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About mikevangraan

Mike van Graan is currently a Richard von Weizsaecker Fellow of the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin. He is a playwright, and most recently served as the Executive Director of the African Arts Institute. He was the founding Secretary General of Arterial Network, a civil society network of artists, activists and creative enterprises engaged in the African creative sector and its contribution to human rights, democracy and development on the continent. Currently, he also serves as a Technical Expert to UNESCO on the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

The 53rd Fleur du Cap Awards and the making of Witkanda

Introduction Last year, at the 52nd Fleur du Cap Awards event hosted at Artscape, Mamela Nyamza, Chuma Sopotela, Buhle Siwani and Zikhona Jacobs performed a protest against the pre-dominance of white nominees.  Wielding placards declaring “70 nominees 52 white nominees”, … Continue reading

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Towards a more impactful National Arts Festival

This article addresses some of the “how” in relation to criticisms and points raised in a previous article reflecting on the 2017 Festival.  It combines recommendations made after previous festivals on the size of the Festival (2014), reviews and reviewers … Continue reading

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Introduction When I first attended the National Arts Festival in the early nineties, the Spur – located towards the lower end of High Street – often had a queue to get in, particularly in the evening.  A few years later, … Continue reading

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Who needs Model-C schools to teach us The ruling party has no moral compass When they regularly declare wrong right When everyday they make black the white They said they would rid us of   In Biology Model ANC educated … Continue reading

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Transformation and the Western Cape Theatre Industry: Proposal to Distell/Fleur du Cap (2013)

The vision Distell/Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards are committed to promoting, recognising and rewarding excellence in the theatre industry in the Western Cape to encouraging, supporting and rewarding efforts to promote transformation within the province’s theatre industry, better to reflect … Continue reading

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Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards: A Reflection (2011)

There has been much exasperation, disappointment and even anger expressed after the recent Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards affirmed white winners in all 17 categories in which the panel of 13 judges made selections.  Considering that only four of the … Continue reading

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A response to the critique that “all the black characters die” in When Swallows Cry and the pessimistic messages that this conveys

Introduction As the creative team of WHEN SWALLOWS CRY which premiered at the Market Theatre in January this year, we were overwhelmed by the generous and moving responses to the play.  However, there were some who – even though they … Continue reading

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