A lofty, sobering conversation about climate change

Professors Bob and Mary Scholes, both inspired by the creativity of the National Arts Festival, decided to dramatise their climate change Think!Fest presentation and model it after Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems by Galileo Galilei. After a few minutes of wig and hat switching to signal character change, and a few amusing quips about Trump’s decision…

A gin-tasting session with Hope on Hopkins

CueTube speaks to Lucy Beard about her gin distillery Hope on Hopkins that held a gin-tasting event during the National Arts Festival. Hope on Hopkins is a small artisinal distillery that was set up by Beard and her husband Leigh Lisk in Salt River, Cape Town. By Khwezi Bovula and Chanel Retief Originally published by…

Debating civil speech and hate speech

As part of the Think!fest Programme, a panel of media experts including Adriaan Basson, Mark Oppenheimer, Verashni Pillay and Thandi Smith  sat down to debate the topics of civil speech and hate speech on 3 July. Oppenheimer, a practicing advocate and member of the Johannesburg Bar, opened the debate by defining “hate speech” as an insult or form of incitement….

SA’s murky past: Launch of Jonathan Ancer’s “Spy”

It was in 1972 when the seemingly ordinary Craig Williamson registered at Wits University and joined the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS). Williamson was elected NUSAS’s vice president and in January 1977, when his career in student politics came to an abrupt end, he fled the country and from Europe continued his anti-apartheid…

Finding the still point: mindfulness and performance

Prof. Anton Krueger asked the audience to spend a few minutes in a mindful state, chimed in by his Tibetan prayer bowl. After those spare, quiet moments, the Think!Fest venue felt particularly calm, our restless minds more focused. Yes, it might have been a personal peace I was projecting on to the rest of the…

Featherstone brings local craft beer to Fest

Featherstone Brewery is based in Grahamstown and makes a range of different craft beers. Their first appearance at the National Arts Festival was with a beer tasting held at the 1820 Settlers’ National Monument. CueTube met with the owner and brewer, Mark Riley, to find out more about the official beer of the National Arts Festival. Originally…

Think!Fest: Consciousness Café – Change is brewing

The Consciousness Café has been running at the National Arts Festival for a couple of years. A unique part of the Think!Fest programme that’s all about the progress of the marginalised, it provides a space for people to come together and express themselves o on topics regarding the state of the nation.  Hosting the café are Nobantu…

Consciousness Café: Let’s talk about it

It is unusual to find black and white people discussing issues of the heart without quarrelling because of our painful history. Nonetheless, Consciousness Café has managed to create a space where a group of strangers are guided to express themselves freely on matters affecting them. The Café was started a few years ago by two women…

Bittersweet indulgence: Coffee and truffles with Chocolat!

Chocolat! is all about creating flavour sensations. The chocolate boutique, based in Port Elizabeth, brought their aromatic coffees and exquisite handmade mousse truffles to the Festival on 30 June and 1 July. The business, owned by Raymond and Niki Westraadt, aims to combine and balance the bitter flavours of black Arabica coffee with the sweetness of…

The Politics and Economics of Land Redistribution

Mngobi Ngubane, a land and agrarian PHD student from PLAAS at the University of the Western Cape, presented “the politics and economic of land redistribution” in which he discussed his research on the impacts of land reform on the livelihoods of small-scale farmers. Via an ethnography study of farms in the eastern Free State Ngubane’s…