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NAF WINTER SCHOOL (article first published : 2006-03-20)

The National Arts Festival takes place in Grahamstown from June 29 to July 8. (See story in Festivals) The Main Winter School programme is as follows:

Tracking our experiences of a changing world, the Festival Winter School presents a bevy of expert speakers who stimulate debate on ethics, politics, the environment and the arts.

WWF CEO Tony Frost explores current issues in nature conservation while biotechnologist Peter Rose tells of how natural processes can be harnessed to clean up toxic tap water. Looking at communities displaced by the construction of dams, anthropologist Chris de Wet asks, “Does development displace ethics?” Judith February from IDASA focuses on the role of citizens in a talk titled A New Political Discourse? Botanist Colin Johnson leads walking tours through the trees in Grahamstown’s historic Botanic Gardens.

Linguistics expert Vivian de Klerk looks at language-shift in a multi-cultural context like the one we live in. Author Mike Nicol discusses the guilty pleasures of crime fiction and world-class comic artist, Leonora van Staden, explains the comic as a phenomenon of popular culture. Philosopher Dr Tom Martin offers a new reading of the memorable Anthony Hopkins film Remains of the Day.

Along with the ever-popular exhibition walkabouts led by experts, audiences can also watch or participate in masterclasses conducted by classical pianist Catherine Foxcroft or jazz keyboard maestro John Edwards.

Booking opens in May. For more information on the National Arts Festival, contact 046 603 1103/1164, fax 046 622 3082 or e-mail: naf@foundation.org.za or visit www.nafest.co.za

The Festival is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, the Eastern Cape Government, Standard Bank, SABC and the National Arts Council.




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