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2010 Wavescape Surf Film Festival in Cape Town, 1-19 December

Wavescape Film Festival - Cifton Beach 2009

The seventh annual Wavescape Surf Film Festival kickstarts the 2010 summer season in Cape Town with a bumper crop of adrenaline-charged surf movies.

Presented by the Save Our Seas Foundation, the festival (from December 1 to 19) focuses on the critical plight of the world’s oceans, and surfing development in South Africa.

The festival begins with the Wavescape Surfboard Art Exhibition from December 1 to 7 at the trendy Cape Town restaurant Depasco Cafe. Twelve surfboards decorated by artists will go on auction on December 8. Proceeds go to ocean charities, including the SOSF, NSRI and Shark Spotters, with a special board decorated by township children to be auctioned on behalf of the Ticket to Ride Foundation’s surfing development programme.

Also to be auctioned will be a mini-surfboard reshaped from a broken board, part of the My First Surfboard Project. Every year, thousands of broken surfboards end up in dumps and landfills, and are environmentally toxic. The project turns broken boards into new boards for beginner surfers who can’t afford them, transforming junk into transforming a kid’s life.

The film section of the festival begins with the open-air free screening of Scratching the Surface on Clifton Fourth Beach on Friday December 10 after the sun goes down. The film includes cutting edge camera technology in use by pioneering surf filmmakers.

Thousands of like-minded people gather on the beach with picnics from early in the evening to enjoy a long, languid summer evening. Indoor films will be screened at the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay from December 12 to 15 and at the Labia Theatre on Orange from December 16 to 19.

Prize giveaways from official surfing sponsor Quiksilver and Roxy will be randomly handed out to members of the audience throughout the festival, with three Sector 9 skateboards and surfboard giveaways added to the loot at Clifton Fourth.

According to curator of the festival Spike from Wavescape.co.za, the festival offers the most diverse line-up of films since the first Wavescape festival in 2004.

“There is something for everyone, from the usual soulful visuals and underground soundtracks to the hot moves of the now generation. Among others, Modern Collective and Scratching the Surface showcase the most awe-inspiring waves of the world and the outrageous aerial and other skills of the new guard, including Julian Wilson, Dusty Payne, Dane Reynolds and South African Jordy Smith.

“However, we also represent the darker side of surfing. Sea of Darkness exposes the sometimes grisly, drug-scarred underbelly of the surf travel dream, while the award-winning Lives of the Artists documents a freakish French snowboarder, crazy Irish surfers and an angry British punk band in their quest for the salt-encrusted, powder-snowed, guitar-ghettoed grail of their inner artist.”

Fibreglass and Megapixels brings to life the vivid digital world of surfing photography, featuring top South African photographer Pierre Tostee. We also have a special screening of End of the Line, a scary film about the extinction of fish that has caused a global stir, and two films about how surfing can transform the lives of the disadvantaged: Surfing Favelas (Brazil) and Somewhere in Tapachula (Mexico).”

Films are R30 per person at the Labia and Brass Bell. For details call the infoline 079 0260 669 or www.wavescape.co.za.


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12th JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience

Jomba 2010Durban: 1 to 12 September 2010 For 12 days Durban will play host to a dazzling 12th edition of the international contemporary dance festival, JOMBA! One of four annual festivals hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience has become synonymous with cutting-edge dance theatre, and with principle funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund capacitating the festival, this bumper event contains a programme of broad scope and appeal.

On the international front, JOMBA! 2010 presents dance works from the Netherlands, Switzerland and Reunion Island, alongside wonderful offerings from both Durban and nationally-based dance companies.

Special guests include Johannesburg ‘s inimitable Moving Into Dance Mophatong who will grace JOMBA! with Sylvia Glasser‘s award winning “Threads”. This work has been created in collaboration with poet Lebo Mashile and is a rare chance for Durban to witness this poet extraordinaire in action with one of South Africa ‘s premier contemporary dance companies in a momentous fusion of dance and spoken word.

Also from Gauteng is choreographer Sello Peso whose Ntsoana Contemporary Dance Theatre Company is known for its conceptually challenging engagement with political and social issues. For JOMBA! he will be performing his recently created “Lime Light on Rites”. This site specific dance work, performed in an outside environment of the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, explores the media exploitation of people’s emotions around funeral policies. Peso comments: “Death is big business in this country and there is great social pressure to have big funerals. This pressure is compounded through the advertising strategies that play on the poor and the weak, exploiting their grief”. Peso will also be offering a master choreographic workshop during JOMBA! to all young artists/choreographers interested in creating site-specific theatre work.

Supporting local dance is one of JOMBA!’s key missions and this year commissions to create new work have been awarded to three of Durban ‘s top dance makers – Desiré Davids, Vusi Makhanya and Sifiso Majola. All three have a strong dance history behind them and step onto the ‘JOMBA! New Works’ platform as seasoned and creative choreographers. The exciting New Works programme featuring these commissioned works will open the 12th edition of JOMBA! on 1st September.

The 2010 festival also has a strong focus on international collaborations that highlight the great Hip-Hop and Breakdance legacies of Durban. In a city-to-city exchange between the harbour cities of Durban and le Port on Reunion Island, the internationally acclaimed BBoy Kenji presents the African premiere of “A Contre Sud”, a collaborative work with three dancers from Durban and one from Cape Town. Kenji also showcases his Reunionaisse Soul City crew in the red-hot piece “Haine Terre Rieur”. Over and above this, Durban’s incomparable Flatfoot Dance Company will be collaborating with Dutch choreographer Daniel Renner and Dutch BBoy Rodney Kasandikromo, whose unique fusion of Breakdance, Hip-Hop and classical training is sure to impress and inspire local audiences and budding bboyz. Joining Flatfoot Dance Company in this unique JOMBA! collaboration are local Durban breakdancers Preston Kyd and Craig Katts. Renner’s unique style has won awards across Europe and it is a privileged delight to have him creating work for JOMBA!

Supported by Pro-Helvetia Arts Council of Switzerland, the witty and somewhat participatory dance theatre work, “ The Making of Spectacles”, by Swiss choreographer Foofwa d’Imobilité, is a wry comment on the art form of choreography. In this dance theatre piece, the audience is invited to collaborate with the artistic team in order to compose a unique once off performance. The elements presented – dance phrases, dramatic scenarios, music, lighting design, and costuming – are carefully crafted in advance and offered as tools to the spectators/audiences for the creation of a dance to their taste. After playful, democratic voting, where humor is invited, the spectators/audiences can enjoy the synthesis of their group decisions. It is sure to have audiences in stitches!

Of special interest this year is JOMBA!’s collaboration with the Durban Art Gallery and a special edition of the popular RED EYE. Billed as “Red Eye JOMBA!”, and curated by edgy art and dance guru David Gouldie, this event (Friday 3 September) which is also part of Celebrate Durban, will host over 60 artists, musicians and dance theatre makers all responding to the theme of ‘the body politic’. Come eat, drink and party and be prepared to be dazzled, amazed, baffled – and definitely have something to talk about!

JOMBA! also offers its popular dance development platforms of the Fringe and Youth Fringe. This year’s edition of the JOMBA! Fringe has attracted dancers and choreographers from all over South Africa offering a one night (6 September 2010, Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre) kaleidoscope of new and experimental works. Thirteen works have been selected and provide a wide range of short contemporary dance works in the making. The JOMBA! Youth Fringe, hosted this year at Cato Crest/Umkhumbane’s Dorothy Nyembe Hall on Sunday 5 September at 2pm, is a free and open event for Durban’s youth dance groups to strut their stuff and dance just for the sheer joy of it! Sixteen youth groups have been selected and this is sure to be an afternoon of delights and some very beautiful young dancers.

JOMBA! will also host a wide range of master classes, open classes and workshops all free of charge to young, training and professional dancers in Durban. Visit http://www.cca.ukzn.ac.za/Jomba_2010.htm for programme details, workshop schedules and venues.

The festival runs from the 1 – 12 September 2010 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre and ticket prices range from R45 for adults, R30 for students, scholars and pensioners, and block bookings of more than 10 at R30 a ticket. Booking through Computicket.

Red Eye JOMBA! tickets are R50 per person and are only available at the Durban Art Gallery on the night of the 3 September from 6pm.

JOMBA! 2010 is made possible with support by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principle funder), the National Arts Council, the City of Durban, HIVOS, Pro-Helvetia Arts Council of Switzerland, Karbardock, and other valued partners.


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Date for Project Submissions for Durban FilmMart Extended

Plans for Durban’s inaugural FilmMart, jointly hosted by the Durban Film Office (DFO) and Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), go up a gear as the closing date for the submission of entries approaches.

“We are heartened by the submissions we are receiving from entrants throughout Africa,” says Toni Monty, acting CEO of the Durban Film Office. “In addition, we received significant interest from organisations and individual producers on our recent trip to the International Film Festival Rotterdam, where we launched the Durban FilmMart to the international community of producers and also established a partnership with the world-renowned Cinemart. The support for a well-structured forum giving the rest of the world access to African content and projects, is really encouraging.”

“We urge potential entrants to get their submissions in by the closing date of 29 March,” says Peter Rorvik, director of the Durban International Film Festival, “as the Durban FilmMart provides a perfect entry point for African film-makers to pitch film projects to leading financiers and network with international directors and producers.”

Projects with an African citizen attached to any one of the three creative roles of writer, director or producer are eligible to participate in the Durban FilmMart. These include fiction features, animation features and documentaries suitable for international co-production and distribution.

The Durban FilmMart is a joint project of the DFO and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) and will take place during the 31st Durban International Film Festival which runs from 22 July to 1 August. For more information on the Durban FilmMart and project submission visit www.durbanfilmoffice.com or contact Musonda Chimba at the DFO on +27 31 3114248 or by e-mail on chimbam@durban.gov.za.


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Call for Project Submissions for Inaugural Durban FilmMart

Following an announcement earlier this year, by the Durban Film Office (DFO) and Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) to host the first international film co-production market on the African continent, organisers are calling for the submission of projects for consideration for the inaugural Durban FilmMart.

“This first African co-production market has the potential to act as a key driver in raising the visibility of film content from Africa,” says Toni Monty, acting CEO of the DFO. “We envisage that it will provide African film-makers with the opportunity to pitch film projects to leading financiers and meet and network with internationally reputed directors and producers in order to form alliances for future collaborations”

Projects with an African citizen attached to one of the three creative roles of writer, director or producer are eligible to participate in the inaugural Durban FilmMart. These include fiction features, animation features and documentaries suitable for international co-production and distribution

“We expect the FilmMart to be a place for film financiers to locate fundable African projects and encourage project collaboration between African film-makers from different African countries and through this forum redress the current scarcity of film production on this continent. In fact, it is hoped that the Durban FilmMart will become a valuable feeder stage for established co-production markets across the globe,” says Peter Rorvik, director of the Centre for Creative Arts/DIFF.

The Durban FilmMart promises to be a further catalyst for growth in the region by becoming one of the key events of the South African and African film industry and a focal point to interface with global parties and stimulate interest and activity in the city and the province.

The Durban FilmMart will be a joint project of the DFO and the DIFF and will take place in July during the 31st Durban International Film Festival (22 July – 1 August). For more information on the Durban FilmMart and project submissions visit the website on www.durbanfilmoffice.com or contact Musonda Chimba:

Musonda Chimba
Durban Film Office : +27 31 3114248
E-mail: chimbam@durban.gov.za

NOTES

The Durban Film Office (DFO) is the film-industry development arm of the Ethekwini Municipality, mandated to position Durban as a world-class film production destination and facilitator for the development of the local film industry. The DFO drives activity and development in the sector in order to boost tourism, job creation and the development of core skills and SMME’s in the region. The organization is also actively seeking and creating opportunities for setting the benchmark as the leading authority in the field in South Africa.

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) is a flagship project of the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal). The CCA facilitates creative platforms and economic opportunities for artists and related industries, intercultural exchange and network development, training, audience development and strategic Pan-African and international cooperation in the cultural sectors. The CCA also produces three other major annual festivals – Time of the Writer, Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience and Poetry Africa. www.cca.ukzn.ac.za


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Call for Entries: 3rd Talent Campus Durban 23 -27 July

Talent CampusThe 31st Durban International Film Festival (22 July – 2 August 2010) is proud to announce the 3rd edition of Talent Campus Durban from 23 – 27 July 2010, an intensive 5-day programme of workshops and seminars delivered by film professionals to enhance both theoretical and practical approaches to filmmaking.

The 3rd Talent Campus Durban theme Focusing on Africa: Unleashing Talent in 2010 will focus activities towards the development and strengthening of partnerships between African filmmakers.

Talent Campus Durban invites filmmakers from Africa to apply to participate in these workshops and seminars, which take place in Durban, South Africa, over five days. In addition to specific activities offered by the Campus, the selected talents will have the opportunity to attend films and events at the 31st Durban International Film Festival.

Deadline for application: 15 March 2010

Full Rules and Regulations can be downloaded from: www.cca.ukzn.ac.za/talentdiff2010.htm

For further details:
Phone: +27 (0)31 260 2506/1367
Fax: +27 (0)31 260 3074
Email: talent_AT_ukzn.ac.za or talent.durban_AT_gmail.com

Talent Campus Durban is produced as a cooperation between the Durban International Film Festival and the Berlinale Talent Campus, and Berlin International Film Festival and is supported by the German Embassy in South Africa, the Goethe-Institut South Africa and the Department of Economic Development – KwaZulu-Natal.

The Durban International Film Festival is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) with principle funding and support from the National Film & Video Foundation, HIVOS and the City of Durban.


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Poetry Africa 2009: Special Report from Sarah Frost, with Photos from Liesl Jobson

A special report from two regular BOOK SA contributors. Text by Sarah Frost, images by Liesl Jobson.

The 13th Poetry Africa International Poetry Festival, hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, was, as usual, an intense conflagration of poetry, ideas, and people, from SA, Africa and beyond. As one of the poets selected for the Durban Showcase, I participated in the pre-festival performance of 12 poets and slammers representing Durban, at The Workshop Shopping Centre’s Amphitheatre. I was struck by the vitality of the young Zulu poets who performed, and saddened that the bulk of their subject matter was promiscuity, HIV, and social/sexual violence. Good that the poets are grappling with real issues though – and that they were given a platform for this.

David Rubadiri, eminent Malawian academic and diplomat, set an appropriate tone for the rest of the fest with his keynote address at the opening night, in which he explained how excited he was to be part of a Creative Writing Programme at UKZN, honouring African writing with his dignified words. The lineup from Africa also included Poetry Africa returnee Susan Kiguli (Uganda), who last performed in Durban in 2000. Kiguli, an academic and widely recognised as one of the most important poets in East Africa, grabbed the audience’s attention with her sincere delivery, her strong narrative style, and her accurate and loving descriptions of life in Africa.

Odia Ofeimun, from Nigeria, and dubbed the “gentleman poet” by Ewok (two-time Poetry Africa SlamJam champion, participating poet and compere), delighted the audience, particularly with his lyrical love poems. Nina Kibuanda (Democratic Republic of the Congo), poet and actor, made the connections between theatre, musicality and poetry explicit in his performance. Tania Tomé (Mozambique), poet and singer, also mirrored a sense of theatre plus an interest in traditional culture in her poetry. Malawian singer and poet Chigo Gondwe cast herself as an “ethno-urban-hiphop-soul-poetess”, revelling in the positive aspects of the Africa continent.

The strong SA lineup this year included poet and novelist Mogane Wally Serote, although – for this listener, the great man seems to have lost some of his earlier (idealistic, yet hard-hitting) impetus. This was certainly not the case for Lesego Rampolokeng, an influential contemporary SA poet, whose political and emotional edginess I found energizing and challenging. Jennifer Ferguson, a multi-award winning performer, composer, poet, and classically trained pianist, wowed us with her powerful voice and evocative lyrics, focusing (overstepping her time limit occasionally) on landscapes of the spiritual. Diminutive in stature but not in energy or voice, Sindiwe Magona, already known as an author and playwright, launched her first anthology of poems at the festival, Please, Take Photographs (Modjaji Books). Liesl Jobson, an established SA poet, charmed the audience with her quaint, yet ascerbic, poetry using humour to convey basic home truths. Loftus Marais, whose debut collection of poems, Staan in die algemeen nader aan vensters, has been received with critical acclaim, won me over with his poem about politics and a poetry “engagee” – clearly a poet with vision and potential, and a keen eye for describing his mother city, Cape Town. Bongani Mavuso, poet, radio presenter, and senior producer at Ukhozi FM launched his latest anthology, Zibuyela Ezimpandeni (Shuter and Shooter) at the festival. His commitment to developing Zulu community identity is commendable.

From further afield, Indian poet Anindita Sengupta, an emerging voice in Indian poetry, read interestingly subtle (rather than didactic) feminist poems. İlyas Tunç, from Turkey, but with a strong SA connection, having just finished work on a mammoth anthology of contemporary SA poetry in Turkish translation, read quite curiously resonant poems, exploring language and imagination.

All the poets mentioned above were heard at evening performances taking place at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre during the week. Apart from these, a packed daily programme included performances, seminars, workshops, poetry competitions, and school visits. The CCA must be complimented on its efforts to integrate Poetry Africa with the broader, and less advantaged, eThekwini community. The last day of the festival, Saturday, saw a full day of activities at the BAT Centre, which included poetry workshops, open mic opportunities, the Durban SlamJam all culminating with the Festival Finale on Saturday night. Leading Zimbabwean protest-poet Outspoken, together with his band the Essence, rhymed truth to power, and played the Festival out. Here’s to the 14th Poetry Africa Festival in 2010, long may this vibrant cultural event make Durban a poetic landmark!

Liesl Jobson’s 2009 Poetry Africa photos

Anindita SenguptaAnindita Sengupta & Estelle David RubadiriBongani Mavuso leads the crowd singing Mshini Wam Jennifer Ferguson Lesego Rampolokeng Mongane Wally Serote Tiny Mungwe, Nina Kibuanda & Lesego Rampolokeng Mathabo Kunene & Sindiwe Magona Rose Mokhosi Loftus Marais & Jennifer Ferguson Zuki Vutela & Odia Ofeimun Angela Spencer, Corinne Sandwith & Susan Kiguli Contributors to Zibuyela Ezimpandeni Jericho Myekwa, Lwazi Dlamini & Emanuel Luthuli Andries Gouws, Ingrid Winterbach & Corinne Sandwith Ewok Yewande & Kole Omotoso At the launch of Zibuyela Ezimpandeni Peter RorvikChatsworth Youth Centre teens read their poems Ilyas Tunc & Pravasan Pillay Njabulo Nyembe, Professor Zulu, Mistral de Robillard, Mongane Serote, Sibusisiwe Buthelezi, Thashini Moodley, Nosipho Mngadi Mongane Serote Oriel Buntting, Karen Pearce & Cedric Sissing Anindita Sengupta & Susan Kiguli Lesego Rampoloken & Jenifer Ferguson Loftus Marais, poet Ilyas Tunc Original manuscript of Mazisi Kunene Mathabo Kunene Lesego Rampolokeng Tania Tome Outspoken The tide is out - the view from the Royal Hotel Odia Ofeimun Bongani Mavuso Loftus Marais Chigo Gondwe Zuki Vutela Sindiwe Magona & Germaine Kitchen Mrs Rubadiri & Susan Kiguli Jennifer Ferguson, Loftus Marais & Anindita Sengupta

Monica Rorvik’s photos of this article’s contributors

Sarah FrostLiesl JobsonLiesl Jobson

Poetry Africa 2009 was oganised by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal), the 13th Poetry Africa festival is supported by the Department of Arts and Culture, Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation (HIVOS), National Arts Council, French Institute of South Africa, Pro-Helvetia Arts Council of Switzerland, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, African Synergy Book Café and the City of Durban.


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Launch of Kwani? Magazine at the Time of the Writer

Adams selection of Kwani Billy Kahora

Yesterday evening, on the polished boards of the Wellington Deck Tavern – just adjacent to the Elizabeth Sneddon theatre, UKZN Durban Campus – incisive literary magazine Kwani? celebrated its 5th edition at the Time of The Writer Festival.
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Photo Gallery: 12th Time of the Writer Participants do Lunch

Siphiwo Mahala and Mike Nicol Dinau Mengistu Zapiro

On Monday, the 12th Time of the Writer kicked off with a lunch for the writers held at Moyo, a landmark Durban restaurant overlooking uShaka Beach. The writers took in the magnificent views of the Durban bay, enjoyed typically African fare and got to know a little more about each other in a relaxed way before the festival picked up pace and intensity.

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Tune into SAfm 2 – 4pm TODAY for Time of the Writer Interviews

Karabo Kgoleng

Listen to SAfm‘s Karabo Kgoleng interview Time of the Writer participants Siphiwo Mahala, Margie Orford, Billy Kahora, Mandla Langa and Mtutuzeli Matshoba during her Afternoon Talk show between 2 and 4pm today!


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Time of the Writer: Free Tickets and Transport for INK Residents

The Centre for Creative Arts have partnered up with the INK (Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu) Area Based Management of the Ethekwini Municipality to provide free transport and tickets to the evening sessions of the 12th Time of the Writer festival taking place at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban from March 9 to 14, 2009.

Sixty free tickets will be available daily for residents of the INK areas, and a bus will be available to transport people to and from the festival.

Every evening for the duration of the festival a bus will depart from the INK area office in KwaMashu E-section (next to the police station and library) at 5:30pm sharp, and will drop people at the bus stops closest to their homes at the end of the evening.

Tickets are on a “first come first served” basis, and must be reserved. To reserve a ticket contact either Brenda Toko on (031) 311 4600 or Tiny Mungwe on (031) 260 2506.
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