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Press release: Artscape/Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra Youth Music Festival 2017

LitNet Musiek 2017-08-21

"This prestigious annual event offers accomplished musicians the opportunity of playing with a symphony orchestra on a professional concert stage. The emphasis of the festival is that it is a celebration of young musical talent and not a competition."

A man of Africa. The political thought of Harry Oppenheimer: book review

Bill Nasson Books and writers 2017-08-21

"Kalim Rajab’s collection is a readable and even-handed account of Harry Oppenheimer as a reticent philosopher-capitalist, leading readers to view him within the limits and possibilities of his time, and to appreciate in hindsight the flawed nature of his legacy."

Video: Launch of On Record by Schalk van der Merwe

Naomi Bruwer Books and writers 2017-08-18

Schalk van der Merwe's On Record – Popular Afrikaans Music & Society, 1900–2017 was launched on Tuesday, 15 August in Stellenbosch.

Forty years after dawn

Mbizo Chirasha New writing 2017-08-17

"State plans still dressed in torn overalls of parliament
Bullet speaks louder than ballot"

Die Mauer: A German crime thriller set in a South African gated community

Karin Schimke Books and writers 2017-08-16

"Annas has taken some pretty evident elements of the South African reality and mixed them into a breath-stopping brew: a wall, some 'intruders', a tinderbox socio-political milieu and a few overinflated egos that concern themselves almost exclusively with obsessively safeguarding the privilege contained within the wall."

The wisdom of adders by Dan Wylie: book review

Elsibe Loubser Books and writers 2017-08-16

"The story as a whole is set so far in the future, yet is so grounded in our connection to the primitive and natural world, that it conveys the same type of timeless appeal as Game of Thrones (although the latter’s genre is fantasy). For this reason, we can forgive the sometimes hackneyed feeling of the poems."

Press release: The Fall wins prestigious Scotsman Fringe First Award

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2017-08-15

"The play lifted a veil on the unspoken truth of so many thousands of students, their hardships, their realities; and the pain suffered by so many."

Losing the plot: crime, reality, and fiction in postapartheid writing by Leon de Kock: book review

Rita Barnard Books and writers 2017-08-14

"... De Kock, it seems to me, gets much right in Losing the plot. His preoccupations seem all the more relevant as we try to untangle the dense web of corruption in South Africa, decipher the shifty nonsense emerging from the White House, hope to differentiate news from fake news, and find ways of living in a murky world in which states have become indistinguishable from criminal enterprises and politicians from racketeers."

Atomic blonde: film review

Reney Warrington Film 2017-08-11

"In Atomic blonde, they managed to find the coolest, yet totally eighties, outfits for Charlize. The styling and lighting as a whole are perfect. The Atomic blonde delivers a love letter to a cold, blue and grimy Berlin, five days before the fall of the Berlin Wall."

Apartheid: Britain’s bastard child by Hélène Opperman Lewis: book review

Vicki Trowler Books and writers 2017-08-10

"I came to this book interested in inter-/transgenerational trauma, as a South African, and read it as a case study of the Afrikaner as a particular case of such trauma. I left unconvinced, which is a pity." 

The Dalai Lama in Botswana: an interview

Herman Lategan, Karen Fitzgerald Opinion 2017-08-10

"A local neuroscientist from Pretoria, Karen Fitzgerald is one of the organisers of a conference that will be held in Gaborone, Botswana, which His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will attend. With this historic visit by the Dalai Lama, Botswana is his only planned destination in Africa."

Gif/Poison/Ityhefu: an interview with Erwin Maas

Erwin Maas, Naomi Meyer Lifestyle and entertainment 2017-08-10

"At its core, any great piece of theatre has an innate universality in it that people all over can relate to. That’s why certain pieces are being done in numerous languages, and all over the world, again and again. Gif is such a piece."

Press release: Open Book Festival programme 2017

LitNet Feeste 2017-08-08

The seventh Open Book Festival will take place from 6 to 10 September at The Fugard Theatre, District Six Homecoming Centre, A4 Arts Foundation, PH Centre, Central Library Cape Town, Elsies River Library, Kuyasa Library and The Book Lounge from 10:00 to 21:00 each day. 

Press release: #cocreatePOETICA ‒ Celebrating the spoken word through collaboration at Open Book Festival 2017

LitNet Feeste 2017-08-08

Following the enormous success of the collaboration between Poetica and #cocreateSA last year, #cocreatePOETICA will once again be part of the seventh Open Book Festival from 6 to 10 September 2017.

Press release: Comics Fest programme at Open Book Festival 2017

LitNet Feeste 2017-08-08

Comic Fest will take place on 9 September from 09:30 to 18:00 and on 10 September from 09:30 to 17:00 as part of the Open Book Festival 2017.

The twinkling of an eye by Sue Brown: book launch

LitNet Books and writers 2017-08-07

You are invited to the launch of The twinkling of an eye on 15 August in Cape Town. Author Sue Brown will be in conversation with Karina Szczurek.

Accident by Dawn Garisch: an interview

Dawn Garisch, Naomi Meyer Books and writers 2017-08-07

“I think effective fiction writing stems from some personal disturbance ​that the author extrapolates into another very different imaginative scenario. This means that the emotional experience of the writing feels authentic, and that the author can explore her dilemmas outside the confines of her own life.”

The Artscape Women's Humanity Arts Festival: an interview

Nancy Richards, Naomi Meyer Opinion 2017-08-03

The Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival is an annual event, now in its 11th year. Woman Zone is an organisation that has its home and Woman’s Library at Artscape. The festival takes place from the 2nd to the 12th of August 2017.

Delilah now trending by Pamela Power: book launch

LitNet Books and writers 2017-07-31

You are invited to the launch of Delilah now trending on 19 August in Stellenbosch. Author Pamela Power will be in conversation with Karin Brynard.

Hoekom ons nie een nasie is nie

Bart van der Meer Menings 2017-07-27

Bart van der Meer, wat in Suid-Afrika woon en hier ’n toergids is, skryf ’n brief vir sy neef in Nederland. | Bart van der Meer, who is a tour guide and lives in South Africa, writes a letter to his cousin in the Netherlands.