Welcome to Sarafina Magazine: an online publication celebrating South African women in the arts.
I was inspired to start this blog after stumbling upon The Interval, a New York based publication that celebrates women in the theater community. South Africa is known as the rainbow nation. It is a country that is rich in culture and full of stories. I created this blog to give an online voice to the women who help bring these stories to life and who help to shape our incredible artistic landscape.
Sarafina Magazine will be an interview based publication bridging the gap between strong female artists in multiple artistic mediums and our readers. Through these transcribed conversations we will discover how these women came to be where they are today. What challenges did they have to overcome and what work still needs to be done in order to continue to make progress.
Sarafina Magazine’s name is inspired by the combination of two things. It is an homage to the title character in the musical Sarafina! as well as to the Swahili meaning of the word which translates to ‘bright star.’ Its variant, Seraphina comes from the word Seraphim which was Hebrew and meant ‘Fiery ones.’ I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate than that to describe these ground breaking South African women. Combining these two things makes me as a female artist feel empowered and inspired.
Sarafina Magazine’s aim is to promote gender equality in the arts. Sarafina Magazine is also a firm supporter of arts education. This is a platform for women to share their stories and to shine a spotlight on their current and upcoming projects. We celebrate diversity and fearlessness.
Here at Sarafina Magazine we welcome your input, please feel free to contact us with any suggestions you may have or thoughts you would like to share. Please click the ‘follow’ button if you would like to subscribe and be notified of new posts. We can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
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