By Ogova Ondego
Published October 12, 2011
For six full days, lovers of the arts shall have the opportunity to explore trends, icons and innovation in African music, literature, cinema, dance, theatre, visual art and cultural tourism. They shall also engage in a series of illustrated short courses, discussions and screenings facilitated by a diverse range of experts at an event dubbed Africa 101: An African Arts Campus to be held at Artscape, Cape Town, South Africa. The event–scheduled for October 24-29, 2011–is the initiative of African Arts Institute in partnership with Goethe-Institut in South Africa and Artscape.
Among the subjects to be covered are African destinations by Ian Harris, Contemporary African literature with Prof Harry Garuba, Contemporary African art with Andrew Lamprecht, Contemporary African music with Kolade Arogundade and African cinema with Bridget Thompson and Mike Dearham.
Also lined up are free-of-charge lunch-time discussions on the Arab Spring and what it could mean for the arts in North Africa by Aadel Essaadani, African artists’ perspectives on South Africa by Maggie Otieno, African values, worldviews and spirituality and how they can contribute to change in african and the world by Mmatshilo Motsei, and Culture and its relevance to development, democracy and human rights in Africa by Mike van Graan.