“Wathint Abafazi Wathint’ imbokodo” – If you strike a women, you strike a rock
Every year on the August 9 Women’s Day is celebrated in South Africa. This holiday pays homage to all the women of our nation – the wives, mothers, sisters and daughters – who fought against the tyranny of the Apartheid government. We remember and commemorate strong women who led the 1956 protest like Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn.
This year in Cape Town we will be celebrating the 8th Women Humanity Arts Festival. The festival will start with a prayer at the historic St. George’s Catheral in Cape Town and then all the attending women will march to the Artscape Theatre. This will be followed by a tea and coffee break and then the festivities will commence, celebrating women who worked to better their lives through ballet, theatre, music and song. We will see performances by award-winning dancer and choreographer Mamela Nyamza, the songstress Zanne Stapelberg and actress and comedian Shaleen Surtie-Richards. There will also be an incredible performance by Gladys Bullock’s wheelchair dancers.
The Next 48hOURS have also teamed up to bring every woman a full day of entertainment and pampering. There will be hand massages on offer by Eternal Child, beautiful sleek clothing by Cheri Designs and an interactive drumming session by Djembe Drumming. Lunch will be served to all women who attend the Artscape festivities on that day.
The city of Cape Town will also host women from disabled and disenfranchised communities and women and men from all walks of life. The celebrations will start in the city in Long Street at Fiction Bar on Friday, August 8. The party will feature an all-female line-up of acts that reflect the beauty and diversity of Mzani’s women. The well renowned DJ Vanessa Holliday will also lay down some thundering beats and debut her new live acoustic project Holliday+Finch. Tickets for this will cost R60 on the night and for every gent who purchases a ticket, a lady will be able to enter for free.
The Iziko National Art Gallery will host women for a mass-drawing doodle session. The gathering is part of the “1000 drawings – Doodle for a Difference” project, which calls on artists, photographers, creatives and stick-men sketchers to donate an A5 artwork that will be sold at a massive one-night exhibition on Thursday, August 28. All proceeds will go towards upgrading the Thomas Wildschutt Primary School in Retreat. Access to the event is free and will be held from 11am to 3pm.
Women can also treat themselves to a scrumptious spread of finger sandwiches and sweet delights at the Women’s Day High Tea at Le Franschoek Hotel & Spa. Pre-booking is essential and the cost per person is R165 for the noon offering.
If you are the adventurous type then Claremont will be hosting a Women’s Day Adventure Boot camp class at the Norwich Oval. This open-air session will surely get your blood pumping and help shed those extra kilos. There will be complimentary smoothies, competitions and hampers as giveaways. The class is from 8.30am to 9.30am and costs R50 per pair.
* There will plenty to do in and around the city and for all events in the Mother City, be sure to visit www.48hours.co.za.