Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Keiskamma Carnival at Grahamstown National Arts Festival. Concerts on 5th and 6th July. Art exhibition 27th June - 7th July.

Keiskamma Arts Presents their music theatre production Keiskamma Carnival at
Grahamstown National Arts Festival on 5 and 6 July plus art exhibition 27 June - 7 July.

We all at the Keiskamma Trust, think celebrating life's a must
So here we will begin, our collection of feather, fur and fin
With beads and thread and flute and drum
We've made a story of where we come from

So begins the story of Keiskamma Arts' latest music theatre offering, Keiskamma Carnival. Premiering at this year's Festival Keiskamma Carnival is a celebration of creation, creatures and creativity. This is the first interdisciplinary production by the Keiskamma Trust, and it brings together their award-winning art and music programmes in a vibrant and joyous production that celebrates the natural world.

Keiskamma Carnival is a re-interpretation of Camille Saint-SaĆ«ns’ well-known orchestral work Carnival of the Animals. The new arrangement by Allan Stephenson (commissioned by SAMRO Foundation) draws on Keiskamma Music Academy’s unique sound that is created by using both traditional African and classical Western instruments. The Keiskamma Art Project has crafted beautiful sets and props for the production that displays their expertise in re-imagining Western artwork. The artwork, puppets and props will be handled by a group of young Keiskamma actors.

The soloists are Frank Mallows and Bronwen Clacherty on marimba. Our conductor is Anthony Drake and the Director is Kyla Davis.

The art exhibition launches Keiskamma Art Project’s wire and fibre sculptures: gossamer jelly fish, baby shweshwe elephant, tortoise, buck head trophies amongst others as well as launch of new book: A Carnivalesque Collection.

5 July (Fingo, Dr Jacob Zuma Drive @ 14h00) - Entrance is free

6 July (Rhodes Chapel @ 15h00) - Tickets are R30 at Computicket or the door

Art exhibition 27 June – 7 July, daily at the Monument ground floor 9h00 – 18h00

For more information please contact:

Helen Vosloo 082 664 1190

Florence Danais 078 194 6253

The performances are made possible through generous funding from the Rupert Foundation.
The exhibition is funded by Mercedes-Benz South Africa, RMB and BASA.

Keiskamma Intlansi and Sustainable Seas Trust: Children’s art and storytelling workshop at Recreation Centre, Albany Road
Friday 5 July 9h30 – 12h00.
For more information contact: Brenda Fishwick 083 4214363

PLEASE NOTE: Performance dates have been changed and are NOT as advertised on the NAF Festival Programme