A
 
Web www.artsmart.co.za
A R T S M A R T
arts news from kwazulu-natal

drama
www.artsmart.co.za
enquiries@artsmart.co.za
 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
 

NB: as of 23 September 2008, all new artSMart articles are being published on the site news.artsmart.co.za.

SISANDZA – WOMEN IN THE ARTS (article first published : 2003-02-19)

“I am delighted to introduce to the Durban community Sisandza (we are growing) Women in the Arts, the new publication highlighting women who are involved in all different art forms. I am also very excited to be teaming up with long-time friend Gugu Mbuyazi, keeping you informed quarterly on what’s taking place in the different communities around Durban,” says editor Smangele Mbeje.

“The newsletter is called Sisandza which is a Siswati word meaning “we are growing”. Because as women we grow differently every single day in our lives,” Smangele adds. “With our experiences, we grow and become stronger in making a difference to other people’s lives. The newsletter team is determined to bring women of the rainbow nation to the public’s attention, to see what they do in the community. Women who dedicate themselves to bettering and enhancing lives of other people with their artistic skills.”

Smangele and Gugu are graduates from Durban Institute of Technology (former Technikon Natal). They met in 1998 whilst doing their first year studying for a national diploma in performing arts technology.

Smangele did her final year experiential training with award-winning arts publicists, Publicity Matters, which specialises in promoting theatre and live events. She works with Durban Arts as a community reporter for the award-winning D’ARTS Magazine and spent a year as publicist for the Curtain Raiser Programme at the City Hall Steps Lunch Hour Concert working under the guidance of D’ARTS Editor Caroline Smart.

Smangele was born and grew-up in the Durban township of Kwa Makhutha, ultimately completing matric in Kwa Makhutha Comprehensive High School. At present she also works with Jerry Pooe of Eager Artists Theatre Company.

Gugu Mbuyazi is the assistant editor of Sisandza - Women in the Arts; she has been passionate about the arts since she was in high school. Born, raised and schooled in eMpangeni she did art, drama and music performances as her major subjects in Empangeni High School.

She’s been involved in a variety of art projects, working with the youth in Ngwelezane township. She worked at the Playhouse Company as part of her experiential training as an assistant stage manager.

Smangele adds: "The Sisandza team is grateful to D’ARTS Editor, Caroline Smart for her tremendous support and guidance in the initiation of Women in the Arts project which has been launched, thanks to funding from the Royal Netherlands Embassy."

For more details contact Smangele Mbeje on 083 511 1407.




 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
a co-production by caroline smart services and .durbanet. site credits
copyright © subsists in this page. all rights reserved. [ edit ] copyright details  artsmart