Friday, October 10, 2008

10 October - Arts, Culture and Environment

In today’s show, I played an interview I had with the Essop twin brothers Hassan and Hussain – they are photographers. In their work they repeat their own images in digitally enhanced photographic mise en scenes exploring their life-issues in Cape Town with an emphasis on their experiences as Muslims. They are Art South Africa's tenth Bright Young Thing for 2008. They explained more about what influences their work. Some of their work can be viewed at the Goodman Gallery Cape. They are invited to participate on the tenth Havana Biennial in Cuba (March 27 – April 20, 2009). For more contact the Goodman Gallery Cape on (021) 462 7573 / 4 or visit http://www.goodmangallerycape.com/.

We also heard from Natalia Da Rocha - one of South Africa’s renowned pioneers in the arts and entertainment industry. She joined us to talk about Applauz Arts Initiative. Through this initiative Natalia is uplifting South African youth in disadvantaged communities and turning them into up and coming artists. One of their main objectives is to use the Performing Arts, as a tool for Social Advancement. Applauz Arts Initiative is currently running its second SongStar programme, this time in collaboration with Fairhills - a joint development project founded by 22 wines farms in the Rawsonville area. The next round of eliminations will be held tomorrow the 11th of October with the gala dinner and announcement of the winner set for the 8th of November. If you want more information go to http://www.applauz.org.za/ or contact (021) 794 0420.

Sakhisizwe’s producer Cindy Witten joined us for the Arts update, to share with the listeners what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector. Nigel is away for a couple of weeks, so Cindy is our arts fundi, if you want her to review any of your play, performances or exhibition then send an email to nation@bushradio.co.za

We closed off the show with an interview with Rantebeng Makapan – An actor. You may recognise this young actor in various Local soapies, such as 7de Laan or as Thomas Mashaba in generation. He has also featured in television commercials for Mnet and MTN and performed in corporate events for SABS, ABSA and Liberty Life. So he is quite a busy man. But today we were talking about his latest work, where he plays the role of Sticks, a scheming, streetwise 'middleman' in the Comedy called Mooi Street moves. The production will be showcased at Theatre on the Bay until October 18th. If you would like to go and see the comedy, or for more information you can call the Theatre on the Bay on (021) 438 3301. Or you can make a booking at Computicket.

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