Know your Artist Programme in the E Cape
The Swallows Foundation
The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) has embarked on a four week programme aimed at promoting the performing arts in Nelson Mandela Bay.
The programme takes place at the Athenaeum in a “know your artists programme” that started from 24 June until 31 July 2013. It is funded by the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund and is being organized by Isiseko Senkonjane with the Fashion and Craft element organized by Silver Spoon Clothing.
The performing arts line-up includes performances by Thabisa Ntseoane from ‘I want to sing Gospel’, Naledi, Shoelace Rockers Soul, Tivi, Abantu, Lujaman, J-Bux, and also features Pantsula Dance Crew-Phashash, and a contemporary dance performance by UK Dancers Duka Dance and many more. Magenge Theatre, who won the Zwakala Festival in 2012, performed their first production ‘Where the heart is’.
There were also key presentations that are part of this programme Historian Professor Jeff Peires gave a presentation on the history of Port Elizabeth, NMMU Head of Arts and Culture Michael Barry presented a talk on the “role of arts in society” and there was a music business presentation by Sakhele Mzalazala.
Music Lecture at University of Fort Hare Dr Twani will be presenting a talk on Choralism and Politics: Navigating the route with selected Composers from the Eastern Cape on Friday 19 July, with General Manager of PE Opera House Monde Ngonyama giving a presentation to artists about “arts administration” on Monday 29 July.
During this period the Nelson Mandela Bay Creative Collective which is facilitated by PE Opera House, The Swallows Foundation SA, Mandela Bay Development Agency and Arterial Network South Africa will host a Cultural Industries Symposium on 26 July at the Opera House. The symposium is a gathering of arts and cultural practitioners from national, provincial and local in Port Elizabeth to contribute to a development of the arts industry in the Eastern Cape in particular the Nelson Mandela Bay.
As part of this month long programme Silver Spoon Clothing are facilitating a fashion and craft exhibition termed “the Nelson Mandela Bay, City of Diversity, and The City of change”. Stephanie Beyers of Silver Spoon who came up with this idea says with this event they would like to create an event that brings together fashion, on a national scale, and local Port Elizabeth based crafters. This fashion and craft programme runs for a week from July 22 and ends on July 27 with an exhibition.
Performances start between 12:30 and 14:30 daily except for weekends. People of Nelson Mandela Bay are invited to come visit the Athenaeum during this period, all the events are open to public, and entrance is free.
The Swallows Foundation SA / Isiseko Senkonjane
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072 490 1220
Article source: http://www.artlink.co.za/news_article.htm?contentID=33336