Arts and culture
South African playwright Athol Fugard, the creator of anti-apartheid masterpieces such as Blood Knot
, The Island
and Master Harold ... and the Boys
, has been named as the first African recipient of a Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award, Japan's highest honour in the arts.
A bold new arts festival modelled on the world's most popular fringe festivals will
be held in Cape Town in September, Tony Lankester, the chief executive
of the National Arts Festival, announced on Tuesday. A spin-off of the South Africa's
premier festival, it will be run in partnership with the City of Cape Town.
With every puppet in the award-winning stage production War Horse
designed and handcrafted in Cape Town by the Handspring Puppet Company, it is
only fitting that the production returns to the country to be enjoyed by South African
audiences, says producer Chris Harper.
Anthems of Democracy
, a series of concerts featuring world-famous singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading and a powerful line-up of local musicians, will take place at the Joburg Theatre in April as part of South Africa's 20 years of freedom celebrations.
South African traditional group Ladysmith Black Mambazo has dedicated its latest Grammy award - for "best world music album" for Singing for Peace Around the World
- to the memory and legacy of Nelson Mandela.
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