The muffled sound of a late sound-check sounded like a depressing song for a despondent scene in a low budget movie in which audience members were made to stand outside, while organisers busied themselves with things they should have busied themselves with days earlier, writes ART STATE Senior Writer Thato Rossouw in review of OddZ’s Lights Out show.
The Naked Slam, like any other slam, couldn’t come and go without controversy and peer confrontations. Discontent was mostly about the judging criteria, with many voices unhappy with the outcome, believing strongly that, rather than Tshiamo Malatji, Hlox Da Rebel deserved the crown.
Reading this column is one of those things in life you do “at own risk”, like entering a mall or falling in love or being alive. But it has its perks too – and ART STATE Senior Writer and The Armchair Critic columnist Thato Rossouw can’t keep you guessing any longer as he tables his manifesto.
Of what meaning is public art? Can it rearrange people’s interpretations of their spaces? Who stands to gain from the disruption? ART STATE Senior Writer Thato Rossouw files his report on the Public Art Project which was recently held at Hoffman Square as part of Free State Arts Festival
The promise I make to you as the reader and to the broader Bloemfontein arts community is that whatever we say about something, we will do our utmost best to offer a well-researched, engaged and developmental opinion, writes ART STATE Editor Ace Moloi.
Two things concern artists in Mangaung: a platform to showcase their art and a space to exchange ideas with their peers. Though finding a platform is still a struggle, Creatives’ Corner exists to create a safe environment for peers to share insights. Founder Sphindiwe Sobayeni writes more about it.
The role of art, one among an infinite list, is to unearth our ugliness and impose its weight on ourselves so much so that we can no longer ignore it, thereby leaving us with no option but to accept this ugliness as who we are, and thus choose not to be beautiful – or rid ourselves of it, ..read more
The KWV Acoustic Battle is a music competition which sees soloists and bands battle it out for a chance to win great prizes.
For a third year running, the Andre Huguenet Theatre hosted Nthabiseng JahRose Jafta’s poetry and music cocktail, Poetic Blues.
The Free State Literature Festival brought diverse faces together to celebrate the beauty of Free State and South Africa’s literary works, from books to poetry to plays.