Fresha Fest of Free Open Air Theatre, on the Beach!

16 Jan 2018

The Fresha Festival of free, fun, al-fresco family theatre will be staged for the second time on Durban’s North Beach at the end of the school holidays for three days on 19, 20 and 21 January. 

 

Festival Director Emma Durden considered: “What could be more quintessentially Durban than a summer festival of free family theatre?

 

The Fresha Festival  starts late afternoon at 5pm, on Friday 19 January with a perfomance showcase to provide an overview of the weekend ahead. The festival is on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 January, from 1pm until 5pm, offering a full afternoon of diverse, family-friendly free short shows. 

 

A varied day-time line-up of carefully-chosen participants take place on the beach-promonade and have been selected to ensure that the programme is diverse, fabulous and exciting.

 

Each production will have two performaces of approximately 15 minutes, over the weekend.  

 

Both days (Sat 20 and Sun 21) start with an hour long free, open dance class at 8am; followed by a free open street theatre class starting at 9am.

 

Fresha Fest was hosted for the first time this year as the new incarnation of the Musho! Festival – it is the phoeix which has arisen from Musho’s ashes: a hip and happening street / beach open-air festival – the perfect event to wrap up the Durban summer holiday season.

 

The Fresha Festival is directed by Emma Durden, supported by Roel Twijnstra and is presented by Twist Theatre Development Projects which focuses on the development of community theatre groups in KwaZulu-Natal, and on creating sustainable relationships and networks for theatre development, both locally and abroad. Twist is funded by The National Lotteries Commission and the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands. Additional funding for Fresha has also been graciously provided by eThekwini Municipality and the Department of Arts and Culture, KZN

 

For more info, visit www.freshafestival.co.za. / or email info@freshafestival.co.za. Find Fresha Festival on facebook and @freshafest on twitter.

 

All festival events are at the Bay of Plenty lawns, North beach, and are free of charge. There is a tent for rainy days, so come down whatever the weather!

 

And look out for the wonderful bespoke Fresha Frames – lovely Shweshwe and wax print frames designed and made by Durban mixed media artist, Leevi Matthew.

 

 

FRESHA FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

(updated 9 Jan)

 

FRIDAY 19 JANUARY

5pm:  Opening event - procession and performance showcase – Bay of Plenty Lawns

 

SATURDAY 20 JANUARY  

08.00: Free, open DanceXercise class with the Movement Lab

09:00: Free street theatre workshop with acclaimed Netherlands performer, Gerard Olthaar

1.00: Seeking Asylum (Performance art - doung Anwar Jahangeer)

1.30: Gerard O (Street comedy - Netherlands)

2.00: Abafana Bizarre (Dance, Wushwini)

2.30: Coming Home (Satire / physical theatre - Born Legends Productions) 

3.00: The Kitchen Symphony (Street Theatre – Clinton Marius and Bongani Mbatha)

3:30: Fragile (Dance -  Kristi-Leigh Gresse)

4:00: Stilts in the Street (Comedy)

4:30: Dudlu…Dadlaza (Dance – Musa Hlatshwayo and Mhayise Productions)

5:00: Sundowner music showcase: Big Band Jazz with Debbie and George Mari

 

SUNDAY 21 JANUARY

08.00: Free, open Zumba dance class with the Movement Lab

09:00: Free street theatre workshop with acclaimed Netherlands performer, Gerard Olthaar

1.00: Seeking Asylum (Performance art - doung Anwar Jahangeer)

1.30: Gerard O (Street comedy - Netherlands)

2.00: Abafana Bizarre (Dance, Wushwini)

2.30: Coming Home (Satire / physical theatre - Born Legends Productions) 

3.00: The Kitchen Symphony (Street Theatre – Clinton Marius and Bongani Mbatha)

3:30: Fragile (Dance -  Kristi-Leigh Gresse)

4:00: Stilts in the Street (Comedy)

4:30: Dudlu…Dadlaza (Dance – Musa Hlatshwayo and Mhayise Productions)

5:00: Sundowner showcase: Big Band Jazz with Debbie and George Mari

 

 

Ends

 

For more info, visit www.freshafestival.co.za. / or email info@freshafestival.co.za. Find Fresha Festival on facebook and @freshafest on twitter.

 

 

Press Release Issued by Illa Thompson of Publicty Matters

 

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