Jozi Satire and Comedy Fest

The Sustaining Theatre and Dance (STAND) Foundation aims to stimulate innovation in dance and theatre while providing opportunities for those involved in the sector, to create, perform and earn some income during these times when the sector has been decimated by restrictions imposed by COVID-19 lockdowns.

The Sustaining Theatre and Dance (STAND) Foundation aims to stimulate innovation in dance and theatre while providing opportunities for those involved in the sector, to create, perform and earn some income during these times when the sector has been decimated by restrictions imposed by COVID-19 lockdowns.

In a bid to put this mission into effect, STAND Foundation has partnered with the City of Johannesburg to host monthly mini-festivals in various genres; joining forces to impact the talented youth. The Jozi Satire & Comedy Fest will be hosted over the weekend of 25-27 June 2021 in hybrid form, both digitally on STAND Foundation’s YouTube channel, and physically at Tin Town Theatre and the National School of Arts in Joburg CBD as well as the TX Theatre in Tembisa on the respective dates.

About The Jozi Satire & Comedy Festival

This festival will be mainly aimed at encouraging new writing and performance in comedy and satire; ultimately, growing the industry and its reach. Additionally, it will be a necessary tool for the identification and provision of opportunities and platforms for new entrants into these genres, with the sharing of expertise from the likes of Kate Goliath of Goliath & Goliath.

The talent-studded will have four components which are Stand-up comedy, Comedy sketches, Physical comedy, and Satirical sketches. Among the acts will be hilarious Tyson Ngubeni, best known for his rather peculiar satirical sketches and parodies.

Speaking on the intended impact of the festival, STAND Foundation board member, Lesego van Niekerk shared; “The youth of 1976 rose up to claim their voices and their future. This weekend festival provides a platform for today's youth to share their insights, their fears and hopes using comedy and satire as their cultural weapons. We live in challenging times - comedy and humour help us to get through these times.”

In its running period, the festival will focus on encouraging both innovation in the actual work produced as well as the identification and nurturing of new talents in these areas. It will, however, still be open to established creators and performers. As part of the overarching purpose of the festival in the equipping and grooming of new voices into the genres, the festivals will be accompanied by free workshops and a panel discussion. These will afford the new entrants an opportunity to receive training and mentorship to hone their skills and their creative work.

Further details are available on Facebook and Instagram, @standfoundationsa. The festival is running from 25-27 June 2021 at Tin Town Theatre, The National School of Arts and TX Theatre. Tickets to the shows can be purchased on webtickets for only R50 each.

Contact Mkhokheli Dlamini on 078 253 9203/dlaminimkhokheli@gmail.com for more info. Follow @standfoundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for immediate updates.

Media Enquiries: Mkhokheli Dlamini. 078 253 9203. dlaminimkhokheli@gmail.com

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