A powerful journey on stage

The Cape Cultural Collective returns to the Artscape with a Heritage Day production, Just Our Journey, telling the story – through poetry, music and dance – of how it went from humble beginnings in a city pub to a powerful arts and culture movement.

The line-up includes Jill Levenberg, of Suidooster and The Ellen Pakkies Story fame; saxophonist Don Vino Prins; the Rosa Choir; opera maestros The Gentlemen’s Ensemble; the Blackroots Marimba; the dancers of Likhwezi Arts Project; poet Khadija Heeger; Unmute; drag artist Manila von Teez; ethnomusicology artists Azanian Aesthetics; and hip-hop group In the Key of B.

The director is Shihaam Domingo and Dillon April is the musical director.

“I am amazed by the CCCs depth of work and the impact it makes through choirs, cultural programmes, youth development and social cohesion initiatives,” said Ms Domingo. “This is a story that deserves to be told, and I feel privileged to be directing this particular production.”

The CCC was started by a few former anti-apartheid activists and young post-apartheid poets who teamed up to host monthly cultural programmes of poetry, music and dance. The programmes are now in their 11th year.

“We had no idea that the CCC would flourish in the way it has,” said Mansoor Jaffer, CCC chairman. “The Artscape production brings together the artists, activists and audiences that together keep the dynamic arts sector going and growing.”

Tickets for the show, at the Artscape Theatre on Monday September 24 at 7.30pm, are R100, from Computicket. Visit http://capeculturalcollective.org.za/ to find out more about the CCC or find them on Facebook