Posts Tagged ‘2011’

The activist cinema of the provocative Peter Watkins will enjoy centre stage on the Main Film programme of the 2012 National Arts Festival, happening from 28 June to 8 July in Grahamstown.

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Westley Engelbrecht (vocals/guitar) and Charles Dubber (drummer) are the band Acoustic Liquid. Their music is a mix of Spanish flamenco guitar and tribal drums rhythms which evade a general allocated genre title.

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Jonathan Shapiro (Zapiro) is the man who bestowed a leaking shower head on President Jacob Zuma’s paper-and-ink likeness and transformed Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille into a rampaging representation of GodzillaOne glance at his cartoons will inform you of current affairs and communicate exactly what he thinks. His work offends some and impresses others, but always displays his ability to cut through spin-doctoring and describe recent events in more than words.

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Themes of alienation, existentialism, spirituality, self-sacrifice and… cannibalism? South Africa’s adventurous student theatre practitioners are certainly not sticking to tried and tested recipes, if you’ll forgive the pun.

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If classical music combined with jazz intrigues you then you may want to taste the Luca Ciarla Quartet, which will be performing a unique Mediterranean jazz repertoire this afternoon.

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So, it’s time to draw the curtain on another Festival and reflect on what can be gleaned from this year’s programme. Theatregoers have witnessed more sold-out signs than anyone can remember, heated debate and some salutary indications of the current state of South African theatre.

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With circus as one of this year’s Festival themes, Machitún is a genre-hopping addition to productions such as Madam Silk, Angel Heart & Fourteen, A Fairie’s Tale and Kardiãvale.

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This is a short story about a long table. Where should we start? Let’s work our way from one end to the other. The Long Table Restaurant and Late Night Pub is a festival in itself. It’s where the party’s at, and I’m not just talking about a party on a plate. It’s also on the table top, but let’s go underneath and see what it’s all about…

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Yesterday morning’s sunshine brought a smile to the faces of most Festival-goers. But Machitún producer Nikki Froneman was ecstatic. With rainfall in Grahamstown having reached a new record this winter, the outdoor production has had some setbacks.

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“There is no such thing as original content, but how we handle it makes all the difference,” said Professor Kgositsile, speaking about artistic responsibility at WordFest earlier this week.There are a number of Festival productions this year that treat similar content in vastly different ways.

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