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ansisters 5 august 2005

Unravelling, a performance by Sarah Fraser documented at the 2005 FACE/Ansisters opening event. 

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2005 Ansisters Theme
Vision and Values

“Africans have a thing called ubuntu; it is about the essence of being human, it is part of the gift that Africa is going to give the world. It embraces hospitality, caring about others, being willing to go the extra mile for the sake of another. We believe that a person is a person through other persons, that my humanity is caught up, bound up and inextricably in yours. When I dehumanize you, I inexorably dehumanize myself. The solitary human being is a contradiction in terms. Therefore you seek to work for the common good because your humanity comes into its own in community, in belonging.”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Detail from the Searching for a Saviour 2004 Eleven Saints series by Anni Snyman.




Fe(male) Activation through Creative Empowerment

Female Activation through Creative Empowerment (FACE) is a pilot female empowerment project initiated Hlumelo Theatre. FACE and Hlumelo Theatre have Non-Profit Status.


2005 Ansisters Theme

The FACE project aims to equip women to find and establish their authentic power through a creative journey that has as a point of departure the theme of Ansisters.

The Ansisters theme will find expression in 2005 through a creative constellation event celebrating the women, the mothers, the great mother earth and her daughters, exploring female lineage, be it biological, spiritual, intellectual or cultural. Workshops with predetermined female audiences will take place before, during and after the constellation event, using the unique Hlumelo theatre empowerment teqniques.


FACE Initiators

Eugenie Grobler, Anni Snyman and Nolene Nel.


Vision and Values

FACE wants to reinstate authentic female power, not only from a gender perspective but also through emphasising the effect of balancing the scales between male and female ways of being.

The FACE project is fundamentally rooted in a female value framework that finds it’s origin in Ubuntu, a traditional African system of values that reflects the qualities that has been named and accepted within the Western mindset as traditionally female.



The FACE concept was born with the idea to create a platform for the convergence of related initiatives and is continuously seeking opportunities for more partners to become involved. To date the following organisations and community groups have partnered to participate in Ansisters:

Boitumelo Sewing Project
A womens arts and crafts community project.
Contact person: Erica Luttich 082 784 1289

Starfish Foundation
A non-profit organisation committed to deal with the effects of HIV/Aids.
Contact person: Heidi Flint

FAMSA (Family and Marriage Society of South Africa)
FAMSA believes the family is the nucleus of society, and when it weakens or crumbles the stability of the entire community is adversely affected.

Hillbrow Theatre Project
Outreach theatre program run by Amanda Gifford for inner city upliftment.
Contact person: Amanda Gifford

Imagination labs
Community creativity project focused on creative skills development with branches in the following areas:Kwa mashu; Alexandra and Johannesburg.
Contact person: James Cairns 083 300 3350

Posted 14 June 2005,, author: Nolene Nel.