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Grahamstown Festival EASTERN CAPE showcase PDF Print E-mail
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The EASTERN CAPE SHOWCASE is a dynamic revitalisation of which positions the East Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts & Culture not only as a major sponsor of the Festival but also as the most important play in the preservation and promotion of arts and culture in the province. The provincial showcase will feature theatre, indigenous music and dance, exhibitions, a youth film projects and performances by independent theatre companies who are contributed to growing an arts economy in the province.


Two Women, Two Worlds devised by UK actress Val McLane and Nomhle Nkonyeni, a veteran South African actress from the Eastern Cape, comparing and contrasting their lives in the two different countries on two different continents. Together they tell each other and the audience about their customs and their rituals from the choosing of a name to their chosen career paths. In the course of these stories they question each other and the audience; sometimes arguing over their lack of understanding of each other’s culture. They tell stories of determination and resourcefulness from their own family backgrounds, interspersed with songs and poems and dramatic episodes.

A Century of Fallen Eastern Cape Artists pays tribute to those who fearlessly used their creative skills in speaking out against the ills of oppression. Their heroic roles in resisting socio-political atrocities contributed to the downfall of the apartheid ideology.  The exhibition further highlights the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture’s commitment to social cohesion and nation building through the Visual Arts. Talented young artists express themselves highlighting the elusive economic freedom so desperately needed in a developing country.

In the Crafter’s Exhibition authentic craft art from a province unique in style, design and production techniques have been sourced from urban areas and the most rural villages in the province to create an all-inclusive array of diverse products. Visitors to the Craft Exhibition are guaranteed to have access to craft art that have already made their mark on the global market. Festival visitors will also have an opportunity to interact with crafters who will demonstrate their skills. They will highlight the production process from conceptualisation to design, production and finished product.

Rhythms of the Eastern Cape
highlight the vibrancy of the sub-tribes of the Eastern Cape – amaBhaca, abaThembu, amaKhoisan, abeSuthu and amaMpondo. Drawn from the various districts of the province, the Eastern Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts & Culture acts as a custodian of preserving and promoting indigenous knowledge systems and indigenous culture. Rhythms of the Eastern Cape , a fascinating display of the province’s rich music and dance heritage is a potpourri of traditional dance and music ranging from the vibrant foot-stomping of the amaBhaca dance to the delicately refined animal movement of the Khoisan. In an extravaganza of five lunchtime concerts, audiences will be introduced to the sub-tribes or clans who will mesmerise with their indigenous music and dance. Artists will also be drawn from the newly-formed Indigenous Music Orchestra and Eastern Cape Cultural Ensemble.

 

 
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