The 2019 Hermanus FynArts Festival will once again play host to acclaimed artists, musicians, performers and presenters who have been invited to entertain, inspire and delight their audiences. True to its unique format as a fusion of arts festival and winter school, FynArts will also inform, challenge and educate festivalgoers on a wide range of subjects.
The Strauss & Co Series of Talks and Presentations will cover topics that range from art, literature, theatre and music to history. An opportunity to meet the inspiring Sindiwe Magona, recipient of the 2019 FynArts Legacy Award, should be at the top of every festivalgoer’s wish list. As a teacher, civil servant, novelist, poet, playwright and women’s activist, Sindiwe has received numerous awards for her humanitarian work and her outstanding achievements in literature.
Come and listen to Sindiwe as she receives her award and talks to Christopher Hope about her life’s work in the Municipal Auditorium on Saturday, 8 June at 09:30, or join her for high tea at The Marine on Monday 10 June at 15:00, when she’ll present a talk entitled Woman to Woman.
Another highlight is a series of three presentations by William Kentridge, featuring his animated, charcoal, hand-drawn films entitled Drawings for Projection. Produced between 1989 and 2011, this period of the artist’s maturation and arrival on the world stage coincides with the period of unfolding political upheaval in South Africa. Personal and political themes are intertwined in this series of films, perhaps the artist’s most experimental and deeply-felt work. The three presentations will be screened in the Municipal Auditorium on Saturday, 8 June at 11:00, 14:00 and 15:30.
For history buffs there are two talks – one by Joanna Hardie on Pamela Churchill, the fascinating daughter-in-law of Winston Churchill (Wed 12 June at 11:00 in the Municipal Auditorium), and the other by Rev James Gray, entitled Waltzing with Rommel (Thurs 13 June at 11:00 in the United Church).
Another local resident, photographer Leanne Dryburgh, whose book, Fifty Years with the Wild Horses will be launched during FynArts, will present a talk on the free-roaming horses of the Overberg, taking the audience through their history with stories, facts and photographs (Sat 15 June at 14:00 in the Windsor Hotel).
South Africa’s iconic entertainer, Pieter-Dirk Uys will be joining FynArts for the first time this year with a presentation of Tannie Evita’s Committie of Enquiry, featuring everyone’s favourite character, Evita Bezuidenhout, with well-known stand-up comedian and actor, Alan Committie. This show will be presented on Friday 14 June at 11:00 in the Grobbelaar Hall.
Other presentations will include a homage to Leonard Cohen by Lesley Marx, a discussion on What kind of President will the 2019 elections deliver? by Tinyiko Maluleke, a talk by motivational speaker, David Grier entitled Courage doesn’t always roar, a presentation by Philip Boyd on My Life with Prima Ballerina Assoluta Phyllis Spira, and a screening of the film, Krotoa, followed by a discussion between the director, Roberta Durrant and Christopher Hope.
Also on the FynArts programme are book and poetry readings. Author Christopher Hope will read from his latest novel, The Café de Move-on Blues and discuss his journey ‘in search of who we are and what we thought we were doing there’, while Mike Bruton, one of the leading fish biologists in Africa, will read from Curator and Crusader and discuss the fascinating life and work of Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer and her role in the discovery of the coelacanth, a member of an order of fishes believed to have been extinct for more than 60 million years.
Award-winning poet and novelist, Fanula Dowling will entertain her audience by reading her best-known poems as well as new ones. Some funny, some sad, they link together into a story about Fanula’s life experiences. Group readings will also be presented by Southern Writers, a Hermanus group founded 20 years ago, who will be joined by non-members in a varied programme aimed at engaging and entertaining the audience.
Find the full Hermanus FynArts 2019 programme online at www.hermanusfynarts.co.za. Tickets can also be booked online via the FynArts website or at www.webtickets.co.za. Alternatively, visit the Hermanus Tourism office in Mitchell Street or contact 028 312 2629 / 060 957 5371.