Savannah Trust has done it again!! Southern African Developing Countries (SADC) Theatre Camp 2018 came about and this time, bigger than last year. This was the 2nd edition of the camp that started last year with only Zimbabwe and South Africa. This time with 5 countries participating namely Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique.
The camp took place alongside the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA). All the participants got accredited to attend and experience the beauty of HIFA. Thank you Savannah Trust and HIFA for coming up with such an exquisite arrangement. In March 2018, Savannah sent out a call for participation. More than 75 applications were brought in and only 10 creatives managed to make it through. Congratulations!! And not forgetting, yours truly was part of the final 10.
The camp was held in Harare and it was a 10 day intensive workshop (training) that focused on theatre making, script writing and arts management. The whole idea of focusing on the SADC region is that there is so much talent within the region that needs to be nurtured or rather used effectively.
Some SADC countries for instance are closer to Europe than they are to their neighbouring countries. With this initiative, Savannah Trust is slowly closing that gap for there is need for convergence within the SADC region creatives and promotion of collaborations. If we look at it in this way, this particular collaboration will not only enhance the creativity but rather bring about economic change within the region.
It is long overdue that Southern African countries come together to share ideas on the creative cultural arts. In fact the need for an arts festival celebrating the sub-continent talent cannot be overstated. If programmes like Big brother Africa and even in soccer, Cosafa cup can be held why therefore can we not have something for theatre creatives to showcase the different talents and lifestyles from Southern African Countries?
As we wrapped up the workshop i took time to have conversations with fellow participants who shared with me some of their experiences in Harare.
MANDISI SINDO (SOUTH AFRICA)
“SADC Theatre Camp 2018 was inspiration, collaborative and self-motivating. From participants, facilitators to Savannah Trust, a family was born to share skills and ideas”
LEE KABANGO (ZAMBIA)
“The camp was educational”
LEBO MAZIBUKO (SOUTH AFRICA)
“The Savannah Trust Camp went beyond just imparting new skills to us as actors and writers but it setup a space where we as SADC artists could exchange and share knowledge and culture. We not only walk out of the camp as better equipped to move forward as one body through integration towards building a solid and fruitful arts industry on our continent”
KATLEGO KAGO MONONYANE (BOTSWANA)
Actress/ Theatre Administrator at Ghetto Artists Botswana. Does advocacy and skills development among young people and women.
“The CAMP is a very good initiative that empower artists among SADC and a very great platform to establish professional collaboration and networking”
AUGUSTINE LUNGU JNR (ZAMBIA)
Actor/Writer/Spoken word poet.
AUGUSTINE SAYS, “The camp was excellent. Eccentric”
KATLEHO CHALE (SOUTH AFRICA)
South African Story teller/Writer/ Actor/ Voice over specialist.
KATLEGO SAYS, “The SADC camp was transformational and has given me a fresh start and relatable approach to telling stories”
SILVANA POMBAL (MOZAMBIQUE)
Actress/ University Student (Theatre)
“The camp was literally a resource of knowledge, motivation and inspiration for me. Being in a place where people are good in what they do despite their baggage. Seeing that people are showing interest in learning and contributing to the progression of others has been proof that the theatre sector is transforming and uniting nations”
TAFADZWA BOB MUTUMBI (ZIMBABWE)
“The Camp was very empowering, practical, provocative, grounded”
For me the camp was enriching. There is need to encourage such programmes as the cross pollination of creatives does not only bring different cultures together but also pushes the boundaries of production making among SADC countries.
It will be of great injustice not to acknowledge other people who took their time to grace this camp. These individuals worked hand in hand with the SADC Theatre camp participants and made the camp a memorable one. These include the facilitators; Daniel Maposa, Leonard Matsa and Monageng Vice Motshabi.
More so appreciation goes to Savannah Trust Team; Rumbidzai Karize Hungwe, Nyasha Chagonda, Judith Sikayi, Joe Mafana Tobias, Teddy Mangawa. Fellow artists; Brezhnev Guvheya and Sitshengisiwe Olinda Siziba,The Zimbabwe Theatre Academy Team (ZTA) and HIFA. Not forgetting Prohelvetia who sponsored the SADC Camp.
Congratulations and Good Luck to all 2018 Participants. May you be great alumni of SADC, You have been trained and given a platform to exchange ideas. It’s upon you to develop and showcase that talent not only in your home countries but also interms of collaboration.
Come 2019, SADC Theatre Camp is adding Malawi as the 6th country.
2017 Participants, welcome a new addition to the family. 2019 – May it bring wonders!