Artlooks & Artlines is a monthly column written by Ismail Mahomed, CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation. The Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK National Arts Festival) debuted in 1994 with the dawn of Nelson Mandela’s Rainbow Nation but for several years after that, the Festival had a checkered history
The Market Theatre Foundation’s Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice Award is barely five years old and already all its winners are taking the South African industry by storm as they continue to celebrate the indomitable spirit of the late artist, teacher and cultural activist, Sophie Mgcina.
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