Wits Arts and Culture Extravaganza
Known as the Wits Arts and Literature Experience - or WALE for short - the second edition takes place from May 6 to 9. This year the debates cover the elections, gender issues, economics, science and society as well as the arts and literature.
Posted: Nov 26 2013
One of the most exciting events will be an arts display around the theme 'Heads' that will be held in the proposed new gallery space at University Corner. Not only will the exhibition showcase some stunning work, it will also draw festival goers onto the new section of campus that is currently being developed in the heart of Braamfontein, overlooking Newtown, the city of Johannesburg's cultural precinct.
This year the film festival element of WALE is being stepped-up a notch as part of organisers' intention to create an event that can match the best on the continent. This year's event will include a Retrospective South African Film Festival that uses the National Film Archive to show films pivotal to the development of the film industry in the country. Student's work - both past and present - will also be shown in the Student/Alumni festival segment.
Music events include a concert by critically acclaimed Carlo Mombelli and The Prisoners of Strange, an experimental jazz group that includes several Wits Music performance tutors. One of the world's foremost jazz composers and pianists, Abdullah Ibrahim, is also set to give a two-night performance at the Wits Great Hall.
Books are a strong focus of WALE 2009. A new and major feature of the festival which will become annual is a mini book fair of books published by Wits staff in the Faculty of Humanities over the last five years or so.
The jam-packed four-day line-up includes performances by prominent South African artists and the Wits Choir, lectures by leading academics on art subjects, visual art screenings, film festivals and discussions, book launches and book displays by leading book stores, installation works, physical theatre, dance and music concerts and much, much more.
To get a taste of WALE 2008 go to http://www.youtube.com