Friday, January 23, 2009

23 January - Arts, Culture and Environment

In today’s show, we were joined on the line by Megan White – from the Cart Horse Protection Association. This is a non-profit organization that provides static and mobile clinic services, support, education and training to under developed communities living on the Cape Flats who use horses and carts to collect scrap metal as a means of generating an income for themselves and their families. For more information visit www.chpa.org.za or contact (021) 535 3435.

We also heard from Mirjam Asmal-Dik - Managing Director at CAPE Africa Platform. At CAPE they are busy with Cape Town’s second biennale exhibition of contemporary African Culture that will take place from the 2nd of May till the 21st of June 2009. The exhibition aims to culturally connect Cape Town, South Africa, Africa and the diaspora by creating a ground-breaking contemporary African art event - rooted in the local but global in impact. Titled Convergence, this year’s exhibition is about life today: the people, the connections and networks they make up. They will present exhibitions, public interactions and interventions that reimagine the city of Cape Town as an activated, participatory project space, focusing how we move and engage with each other. Exhibition sites traverse the socio-economic and geographic divides of Cape Town, and include the Metrorail Station, the city centre, Langa and Khayelitsha, as well as moving exhibitions on taxis. For more details about the exhibition, venues, artists and events visit www.capeafrica.org and the local press alternatively contact (021) 461 2325.

Nigel Vermaas – our arts fundi was also here to tell us what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector.

We closed off the show with an interview with Rob Murray – Director of Pictures of You. Created by a conspiracy of clowns, in association with FTH:K. This quirky, visual love story explores the darker truths of a picture-perfect marriage using an imaginative blend of different theatre forms. According to reviewers this initiative promotes Cape Town as the crucible for artistic innovation and collaboration. Pictures of You will be presented at the Artscape Arena from January 30th and the 31st and will be at the Baxter Sanlam Studio from the 2nd to the 21st of February nightly at 20h15. Ticket prices are from R65 to R85. Book through Computicket at www.computicket.com or call 083 915 8000 or visit any Checkers/Shoprite store. For discounted block, schools or corporate bookings contact the Baxter Sales office on (021) 680 3991 or (021) 680 3962. Tuesdays is “Twos-days” at Pictures of You. Pay R65 for 1 ticket and get two! Or conctact the Artscape Dial-a-Seat on (021) 421 7695 or visit www.artscape.co.za alternatively contact Tarryn Saunders on 021 680 3993 between 9am and 2pm or email tarryn.saunders@uct.ac.za

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