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The Olive Tree Theatre will re-launch on Freedom Day

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Performing arts centre, the Olive Tree theatre will welcome visitors from 27 April 2018.

In honour of the country’s democratic anniversary the Olive Tree theatre will open its doors to visitors on Friday 27 April 2018.

The Olive Tree will be housed in a new space located in the heart of Alexandra.

This performing arts venue was dreamt up by Ntshieng Mokgoro who won the coveted Standard Bank Young Artist award in 2009. Despite having no formal training, this young creative opened the Olive Tree theatre with the Womxn’s Theatre Festival in 2012.

The Olive Tree has since become known for its alternative approach to theatre making. The venue is an open creative space for artists seeking to celebrate African communities.

The mission of this creative hub is to celebrate the ‘abundance of talent in the black community, in the township’. The curators believe that women “should be at the forefront of the growth of the theatre industry; and not at its fringes.’

Earlier this year, Nondumiso Lwasi Msimanga was appointed as the Olive Tree’s artistic director. Msimanga is a performance artist, theatre-maker, writer, and independent academic.

The opening of the new Olive Tree venue will be a celebration of freedom.

Msimanga has said that, “The Olive Tree Theatre is a space to explore all our freedoms…it is a space to challenge the expression of those freedoms. It is a space to celebrate how free we are despite our daily challenges.”

The new venue for the Olive Tree theatre is located at: Yarona Building 89 Watt Ave cnr 3rd Street Wynberg Johannesburg Gauteng.

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