Festival set to be best ever

2018-06-05 06:01
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The 2018 Strauss & Co. series of lectures and presentations at the Hermanus FynArts Festival, taking place from Friday 8 to Sunday 17 June, is presented in memory of Stephan Welz, a firm supporter of the festival since its inception.

This year being the sixth, the festival promises another colourful and diverse range of subjects and presenters.

This year, among others, FynArts pays tribute to Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo as well as Hugh Masekela who will receive the FynArts Legacy Award posthumously from Richard Cock. The award will be received by Masekela’s sister, Barbara Masekela, who will give a short talk about the legendary father of South African jazz.

“Mandela and Tambo – Partners, prisoners, presidents” is the title of a talk by Judge Albie Sachs while Christo Brand, the long-time prison warder and friend of Mandela, will talk about “Doing life with Mandela”. The talks about the visual arts range from monumental architecture to miniature art.

Architect Lloyd Rubidge, a team member of an association of three local architectural companies working on the transformation of the 1920s silos at the V&A Waterfront, will explain his role in coordinating this massive project though slides, discussions and anecdotes in “From grain silos to Zeitz Mocaa”.

Stamps are “exhibited” on envelopes and have the world as their gallery. South Africa boasts a rich history of stamp art and illustrations. Rachel-Mari Ackermann, graphic designer for the Philatelic Services of the South African Post Office, will talk about the history of the art in “Stamps: Miniature pieces of art”.

A small exhibition of stamps will be on view at the municipal auditorium.

When judges of the Constitutional Court planned their building at the Old Fort prison in Johannesburg, they invited crafters and artists from all over South Africa to ensure it would have a humane and beautiful ambience. Albie Sachs will present a film, talk about the project and answer questions about the remarkable collection.

Christo Coetzee was a colourful artist and a leading exponent of abstract expressionism in South Africa. At an exhibition in 1975, he slashed his paintings and the art world is still reverberating with shock. Why was he compelled to such a seemingly outrageous deed? What motivated him and what were the consequences? Wilhelm van Rensburg, art specialist with Strauss & Co., will discuss these questions. He is curating a major Coetzee exhibition at the Standard Bank Gallery in October.

“Song of Nooitgedacht” is the title of a photographic exhibition at the Marine Hotel. Photographer Jennifer Gough-Cooper will talk to writer Christopher Hope about her work, including her involvement in the Marcel Duchamp Retrospective inaugural exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris in 1977 and other photographic projects.

Other guests to look forward to include authors like Christopher Hope and Sindiwe Magona, award-winning poet Alfred Schaffer and many more.

V The full programme is available at www.hermanusfynarts­.co.za.

V Tickets are available at Webtickets and Hermanus Tourism. For more information, call Chantel on 060 957 5371.

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