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Thokozani Kapiri invited to Basel festival

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Actor, playwright and drama lecturer Thokozani Kapiri has been invited to the ninth edition of the Arts International Festival (IAF) Basel – Festival for Contemporary Art in Basel, Switzerland.

The annual festival, which is centred on contemporary African art, runs from September 18 to October 4 2021.

A letter from the festival signed by IAF Basel–Festival for Contemporary Art’s Benjamin Fuglister, says Kapiri will be directing a play in context of Staging Times as part of the festival.

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“The participation of Thokozani Kapiri is vitally important for the success of the festival. As a participating artist, his presence is of utmost importance,” Fuglister said.

Kapiri said his invitation is a clear testimony that theatre was making strides in the country as he will be there representing Migrant Arts and Malawi.

“This is more on directing. I will speak about my experience of directing a play under the Staging Times project. I will also hold directing workshops with Swiss and German actors. Some scenes of the play I produced will be used as samples in these workshops,” he said.

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Kapiri said above all, the documented play under Staging Times will be exhibited in museums in Basel.

“The Arts International Festival is world renown and they bring artists from across the world. This will lead to new networks between Malawian theatre and international theatre in Europe. Establishing such links has always been something that I have been implementing for the past decade,” he said.

Kapiri is currently doing part-time lecturing at Chancellor College in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts and Communications Department at Mzuzu University.

“Covid has made my activities to go virtual, allowing me to operate in the two spaces,” he said.

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