Still Dreaming: small acts/BIG STORIES – Tshisimani Youth Arts Festival 2021

The third annual Tshisimani Youth Arts Festival was very proud to present four youth groups from across Cape Town: Khayelitsha, Bonteheuwel, Capricorn and a collective of high school students working with education NGO Bottom Up.

Working under lock down conditions was not easy – no venues, schools closing, and difficulties in getting together to rehearse. Despite this each group found a way to use the performing arts to tell a story about the world as they see it. A refrain throughout each performance is ‘what if…’  There are many conclusions to what if, some hopeful, some rebellious, all still dreaming of a better world. 

Your Words by the Bonteheuwel Youth Development Forum

Lead facilitator: Kay-Lee Mabato

Words are used as a form of communication. They are used to share feelings, thoughts and to describe things. Words can also speak forth life or death. We can speak things into existence or we can block our own blessings by what we say. This is the power of words.

Screaming from the rooftop! by the High School Student Forum

Lead Facilitator: Maggi Fernando assisted by Luvuyo Mabuto

Screaming from the rooftop is a performance by the Cape Town High School Student Forum. The forum is a completely youth-led movement who was established by three 18 year olds early in 2021. This piece is a reflection of the forum’s claims concerning school uniform. They critically ask why are we wearing uniform in the first place, why does it look this way and in 2021 why does it only fit the two gender binaries.

Uncaring by Ukhanyo Arts Organization

Lead facilitator: Fundisani Roro

A performance about a vibrant community, an uncaring city, and families that can be careless too.


Lead Facilitators: Lwazi Kolanisi and Zimasa May.

UDABA is a Zulu word meaning ‘matter of importance’. This piece follows the life of two University students, who engage themselves in the journey of leading the struggle of ‘ free education’.