Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
2 minute read
23 Mar 2021
5:10 am

SA artists paint bleak picture after Covid-ravaged 2020

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

The recent closure of the Athol Fugard Theatre and escalating activism from artists have highlighted the often unseen dark reality faced by workers in the traditional arts in SA.

Theatre lovers are distraught that one of their favourite spots, the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town has shut down due to Covid-19. Picture: Facebook

The rich history and integrity of South Africa’s performing arts sector is on its last legs after a year under Covid-19 restrictions, artists have warned. The recent closure of the Athol Fugard Theatre and escalating activism from artists have highlighted the often unseen dark reality faced by workers in the traditional arts in SA. This was according to theatre writer, producer and director George Mhlanguli, an independent artist who has watched his fate and that of others thrown into chaos over the past year. The government has apparently failed to save thousands whose livelihoods depend on the hundreds of productions...

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