Cape Town - South Africa's POPArt theatre is celebrating six years of Independent Theatre with the annual 24 Hours in the City festival.
Launched as a performing arts centre and fringe theatre venue in 2011, POPArt has grown into being recognised as one of SA's iconic theatre and an institution where performers come together to share new work and ideas as well as access opportunities through the company’s various platforms.
"We couldn’t be prouder of the way in which the vision has grown over the years. The growth of the business is largely as a result of our constant discussion with fellow artists about what is needed to grow our industry”, says POPArt co-funder, Hayleigh Evans. “This is the exact reason that we have continued to celebrate our birthday each year with the 24 Hours in the City celebration. It is the ultimate event to reflect the key principles of the POPArt brand: collaboration and networking to inspire new work."
The initiative - in partnership with Market Theatre Laboratory - is set to be staged at the brand new theatre on the new Market Theatre Lab premises in order to accommodate more audiences for the popular annual festival, as it aims for a bigger audience which could mean more bursaries with proceeds going toward bursaries for students at the Lab.
“The partnership between these two institutions is so strong because it’s about a professional theatre investing in the next generation of theatre-makers”, says Clara Vaughan, Education Officer of the Market Theatre Lab.
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24 Hours in the City is a weekend-long festival for theatre-makers, where writers, six directors and twenty-four actors 24 hours to make six all new ten minute plays.
"Every year, we rally some of the best makers in the biz - including many Market Laboratory alumni- to get together and create this excellent evening of entertainment", says Evans.