Umtiza Festival set to wow

Umtiza Arts Festival . Picture: FILE

The fourth annual Umtiza Arts Festival will take place once again at Guild Theatre and other venues around East London from May 31 to June 2, promising a jam packed weekend of top class entertainment.

Festival goers will be spoilt for choice as a variety of over 25 shows, talks, exhibitions are on the cards.

The Guild Theatre said that show-stoppers such as the award winning Soweto String Quartet are on the programme.

“The festival provides a popular platform for local entertainers, musicians, singers and artists to showcase the local talent which abounds in East London,” said Zane Flanagan of the Guild Theatre.

Interesting topics for talks include Prof Dinesh Vallabh on Memories of North End. Kevin Cole on Stories in the Stars and John Costello on a Place called Port St Johns.

A first in the programme, the Umtiza Craft Liquour Festival will take place at Ann Bryant Gallery grounds, with live music, gourmet food and a kids play area.

The exquisite Keiskamma tapestries, including the African Guernica Tapestries, will be on display at the Courtenay-Latimer Hall throughout the duration of the festival.

Children’s theatre at Umtiza Arts Festival in 2018. Picture: SIPHOKAZI VUSO/FILE

Children’s theatre will be performing with many of the shows written and directed by Amanda Bothma.

A dialogue aimed at bringing the creative arts, ICT, media, business and academia to discuss the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is sure to be interesting. Speakers include renowned German producer and DJ, Ralf Gum and Prof Chris Adendorff from the 4IR Commission, amongst others.

For a taste of local artists, the “Anything But Painting” exhibition will be on display at the Ann Bryant Gallery and will include the “Unwritten Thoughts” exhibition with a selection of interesting poetry documenting iconic historical events in South Africa.

The festival is a collaboration between the Ann Bryant Art Gallery, East London Museum and the Guild Theatre.

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