Prof Tawana Kupe, founder of the WitsArts and Literature Experience namedWale 4.0, said this year’s programme isset to establish the festival as one of thecountry’s esteemed arts event. Bongi Lecoge-Zulu, a former student atWits, performed at the launch of Wale 4.0 Elaine Hirschowitz is one of the artists whowill be exhibiting at this year’s festival(Images: Nosimilo Ramela)MEDIA CONTACTS• Vanessa PerumalJT Communication Solutions+27 11 788 7631/2Nosimilo RamelaThe fourth annual Wits Arts and Literature Experience, also known as Wale 4.0, runs from 11 to 14 May 2011 and celebrates rising local talent and well-known South African artists.It was launched at The Adler Museum of Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits) Faculty of Health Sciences in Johannesburg on 20 April.Boasting a diverse four-day programme, the festival will feature performances by 15 well-known artists, 27 student productions, and 33 Wits staff and alumni contributions. All performances will take place at the Johannesburg-based institution.“Our new team has delivered an exceptional programme said Wale founder, Prof Tawana Kupe. It really takes forward what we’ve built up over the past few years to create a significant arts event that makes Johannesburg a real cultural destination in May.”Speaking at the launch Kupe said it was important that the university remains accessible to the community. “Often universities become communities unto themselves, however it is important for us to retain the university space to the larger community that we are part of.”He said in creating this year’s programme the emphasis has been placed on collaboration as well as opening the university’s doors to all citizens to come and enjoy a creative line-up in their own city. “It’s about opening up the festival, broadening its offering and tipping it over the edge”.To establish its position as one of the country’s esteemed arts festivals, Wale 4.0 will host an impressive opening concert on 11 May at the Wits Great Hall Plaza. The show will feature well-known band Kwani Experience, among other celebrated musicians, dance productions and poetry performances, which will kick off the four-day event.“Over the past three years Wale has built itself into one of the country’s best festivals,” said Wits theatre general manager Ahraf Johaardien.ParticipantsElaine Hirschowitz, one of the artists who will be exhibiting at this year’s festival, said she is looking forward to sharing her art with the public. “Art is a form of therapy. When you communicate or share something you’re going through with others, you start to heal.”Hirschowitz, an art and psychology graduate, said she uses her work to find peace, beauty, and healing during hard times. “Art helps me to find harmony in a world that can often be very cruel.”Bongi Lecoge-Zulu, a former student at Wits, performed at the launch of Wale 4.0. With a decade worth of experience, she wowed guests with her refined flute-playing skills. “I’m excited to be part of the festival, I look forward to playing at the opening concert, and encourage everyone to come and enjoy the festival.”Diverse line-upTheatre production Smoke and Mirrors, directed by well-known South African choreographer and performer Athena Mazarakis – in partnership with the Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaboration, will be performed at the Wits theatre during the festival. “We live our lives negotiating an endless series of smoke and mirrors,” said Mazarakis.Other performances theatre-lovers can look forward to include Planet B presented by respected director Helen Iskander. Sexetera, directed by Phyllis Klotz, also promises to impress audiences. The Titled, directed by Eliot Moleba, will be another theatre highlight this year. This production is an expansion from Moleba’s 2010 Wale piece called The Untitled.For music-lovers the festival will feature international music icon Zim Ngqawana’s Zimology. During the course of his 30-year career as a musician, Ngqawana has created the “Zimology” philosophy based on the belief that music can help people connect with their true selves.A musical concert, to be held in honour of the late academic and musicologist Mary Rorich, promises to be another highlight of the festival.The film element of Wale 4.0 has also been heightened, with 10 film screenings during this year’s event. Four of these will be a reflection of the festival’s impact on greater Johannesburg.There will be a book fair at the festival certifying literature as a strong feature of Wale 4.0. It will feature booksellers and publishers as well as a full programme of launches.There will also be discussions and debates added to this year’s programme. These will give individuals an opportunity to share their festival experiences and explore some of the topics and themes presented throughout the event.
By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, July 20 (PTI) After years of wait, India will finally stage a big ticket cue sports league in August. A senior official at Billiards and Snooker Federation of India confirmed to PTI that the league titled Cue Slam will finally take off next month. Both Indian, including 16-time World Champion Pankaj Advani, and foreign players will be part of the venture, tentatively scheduled from August 19 to 25. The official launch will take place in Hyderabad next week. Cue Slam was supposed to take place in 2015 but the initiative had to be shelved indefinitely. As per the original plan, it was to be a six week tournament with the presence of eight teams. However, BSFI in collaboration with Sportzlive is going ahead with a week long affair for now with five teams in fray. The organisers are keeping only 6 Red snooker and pool event for the inaugural edition, leaving billiards for future editions. When asked about his thoughts on the league finally taking off, Indian great Advani said: “It is finally happening and it is something that our wonderful sport needed.” “I have always felt that cue sports is a very spectator friendly sport and it should be shown on Indian television a lot more, so that it catches up with the popularity of other sports. “I hope the league will grow and become bigger and better with each passing year,” said Advani, who won the Asian snooker title with Malkit Singh Laxman Rawat earlier this month. The league should keep the fans engaged with each contest not expected to last more than 10 minutes. It will also be shown live on a leading sports channel. “Having our sport shown live on television is something I have been talking about for a while. The other leagues that have taken place in India are all shown live and because of that the sports popularity has grown significantly. “I am pretty confident a lot more people will start following our game with the league being shown on television,” Advani added. PTI BS AT ATadvertisement