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GRAHAMSTOWN - WINTER SCHOOL (article first published : 1999-06-27)

The Standard Bank National Arts Festival's Winter School is set to explore a variety of arts and cultural themes, from South African theatre and literature to the culture of the Finnish Sami people and Athol Fugard's work (see previous story).

Professor Jeanne Colleran discusses theatre works produced in a post-revolutionary/reconciliation period by Athol Fugard, Irish playwright Brian Friel and American dramatists Tony Kushner, August Wilson and Jon Robin Baitz. Professor Colleran chairs the Department of English at John Carroll University in Ohio, USA.

A series of three talks titled Arts vision South Africa- traces the trends in fine art and literature in South Africa over the past 25 years while artist and academic Dr Marion Arnold focuses on gender and feminism in art with In the End Women Handle It: The Emergence of Women's Art.

Academic and researcher, Estelle Barkhuizen, delves into the art of KwaZulu Natal to trace the emergence of self-definition since the mid-1970s with her talk Changing Face: Representation of Indigenous Identities in KwaZulu Natal which is also linked to the Emergence Exhibition at the Albany History Museum. Poet, novelist and academic Professor Stephen Gray offers lectures on emergent and divergent South African literature of the last 25 years.

The Winter School programme has also been designed to complement and elucidate other areas of the Standard Bank National Arts Festival. In Looking at Art, the National Symphony Orchestra's Dr Richard Cock will offer An Introduction to the Symphony Concert. Asa Simma will introduce South Africans to the music, culture and life of the Sami people from Finnish Lapland. Dressed in the Sami's national costume of felt and reindeer skin, Simma will present An Introduction to the Wimme Saari Folk Music Group in which Sami 'yoiking' - a traditional musical art - will be explained and demonstrated.

The popular Walkabouts gives art-lovers the opportunity to attend the Emergence, Gerard Sekoto, Low Lustre - High Art: Goldsmithing Today and Treasures art exhibitions in the company of visual art specialists.


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