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Brand South Africa engages industry key players at the RapidLion Film Festival

Brand South Africa is proud to have collaborated with RapidLion - The South African International Film Festival - for the third consecutive year, hosting...

Brand South Africa in partnership with RapidLion Film Festival unpacks, “What to do to...

Johannesburg, Wednesday 27 February 2019 – Brand South Africa is proud to collaborate with RapidLion Film Festival for the third consecutive year, taking place...

South African International Film Festival 2018

Johannesburg, Tuesday 27 February – Brand South Africa in collaboration with RapidLion Film Festival also known as the South African International Film Festival, will...

South Africa’s youth shine at Children’s Monologues charity benefit

The Children's Monologues is a spoken-word performance piece of soliloquies and testimonies of South African children about their country, performed by some of the...

Tribute to South African theatre great

To mark the 20th anniversary of the death of legendary South African theatre-maker Barney Simon, the Baxter Theatre Centre is restaging his riveting docudrama Born in the RSA at the National Arts Festival. Still relevant today, it reminds us of our painful past.

SS Mendi tragedy on stage at the Soweto Theatre

On 21 February 1917, the SS Mendi troopship carrying more than 800 black South African men sank off the Isle of Wight in the British Channel. The bravery of the men as they stared death in the face is portrayed on staged at the Soweto Theatre.

SS Mendi tragedy on stage at the Soweto Theatre

On 21 February 1917, the SS Mendi troopship carrying more than 800 black South African men sank off the Isle of Wight in the British Channel. The bravery of the men as they stared death in the face is portrayed on staged at the Soweto Theatre.

South African shopping mall development shows strong growth

The development of shopping centres is on the rise in South Africa, spurred on by the emerging middle class and the unprecedented growth in urbanisation in the country.

South African shopping mall development shows strong growth

The development of shopping centres is on the rise in South Africa, spurred on by the emerging middle class and the unprecedented growth in urbanisation in the country.

It’s SA season in Edinburgh

anne taylorBy Anne Taylor
14 August 2013

A wide range of South African productions are part of this year's Edinburgh Fringe – and are receiving rave reviews from critics, bloggers and audiences alike as they give audiences a crash course in the complexities of this country.


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Chiminae Ball, Faniswa Yisa, Jennie Reznek in Voices Made NightChiminae Ball, Faniswa Yisa, Jennie Reznek in Voices Made Night UK company The Assembly cherrypicks productions from international festivals and presents them at four different venues in Edinburgh during the festival. This year sees its second "South African season". 

Last year, it kicked off with the runaway hit, Mies Julie – South African playwright and director Yael Farber's adaption of the Strindberg play, Miss Julie. She's back at The Assembly this year to stage another unflinching and challenging piece. While not set in South Africa, Nirbhaya (which means 'fearless' in Hindi) takes on the challenge of sexual violence against women.

A collaboration between Farber and seven Indian performers, it recounts the attack of Jyoti Singh Pandey, the young medical student who was gang-raped on a Delhi bus. Laura Barnett, theatre critic for The Telegraph has described it as "one of the most powerful pieces of theatre I've ever seen".

South African productions that are are in Edinburgh this year are there because of support from local institutions such as UCT's The Baxter and The State Theatre. The productions include:

Solomon and Marion
Solomon and Marion is a festival fringe sell-out. Starring Janet Suzman as an ageing South African divorcee whose only surviving child has emigrated to Australia, and Khayalethu Anthony, the grandson of her former housekeeper, this moving two hander was written by Lara Foot. Picked as a fringe top tip by The Guardian, the "refreshing" play also received four stars from The Times.