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YDC Theatre invited to South Africa, seeks support

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

Youth Developers Collaboration (YDC) Theatre has been invited to South Africa to participate in a conference and festival.

However, the Blantyre-based youthful theatre group which has been on the move performing in different places, the most recent being at Tumaini Festival at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa, does not have enough funds to travel to the Rainbow Nation.

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One of the members of the group Fumbani Phiri said Wednesday they received the invitation two months ago and have been searching for funding.

“We are supposed to depart on November 30 but we have not yet received funds . We are waiting for feedback from our funders and we are also taking other alternative fundraising drives for the team,” Phiri said.

YDC has been invited to South Africa by Drama for Life and they will participate in a festival and a conference as well as workshops.

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The event starts on November 28 to December 8.

“We are looking for funds for transport and meals because accommodation will be provided. This is an opportunity for us to show the world what Malawi is made of as regards theatre, if we are to grow then we need such platforms,” Phiri, who is also a playwright, said.

The Drama for Life conference which is aimed at transforming arts and transforming lives will take place at University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Phiri said 10 members are expected to make the trip.

“We need about K7 million and we are just keeping our fingers crossed that we get the funds,” he said.

The theatre group which is mostly made up of actors and actresses, who are products of Association of Teaching of English in Malawi and National Arts Schools Festival recently staged a play titled Walking Kamuzu.

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