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Independent theatres create access to the arts

Small theatres give artists across disciplines a home in which to experiment and realise their artistic visions when they are shut out of South Africa’s traditional cultural spaces. Even as Covid-19 has ravaged the cultural and creative sector, in South Africa and abroad, independent theatre

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Albertina Sisulu – A spirit that binds two countries

Artlooks & Artlines is a monthly column written by Ismail Mahomed, CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation. The city of Reggio Emilia in Italy may not be as well known to South Africans as Rome, Milan or Venice, but its claim to fame is as the birthplace of the

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Great strides for arts advocacy for young audiences

Artlooks & Artlines is a monthly column written by Ismail Mahomed, CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation. Access to the arts for young people in South Africa has grown significantly over the past decade. Thanks to the passionate and visionary work of the South African chapter of ASSITEJ International,

Johannesburg’s theatres define the soul of the city

Artlooks & Artlines is a monthly column written by Ismail Mahomed, CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation. With a growing circuit of independent theatre venues and newer arts festivals popping up in some of the most unusual places in Johannesburg, the city is proving that it is alive and

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An Oasis of Hope and Creativity in Hillbrow

Artlooks & Artlines is a monthly column written by Ismail Mahomed, CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation. Hillbrow, a high-rise and densely populated suburb in the inner-city of Johannesburg, is hardly ever likely to hit the glossy pages of a cultural-tourism magazine. For 13 consecutive years, the suburb

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