Upcoming Events

29 Nov ’11

Performance – Mbeki and Other Nightmares

Latest of the Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary Tsepo Wa-Mamatu presents his highly anticipated production Mbeki and Other Nightmares. This bursary is a partnership between GIPCA, the Baxter Theatre Centre and Theatre Arts Admin Collective. The month long bursary gives an emerging theatre maker the opportunity of creating professional theatre in a supportive environment. Read more

Start: 29 Nov ’11
End: 3 Dec ’11
Venue: Theatre Arts Admin Collective
Phone: +27 21 447 3683
Address:
Cnr Wesley and Milton Streets, Observatory, South Africa
Cost: R40

9 Dec ’11

The Beautiful Project

GIPCA brings the year to a close with the Beautiful Project, with this two-day event calling into question our definitions of beauty and ugliness, with specific reference to the African continent. Proceedings will begin on Friday evening, with a keynote address by leading cultural commentator and critic, Sarah Nutall; co-editor of the prize-winning book Ugly/Beautiful: African and Diaspora Aesthetics, from which the event takes its thematic inspiration. Read more

Start: 9 Dec ’11
End: 10 Dec ’11
Venue: Hiddingh Campus and Cape Town City Hall
Address:
South Africa

2 Nov ’11

Performance – Statements after an arrest under the immorality act

The Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary, made possible by GIPCA, the Baxter Theatre and Theatre Arts Admin Collective, continues to fulfill its mandate of creating opportunities for new theatre makers by welcoming its latest bursary winner – Kim Kerfoot. Kerfoot will direct Athol Fugard’s Statements after an arrest under the immorality act. The play is a compelling love story set in a library during apartheid. Read more

Start: 2 Nov ’11
End: 5 Nov ’11
Venue: Theatre Arts Admin Collective
Phone: +27 21 447 3683
Address:
Cnr Wesley and Milton Streets, Observatory, South Africa
Cost: R40

20 Oct ’11

Great Texts – Stephen Watson: In Memory

Watson, who passed away in April this year at the age of 56, was a South African academic, poet, essayist, and director of the University of Cape Town’s creative writing programme. “Stephen leaves behind a body of work and affections which mark our literature and the way we imagine our landscape and our history,” said UCT colleague Imraan Coovadia. The tribute will take on the form of a reading of some of his work by his friends and collaborators, including Pippa Skotnes, Bill Nasson, Lesley Marx, Hedley Twidle, William Dicey, Carrol Clarkson, Imraan Coovadia, Penny Busetto and Peter Anderson.
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Start: 20 Oct ’11 5:30 pm
End: 20 Oct ’11 6:30 pm
Venue: Hiddingh Hall
Phone: +27 21 480 7156
Address:
UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001, South Africa
Cost: Free

27 Oct ’11

Great Texts – Anwar Mall

Surgical researcher Anwar Suleman Mall will present a unique and surprising lecture with an intriguing title, ‘Mucus and its foibles’. While touching upon some personal ideas developed through Mall’s involvement in mucus research at UCT and elsewhere, this lecture will trace the history of mucus research and the strides made in the understanding of the nature of this substance, the reasons for its tenacity and ability to protect the internal tracts of the body in hostile milieus, and why too much or too little of it can be problematic in a variety of diseases that include ulceration, cancer and even HIV-AIDS Read more

Start: 27 Oct ’11 5:30 pm
End: 27 Oct ’11 6:30 pm
Venue: Hiddingh Hall
Phone: +27 21 480 7156
Address:
UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001, South Africa
Cost: Free

13 Oct ’11

Great Texts – Hedley Twidle

Dr Hedley Twidle explores colonial encounters through an examination of EM Forster’s A Passage to India. The lecture, entitled Nothing Extraordinary: E. M. Forster and the English Limit, relocates Forster’s early, very English and Jane Austen-like comedies of manners to an entirely different geography and social context, the result is a great text as problem text, and one in which (as students often complain) nothing happens. Twidle suggests that A Passage to India (1924) is a text that arrives at the limit of ‘the English novel’ and points towards ‘the novel in English’: the proliferation of postcolonial fiction in the second half of the twentieth century. Read more

Start: 13 Oct ’11 5:30 pm
End: 13 Oct ’11 6:30 pm
Venue: Hiddingh Hall
Phone: +27 21 480 7156
Address:
UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001, South Africa
Cost: Free

14 Oct ’11

Hot Water – Art and Climate Change

The arts are well placed to develop a consciousness of habits and destructive behaviour. As mechanisms for empathy, compassion and awareness as well as pause for consideration and debate, the arts are powerfully placed to contribute to turning the tide on behaviour that may be destroying vital natural resources. Visually arresting, charged with metaphor and symbol, visual arts and performance have the power to move, startle and deepen one’s consciousness. GIPCA’s Hot Water Festival brings together scientists and artists to look at what needs to be said and what are the most effective ways of saying this. Read more

Start: 14 Oct ’11
End: 16 Oct ’11
Venue: Hiddingh Campus
Phone: +27 21 480 7156
Address:
31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Cost: R20

6 Oct ’11

Great Texts – Abner Nyamende

Oppenheimer Fellowship winner and highly respected UCT academic Abner Nyamende will discuss the role of the missionaries in the creation of the new black elite in South Africa, as modelled by legendary hero, historian and poet Isaac Wauchope. One of the big questions normally asked about the role of the missionaries among the Xhosa people is whether they took a wise step when they exposed the latter to school education and introduced them to western culture. It is a widely-held belief that in the nineteenth century, white farmers in South Africa bitterly criticised the missionaries for developing attitudes of ‘conceit’ amongst black people by educating them in their seminary schools. Read more

Start: 6 Oct ’11 5:30 pm
End: 6 Oct ’11 6:30 pm
Venue: Hiddingh Hall
Phone: +27 21 480 7156
Address:
UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001, South Africa
Cost: Free

21 Sep ’11

Republic – Art, Authority, Nationhood

In the Gordon Institute’s latest venture in combining stimulating, innovative practice with critical thinking, and providing space for discussion; writers, choreographers, social analysts, visual artists and dramatists come together to consider notions of Republic. The series of performances, exhibitions, discussions and film screenings around issues of nationhood, power, authority and the body politic will take place, significantly, in various rooms at the Cape Town City Hall – a space evocative of meanings around ‘Republic’ of all kinds. Read more

Start: 21 Sep ’11 6:00 pm
End: 25 Sep ’11 10:00 pm
Venue: Cape Town City Hall
Phone: +27 21 444 7797
Address:
Darling Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Cost: Free

29 Sep ’11

Great Texts – Isabel Hofmeyr

Isabel Hofmeyr will introduce Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj (Indian Self-Rule), and the theories and debates around it. Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj (Indian Self-Rule) is one of the great books of the world. It is the only place in which Gandhi set out his political theories in book form. Addressed to, and shaped by, its South African audience (identified as the South African Indian subscribers of his newspaper Indian Opinion) and context, Gandhi explores whether this diasporic community might be able to claim rights as Indian subjects. Gandhi’s themes of long-distance nationalism have new relevance in an age when globalisation and transnationalism are issues of increasing pertinence. Read more

Start: 29 Sep ’11 5:30 pm
End: 29 Sep ’11 6:30 pm
Venue: Hiddingh Hall
Phone: +27 21 480 7156
Address:
UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001, South Africa
Cost: Free
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