The Festival, launched in 2010, uses the transformative power of theatre and the works of Shakespeare as a means to unite young people from diverse socio-economic backgrounds across Southern Africa. By combining Arts and Education, the festival aims to promote language, literacy and social skills and facilitate the training and skills development of both educators and learners. The Festival provides the resources and guidance required for participants to prepare and create theatrical performances in an accessible learning environment and has become the foremost youth drama festival in Africa, working with over 9000 youth, 670 educators and 490 schools since its inception.
Hosting regions – SA, RU, Malawi,
Since 2009, SSFSA has showcased 582 Shakespeare plays across South Africa, working with 12 435 learners from 661 schools. It has built the capacity of 926 teachers as drama and performance arts directors, 105 guest and student directors and 95 volunteer directors and facilitators. Over ten years the festival has attracted a combined audience of 29 578 people around the country.