RSG’s award winning on-air arts festival kicks off on 15 November with a Gershwin concert and the debut of the Hertzog prize winner, Adam Small’s brand new drama Maria, Moeder van God. This year’s arts festival starts earlier than previous years, on a Sunday, and is also one day longer.
Some of the highlights include a very ambitious project to adapt the contentious short story writer, Koos Prinsloo’s Die Jonkmanskas as a radio drama. The lovable characters, Poen en Toekie, especially left their planet Wopper, to come and visit their earthling friends, Bennie and Sarie and to also participate at the school’s arts festival.
In Korreltjie kantel, Luna Paige, Nick Turner, Medicine Boy, Hatchetman and Ottoman Slap, performs the late Ingrid Jonker’s poems in a commissioned music program. Hennie Aucamp’s Wolf-wolf hoe laat is dit? has been adapted for radio by the award winning drama producer, Margot Luyt. Marius Weyers also celebrated his 70th birthday earlier this year. He can now be heard on radio for the first time in Franz Kafka’s “’n Verslag aan ‘n akademie”.
Christelle Webb-Joubert and Johan van Lill will present the day part of the RSG Arts Festival from 09:00 to 12:00 and Renske Jacobs will present the evening section from 19:00 to 22:00 during the period from 15 to 20 November 2015.
The public has opportunity to attend the free live broadcasts of the concerts (Rapsodie op Gershwin and Chriskras) that will be done in the M1 studio at SABC Auckland Park.
Besides the Cordis Trust, the Dagbreek Trust has also sponsored various of the arts festival productions.
RSG’s first Arts Festival was awarded with a Fleur du Cap-theatre prize for innovation, and recently with a BASA (Business Arts South Africa) prize for innovation.
The RSG Arts Festival starts on Sunday, 15 November at 15:00 and concludes on Friday, 20 November at 22:00. The festival is hosted on-air (100-104FM) and can also be heard on DSTV channel 9013 or through live streaming on rsg.co.za It is completely free of charge.
The full daily festival programme will be made available on Friday, 30 October.
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