Welcome to Our Home

IKHAYA LETHU

Welcome to

Sibikwa Arts Centre

Sibikwa takes pride in uku’bikwa – the act of pronouncing, announcing and presenting on the world stage, the in-born talents of individuals… as custodians of his-story and her-story.

We are an award-winning multi-disciplinary Centre of Excellence in South Africa that leverages the performing arts for advancement.

Welcome to Our Home

IKAYA LETHU

Welcome to

Sibikwa Arts Centre

Sibikwa takes pride in uku’bikwa – the act of pronouncing, announcing and presenting on the world stage, the in-born talents of individuals… as custodians of his-story and her-story.

We are an award-winning multi-disciplinary Centre of Excellence in South Africa that leverages the performing arts for advancement.

Our Purpose

ADVANCE the talents of South African children and youth through inclusive arts education programmes.
ADVANCE the cultural landscape with performances that entertain, educate and enlighten audiences.
ADVANCE South African stories on the global stage, in corporate environments and in educational spaces.
ADVANCE skills development and job creation through accredited vocational training programmes.
ADVANCE creative talents for people with an interest in arts approaches to career development.
ADVANCE local contexts by advocating for and democratizing access to arts and culture.

Transform Talent

A Sibikwa education balances creative fulfilment with functional skills development, enhancing abilities and self-esteem, preparing our learners for success. We transform talent into meaningful opportunities for our graduates to contribute to the industry and to their community.

Upcoming Events

DATE: AUG 9

Sibikwa Sisters Launch

Sibikwa Arts Centre Honours the 1956 Women’s March with the launch of a vibrant young female ensemble, the Sibikwa Sisters (Imbeleko).

Join us for a multi-media launch of the Sibikwa Sisters (Imbeleko) – our vibrant new female ensemble – at the Sibikwa Arts Centre, Tuesday 9 August, 3pm.  Free Entry!

The Sibikwa Arts Centre has since its inception promoted women and gender equality in the arts, using performances, festivals and workshops to raise awareness of the role the arts can play in community development. Over its 34-year history, Sibikwa has produced a host of award winning plays dealing with gender specific issues, including the seminal piece of South African theatre Wathint’ Abafazi Wathint’ Imbokodo [You Strike a Woman You Strike a Rock], Chapter 2 Section 9, amongst others.

The Sibikwa Sisters is the realisation of the dream of founder Phyllis Klotz to have a full-time female performing arts company to address gender inclusivity and in particular South African black women’s realities. The 6 Sibikwa Sisters, consisting of 5 performers and 1 videographer, are founded on the principles of Chapter 2 [Bill of Rights] Section 9 [Equality Clause] of the South African Constitution enshrining the rights of all people, and affirming the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom.

Using contemporary multi-media approaches, the Sibikwa Sisters will focus on pertinent issues such as gender based violence, teenage pregnancy, abortion, transactional sex and HIV/AIDS. The ongoing tension between traditional culture and claims to gender equality, which underpin societal struggles, will be a starting point for the creation of their inter-active presentations, videos, discussions and social media campaigns, helping to build a cohesive, transformed and stable society.

On 9 August 2022, the Sibikwa Sisters will present a multi-media programme to introduce the ensemble to the general public.

Venue: Sibikwa Arts Centre, Corner Liverpool and Bolton Roads, Benoni

Time: 3pm

Entrance: Free

For more information and media enquiries, please contact:

Company Manager: Thapelo Kotlolo

training@sibikwa.co.za

011 422 4359


DATE: AUG 17 - 25

Banna Ba Sebele (Cinga! Wenze Ndoda!)

The Sibikwa Arts Centre in Benoni was established in 1988, since its inception it has focussed on producing plays, which are issued based. Sibikwa’s first production “SO WHERE TO” was concerned with teenage pregnancy during the state of emergency, continuing in this vein, productions were mounted dealing with a variety of topics such as HIV AIDS, violence against women, women’s rights under the new dispensation to highlight a few.

In 2019, a group of young adults between the ages of 17-25 years of mixed ability came to Sibikwa wanting to attend classes in Drama, Music and Dance; thus, the Inclusive Creative Arts Programme [ICAP] was formed.  Under the direction of well-known director and playwright Smal Ndaba, the group has evolved into a dynamic young theatre company. In the year 2020, they presented “Sophiatown”, observing strict COVID protocols the production was recorded and posted on YouTube. Last year 10 new members joined the 10 original members. The ICAP group researched, workshopped and rehearsed under the guidance of Smal Ndaba, “BANNA BA SEBELE”, a production advocating for gender equality and the ending of violence against women through funding from the National Arts Council. 

“BANNA BA SEBELE” focuses on the role and responsibilities of men both young and old, and their behaviour towards women and the notion that they have a right as men to dominate women, abuse women emotionally and physically. BANNA explores the notion of tradition and violent behaviour, which is embedded in the home. The production employs a set of participatory techniques drawn from Augusto Boal’s forum theatre, where participants engage in dialogue and discussion with the actors in role and each other, members of the audience volunteer to re-direct scenes of their choice in order to change the scenes outcomes and help shift perceptions and entrenched gender norms. The production was filmed and packaged as an educational DVD, which is available for purchase.

The production is set to take place in the following venues; Ramolao Makhene, Market Theatre Precinct, Newtown, Johannesburg, from 17-19 August 2022 and at Sibikwa Arts Centre in Benoni from 23 -25 August 2022. There will be 2 performances each day at each venue; 09h30 and 12h00. Tickets are R50 per person.

For bookings and further information, please contact:

Vumile Qupe

Email: projects@sibikwa.co.za

Contact: 011-422-4359


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