Friday, March 20, 2009

20 March - Arts, Culture and Environmental

On today’s show, we were joined on the line by Melanie Davids – from the Amy Biel Foundation. We were talking about the Township Jazz Festival that they will be hosting tomorrow in Gugulethu kwa_Tankiso e_NY1 from 11AM till 3PM. The festival will feature bands like the Amy Biel Youth Band, CODA, the Milton Academy Jazz Band from Boston in the US and entrance is free – Mahala. If you want any additional information about the festival contact Yandiswa on (021) 462 5052 or send an email to

We also heard from Kerry Kirkpatrick – from the Cape Film Commission. We were talking about the Imbongi Awards. The Cape Film Commission is looking to recognize those individuals and companies within the Western Cape`s film industry for their hard work and professional approach that this industry has become renowned for. Awards are open to individuals within the Film, TV, Stills, Animation, Documentaries, Corporate and Promotional Video and Advertising sectors. The award categories includes: The Chairman’s Award, Best Contribution to marketing Cape Town and the Western Cape through Film, best Line Producer, best Locations Professional, Excellence in VFX & Animation, Post Producers, and Service Provider of the year, unfortunately the closing date for Nominations is tomorrow the 21st of March. TO obtain the Nominations Form or for more information contact their offices on (021) 483 9070 alternatively go to The Awards Ceremony will be on the 25th of April at the Cape Town ICC Ballroom.

Nigel Vermaas – Our Arts fundi was here to tell us what’s hot and what’s not in the art sector.

We also joined on the line by Anita Rowland- producer of a show called Which Way. Which Way is an interactive kids travelling show which explores South Africa’s history, environment and rich cultures through the eyes of teenagers. For more information you may contact Anita on (021) 447 2911 or visit their website or join their Facebook group by searching Which Way.

We closed off the show with an interview with Maurice Ashley - the first and only black International Grandmaster of Chess. He is in the country to motivate the benefits of chess to children primarily from underprivileged backgrounds and to inspire players and non-players alike. Maurice is the guest of Chess for Change South Africa, which teaches chess to more than 4000 children a week. It is reported that according to research learning the game of chess enhances creativity, problem solving, memory, concentration, intellectual maturity, and self esteem – essential qualities for success. Tomorrow he is going to be part of the Chess 4 Change Maurice Ashley Tournament in Canal Walk. Maurice has been an ardent spokesman and advocate of the intellectual and character building effects of chess in young people for over 15 years to read more about his work go to

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