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Festival halftime: let them eat naartjies

THE National Arts Festival hits midweek today amid praise from the East Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA) but the lingering water crisis has put a huge question mark on future festivals. CEO Tony Lankester, addressing the media as the R32-million festival headed into it’s second week, said: “The water issue is a big frustration

Live writing jol explores erotic noir thriller

Knysna journalist Jo Thesen reports that Live Writing – a programme of lunchtime readings, performances and book launches of innovative isiXhosa, English and Afrikaans poetry and prose led by Rhodes University’s Masters in Creative Writing (MACW) teachers and students – takes place this week. According to MACW teacher and iconoclastic poet Lesego Rampolokeng, the sessions

Blonde Poison: Same place, another time

How nice people do despicably cruel things is the question of our time here in troubled South Africa, and Fiona Ramsay’s phenomenal performance in Blonde Poison goes back a ways to find an answer. In Nazi Germany. Her delivery is seamless, her pace and pitch perfect, her Jewish-German accent an open door catapulting us  70