The Pitso Ya Kalaneng (A call to the Theatre) Festival takes place in the Wits Theatre complex from February 6–10.
Wits Theatre personnel spearheaded the relaunch of the annual Orientation Week Festival, a student-centered event that aims to foster collaboration and creative interchange between the Wits School of Arts and other performing arts schools in the Gauteng region.
The Pitso Ya Kalaneng Festival, which honors student talent and the performing arts, will turn Wits East Campus into a center of culture and the arts. “The Pitso Ya Kalaneng festival enhances the overall educational experience for students.” Friends of the Arts are also welcome to join us in celebrating 40 years of the Wits Theatre at the festival start. The Wits Theatre personnel, some of whom are graduates, conceptualized and planned the event after witnessing the catastrophic effects of the Covid-19 outbreak on theaters. According to Professor René Smith of the Wits School of Arts, “The Wits Theatre continues to be a significant hub in our arts and culture precinct.”
“Audiences can look forward to productions that profile student works from the Wits School of Arts, AFDA, Tshwane University of Technology, The Market Theatre Lab, and Drama for Life, and reignite connections with alumni and special guests,” says Lerato Sekele, the event organizer and Wits graduate.
The Pitso Ya Kalaneng Festival boasts several highlights, such as 12 student-led theater productions exhibiting their skills, student-run cinema screenings, student-developed digital gaming stations, a fine art exhibition featuring their works, and Foyer Flavour Jam sessions. Mashabela Galane, Jed Eye, Liso The Musician, Pertunia Msani, Leon John, and iPhupho L’Ka Biko are among the performers at the Pitso Ya Kalaneng Concert.