Laugh, cry and learn at Arts Alive festival


The Joburg Arts Alive International Festival, which runs in September, includes comedy and film workshops held on 10 and 11 September at The King’s Theatre. Talks by local industry experts are designed to highlight careers in the film industry for Joburg learners.

Over Heritage Weekend (23 to 25 September), the Fordsburg Film Festival takes place at the Majestic Theatre in this historic area of Joburg. Two daily screenings will be followed by critical discussions, driven by interviews and panel discussions and featuring some of Fordburg’s past and present film personalities.           

An exciting part of the 2011 Arts Alive film programming is the 48 Hour Film Festival – the finals of which take place at The Fringe (Joburg Theatre), on 22 September. The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which a team of filmmakers make a movie – write, shoot, edit and score it—in just 48 hours.       

Side-splitting and hilarious comedy is again part of the festival’s programme with Comedy Nine-Nine on at The Fringe (Joburg Theatre) on 15 and 16 September. Expect to be rolling in the aisles with performances by Mark Palmer, Ndumiso Lindi, Kagiso (KG) Mokgadi, and Kurt Schoonraad (from Going Nowhere slowly), along with host Rob Van Vuuren (SA’s Got Talent).

Arts Alive 2011 also offers the opportunity for creative practitioners to benefit from free workshops offered by the award-winning US Spirit of America ensemble. Taking place at the Joburg Theatre Complex from 22 to 24 September, this comprehensive workshop programme caters for 600 participants, with 20 participants per workshop over two sessions. The workshops cover Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, Make-up, Costume, Set Construction, Tech fly-ins/lighting, to name a few.      

For more information on these and the full Arts Alive 2011 programme, go to


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