Andrew Salomon is the winner of this year’s Short.Sharp.Stories Award. Salomon’s short story, Train 124, earned him R20 000 in prize money. His work, along with that of 19 other talented authors, is available in the Incredible Journey anthology.
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The National Arts Festival attracts an influx of creative personalities, many who sport an assortment of interesting and colorful hairstyles. This Flawless Friday, Saajida Francis embarked on a quest to the Village Green fair, to discover the most outrageous & interesting hairstyles possible.
“Love is probably the most talked and sung about subject in history, yet it is something we know very little about,” says Love Doctor writer and director Andrew Simpson. This topic – along with sex and relationships – throbs through many shows this year. Simpson, who is also a life coach, elaborates, “90% of the problems my clients come to me with are connected to issues about love and relationships. So I decided to put together all of the things I’ve learnt as a life coach and present them in a fun and interesting way by combining it with my acting and comedy side.”
Village Green veteran Roger Kaiser owns and runs Kaiser Kartoffel, food stall he’s had for 22 years. He is so comfortable on this turf that he starts interviewing me.
A legal scholar blogging about constitutional law doesn’t sound like a riveting proposition in a digital media space already congested with talking heads. Think again. Unlike many self-styled editorialists, who arrive at the big debates of the day with an arsenal of adjectives and little else, University of Cape Town scholar Pierre de Vos brings something far simpler to the table: the law. He understands it intimately. In anticipation of his Think!Fest talk, Cue asked De Vos why he started blogging about a three letter word that, for better or worse, is a part of everyone’s daily life.
When we talk about the inclusivity of those living with impairments or disabilities at the National Arts Festival, many people would agree that there is a need to have more wheelchair accessible venues and more wheelchair-friendly portable toilets at Village Green and Fingo Village. However, the conversation of inclusivity took on a new face at the 2015 Festival. This year, more than ever before, theatre productions and dramas featured not just performers living with disabilities, but – more importantly – able-bodied performers that opened up the conversation of disability in the arts, in particular the Festival. One small example of this is the cast of In the Wings, who gave a note-worthy performance, because to capture the physicalities of Spina Bifida as an ablebodied performer is challenging, but to have authentically raw emotions of a position you have never personally experienced was enthralling and moving for me, personally.
What the point of a review? One basic answer is that is tells the audience whether something on show is worth their time and money. Reviews can form an influential part of the decision-making process for would-be audience members.
Grahamstown business owners say Festival attendance is down a bit from last year. “This year is worse than last year. It’s better than normal, but we have targets and we are not meeting them every day,” says Spur spokesperson Wendy Brand.
These are the Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winners for 2015.
Local children line the streets of Grahamstown during the National Arts Festival. You can’t miss them – they are everywhere. Their faces are painted white with a mixture of chalk and water; some are wearing absurd outfits, wigs, boxes on their heads, colourful glasses or striking dresses; no movement, they are standing absolutely still.
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