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Sunday, July 15, 2018

RESOBORG MURAL PROJECT


(Resoborg at work)

Resoborg, is a well-established Durban-based artist, illustrator, graphic designer and muralist, working for clients across the globe. Resoborg has been in the art and commercial design scene for over 10 years and has made a name for himself locally as well as globally, with his large-scale murals and art pieces. His work is instantly recognisable with bright colours, clean lines and subtle messages of hope and upliftment for the community. Resoborg also focuses on commercial graphic design and illustration, having done work for a variety of clients in various sectors of the creative industry both in South Africa and abroad.

Resoborg was recently commissioned to paint a mural in Strasburg, Virginia in the USA, through an artist programme called Staufferstadt Arts, a local initiative in Strasburg, aiming to uplift its community, revitalise the town and inspire and challenge the local youth, along with creating a unique experience for artists to create work outside the confines of urban areas.

Staufferstadt Arts is a non-profit project formed by a handful of passionate individuals, with the goal of creating a gallery of world-class mural and street art against the unlikely backdrop of smalltown America. The project is equally about presenting contemporary work in a unique setting as well as creating a potential roadmap for reimagining rural America through the act of building creative communities. The project selects and invites artists from around the world to come to Strasburg to create large-scale public art. Staufferstadt Arts prides itself on providing a uniquely supportive environment where their work is truly impactful. In our current fractured and uncertain climate, Staufferstadt Arts creates work that promotes dialogue, builds bridges and highlights the universal ties that build communities both small and large.

The town of Strasburg is nestled in the countryside of Virginia, near the Shenandoah National Park, just 75 miles west of Washington DC.

Resoborg's mural, named Sonner’s Sonnet, is a depiction of one of the potters that used to live in the town in the 1800's which at one stage was known as "Pot Town" because of the large cottage ceramics industry. Antique stores are plentiful in this town where pots from this era can easily be found. As glassware replaced this industry, potters as a last resort began to offer unglazed pots for the buyer to customize. Often pale in colour in comparison to the darker shades of dirty green and red, these unglazed pots were an inspiration for the mural which is an abstracted portrait of John Henry Sonner, a local potter. The unglazed pot in his hands acts as a metaphor for the town and its potential as a canvas yet to be customized. It is also a celebration of localism and the independent craftsman; celebrating the power of individuals to shape their own future.

Coming from South Africa and facing challenges such as crime and high unemployment, Resoborg experienced the town as close knit, friendly and relatively safe - an almost utopian existence from an outsider's perspective. Like any town, however, it faces its own challenges with many youth leaving the town for bigger cities in search of work opportunities. Resoborg’s hope is that the mural inspires the youth and the local community to dream big and shape the town as a potter would with his art. The pot also features the "Seven Bends" which is the famous Shenandoah river that runs through the town and surrounding area. The uniquely-shaped river, which curves seven times, was sculpted by a series of geological processes spanning hundreds of millions of years. This shape on the pot in the mural represents determinism and patience for locals to hold true in overcoming adversity and creating an impactful existence in their town and community.

For more information on Resoborg visit www.resoborg.com or https://resoborg.com/strasburg-mural
Direct link to the video on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/275206168

For more information on the arts organisation: http://www.staufferstadt.org/

KEARSNEY’S GOLDEN RETURN


(Photographer: Tracey van den Aardweg)

The acclaimed Kearsney College Choir from Botha’s Hill in KwaZulu-Natal has won two gold medals and one silver at the 10th World Choir Games.

Under the direction of Marshell Lombard, the choir competed in three categories, winning golds in the Scenic Pop and Music of Spirit and Faith categories, as well as silver in the Scenic Folklore category. 

Known as the ‘Olympics for Choirs’, over 300 choirs and 16,000 participants from 62 countries are competing at this year’s Games, which ended in Tshwane on July 14, 2018. The world’s largest competition for non-professional choirs is held every second year, and this is the first time the Games have been held in Africa.

There are two competitive sections: Champions (highest level of the competition for choirs which have already proven their proficiency at international level) and Open (choirs with no international experience). Within each of these there are 27 categories.

Kearsney College performed in three categories of the tough Champions section, winning their two golds and one silver.

After the announcement, Kearsney headmaster Elwyn van den Aardweg said he was extremely proud of the boys’ achievements. The choir has now achieved 15 gold medals and seven silvers at the World Choir Games since 2000.

Its recent successes on the international stage also include two gold medals at last year’s 10th Orientale Concentus International Choral Festival in Singapore; the Prize of the City of Vienna at the 33rd International Youth and Music Festival; and an invitation to represent Africa at the Rhythms of One World Music Festival at the United Nations’ European Headquarters in Geneva.

Last week, the choir received standing ovations following its four performances at the Grahamstown Arts Festival ahead of the World Choir Games.

“We believe it is manly to make music,” Van den Aardweg said. “It’s been wonderful to see so many South African choirs participating in a global event.”

The Kearsney choir has a growing international following, with supporters in America, Asia, Europe and the rest of Africa; and has been hailed as a great showpiece of the Rainbow Nation. It’s not the traditional ‘school choir’, but an amazingly vibrant group of boys who perform their signature blend of classical, pop and indigenous music, he said.

The choir will perform two supper theatre shows at Kearsney College on July 19 and 20. Food and drinks will be on sale, but those attending are also welcome to take their own refreshments. The shows start at 19h00 with doors opening at 18h00. Bookings are through Computicket.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

CARTE BLANCHE SPECIAL: MANDELA’S LETTERS


One-off Madiba documentary replaces My Kitchen Rules SA on Sunday at 18h00

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela would have turned 100 on July 18, 2018, and to celebrate his life, M-Net will screen Carte Blanche Special: Mandela’s Letters on Sunday (July 15, 2018) in the 18h00 time slot usually reserved for My Kitchen Rules SA.

It is a prelude to the DStv Mandela 100 Tribute Channel, and will be followed at 19h00 by the weekly edition of Carte Blanche.

My Kitchen Rules SA will return to the 18h00 time slot on July 22.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation and the South African National Archives have been collecting and assembling letters he wrote during his 27 years in prison. Poignant, impassioned, gripping and inspirational, the letters – many of them never before revealed to the public – paint an intimate portrait of Madiba and provide insights into the ways in which he kept his spirits up during his incarceration.

Says Lani Lombard, M-Net’s Head of Publicity: “Carte Blanche, which is turning 30 this year, has reported on Madiba’s work and life in many exclusive inserts, and came closer to the man we got to know and love than most media outlets. Sunday’s programme continues this proud tradition.”

DStv’s Mandela 100 Tribute Channel will be available to all DStv customers across Africa, on channel 199.

JUNNAN SUN IN KZN RECITALS


(Junnan Sun & Christopher Duigan)

Clarinet virtuoso Junnan Sun features in recitals in KZN this month, presented by Music Revival.

The brilliant young musician Junnan Sun appears with pianist Christopher Duigan in a programme of Romantic 19th century repertoire including Brahms’ Sonata No 1 in F minor and Schumann’s Fantasiestucke. The duo will be joined by violist Mia Björkman-Sun for performances of Max Bruch’s Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano Op 83, and Mozart’s famous 'Kegellsatt' Trio K 498, written for the same combination of the great Austrian composer’s three favourite instruments.

 (Mia Björkman-Sun)

Chinese clarinetist Junnan Sun (25) moved with his parents to South Africa in 2003 and obtained his BMus (Hons) at the University of Pretoria under the tutelage of Lizet Smith in 2011. He continued his studies at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including first prize in the Clarinet Category at the Stockholm International Music Competition (2014), RCM Clarinet Prize which recognizes the top clarinetist of the RCM (2014) and the ATKV National Classical Music Competition (2015). Sun holds the position of Principal Clarinet of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The recital programme will be presented in Ballito on July 24 at 19h00, at Grace Hall, Ashton International College, Albertina Way (tickets R150 with refreshments included at interval).

It will be reprised at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg on July 29 at 11h30 (tickets R80); with a further performance at St Agnes Church in Kloof on July 31 at 19h30 (tickets R100 including refreshments at interval).

Booking for these events is preferred: booking@musicrevival.co.za or MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (sms or WhatsApp only)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY AT NEWF


(Dustin Renwick, programme officer for Storytelling Grants at the National Geographic Society)

The Durban Botanic Gardens is once again the venue for the second edition of the Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress (NEWF) which will take place at the Durban Botanic Gardens from July 16 to 18, 2018, as part of the city’s nationwide mid-year extensive focus on film.

Dustin Renwick will be one of the guests at NEWF. He helps potential applicants shape project ideas, and he provides initial reviews for all storytelling grant submissions.

He is part of the New Perspectives component of NEWF making a presentation on Monday July 16 from 11h25 until 12h05. The National Geographic Society offers several funding opportunities that support storytelling projects. Learn how you can apply for a grant and join the global community of explorers whose media projects demonstrate the power of science and exploration to change the world.

He will be attending NEWF for the duration of the Congress, on behalf of National Geographic Society. Renwick previously served as the communication lead for the innovation team at the US Environmental Protection Agency, where he helped coordinate citizen science initiatives across the federal government. He has also worked as a freelance journalist and written about subjects ranging from Olympic athletes to literary medicine. 

Film-producers, conservationists, documentary-makers and individuals keen to network and learn more about nature, environment and wildlife filmmaking can still register for the second edition of the Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress (NEWF). The Congress offers three full days of top-draw networking opportunities, complimentary breakfasts, lunches, cocktails and a myriad presentations by global leaders talking to the themes of New Perspectives; Under the Baobab storytelling; Beyond the Technical and specific case studies.

Final registration is still open for this year’s Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress. Visit www.newf.co.za for more information. Register now via the NEWF Online Portal. Limited spaces are still available.

For more information, email registration@newf.co.za or contact Pragna on 064 294 0669.