover testing of an experimental aggression-reduction drug on convicts with the aim to improve humanity backfires drastically on the people pulling the strings”.

“Joburg City Theatres looks forward to engaging and entertaining the youth on matters that are relevant to this new age fast changing society”, concludes Nduneni-Ngema.

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