DUT students charm National Arts Festival-goers
Drama students from the Durban University of Technology (DUT) stole the show, with their astounding performance, at one of the biggest arts festival in Africa – the National Arts Festival.
The festival, started on 27 June and will continue until 7 July. The event, which is in its 45th year, takes place annually in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown).
The talented students performed Ibutho LaKwaZulu the Musical in front of a huge crowd and got festival-goers on their feet. The musical is a play written and directed by Thokozani Mkhwanazi, a third-year drama student. The cast captured people’s hearts and gained supporters as they went for an hour parade singing and doing traditional dance in the streets of the town.
The play is about ancient rivalry between two tribes: The Mbhele clan and The Dlamini clan, where antagonism started by their forefathers is not forgotten but passed to forward to succeeding generations.
Mkhwanazi said that he is grateful to have been given this opportunity as a young director to direct a play that features in one of the biggest arts festivals.
“I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the whole production,” he said.
The National Arts Festival aims to provide platforms to upcoming artists who want to leave a mark in the art space. Performances include dance, music, opera, drama and many more. This festival ensures that festival-goers are entertained throughout festival.
If you love arts, the National Arts Festival Makhanda is definitely the right place to be.
Pictures: Nkosenhle Sibisi