The 13th annual Suidoosterfees runs until Monday.
The six-day festival uses theatre performances, comedy, music, historical tours, art exhibitions and more to pay tribute to the people of Cape Town.
This year the festival takes place at the Artscape Theatre, the Fugard Theatre and the District Six Homecoming Centre. The festival is using performances to mark the 50th anniversary of the eviction of District Six residents.
A new work which been commissioned as part of the festival is the theatre production Kristalvlakte, which extends beyond the festival to run until May 7 at the Fugard Theatre. It is a drama written by Amy Jephta which celebrates the life and work of the late Professor Jakes Gerwel. The play focuses on individuals surviving against the backdrop of a drug-fuelled community.
Invisible is a production written and performed by Vinette Ebrahim, and focuses on the story of a woman in Cape Town who ended up living on the streets, and explores the reasons behind what leads many to do so.
Lighter fare includes Dr Moosa Prescribes with comedians Riaad Moosa, KG Mokgadi, Yaaseen Barnes and Schalk Bezuidenhout. Another promising comedy show is Die Afrikaansvatter, a satirical look at Afrikaans as a language in different forms across cultures, by Simon Witbooi (also known as Hemelbesem).
Musical highlights include Huistoe, a musical celebration of culture and history through the eyes of the people who witnessed and experienced life in District Six. The show is directed by Alistair Izobell and features music by Don Vino Prins.
There is also children’s theatre in the form of Rooikappie en die Wolf, based on the fairytale Little Red Riding Hood by the Brothers Grimm.
Performances run throughout the day. Tickets for the various events are available from Computicket. Admission prices range from free up to R200.
l For more information visit www.suidoosterfees.co.za.