Arts and culture
South Africans are urged to invest in others by buying a book for someone who cannot afford
one, during National Book Week. A host of local book retailers are taking part in the
#BUYABOOK campaign by selling books from R20.
A thought-provoking selection of bold productions is on the programme of the second annual
Cape Town Fringe. The 11-day festival is a showcase of the best of South African theatre, with
productions from across the country in an" engaged, original, and socially aware programme".
The Endless River
, a film by South African Oliver Hermanus, has been
selected for the Venice Film Festival's prestigious Golden Lion award. The film's actress, Crystal
Donna Roberts, has also been nominated for an acting award at the festival.
Ticket sales this year were up nearly 7% on 2014, says the National Arts Festival, while the
value of tickets bought for festival shows was up by 18%. "This augers well for the arts
sector, and is
a ringing endorsement for the talent and hard work of our artists."
The venerable old Cape Town City Hall will dazzle again over Nelson Mandela International Day
weekend, when it throws open its doors to the Cape Town Nu World Festival. Besides music,
there will be workshops and talks led by the participating artists, as well as fringe events.
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