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HERITAGE ARTS FESTIVAL (article first published : 2007-07-23)

Kizo Gallery has announced the launch of an exciting annual arts festival in KZN which is to take place annually from September 27 to 30. Many of South Africa’s most respected artists have agreed to participate and art lovers will be treated to a plethora of exhibitions, concerts, competitions and other art-related happenings.

Whilst much of the 2007 programme takes place at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, various galleries throughout KZN will host exhibitions from within their own spaces over the same period. These include The Durban Art Gallery, The KZNSA, The Tatham Art Gallery, The Exhibit Gallery (South Coast) and The Kizo Art Gallery Ballito.

The festival will be co-ordinated by Kizo Art Consultants (marketing, management and visual arts), Committed Artists (music), Ukusa Design (craft and fashion) working closely with The Department of Arts and Culture, Celebrate Durban and The Gateway Theatre of Shopping’s marketing department

Some of the highlights include a Gala Launch Party hosting 500 VIP’s, artists, celebrities and media. This will be a fancy dress heritage themed launch party with live entertainment, catering by Plaka, champagne and wine by KWV and beer by SAB. Tickets R100 pp and booking is essential.

The Heritage Art Exhibition will be a large exhibition hosted at Kizo Art Gallery in Gateway. Many of South Africa’s top artists who have produced heritage-themed works for this exhibition include Esther Mahlangu (five heritage-themed beaded blankets); Sam Nhlengethwa; Velapie Mzimba; Richard Scott; Ardmore Pottery; Andrew Verster; Aidan Walsh; Izzy Duarte; Anthony Wakaba Mutheki; Carl Roberts (sculptor); Lindelani Ngwenya (wire sculpture); Paul Sekete; Abe Mathabe; Llewellyn Davies (sculptor); Ian Van Zyl; Andrew Walford (ceramics); Natasha Barnes; Colbert Mashile; Tracy Tompkins; John Smith; Robin Opperman & Umcebo Trust (five heritage chandeliers); Martin Wenkidu; Ignatius Marx and more.

The Heritage Artists and Craftsmen in Motion Expo will feature 40 South African artists and various craftsmen who will man their own stands in the climbing wall area of Gateway. Members of the public will be invited to try their hand at painting at the daily art and craft workshops held in this area.

Another highlight of the festival will be a School Choir Competition hosted and organised by Gateway. Yamaha will co-ordinate Jazz by Yamaha, offering various jazz performances at Gateway throughout the festival.

Kizo would like to thank the following sponsors: The Department of Arts and Culture KZN, The City of Durban, The Gateway Theatre of Shopping, The Independent Newspapers, Moreland, Plaka Restaurant, SAB, KWV, Nando’s, Coke a Cola and Yamaha.

More information from Kizo Gallery on 031 566 4322/4 and the full programme will be available by July 31, 2007, on www.kizo.co.za




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