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ARTS FESTIVAL AT KIZO (article first published : 2007-08-20)

If you’re in KZN during September and October, prepare your senses! Kizo Art Gallery is wired up for the most ambitious art festival staged in the province to date, and if you’re nearby, you’ll feel the glorious impact of arts, crafts, colour and creativity as they detonate throughout the action-packed itinerary.

The festival has attracted South Africa’s best – if you know your local talent, names like Esther Mahlangu, Andrew Verster, Velapie Mzimba, Anthony Mutheki and Sam Nhlengethwa should begin to whet your appetite! And for those who don’t know the who’s who of SA artists, the message is, “Don’t stress, just come and enjoy.” Forget about those deathly-silent, exhibitions where a bespectacled elite quietly murmur their appreciation. This is KZN - and around here we express ourselves!

Exhibitors will be expressing themselves through all sorts of media and styles… Want to see sculpture in action? They’ll be in Gateway’s bustling restaurant area from August 30 to September 30. Adding to the weekends festivities, revellers will find a Heritage Crafts Expo, Artists and Crafters on Gateway’s Boulevard and much more.

With an event of this magnitude that’s creating such a buzz, some bling and bubbly are mandatory: A Heritage-themed, fancy-dress Gala Launch Party will get the weekend proceedings off to a fantastical festive start on September 26. Tickets to the Gala launch are available from Kizo Art Consultants for R100 each.

“But what about the main exhibition?” we hear you ask? Well, we’ve saved the best for last. From September 27 to October 30, you can see more than 120 works by some of the most celebrated South African artists, as well as up-and-coming stars on the scene. To get your mind spinning a little more, Henk Vos will be unveiling his long-awaited labour of love, 10 years in the making; the Umcebo Trust will exhibit their spectacular beaded chandeliers – one of which will be presented to King Goodwill Zwelethini; Anthony Wakaba Mutheki’s “Chief Albert Luthuli” commemorative piece, the first instalment of his Freedom Fighters Watershed Moments; will be started before your very eyes that weekend and not forgetting Esther Mahlangu’s intricate Heritage-themed beaded blankets.

For the full itinerary, details of exhibiting artists and a sneak preview of this art extravaganza, visit www.kizo.co.za or contact Max Henderson on 082 735 4264 or maxhenderson@vodamail.co.za




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