Live and Virtual Botho Heritage International Arts Festival!

Updated: Sep 29

KZN’s WUSHWINI Pan African Arts Centre will host its seventh annual art festival, live from 24 - 27 September, and online from 28 September - 4 October.


At first, Festival director Jerry Pooe said that the festival was going to take place virtually, “but after the president’s announcement which took the country to level one, we have decided to make urgent changes so we can host it virtually and do a live event. Even our theme had to change to accommodate the format of this event. Both live and virtual will take place simultaneously.”


The theme is now: Live and Virtual Botho Heritage International Arts Festival “umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu”.


Matshitshi Ngema and Mabhuku Dludla who will be performing at Live and Virtual Botho Heritage International Arts Festival ‘umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu’.

“We warmly welcome all our festival artists and audiences. This seventh festival is happening during the difficult times of Covid-19, when the whole world is fighting the virus ravishing our people. As artists, we will never give up in feeding the souls of our nations, hence we continue with our annual festival. Together we can beat the virus. It is important that we celebrate who we are,” Jerry said.



Without heritage, our culture, our roots, our history, we are a lost nation. "Botho" is Sotho, meaning "ubuntu". Non-practice of ubuntu, which is what defines us as Africans, leaves us as soulless humans. For this reason, we stage the festival by beating the drums to revive ubuntu bethu, togetherness, loving each other, protecting one another and taking care of one another.


The festival will feature a vibrant programme. “Groups and companies from KwaZulu-Natal, Botswana, Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Gauteng, and Free State will be showcasing their dance, music, theatre, storytelling, exhibitions literature, fashion, crafts, wine tasting, and poetry. Shows that will be screened include King Cetshwayo - The Musical, Let My People Go (Inkosi Albert Luthuli) – the musical, and The Refugees, among others. We invite the public to be part of this festival."


- Zama Nteyi

18 September 2020