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NAF WINTER SCHOOL (article first published : 2003-07-1)

A buzzing forum for challenging and provocative ideas, the National Arts Festival’s Winter School lecture series tackles key issues in our lives here, now. Speakers include legal eagles, scribes and savants from education, tourism and the marketplace.

Judge Dennis Davis uses the Wouter Basson case to explore the limitations of the judicial process. His second lecture links the constitution, our international law obligations and NEPAD to foreign policy. Judge Albie Sachs explains the hows and whys of choosing and converting the Old Fort Prison into South Africa’s Constitutional Court. Journalist/author Jonny Steinberg talks on aspects of his documentary books – the award-winning Midlands and his yet-to-published biography of a prison gang leader. Steinberg discusses Midlands’ themes of possession, dispossession and honour and his second talk introduces attitudes to homoerotic sex among prison gangs.

Jonathan Jansen, argues that the discourse about values and education is an inherently conservative force that restores (rather than liberates) troublesome ways of thinking about racial, religious and geographic identities. A qualified fundraising trainer, Jill Ritchie tackles the problem of funder-fatigue as over 100,000 NGOs, faith-based groups, tertiary institutions, schools, clubs and associations vie for the ever-shrinking donor rand, dollar or euro. Cheryl Carolus, CEO of South African Tourism, brings the good news about the many tourism and development opportunities still available.

Yvonne Johnston, CEO of the International Marketing Council (IMC) explains the global campaign to create a positive ‘brand identity’ for South Africa. In the ‘Ideas in performance’ series, David Kramer tells of how he “discovered” musicians in isolated corners of the Karoo – an adventure that culminated in the concert series, Karoo Kitaar Blues and a film which will be screened as “a work in progress” during the Festival.

Jean-Guy Lecat who collaborated with theatre magus Peter Brook for 25 years discusses the importance of space in Brook’s work. Writer/director Brett Bailey talks about his work and the shadowland that inspires it – his book, Plays of Miracle and Wonder, launches at Wordfest.

Artist/curator Virginia MacKenny explains how artists preoccupied with identity and place use local materials like animal hide, red earth, and beadwork which are loaded with connotations. Multi-faceted arts academic Jane Taylor draws on examples from performance to give a condensed overview of the shifts in our attitudes to sincerity and expressing emotion since the Renaissance.

Three lucid voices feature in the ‘Faith and Religious Custom’ series. A rabbi and lecturer, Azila Reisenberger compares Jewish customs and rituals, to practices in other religions. Her second talk celebrates the feisty biblical women who ruled the home, sometimes wielding political power, and even making history. Journalist, writer and political analyst, Zubeida Jaffer talks on Islam and Women in two sessions and outspoken Anglican, Canon Luke Pato explains ubuntu from an African Christian perspective. Writers dominate the lectern under the banner ‘Public and Private Lives’.

To mark the centenary of Alan Paton's birth and the first stage production of Cry, the Beloved Country (that premières at the Festival), Colin Gardner, who knew Paton, examines the writer’s literary and political legacy. Tim Couzens shares his successes and failures in researching Murder at Morija, a documentary novel about a killing long ago at a remote Lesotho mission station. Stephen Gray reveals the shady private life of our most renowned comic author: Herman Charles Bosman.

In addition to the formal lecture programme, the ever-popular series of art walkabouts see groups of festinos discussing the main exhibitions with a visual art specialist.

This year’s National Arts Festival (Grahamstown June 27 to July 5) is sponsored by the Eastern Cape Government, the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Standard Bank, the SABC and the National Arts Council. Free booking Kits for the Festival are available at selected Standard Bank branches and booking is open at Computicket nationwide. Booking can also be made via www.nafest.co.za




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