Arts and culture

Arts festival celebrates power of music

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.

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South African authors honoured

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.

South African words added to Oxford dictionary

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.

Zimbabwean dance group blooms bold at Arts Festival

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 contemporary dance.

South African reading project wins Astrid Lindgren prize

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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