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Zasekhaya Market Venue: Mary Fitzgerald Square Date: 9 August at 10h00 to 16h00 Entrance: Free Zasekhaya Market will hold an open craft market on the Saturday of the festival. Crafts will be sold and lots will be on offer to keep the children entertained.

R&B at the Bassline Venue: Bassline Date: 9 August from 21h00 Tickets R50 from Bassline or Computicket Featuring Nonhlanhla Nciza, Loyisa Bala, KB, and a DJ to finish off the night ‘Mentoring women in jazz’ Venue: Nikis Oasis Date: 8 and 9 August from 20h00 Entrance: free Featuring Babalwa Mangaliso and Nosisi Mavela on Friday night and Brenda Joyce Quartet on Saturday night All women receive a free glass of wine with their meal Are you a woman or what? Venue: Carfax Date: 9 August from 21h00 Featuring Missred, DJ Amanda and C4 All women and drag queens will receive free entrance and a complimentary drink on arrival Venue: Cappello Date: 8 and 9 August from 22h00 Entrance: free Party time with DJs performing until late 10% off pizza and pasta meals, as well as cocktails, for women Venue: Sophiatown Date: 8 and 9 August from 20h00 Entrance: free DJs, including DJ Nicky B, and performing artists Venue: Kospotong Date: 8 and 9 August from 08h00 Entrance: free Presenting Likwid Tongue, a fashion show and DJs



BACK Venue: The Dance Factory Date: 8, 9 and 10 August (Friday 19h30, Saturday 18h00 and Sunday 14h30) Booking at Computicket or at the door Tickets: R35.50 and R30 at the door The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative presents PJ Sabbagha's BACK performed by Dada Masilo and Lulu Mlangeni, originally commissioned by the FNB Dance Umbrella 2008. Music by Antonio Vivaldi performed by Nigel Kennedy. Phantom Limbs Venue: Museum Africa Date: 9 August at 12h30 and 15h30 Entrance: free A dance art work between women for women exploring the beauty of every woman and her glittery toys and gadgets presented by Agulhas Theatre Works-ATW. Choreographed by Gladys Agulhas, winner of the DAC Mosadi wa Konokono Award 2007 (Woman of Substance) and featuring Gladys Agulhas, Stacey Rosen (visual artist), Makhosto Sompane (dancer on wheels), and Ntombizodwa String Quartet and pianist.  

film • drama • dance • craft • music • photography • open stage
Ten Bush Venue: The Market Theatre Date: 8 and 9 August at 20h15 and 10 August 15h30 Booking at Computicket or Market Theatre Ten Bush is a provocative new play written by well known writers Craig Higginson and Mncedici Shanbangu and directed by Shanbangu. The work deals with perceptions around witchcraft and is set in a local context.

Newtown Open Stage Venue: Public spaces in Newtown Date: Throughout the weekend The Newtown Management District with the support of the Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Recreation and Culture present the Newtown Open Stage – this component of the weekend will ensure that the festival is felt on the streets, amongst pedestrians and commuters through the Newtown district, with ‘free’ performances being offered to create a welcoming and exciting atmosphere. The highlight of Open Stage will be performances by Anthea Moys. You never know what to expect from this powerful local performance artist, except that it is likely to be playful if not hilarious and that it is bound to surprise. Fans of this great young artist are put on notice that she will not be working alone and that she can be seen with large groups at 12h00 and again at 14h00 on Mary Fitzgerald Square on 9 August.

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Edgars Music Series Venue: Bassline Date: 8 August from 21h00 Tickets R50 from Bassline or Computicket Featuring Lira, Zonke, Chomee and DJ Zinhle

In Transit Venue: The Market Photo Workshop Gallery Date: Opens 6 August at 18h00, 8 and 9 August from 09h00 to 20h00 (closes 13 September) Entrance: free In Transit, a photography exhibition at the Market Photo Workshop will showcase works by students and ex-students of the Photo Workshop. This exhibition will focus on the role women play in society through investigating the complex negotiation of urban environments that women face every day. The time spent waiting to be able to cross the boundaries between urban and rural, suburban and township becomes an in between space that exists before and after these activities. The relationship and dynamic of this movement in the city is a crucial one. Movement becomes the metaphor for the complex relationships and situations that structure the lives of women in South Africa today.

18h30 Land Of Thirst Feature drama (99min), SA 2008 Dir: Meg Rickards Red carpet Premiere Launch: A historical romance set in the Karoo in 1913. A charming ‘period piece’ featuring an extraordinary love story about two people far ahead of their time, caught in the crosscurrents of emergent South Africa, on the eve of the passage of the infamous Natives Land Act. (Q&A with the director) 11h00 Bongani Umama Documentary (49min) Dir/Producer: Liza Aziz This documentary celebrates the remarkable contribution women in Kwa-Zulu Natal are making as they are recruited and trained to take on demanding construction work. 12h00 Nikiwe Documentary (52min) SA, 2005 Dir/Producer: Ingrid Gavshon Since her mother passed away in 1997, 15 year old Nikiwe has looked after her brothers for seven years. Their lives are devastatingly difficult, and yet they radiate the most unconquerable characteristics of the human spirit – hope and joy. (Q&A with the director) 13h30 Flowers of the Nation Documentary (48min) SA, 2007 Dir: Rina Jooste A moving and nostalgic film about the role of spirited and brave women who fought on both sides of the apartheid war and the impact it has on their lives today. (Q&A with the director and some of the cast) 15h15 Iron Ladies Of Liberia Documentary (52min) USA, 2007 Dir: Siatta Scott Johnson and Daniel Junge This fascinating fly-on-the-wall account of the first year of power for Africa’s first woman president provides a glimpse of just how effective a group of women can be on one civil-war-strewn African nation. In 2005, the majority of Liberia’s shell-shocked population voted in Africa’s first women president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. 11h00 Courting Justice Documentary (78min) SA, 2008 Dir: Jane Lipman This film is an absorbing insight into the land’s top female judges and effectively reveals the real women behind the gowns and the gavels. (Q&A with the director) 12h30 Animation Shorts Fiction: SA, 2008 Creative Producer: Isabel Rorke (Anamazing Workshop) • Sankembe’s Strawberry Shake by Karen Botha • Bova and Sam by Mdu Ntuli • Kwait – Ou’s Big Hit by Julie Hall • Chameleon’s Toungue by Jane Halford (Q&A with the directors)

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13h00 Affectionately Known As Alex Documentary (25min) Egypt, 2005 Courtesy of: Filmmakers Against Racism (FAR) Dir: Danny Turken (USA) A gripping insight into the frustrated reality of life in Alexander Township, filmed in the preceding months that led to the outbreak of xenophobic violence in May 2008. (Q&A with the producer Neil Brandt) 14h15 50 Years of Love Documentary (98min) SA, 2008 Dir: Karin Slater 50 Years of Love addresses the institution of marriage and its relevance in today’s society. (Q&A with the director) 15h15 Black Sunday Documentary (48min) SA, 2007 Dir: Karabo Lediga and Tamsin Andersson On most Sundays, Soweto saw a 'congregation' of young artists gather in open spaces in honour of a movement they simply call, Black Sunday. (Q&A with the Director and Producer)

Women and Science fri 8 aug
Venue: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre Date: 8 and 9 August Entrance: free Join in as we celebrate women scientists and young women who are making their mark in science. On Friday 8 August, as part of our programme, we will invite young women scientists to speak to learners about their careers in science. Then, on Saturday 9 August, we will celebrate Women’s Day with Hip2B2. Both days will include: Guest speakers from Women in Business and leading women scientists A brand new Science Show designed and run exclusively by young women scientists Demonstrations of practical science activities that can be easily and cheaply conducted at home or school Theatre performances on Newtown Park by the Sibikwa Arts Centre aimed at sparking discussion on the issue of gender

Master Classes
Brought to you by Women of the Sun in partnership with the heCommandments series directors project supported by the NFVF, SABC and the Binger Filmlab. Ate de Jong From 1976 to 1986 Ate de Jong directed six feature films in The Netherlands including A Flight of Rainbirds, Burning Love and Shadow of Victory. He moved to Hollywood where he wrote and directed some of many TV series one of which was an episode of Miami Vice. More recently, he directed three US feature films: Highway to Hell (starring Chad Lowe, Kristy Swanson, Gilbert Gotfried and Ben Stiller), Drop Dead Fred and Fog bound. The last twelve years he has been working out of London where notably he produced international features; All Men Are Mortal, thriller Fogbound, Left Luggage and The Discovery Of Heaven. Venue: Museum Africa Boardroom Date: 8 August (15h00 to 17h00) Cost: R50 (free for members of Women of the Sun) Susan Korda For the last 22 years Susan Korda has worked as an editor and story consultant in the United States, Europe and South Africa. Most notably, she edited the Academy Award nominated documentary ‘For All Mankind’ and was editor and co-director on Sandi Du Bowski’s ‘Trembling Before G-d’. Korda lives in New York City and is currently working on her feature ‘Mazel’, to be shot in Vienna, Austria. Her other work includes ‘Vienna is Different’ and ‘One of Us’. Venue: Museum Africa Boardroom Date: 9 August (10h00 to 13h00) Cost: R50 (free for members of Women of the Sun)

Women, words, wonder sat 9 aug
Venue: Xarra Books Date: 8 August 18h00 – late and 9 August at 15h00 and 18h00 Entrance: Free but seats are limited so email or phone (011) 832 3069 to reserve your place Poetry evening on Friday at 18h00 til late with Nomakhosazana Xaba, Ntsiki Mazwai and Donna Smith from Jamaica. Also to be launched that night is ‘Tongues of their Mothers’ by Nomakhosazana Xaba who will be in conversation with Pumla Gqola. Literary sessions on Saturday with Joyce Jenje–Makwenda from Zimbabwe at 15h00 and Futhi Ntshingila author of 'Shameless' at 18h00.

‘So you want to be a filmmaker?’ This workshop is an introduction into the industry and is targeted at women who would like to enter the film and TV industry but do not know where to start, how the industry works and how their skills /talent can fit in. Venue: Museum Africa Boardroom Date: 9 August (14h00 to 17h00) Cost: R50 - Free for Women

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