Friday, May 23, 2008

23 May - Arts, Culture & Environment

Today we spoke to Mike van Graan – Newly Appointed Executive Director of the Africa Centre. Mike is an award-winning playwright/producer and a leading arts activist. The Africa Centre is a non-profit organisation that seeks to document, promote and celebrate the arts, culture and heritage of the African continent. Its major projects since its inception in 2007 have been the launch of the biennale Spier Contemporary visual arts exhibition, the Spier Poetry Exchange and the Spier Performing Arts Festival. We were talking about the programmes they have that promotes the arts and cultural heritage of Africa. On Sunday we are celebrating Africa day, so go out there and be a proud African. For more information about the Africa Centre visit or contact (021) 881 3116.

We were also joined by Nik Rabinowitz - South Africa's top Jewish, Xhosa-speaking Comedian and yes he can speak Xhosa. We were talking to him about his new show IN THE NIK that’s on Broadway. It is co-written by Tom Eaton and directed by Brent Palmer. The show promised to take the audience where no man has gone before. It’s On Broadway, number 88 Shortmarket St in Cape Town, From Wednesday till Sunday at 8:30pm. Tickets costs R75 and will be running till the 8th of June. For more information contact (021) 424 1194.

Nigel Vermaas was also joined us on the line for the Arts update in and around the city.

We closed off the show with an interview with Kesivan Naidoo and Lee Thompson – Musicians. They came to the rescue of popular Observatory’s Independent Armchair Theatre after previous owners struggled to keep it afloat. The venue is well known for showcasing local talent especially music. Kesivan and Lee shareed with us some of their plans for reviving the Armchair and the role that the arts and culture community can play in support of their efforts. If you would like to offer support please contact Lee on 082 775 6868 or Kasivan on 073 169 0854 alternatively e-mail him to

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