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HEROES OF SOUTH AFRICA (article first published : 2006-05-20)

Freedom Extravaganza is an educational theatre group founded in May 2002 by artist and director Thami Khuzwayo known as TK. Based in Newlands West, the group was formed in order to fight and tackle the social issues facing South Africa’s youth especially HIV /AIDS.

The mission of Freedom Extravaganza is to bring awareness about social issues including HIV/ AIDS, through the medium of educational theatre. The organisation consists of 24 dedicated and motivated young people practicing theatre, dance, music and poetry and aims at empowering other young people of South Africa. Most of the shows which the group has hosted include African traditional dance, songs and music and modern choreography, all composed by the members.

The latest show, Heroes of South Africa is an hour-long production about the struggles facing the country today. It refers to South Africa’s history and encourages youth to fight against HIV and AIDS, drugs, crime, poverty and corruption. The play combines Zulu songs, traditional dance and challenges scenes taken from history and life. It is powerful and evocative, educating the individual to choose between the positive and negative.

The production is available to tour to schools. More information from Armstrong Masondo on 084 671 9638 or on e-mail: freedomextravaganza@gmail.com or call Debbie Straver on 082 685 3480.




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