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…