The Events By-law ‘one-size fits all’ approach makes life difficult for smaller organisations trying to do good work. Frustration with the City’s funding procedures and event permit policies have been expressed by a number of arts and culture organisations, with one internationally award-winning organisation having given up on trying to deal with local government bureaucracy.
Our country’s foremost indi theatre designers are showing the world how we roll. Their work is contained in the South African exhibition at one of the most trendsetting arts festivals in the world (officially) happening now in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Curating the showcase of local talent on display at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and
If you’re down to your last R100, do you spend it on 20 packets of Niknaks or do you get one lekka (trigger warning for vegans) tshisa nyama to see you through to the next paycheque? The Market Theatre has chosen the second option for this year’s Zwakala Festival. The days of scores of
It is rare for a play to have two directors. There are important choices to be made when staging a show, and they are usually made under the dual pressure of time and money. Having two people in the position of making the call is a recipe for disaster. Except, when it’s not. When a
A score or so of Market Theatre workers were toyi-toying beneath the theatre’s iconic awning on Monday last week. It was a hot Joburg day and they couldn’t be blamed for seeking some shade while protesting for a wage increase. It also had the effect of preventing anyone from entering the theatre where so much
Whether the language we speak influences the way we view the world, and thus how we act in it, is a long-standing question. It is a question linguists have been paying particular attention to since Benjamin Lee Whorf studied the Native American Hopi language in the ‘40s and claimed English speakers view the world differently
Promises are so rarely kept in South Africa that we tend to view them more as suggestions than commitments, but The Market Theatre is being true to its word. The Arts Incubator Trade Fair is back for its second year, just as Market Theatre Foundation fundraiser Penny Morris said it would be. The six day
Words rise from the page and turn to fire when poets such as Faith Kinniar perform hard-hitting verses in a celebration of our stories. Together with Afeefa Omar, who was the last person standing at the Western Cape Current State of Poetry Slam, they’ll be setting the stage alight with the sparks from their spitting
Mandisi Sindo, 28, says he is the artistic director of “the only shack theatre in the history of SA”. This is a grand statement, and today he might just be right.
WE grew up with the slogan “What about the workers?” but Cape Town Fringe (CTF) has been repeatedly regaled with the demand: “What about the townships?” Pretty much one and the same in the broader picture, but Fringe 2017, in its fourth rendition, has returned with a new strategy to decentralise away from City Hall