While the global Coronavirus pandemic has put a great deal of pressure on South Africa’s performing arts, it has also given rise to new levels of imagination and innovation as artists and organisations find ways to continue providing audiences with alternative methods of viewing and engaging with the arts. One such platform is the My Body My Space: Public Arts Festival (MBMS) which will be taking its 2021 festival into the virtual realm as the first arts festival to take place on a dedicated WhatsApp line.
Curated by The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative (FATC), and funded by The National Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC) and The National Arts Council (NAC), MBMS is committed to being as inclusive and accessible as possible in its transition to the online space in 2021. The ‘festival on your phone’ will take place from January 2021 and will take the shape of a large-scale festival of ‘Public Arts’ that is freely accessible, suitable for all ages, and that responds both in terms of its form and content to the current reality of Covid-19.
Continue reading about the Whatsapp festival:
Providing continued access to the performing arts >>
So, what does a festival on a phone look like exactly?
Local art and performance with a wide-ranging focus >>
Placing marginalised rural communities at the centre of the festival experience.
A commitment to creative collaboration >>
Some of the confirmed partners for this year’s festival include…