Our History

1999

M.U.K.A Project was invited by the Evangelische Kirchentag in Stuttgart, Germany and later had a national tour of 3 months in Germany performing and holding workshops in schools, theaters and churches in 12 cities (Hamburg, Hannover, Stuttgart, Koln, Osnabruck, Limburg, Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Dortmund, Dresden and Chemnitz).

2000

M.U.K.A Project was invited by EXPO 2000 in Hannover, Germany and later toured Germany and workshopped a production “CHILDREN OF TOMMOROW (Part 1)” with the Philippines artists called PETA/PREDA. Later in the same year M.U.K.A. Project was invited to perform in London at a special function at the London Millennium Dome and at the London Eye and later held workshops in Churches and schools. During the same year M.U.K.A Project initiated M.U.K.A Children’s Theatre which to date has 6 shows to their name and has traveled excessively locally and in France, Austria, Portugal, Germany and England where they performed and held cultural exchange workshops with their peers.

2001

CHILDREN OF TOMMOROW (part 2)” with the same artists from Philippines and an additional group of artists from Berlin, Germany called DIE ZWIEFACHEN. Again in 2001, M.U.K.A project initiated M.U.K.A youth which has created employment to 20 artists who now perform for bigger companies like, Lion King, Umoja, Soweto Gospel choir and Theatre Under Fire of London. In 2002, M.U.K.A Project ventured into performing and parading in Carnivals e.g. Newport Carnival in Wales (UK), Swansea Mas Carnival (Wales, UK), Cardiff Mas Carnival (Wales, UK).

2002

M.U.K.A Project was invited by the then President of South Africa His Excellency President Thabo Mbeki to perform our dance and music production “UNDER THE AFRICAN SKY” at a special function at the Union Buildings.

2003 and 2004

M.U.K.A Project was invited the Prime Minister of Ireland His Excellency P.M. Tishac Beti Ahen to perform our world acclaimed HIV/AIDS Play “WILD FIRE” during a special address at the Dublin Castle on the world AIDS Day. In 2004 M.U.K.A Project participated in an on-stage carnival in Play Mas International Young Performers Festival in Hamburg/Germany from 3rd to 15th March 2004. This type of carnival was designed by Mr. Peter Minshall (Barcelona Olympics Opening Carnival Designer 1992) from Trinidad and Tobago.

2005 and beyond

M.U.K.A Project for the first time initiated an annual HIV/AIDS Campaign in 2005 called MASIPHEPHE (LET US BE SAFE) HIV/AIDS CAMPAIGN in collaboration with the GROUND BREAKERS which is funded by Anglo American Chairman’s Fund and the De Beers Fund. In 2006 M.U.K.A Project took their latest show TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS to Germany and England while the M.U.K.A Project Children’s theatre started workshopping the 2007 production “WRONG TURN” which traveled Denmark, Germany and Italy and later in year, the M.U.K.A Youth performed their musical show ‘THE LETTER” to different Theatres and community centres in Johannesburg and Capetown. In 2007, M.U.K.A Project for the first time initiated a new version of “WILD FIRE” which is played by a combination of M.U.K.A Seniors, Youth and Children. This version was well received at the South Africa’s biggest ever National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. This show was later on performed at M.U.K.A Project’s VHUTHIHI COMMUNITY THEATRE AND CRAFTS DEVELOPMENT FORUM 2007 (currently named MHLAHLANDLELA ARTS FESTIVAL)in Johannesburg and later on at the IBUMBA FESTIVAL in Zimbabwe. The same version of WILD FIRE received numerous invitations in 2008 i.e. National Arts festival 2008 (South Africa), MAITISONG Festival 2008 (Botswana), Kinderkulturkarawane 2008 (Germany), and Kalundborg Municipality 2008 (Denmark).

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