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Wits Theatre launches Pitso Ya Kalaneng Student Festival

- Wits University

The Wits Theatre complex opens its doors to this student-led festival taking place from 06 to 10 February.

Wits Theatre is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and has relaunched its annual Orientation Week festival, initiated by Wits Theatre staff. 

The festival seeks to facilitate collaboration and creative exchange within the Wits School of Arts with other performing arts institutions in the Gauteng province.

The Pitso Ya Kalaneng Festival will transform Wits East Campus into a cultural and creative hub, celebrating student talent and the performing arts. “The Pitso Ya Kalaneng festival contributes to a holistic student experience. The festival launch also provides an opportunity for friends of the Arts to join us in recognising four decades of the Wits Theatre. The event was conceptualised and organised by Wits Theatre staff, some of whom are Wits alumni, who observed the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on theatres. The Wits Theatre remains an important hub in our arts and culture precinct,” said Prof René Smith of the Wits School of Arts.   

Event organiser and Wits alumna, Lerato Sekele, explains: “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.”

Highlights of the Pitso Ya Kalaneng Festival include: 12 Theatre Productions, showcasing student talent; student film screenings; Digital Gaming Stations from student developers; a fine art exhibition of student works and Foyer Flavour Jam sessions. The Pitso Ya Kalaneng Concert features Mashabela Galane, Jed Eye, Liso The Musician, Pertunia Msani, Leon John and iPhupho L’Ka Biko.

Entrances for visitors, theatre patrons and guests:

  • For day time shows – all visitors should park at the visitors parking on Yale Road at the Planetarium
  • Station Street Entrance & Solomon Mahlangu visitors parking will only be available from 17h00 onwards
  • For high schools coming to attend – all schools should report to Wits University an hour before the show, park busses at the visitors parking at the Planetarium and may their way to the Wits Theatre  
  • For visitors on foot, please use the Sutton Close Entrance, to scan your ID and make your way to the Wits Theatre
  • For Uber drop off – please use Sutton Close Entrance, to scan your ID and make your way to the Wits Theatre
  • Vistors are advised to have their ID’s on hand when coming to the Festival to watch shows
  • For visitors driving they will have to present their drivers licence at the entrance for scanning

Pitso Ya Kalaneng Student Festival