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Reflection on the 2018 National Arts Festival

Introduction Festivals, like any enterprise, constantly need to innovate in order to meet the changing challenges that impact on their markets.  To its credit, as per its post-Festival overview media release, the National Arts Festival launched “two key initiatives” this … Continue reading

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What the Naledi Theatre Awards say about the theatre sector

Introduction Recently, Faniswa Yisa asked on Facebook “How many theatre institutions in Cape Town have had a black female director without the umbrella of ‘emerging’ or ‘development’?”  Gauteng-based friends with their tongues in their cheeks said they would bring out … Continue reading

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Introduction Over the last number of months, various allegations have been made against the Council of the Market Theatre, its Chairperson, senior members of management (the CEO in particular), other members of middle management as well as the Department of … Continue reading

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The Market Theatre: what is to be done?

Last week, I posted an article reflecting on the current crisis at the Market Theatre, a reflection based essentially on two newspaper articles – the first in the City Press and the second in the Sowetan – about this nationally-subsidised, … Continue reading

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Thuma mina? You must be %$&*# joking!

The Market Theatre, one of the country’s six nationally-subsidised theatres, and historically, probably the most important theatre in the country in staging stories that tell of the country’s times, is facing a major governance and management crisis that is in … Continue reading

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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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