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NEW BANNERS FOR WRITERS FESTIVAL (article first published : 2000-03-8)

The Ningizimu School for the Severely Mentally Handicapped and the Thuthukani Harm Reduction Centre have produced two stunning banners for the Time of the Writer festival currently running at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre until March 11.

At the opening ceremony, the stage was already graced with a banner produced by Ningizimu for last yearís festival, the image of which has been adopted as the festivalís logo. Peter Rorvick, director of the University of Natalís Centre for Creative Arts which is hosting the festival in association with the French Institute of South Africa, then unveiled two new banners. The response from the audience was enthusiastic and immediate.

The banners, which feature aspects of Durban like fish, beadwork and mirrors such as those which make up many of the high-rise office blocks in the city centre, were designed by Robin Opperman who is the art teacher at Ningizimu. They were painted at Thuthukani and returned to Ningizimu for beading. This involved children from the sewing, woodwork and art classes.




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