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My Body My Space: A performing arts festival on Whatsapp

A commitment to creative collaboration

My Body My Space online WhatsApp dance festival Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative
© Christo Doherty

Another defining feature of the MBMS festival is its commitment to partnerships. Some of the confirmed partners for this year’s festival include Wits Drama for Life, Assitej, The Outreach Foundation, The French Institute of South Africa, Lo-Def Film Factory, Phoenix and Owl, Buz Publicity, Zebra 360 Online Marketing, and Creative Feel.
     Director for Arts & Youth Development and Public Arts Programmes at the DSAC, Moleleki Ledimo explains that while virtual festivals provide excellent opportunities to broadcast the performing arts to wider audiences, remunerating artists remains a struggle, and that collaboration and partnerships with varying sponsors and organisations is key.
     ‘Public art festivals such as this animate and enliven spaces where they are shown. The artists and the audience are equal beneficiaries to the gift of creativity – artists get employed, the public gets to enjoy the show at no cost,’ explains Ledimo. ‘The sponsorship such as that of DSAC and others makes the festivals a free-of-charge event, where the artists still get some income. There exists in it or through it the possibility of working and collaborating across the country, across race, across diverse geographical spaces, across media, across the continents and the globe, with other arts communities,’
     The full festival programme and festival dates are soon to be released. As MBMS21 gears up to launch its first-ever festival on a phone, keep an eye on their Facebook page, and on Creative Feel for all the upcoming news and highlights of the festival.

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.

My Body My Space 2021 >>
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