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Thami Mnyele

30 Years: Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards

Presented and hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni, the annual national Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards (MFAA) is a contemporary fine art competition that caters for artists of all ages, from all over South Africa, producing artworks in various media. In addition to the overall

SA Mint

Celebrating our natural heritage

The South African Mint is one of many custodians and purveyors of South Africa’s heritage. The South African Mint has a long history in producing high-quality currency coins for South Africa and the export market, and is also one of the foremost purveyors of South

Nelson Mandela Bay

MBDA inspiring Arts in Nelson Mandela Bay

To find out more about Mandela Bay Development Agency’s (MBDA) role in the creative and cultural sector. Creative Feel spoke to Oyama Vanto, Project Leader – Creative Industry for MBDA. Creative Feel: How is the MBDA involved in the creative sector? Oyama Vanto: To answer this

King Kong

The Evolution of King Kong

Fifty-eight years after it was first staged in 1959, an ‘evolution’ of South Africa’s most significant, influential and iconic ‘all African jazz opera’, King Kong, will open at the Fugard Theatre in July before travelling to the Joburg Theatre in September. The original production of

King Kong

Cast announced for King Kong

Over half a century since the original production, the Fugard Theatre’s forthcoming, brand new production of the legendary South African musical, King Kong, is now fully cast and rehearsals commenced on 12 June. King Kong – The Musical tells the story of heavyweight 1950s boxing


Traditional, innovative & experimental

It’s an exciting year for music on the Festival’s Main stages as Featured Artist, Neo Muyanga, leads the charge through a programme filled with tradition, innovation and experimentation. Another exciting programme highlight is Standard Bank Young Artist for Music 2017, Abel Selaocoe. Neo Muyanga’s solo


‘Curious, furious and poetic’

Bringing together different aesthetics, contexts and languages, the dance programme at this year’s National Arts Festival interrogates and celebrates questions of identity, culture, spirituality and sensuality. At the top of the bill is 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance Thandazile Radebe. From brand-new works by


Disruption, Dissension, Decency, Disobedience & Defiance

This year’s Film Festival highlights film’s role as a disruptor of mainstream narrative. Social critique has always been currency for film and documentary makers, and the Film Festival line-up includes movies about conflict and war (John Pilger’s The Coming War On China, Wolfgang Staudte’s The Murderers


Expect the unexpected

Versatile and exciting young theatre-makers and artists will break new ground and excavate forgotten histories this year in Grahamstown, premiering a number of new works, including a thought-provoking new play by 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre Monageng ‘Vice’ Motshabi. Standard Bank Young Artist


Combining the historic and the contemporary

The works of this year’s selected performance and visual artists exquisitely combine the historic and the contemporary. Spearheading the Performance Art programme is 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for the genre, Dineo Seshee Bopape. The 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art,


Tartuffe is the story of…

… A wily opportunist, who affects sanctity and gains complete control over Orgon, a rich bourgeois who in his middle years has become a bigot and a prude. To the great despair of his family and staff, Orgon has been brainwashed into believing Tartuffe’s rhetoric,

Editor's Note

Tartuffe, unAfrican?

Lore Watterson is the Editor in Chief and Publisher of Creative Feel Magazine When Sylvaine Strike brought Moliere’s The Miser to The Market Theatre a few years ago I fell in love with her work, her interpretation and direction. Seeing now her Moliere’s Tartuffe at

Lloyd Pollack art artist

Portrait of the artist at death’s door

Lloyd Pollak is an art historian and lecturer, who writes monthly columns for Creative Feel. Luan Nel’s solo show Diction, held at CIRCA Cape Town from 29 March to 23 April 2017, was ‘a poetic bittersweet exploration into notions of language, visual cues and the

Artlooks & Artlines

A little bit of history

Artlooks & Artlines is a monthly column written by Ismail Mahomed, CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation. I am often reminded that I have an obsession with historical anniversaries. It’s quite strange because during my school years I considered history to be taught in an

Literary Landscapes

A Paradise Lost

Literary Landscapes is a monthly column by Indra Wussow, a writer, translator and director of the Sylt Foundation. The sea is calm, as if it has been ironed, and the view from my hotel room suggests another unspoiled day in paradise. I am in Patong on

Business & Arts

A visceral experience

Business & Arts is a monthly column by Michelle Constant, CEO of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA). A month or so ago, Ismail Mahomed and myself were offered places on the London King’s College Leading Culture in the 21st Century course, through the British

Candice Berman Wishbone

Gorgeous food & interesting art

In an exciting new collaboration, Berman Contemporary and Wishbone Café & Bistro Bar will be holding food and painting pairings, bringing the textures and colours of artwork to life with delicious food. The pairing of food with art has a longstanding tradition. Both have been

Springs Art Gallery

Ekurhuleni Human Rights Exhibition 2017: Beyond Teaching

The Springs Art Gallery serves the community of the East Rand through a programme of internal and external exhibitions, workshops and art classes aimed at promoting visual literacy and making the visual arts accessible to everyone. The Gallery hosts the annual Thami Mnyele Fine Arts


Stimulating the Art Market with Choice Art

Aspire Art Auctions’ Inaugural Cape Town sale on 27 March 2017 at the Avenue, V&A Waterfront attracted widespread interest. Emma Bedford, Senior Art Specialist and head of Aspire’s Cape Town office, noted: ‘We have achieved several ground-breaking records with historical and contemporary works, proving that


An exciting year for musical theatre

The musical Annie came out tops at the annual Naledi Theatre Awards by garnering four awards, including Best Production of a Musical. Three other highly acclaimed productions, Scorched, Suddenly the Storm and the musical TAU won three awards each at a glittering event held at

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Janni Younge’s “The Firebird”

A bird puppet for The Firebird under construction. This production of The Firebird, directed by Janni Younge and choreographed by Jay Pather, is a puppet and dance performance set to Stravinsky’s original score. Janni Younge’s Firebird draws on the symbolism and dramaturgy of Fokine’s original

SACO calculator

Calculated Output

The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has just launched a ground-breaking and invaluable tool for South African event and festival organisers looking to quantify the economic impact of events – big or small. The online calculator is free for use on the SACO website and


hunter-gatherer, an exhibition by Kai Lossgott

In a human-made era of global social and ecological challenges, when that which we call ‘the environment’ is urban for almost all our planet’s human inhabitants, the artist asks what it means to be human. Kai Lossgott has looked for answers in the places that


Creative disruption at the NAF

Versatile and exciting young theatre makers and artists will break new ground and excavate forgotten histories this year in Grahamstown, premiering a number of new works. Featuring new works from theatrical firebrands alongside Festival favourites such as the Gala Concert, presented this year by the

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