On Wednesday 11 December, the South African State Theatre in Pretoria will host an array of South Africa’s artistic greats utilising their talents to honour the life and legacy of fallen national and international hero Nelson Mandela through song, dance, storytelling and theatrical performances.

This celebration of Madiba’s life is one of the responses from the Arts and Culture sector celebrating the life of Madiba. The event is open to the public at no cost, and starts at 19h30. It will continue well into the night, accommodating those who will have gone to the public viewing of Madiba at the Union Buildings.

Sibongile Khumalo is co-artistic director of the event alongside Aubrey Sekhabi.

Says Khumalo, “This is an opportunity for South African performers to come together and, through cultural expression and reflection, pay tribute to a man who honoured and appreciated South African artists. Madiba was a patriot who showed us all that it is possible to have a vision for this country and live for it.”

Jerry Mofokeng will introduce the story of Mandela and his origins. The line up will include an intergenerational mix of performers including Sipho Mabuse, Gcina Mhlophe, Simphiwe Dana, Dr Sello Galane, Gauteng Choristers Conducted By Sidwell Mhlongo, Jessica Mbangeni In Collaboration With A Drumming Troupe, Vuyani Dance Theatre, Mak Manaka and Ayanda Nhlangothi.

Jesicca Mbangeni famous Xhosa praise singer and craft designer to participate during Madiba memorial art festival Pretoria ZA 11 December 2013 19:30

Excerpts from the play “The Rivonia Trial” will provide the golden thread through which the reflection will unfold in the voices of Sello Maake ka Ncube, Fezile Mpela, Harriet Manamela, David James, Renos Spaundolos, Xolile Tshabalala, Tshallo Chokow and Max Papo.

“Every performance will focus on capturing the current mood of the people which is reflective, celebratory, honouring and humanising,” said Khumalo.

Seating is on a First Come First Served basis. Secure underground Parking is available at the theatre.

The Nelson Mandela Memorial Concert is supported by the national Department of Arts and Culture, its structures and non-governmental organisations in the arts.

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