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Makukhanye Art Room - the first shack theatre in Khayelitsha

Written by: Lilford Lesabe

Mandisi Sindo, is the founder, artistic director, and CE of Makukhanye Art Room.

This is the first ever shack theatre in Khayelitsha. It provides opportunities for youth, budding artists and for local entertainment.

Residents currently rehearse and perform in a small, self-built ‘shack theatre’— the Makukhanye Art Room. "The venue is an increasingly important gathering space for dramatic productions, dance recitals, educational workshops, mentorship programs and community meetings.

It provides for an ever-growing audience and network of actors, musicians, dancers, writers, directors, and artists based in Khayelitsha, who find it difficult to access the cultural infrastructure that otherwise exists in Cape Town’s city centre."

Mandisi Sindo is an incredible driving force in the South African Theatre landscape. He has created the first 'shack theatre' The Makukhanye Art room in Khayelitsha.

Greg Karvellas, theatre director

He works tirelessly to create opportunities for young artists. He works day and night in pursuit of bridging the divide in the arts sector in South Africa and I feel he needs to be recognised. Without him, many young artists would not have a platform to express themselves

Greg Karvellas, theatre director



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