South Africa commemorates Women’s Month in August as a tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women. If you hadn’t already made plans yet, we’ve put together some events and activities put together by women (for women) which you can take part in to support and continue the practice of women empowerment.
Rose Fest JHB
On the 9th of August, coinciding with National Women’s Day, Shekhinah invites you into her Rosefest Festival of fantasy that simultaneously celebrates the power of women in the South African music industry and her debut album, held at Nasrec from 12pm onwards.
Connecting to both National Women’s Day and the women empowerment themes of Rose Gold, Rosefest also creates a space to showcase the incredible women in the South African music industry. With each act personally selected by Shekhinah, the micro-festival will feature Sho Majozi, Simmy, Holly Ray, DJ Doowop, DJ Zinhle, Rowlene and Melo B Jones as acts, alongside Shekhinah’s headlining set, that spotlights the music on “Rosegold”.
Malibongwe Arts Festival
Back for the 2nd annual tribute to women – Sheer Entertainment and The Alore Group together with Sowetan are thrilled to announce this year’s Malibongwe Arts Festival – A Tribute To Women. Experience an all-female line up with some of SA’s favourite musicians such as multi-platinum selling Afro-Soul singer Lira; Award-winning House and Pop singer Lady Zamar; multi-award-winning Afro-Pop singer Amanda Black; Poet and singer/songwriter Busiswa; newcomer Simmy and more.
Conversations over Coffee & Art
A popular monthly gathering of likeminded people for social commentary about the need to drive change in South Africa over delicious coffee and beautiful art. The topic for the next event, taking place 07 August at Starbucks, Melrose Arch will be focusing on Business with a Feminine Touch, specifically exploring the lessons we can learn from women.
Hosted by Ntsikelelo Mzibomvu, 8een Concepts founder and ReimagineSA impact ecosystem activator and the guest speaker, Nnyane Rantlhaku, founder of food quality and safety company, RannSA. The guest artist is Nompumelelo Ngoma and her work will be on display during her conversation segment. Nompumelelo’s art explores ideas and concepts about female identity within African cultural traditions and institutions.
The movie Uncovered – Showcasing women in a powerful light
We were lucky to be invited to a pre-screening of this brilliant and locally produced movie a month back and it’s a definite must-see. Coming to cinemas near you on the 30th of August, Uncovered features some of the best female thespians in the country, the likes of Sthandiwe Kgoroge, Nqobile Khumalo, Thandeka Nodada – this star-studded action-thriller delves into some of the country’s most sensitive issues while changing the narrative and showcasing women in a powerful light.
COSMO Women’s Day Brunch, powered by Google Africa
The COSMO Women’s Day Brunch is an exclusive event in partnership with Google Africa. Get ready to feel inspired and motivated by the line-up of fierce boss babes who will share their tips and the ultimate advice to boss up your work life.
You can expect an amazing goodie bag and fascinating discussions about women in tech, building a career in a male-dominated environment, entrepreneurship 101 and so much more. Our fave queen of R&B Lady Zamar will also be doing a talk around Building a Music Career in a Male-Dominated Industry. Get your tickets HERE!
Kings & Queens of Comedy – The Women’s Day Edition
There’s a powerful legion of South African comics that are dominating the comedy scene and these powerhouse acts will be taking part in the Kings & Queens of Comedy: Women’s Day Edition.
Taking centre stage as the royal host for the evening’s affair will be Tumi Morake with her stellar entourage of comedy giants, including Angel Campey, Annalakshmi, Celeste Ntuli, Kate Pinchuck, Lindy Johnson, Nina Hastie, Thenjiwe Moseley and Tracey-Lee Oliver, with a special guest appearance by SA’s favourite comedic genius, Marc Lottering.
Tripe dialogue – turning waste into worth
There has not been a standard roadmap to follow when it comes to succeeding in the arts, for women, it has been more difficult. Elrie Joubert, Pauline Gutter and Liberty Battson – all Absa L’Atelier Art Competition winners – have taken two weeks’ worth of rubber and polyurethane waste from a manufacturing plant in Johannesburg and moulded it into an immersive and sensory experience.
As we celebrate the power of imbokodo this women’s month, join the conversation with Elrie Joubert, Pauline Gutter and Liberty Battson as we explore their journey as visual artists, how they are navigating the everchanging landscape of art, and what it means to be a women in the arts; harping on the how women in the arts are giving a voice to the barriers they continue to face, and where there are reasons for hope. This event is taking place on the 2nd of August at the Absa Gallery. Don’t miss it.