Arts and culture
Questions around African identity and belonging are woven into the programme of the National
Arts Festival this year. The festival, which starts today and runs for two weeks, offers almost 2
500 performances of 630 shows, including many from artists from around the continent.
Jacob Dlamini has won the prestigious Alan Paton Award for his book exploring collaboration and
betrayal in the anti-apartheid struggle. And Damon Galgut has won the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize
for his novel, Arctic Summer
, evocation of the life of EM Forster.
The English language is constantly evolving. The Oxford English Dictionary takes note of these
changes, and adds new words as they become part of everyday speech. In its latest edition, it
has added about 500 words – including three South African words.
Saying a resolute #NoToXenophobia by their very presence at this year’s National Arts Festival,
which runs from 2 to 12 July in Grahamstown, Harare-based dance company Tumbuka will stage a
production that grapples with the Zimbabwean psyche through a vigorous vocabulary of
The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa has won the Astrid Lindgren
Memorial Award 2015, the world's richest children's book award with a prize of 5-million Swedish
kroner (around R7-million).
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