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Laugh your socks off this October

It’s the month of laughter and smiles this October as the French cultural network receives special visits from some comic productions both local and foreign. Les Matapestes, brought to you by the French Institute of South Africa and the network of the Alliance Francaise in SA, come all the way down from France to perform in various cities in October – see the dates of the tour in our calendar. In Durban, the Alliance française has teamed up with Les Matapestes and Clowns without Borders SA (CWBSA) to offer to professional artists 2x3h of workshops at the Bat Centre, bringing together local artists and professionals – further details on the workshop here.

It is the perfect time to mention a more local and charitable organisation: Clowns without Borders South Africa. CWBSA will be making their usual appearances this month as well. This organisation, initially founded in Spain and straight after in France in 1994 and now international in over 50 countries, uniquely uses art forms to improve psychological conditions of children in need. For those of you who have not heard of “Clowns without borders”. Lulu Ncgobo, managing director in Durban explains it to be a kind and giving humanitarian organisation who have dedicated their time and efforts to help children and caregivers in the community affected by AIDS, poverty and violence to re-find that vital laughter and happiness using the resources of laughter and play.

Talented artists such as clowns, acrobats, circus artists, actors, musicians, and facilitators have all come together in order to participate in this special cause. And it’s working! Since the start of CWB South Africa in 2004, over 20 000 children and guardians have been aided by the organization. Events such as the Chibini circus program, where facilitators and artists have been sent around the country for the past three years to train orphans and vulnerable children at Woza Moya to as circus performers; have made huge impacts on our society! So this month, make a difference and support this organization. It would be impossible for CWB South Africa to continue their work if it wasn’t for the generosity of individuals like you, which is why they need all the help they can receive. You can contact them on their website or you can contact Lulu Ngcobo on +27 76 384 9478

However if some more mature foreign humor is what you’re looking for, then Les Matapestes is the perfect occasion for you. This French production titled Clic Clac – see dates of the tour here – is a mixture of French music and theater specially aimed at adults and adolescents and consists of talented actors such as the likes of Francis Lebarbier and Gerard Baraton and the heart and soul of the production, director Michel Geslin. With exciting events occurring in the month of October, what’s there not to smile about?

Anne Beltran – Af Durban

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