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MOVABLE ARTS FEAST (MAF) (article first published : 2008-08-18)

An innovative project to encourage the pubic to visit Durbanís many galleries has been launched by VANSA (Visual Arts Association of SA, KZN) as part of the Celebrate Durban season.

People are encouraged to visit a selection of Durbanís premier galleries through an "art gallery trail" every Saturday throughout the eight-weekend season beginning August 9 2008. Members of the public can park their cars in Glenwood and hop on the specially-decorated free Art Bus at the KZNSA Gallery at 09h00. The bus will travel a dedicated circuit to these venues throughout the day allowing visitors to visit eight galleries per Saturday. Arts Bus Tour Guide King Zorro will be providing narrative along the route about the galleries and exhibitions on show.

In addition to the Arts Bus, galleries have packed an exciting schedule of events into their spaces during these two months with a Celebrate Durban Evening Event at each gallery on a Friday during August and September.

On August 22, the Durban Art Gallery will host an evening of cultural and artistic fusion featuring performances from local Durban artists such as DJ PaperKut, Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre and palm readings by Durbanís favourite Mystic Sisters. Other highlights include local comedians and a re-screening of Kwasuka Theatreís hugely successful Fixed Frame Film Festival. Food and a cash bar will also be available. Dress code: Decadent Durban meets Bollywood Bling.

Exhibitions for August include Expressions Ė an exhibition of recent acquisitions to the permanent collection, Dislocation / Relocation: Leora Farber with the design team Strangelove and Wings Legs & Videotapes a show in response to the recent Entomology Conference. Mid August sees the launch of the long-awaited Schools Curriculum Exhibition. Satyagraha, Contemporary Indian Art inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and curated by Dr. Alka Pande, will be on show from August 22. September welcomes The History of Curries Fountain photographic exhibition and additional works from the DAG permanent collection in Gallery 1. Entry is free to the Movable Arts Feast evening and all are welcome. More information from Liana Turner on 031 311 2264.

Also on the Movable Arts Feast circuit is the African Art Centre which is hosting an exhibition by renowned telephone wire basket weaver Zodwa Maphumulo and her family as part of Celebrate Durban and to honour women's month. In September, arts bus visitors can expect to see artist Siphiwe Zuluís exhibition of paintings entitled Black Magic. More information on 031 312 3805.

Movable Arts Feast at the KZNSA Gallery on August 29 at 20h30 sees the Max Normal TV Ė Next Level Rap Show when the MNTV Next Level Rap Crew perform their radical audio accompanied by live video art, original video footage, animations, photography and phunky 3D rave visuals that can open your third-eye. Entry to the gallery is free but there is a nominal ticket price for the Max Normal event. More information from Brenton Maart or Nicolette Van der Walt on 031 202 3686 or visit www.kznsagallery.co.za

Durban University of Technology Art Galleryís contribution to the Movable Arts Feast is the opening on September 5 of Co-Temporary Existence and permanent collection in public spaces. The event launches an exhibition by three emerging young artists Nozipho Zulu, Nothando Mkhize and Sabelo Khumalo, Fine Artís recent graduates, slam poetry session and the official launch collection in public spaces; banners with information on the permanent collection to be hung on the outside of the gallery building and around the university campus. More information on 031 373 2207 or visit www.dut.ac.za

Movable Arts Feast will be celebrated at the Bat Centre on September 12 with a touch of nostalgia when BAT launches its Celebrate Durban evening exhibition which showcases the friends of BAT with an exhibition celebrating Paul Sibisi. Paul Sibisi is one of Durbanís veteran artists and the event marks the celebration of his 60th birthday. The BAT will also invite six of the veteransí artists to exhibit with Paul. This will be accompanied by poetry, live music, drumming, as well as food and drinks! Entry is free and all are welcome. More information from Thami Jali on 031 332 0451.

Kizoís contribution to the MAF is a workshop / presentation by Khwezi Gule who is the respected Contemporary Art Collection Curator at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. During this hands-on session on September 19, Gule will share useful information and anecdotal experience. This session will be of particular interest to aspiring curators, art administrators, critics, crafters and visual artists.

Art Bus visitors to Kizo in August can expect an exciting exhibition entitled In Honour of The Artistís of Rorkeís Drift 1960ís to 1970ís. This important exhibition runs until August 25. Exhibiting artists include John Muafangejo, Sandile Zulu, Jocob Matsose, R.Goswana, and Vincent Baloyi. The exhibition is per kind favour of a private collector and works will not be on sale. Schools, universities, artists and collectors are encouraged to visit the exhibition in order to view these wonderful artworks that are of such historical significance to KwaZulu Natal. More information from Nathi Gumede on 031 566 4324, fax 031 566 2494, email: nathig@kizo.co.za or visit www.kizo.co.za




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