That loving feeling at Suidoosterfees

With its theme of “‘n Fees van Liefde” (“A Festival of Love”), the Suidoosterfees 2012 at Artscape from February 14 to 19 aims to provide a festival lineup that showcases a love for the arts, loved ones, family and for life.

Many of the country’s most famous faces will perform at the festival during its six days. The likes of Vinette Ebrahim and Christo Davids (in ‘My Naam/Name is Ellen Pakkies’), Vuyelwa Booi and Kim Cloete (in ‘Dit Voel Leeg’), 2011 Kanna-Slurpie prize winner Shimmy Isaacs (in the hit comedy ‘Howzit my Bra’), Emo and Loukmaan Adams (in ”n Plekkie in die Son … Mitchells Plain se Mense’) will grace the various stages, with Casper de Vries also featuring in naughty performance prepared especially for the Suidoosterfees.

Music favourites like Rocco de Villiers, Auriol Hays, Ringo Madlingozi, the Delft Big Band and popular Cape Town drag artist Odidiva will further entertain audiences. What could be better than kicking the festival off with a dance on February 14? The Kuier Valentines Dance will allow couples to express their love for another on the dance floor.

The Suidoosterfees will also debut a host of brand new theatre productions. This will include the Africa premiere of the highly entertaining opera ‘Viva la Mamma’, with the role of “the mamma”, Donna Agata, being sung by baritone Siyabulela Ntale, who will be dressed to the nines for the part.

The musical production ”n Plekkie in die Son… Mitchells Plain se Mense’ will tell the stories of the Cape Flats suburb’s past through comedy, dance and of course music.
A new coffee table book by Artscape’s Marlene le Roux with Mitchell’s Plain as its subject will also be launched at the event.

The Afrikaans play ‘Dit Voel Leeg’, based on the British playwright Lucy Kirkwood’s ‘It Felt Empty When The Heart Went At First But It Is Alright Now’ and translated by Hugo Taljaard will feature television’s Kim Cloete as an innocent girl of Rehoboth who gets lured to Cape Town, only to become a sex worker. ‘7de Laan’ actress Vuyelwa Booi will also feature in the production that is directed by Henry Mylne.

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* Ticket prices range from R50 for students and R75 for senior citizen to R90 full price. Block bookings are available. Book at Computicket on 0861 915 8000, at any Shoprite Checkers outlet and on-line atwww.computicket.co.za.