The 6th Infecting The City Public Arts Festival 12-16 March 2013, Cape Town Like facebook for updates Image Map

Mandla Mbothwe


South Africa


Mandla Mbothwe

A multi-award winner, Mandla Mbothwe has been a writer, professional director, and teacher for the past eleven years.  He was a lecturer in the Department of Drama at the University of Cape Town for 8 years, where he was awarded his Honours Degree and distinction in Masters Degree in Theatre and Performance.

He has been with Magnet Theatre since 2002. His previous productions include:

2008: Isivuno Sama Phupha performed on the Spier Infecting the City Festival, the highly acclaimed ingcwaba lendoda lise cankwe ndlela – the grave of the man is next to the roadUmyezo wezandi (Eden of sounds)

2009: Bafana Republic 3- penalty Shootout. 

2010: He co-directed Ukhozi Olumaphiko, and Ezethu and 27 windows, 4 doors and 2 taps for Out the Box 2010 Festival.   Co–directed Inxeba Lomphilisi (the wound of a healer). Brent Meersman noted Mandla as one of the most underappreciated directors in South Africa (Mail and Guardian, December 2009).

2011: directed-under The Steve Biko Centre's Abelusi program VOICES OF WOMEN, under The Steve Biko Centre and Mopo productions - Ukutshona ko Mendi … did we dance, the Annual Steve Biko Centre Ginsberg Easter Festival ”resurrecting village spirit” with 350 performers, in 37 sites over two day event.

Public Arts Festival

6th - 10th March 2012

presented by The Africa Centre

Public art has always been part of who we are on this continent and in this country. The interconnectedness of the African “us” has often been impeded however, throwing people apart and far away from each other, creating a physical and psychic separation. Infecting the City is a small attempt at igniting this interconnectedness through artistic expression, making public space public.

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