Local art and performance with a wide-ranging focus
MBMS 2021 continues its strong Development Focus through the Arteries and Development Programme as well as its commitment to placing marginalised rural communities at the centre of the festival experience alongside established artists within this digital festival format. Having taken place annually in Emakhazeni, Mpumalanga for five years, the MBMS festival has been known to work with the local community. In this virtual iteration, the festival will continue to work with local artists, dance groups, and youth, as well as a host of established national and international artists to create content collaboratively and through a mentored process for the platform.
For this year’s festival, artists have been called to respond to, and have been selected based on their alignment with, the festival’s curatorial and thematic focus which aims to, among other things, ‘Celebrate and reclaim our bodies and our spaces – both real and virtual.’
‘Audiences can expect to experience works from across a broad range of disciplines, from established artists to emerging voices, artists from several African countries as well as artists working in local rural communities, work by children and youth and for children and youth, and work by seasoned professionals,’ says Sabbagha.
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