The biennial Afrovibes Festival returns to Contact this October following 2010's inaugural festival.
Afrovibes 2012 offers a diverse programme of performance from South Africa and beyond, including theatre, dance, music and spoken word.
In addition to the performances in the main theatre spaces, Contact Lounge will be transformed into the Township Cafe serving authentic African fare plus debates, post-show talks, late night music and workshops, with local performers adding to the programme as part of the Afrovibes Fringe.
The programme includes Mother to Mother, which tells the story of American Fullbright scholar Amy Biehl killed in the Gugulethu township of Cape Town by four youths, Inception, which is a complex, textured dance solo and an intense physical and psychological journey into the psyche of a young female artist and Thirst, which depicts the fortunes and misfortunes of three water carriers from an African village that has run dry.
Also showing is And the Girls in their Sunday Dresses by Zakes Mda, performed by Lesego Motsepe and Hlengiwe Lushaba, My Exile is in My Head, a solo dance / physical theatre piece inspired by Wole Soyinka’s prison notes, The Man Died, and Contact's Black Sound Series presents a special one-off performance featuring Elizabeth Troy, Kaleidoscope Orchestra and more alongside the Sibikwa African Indigenous Orchestra, a ten-piece orchestra that gives a celebration of the traditional and the new.
Check out video & photos from all the performances below, and download a festival brochure PDF here