Posts Tagged ‘2008’

The Novel-script project is on the lookout for aspiring actors to appear in staged readings of short scripts of Zakes Mda’s novel The Madonna of Excelsior. The organisers, are particularly keen to cast “a young white boy aged about 10-12 who would be small enough to look 7 but clever enough to read fluently.”

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The Fringe dance programme at the National Arts Festival (Grahamstown, 2 – 11 July) is a showcase of the dynamic spectrum of dance forms – pantsula, isibhujwa, kwasakwasa, hip-hop, ballet, gumboot dancing, tap, jazz, and contemporary. In many instances, the productions explore the fusion of different dance styles and cultures, redefining the evolving language of movement with every step.

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Share your thoughts with other Festinos on a broad range of topics presented by speakers who are unafraid to challenge the boundaries. Tea in Timbuktu, reading with your fingers, cashing in on 2010, adventures with the spoken word, finances, politics and epic journeys.

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A woman is raped every 26 seconds in South Africa. At this year’s National Arts Festival, POWA (People Opposing Woman Abuse)showed solidarity with these women through the release at Wordfest of their new anthology, breaking the silence. Over 300 people submitted their poems, personal essays and stories to an independent board that selected a few for the anthology. SABC reporter, Bronwyn Seaborne, was at the launch.

In South Africa’s poorest province, the Eastern Cape, the performing arts are not only a source of entertainment but an important platform for development. Theatre companies such as UBOM Obutsha make drama accessible to everyone, and are a powerful means to help communities deal with South Africa’s diverse struggles. Thrash, one of UBOM’s many productions at this year’s Grahamstown National Arts Festival tells the story of a teenage boy who joins a gang with the naïve hope that it will help him support his family. However his hopes are crushed with his realisation of the harsh reality of gang lifestyle. Katherine Robinson has the details…

Umnyadala wezoncubeko kwisixeko saseRhini liqonga eliquka umculo othi umanyanise abantu abadala kunye nolutsha. Abafundi beDyuniveisty yase Fort Hare bayinxalenye womdlalo womculo obhekise kwiingoma zamandulo. Umrhube, ngumboniso womculo wezencubeko, onjongo yawo ikukuphuhlisa abantu abadala nababahlala kwiindawo ezihlelelekileyo ngokusebenzisana nolutsha.uAsanda Ntame uyanaba…

Musical divides between generations are soon to be things of the past as musical productions are passed on to the younger generations at the Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Students from the University of Fort Hare have taken their love for indigenous music to another level. Umrhube is an experience of hope and timeless heritage that not only empowers the most remote rural areas but also sustains traditional music practices through the youth. Asanda Ntame compiled this report

Standard Bank Young Artist of the year award winner for Drama, Jaco Bouwer, premiered his latest work “Untitled” at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Paula Gilbert has the story.

Today the curtain falls on two decades of legendary festival directorship by Lynette Marais. In the wings, festival director designate Ismail Mahomed readies himself to lead the festival into a new era. Mahomed began his professional career as a mathematics and science teacher. “I wanted to study the arts at Wits, but at that stage there weren’t universities who accepted Indian students for speech and drama without a permit,” says Mahomed.

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Many favourite shows won’t be back at festival in 2009.According to Fringe manager Kate Axe Davies, productions are only granted a three-year run at the festival. Although the same artists can return as many times as they like, they have to change the productions they bring. This rule was introduced about three or four years ago, because the festival organisers were experiencing excessive recurring content.

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