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GIPCA takes a literary focus, and in conjunction with Open Book Cape Town, brings pertinent issues to the discussion table.
Award-winning journalist, author, and documentary filmmaker Max du Preez is the Editor of the recently-published Opinion Pieces by South African Thought Leaders, which will be launched at the opening of GIPCA’s five day event interrogating notions around Republic, and mounted in association with Open Book Cape Town. Du Preez will talk to some of his fellow contributors at the launch function at the City Hall on Wednesday 21 September at 19:00. More in depth discussions based on issues considered in the book take place later in the week, with crime-expert Antony Altbeker on crime and policing at the City Hall on 22 September at 19:00; Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Orange Free State Jonathan Jansen, and Dylan Wray, talking education at the City Hall on 24 September at 17:00; and with Neville Alexander discussing The South African Nation in the City Hall Exhibition Room on 25 September at 15:30.
Acclaimed German author, Jenny Erpenbeck, will be in conversation with Indra Wussow about her award-winning novel, Visitation, and its connection with South Africa. Set in Brandenburg, Germany, with a house as the central character, the connections between people and places provide a context within which to consider the turbulence of the twentieth century. This Great Texts/Big Questions lecture forms part of the Republic programme and takes place on 22 September at 17:00 at the City Hall. Described by The Guardian as “one of the finest, most exciting authors alive”, Erpenbeck’s work is the subject of many reviews, all enthusiastically praising her work. She will make other presentations while here notably a discussion with Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Judge Neel Mukherjee (for which she has been shortlisted) and an exploration of notions of home, landscape and memory with Sindiwe Magona and students from the University of the Western Cape Creative Writing Programme. Please consult the Open Book website for details of these two events. www.openbookfestival.co.za
Pakistani writer and filmmaker Feryal Ali Gauhar talks about her experiences as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador with Margie Orford in the City Hall on 23 September at 17:30, and discusses fiction from the war zone, around her book No Space for Further Burials with Steven Galloway, author of the award-winning Cellist of Sarajevo, and chaired by Imraan Coovadia. This event takes place in the City Hall Exhibition Room 25 September at 14:00.
The Human Rights Media Centre partners with GIPCA to present the stories of five South Africans living with Albinism in Looking Inside, featuring Zukiswa Puwana, Vuyiswa Kama, Vinkosi Ngcizela, Mandisi Bangelo and Lucky Jackson, in the City Hall Exhibition Room on 24 September at 15:30.
These events are presented in conjunction with Open Book Cape Town, and all form part of a series of performances, exhibitions, discussions and film screenings around issues of nationhood, power, authority and the body politic, which are taking place, significantly, in various rooms at the Cape Town City Hall – a space evocative of meanings around ‘Republic’ of all kinds - from 21 – 25 September.
Admission to the entire programme is free, but space is limited and booking is essential. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 480 7156 to ensure a pass. Pass holders will be given preference to events until 15 minutes prior to start. For more information, please visit www.gipca.uct.ac.za
About GIPCA: The University of Cape Town’s Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) facilitates new collaborative and interdisciplinary creative research projects in the disciplines of Music, Dance, Fine Art, Drama, Creative Writing, Film and Media Studies. Interdisciplinarity is a key theme of the institute and projects are imbued with innovation, collaboration and dialogue with urbanism and community. GIPCA was launched in December 2008 with a substantial grant from Sir Donald Gordon, founder of Liberty Life. An Advisory Board comprising Heads of Departments of all Performing and Creative Arts Departments at UCT helps to shape contexts for the instigation and development of projects by students and staff, as well as a wide range of institutions and individuals outside the university. For more information on the 2011 GIPCA programme, visit www.gipca.uct.ac.za or phone 021 480 7156.
GIPCA Director: Associate Professor Jay Pather
GIPCA Project Manager: Adrienne van Eeden-Wharton
GIPCA Board Chairperson: Professor Paula Ensor
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