Widely assailed as a giant of South African theatre, Gibson Kente’s legacy is appropriately explored during this Africa month, so called to bring our attention to the vast and neglected legacies of our continent. Titled Text, texture and theatre: getting Gibson Kente right, author, arts educator and arts practitioner Dr Kavanagh explores the monumental work of this ‘father of theatre’ in a Great Texts Big Questions lecture on Wednesday 24 May at UCT’s at UCT Hiddingh Campus on Orange Street. This free lecture will begin at 6pm, with refreshments from 5.30pm and is presented by The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) and UCT’s Drama Department.
As part of Africa Month, Africa Arts and ICA present a free performance and discussion with composers Tunde Jegede (Nigeria) and Bongani Ndodana-Breen (South Africa). Both Jegede and Ndodana-Breen have received international acclaim for works ranging from opera, chamber and symphonic music that are influenced by classical African cultures.
The final presentation in the first 2017 Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series takes place on April 25th with renowned psychologist and conflict mediator Nomfundo Walaza. Walaza’s lecture will look at the psychological impact of the TRC, as well as the psychological implications of the Rhodes Must Fall and Fees Must Fall Movements. In addition, Walaza probes what lessons are to be learnt from the TRC and, how these can influence university/national strategies so that discussions around reconciliation are cognisant of the fact that without redress, reconciliation is impossible. As UCT's IRTC unfolds, how do we deal with the material realities of tuition fees, economic inequalities etc?
As part of its 2017 Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, and its current focus on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the ICA proudly presents renowned journalist Pippa Green on April 19.
Green will present History for the Future: The Resonance of the TRC Today.