Lira’s Love Fest Lira’s live performance on the cobalt blue lit Guy Butler stage is a love fest. She has a pristine voice and razor sharp pitch (reminiscent of the late Whitney Houston). She hits every note just right during her nearly 90 minute long, sold out concert. Lira commands the stage with grace. She is a sassy Diva. Back at Festival after a seven year absence, she jokingly confesses that she’s travelling with her electric blanket, but forgot to pack her shoes. Read the Full Story
An inside look at Cue HQ Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Cue? This video gives you an inside look at the Cue HQ, including the people who make it happen, the fun, the fatigue and everything in between.  Read the Full Story
No, Matthew Mole, thank YOU He's the first South African artist to top the worldwide iTunes charts, yet this is his first year at the National Arts Festival. At only 22 years young, Matthew Mole is a rapidly rising riffmeister with equal measures of talent and humility.  Read the Full Story
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Carnations, roses and a “rainbow nation”

Carnations, roses and a “rainbow nation”

Betty Fourie spent her childhood watching her mother give roses to others, yet never did a rose bloom at her own table, because, well, carnations are much cheaper. Cheaper than Roses is the heart-wrenching...

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Cutting ties and letting go

Cutting ties and letting go

Perhaps the most horrifying way of losing a loved one is if by dint of a physiological event or an accident, they slip into the grey space which is neither here nor there – where the brain has suffered...

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A slow and certain seduction

A slow and certain seduction

Lose yourself in Slowly, a production by director Geoffrey Hyland which masterfully explores the process of disappearing as imagined by British playwright Howard Barker. Aesthetically exceptional and powerfully...

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No, Matthew Mole, thank YOU

No, Matthew Mole, thank YOU

He's the first South African artist to top the worldwide iTunes charts, yet this is his first year at the National Arts Festival. At only 22 years young, Matthew Mole is a rapidly rising riffmeister with...

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Welcome to jazz heaven

Welcome to jazz heaven

When you put five stars together, things can go very, very wrong. This could easily have been the case with Singstruments: A Symphony of Jazz. Yet, in spite of a shaky start, the collaboration proved to...

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A blues duo to make you smile

A blues duo to make you smile

Janis Joplin has said that audiences like their blues singers to be miserable, lonely individuals. If that’s true, then they’re not going to enjoy rock ‘n roll guitarists Albert Frost and Dan Patlansky,...

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Beauty of a Bruising

Beauty of a Bruising

Nicola Elliott’s Bruising is minimal without being minimalistic, simple without being simplistic. In many ways the production (by this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance) can better be described...

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No Air leaves you breathless

No Air leaves you breathless

Much like a Lady Gaga music video, No Air brought an eerie, unsettling but mesmerising dance performance to the stage.

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Here’s to the Earth

Here’s to the Earth

Tossie van Tonder is covered in white paint, dressed in a white satin slip, wearing white beads. She is lying on her back. She painstakingly makes her way to standing, facing the audience, her trembling...

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20/20 Visions Isn’t The Naked Truth

20/20 Visions Isn’t The Naked Truth

Socio-political dance meets many a bared (and bare) bum in 20/20 Visions. The collection of four independent works is marked more by nudity than anything else.

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Rorke’s Drift artists showcased

Rorke’s Drift artists showcased

Carving, etching and printing the life history and legacy of a Zulu community on paper for three decades is a noble and heroic endeavour.

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Virtual Tour: Wim Botha

Virtual Tour: Wim Botha

Suspended with thick wires and secured with bolts, Wim Botha's works seem to mean nothing and everything at the same time. If you don't understand what this means, the virtual tour below might  help....

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Exposing Australian “apartheid”

Exposing Australian “apartheid”

Utopia, a powerful film by John Pilger, well-known Australian film maker and left wing commentator, explores continued racism against the country’s indigenous people – the Aboriginals.

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Neon, revenge, karaoke and ultra-violence

Neon, revenge, karaoke and ultra-violence

Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 sleeper hit Drive brought the Danish director to the tip of Hollywood’s tongue. The film received widespread critical acclaim with its extravagant visuals, ethereal soundtrack,...

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Franco fails to film Faulkner

Franco fails to film Faulkner

Dear reader, I pose you this question: Is it more foolish to cross a river, swollen after a torrential storm, with a mule cart carrying a corpse in a coffin, or to make a film adaptation of the William...

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Five rand a Cue… Cue for you!

Five rand a Cue… Cue for you!

On the final day of Festival, Beyond The Programme says farewell with a thank you to all the folks who bring Cue's work to the readers.

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Identity in art

Identity in art

My new phone autocorrects my name to “Arab”. This is troubling because I’m brown.

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All children are children

All children are children

Over 150 bright-eyed and energetic little ones poured into the opening of the Fingo Children’s Festival on Monday, making up an enthusiastic audience for a one-off performance of Fishy Flippers.

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