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The Highway Project proudly brought to you by The Centre for The Less Good Idea has to its end a very artistic and audience engaging series with a collaboration by Koleka Putuma, Faith XLVII and African Ginger and curated by Bronwyn Lace. 

Black Girl Live was founded in 2019 by Theatre Practitioner, writer and poet, Koleka Putuma, Manyano Media is a multidisciplinary creative company established to create employment and development opportunities, as well as platforms for independent poets, playwrights, theatre directors, set designers, costume designers, lighting technicians and editors in South Africa who identify as black, queer and woman.

In 2020, Manyano Media created a relief fund to assist a number of black, queer womentheatre practitioners and poets with subsistence grants during COVID-19. The relief fund has now been further developed into the BLACK GIRL LIVE fellowship. The first three to five years after graduation are the most challenging economically. The fellowship is designed to provide fellows with resources, networks, a platform to launch their career and learn the ropes of the industry whilst being mentored by practising industry professionals.

Currently, Manyano Media has created and is running a three month mentorship programme where two young professionals between the ages of 18 and 35 are paired with industry experts under the direction of Koleka Putuma.