Dawn Lindberg is the founder and CEO of the Naledi Theatre Awards. One of the biggest and most prestigious awards events in South Africa, it recognises and honours excellence in South African theatre. Previously, she was an independent theatre producer and entertainer (with her husband, Des) for 52 years. Des and Dawn Lindberg were the first to produce multi-racial theatre in 1973 (Godspell) and the first to successfully fight the banning in the Supreme Court. They were appointed Living Legends by the Minister of Arts and Culture in 2016.
Name three artworks that you love and why.
Picasso’s Guernica, for its evocative power and masterly design (unsurpassed); Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, for its passion and stirring of the soul; Shakespeare’s Hamlet, for the depth of understanding of the human spirit and turmoils within our emotions.
Name one artist you would love to meet.
Leonardo da Vinci.
What is in your car’s CD player?
We no longer use CDs in the car. We use what we download onto a USB memory stick; ranging from classical to folk. Alternatively, I listen to 702 for the news only, and Classic FM, to calm my soul.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My oversensitivity to what I assume people think.
How have the arts industries in South Africa changed over the last ten years?
Theatre and the arts are much more reflective of our current society and the demographics of the practitioners. New voices are telling our own stories and expressing our unique cultures through dance, music and the visual arts.
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