• Festival Partners

  • The UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa festival extends citywide through events at prestigious partner organizations, including music, film, visual arts, and panel discussions.

    African Film Festival Inc.—acclaimed for is annual spring film festival in partnership with Film Society of Lincoln Center—schedules a special series of films as part of the South Africa festival. Featured films and documentaries provide an insight into the vibrant state of contemporary cinema in South Africa.

    The Apollo Theater, in partnership with the World Music Institute, presents a special South African edition of its annual Africa Now! festival with a series of performances that spotlight today’s South African popular music and theater scenes. The festival commemorates Harlem’s enduring relationship with South Africa and includes a collaboration with the New Heritage Theatre Group, the iconic Harlem-based theater that introduced seminal South African theatrical works to American audiences, with a limited run of a new South African production.

    In October, Jazz at Lincoln Center education engages South African musicians in videotaped public master classes on its online Jazz Academy, and hosts a free Listening Party that features top South African jazz artists sharing some of their favorite and most influential records from the US and South Africa.

    The Juilliard School presents a program of new music by composers from South Africa performed by the New Juilliard Ensemble directed by Joel Sachs in Juilliard’s Paul Hall. The program includes music by leading composers such as Kevin Volans, Michael Blake, and others.

    Keyes Art Projects highlights contemporary trends in visual arts in South Africa, coordinating a series of exhibitions, receptions, and lectures at leading galleries in New York City. Participating galleries include Anna Zorina Gallery, Axis Gallery, Yossi Milo Gallery, as well as Keyes Art Projects. Featured artists include Shaun Ellison, Pieter Hugo, Sukhdeo Mohanlall, Graeme Williams, Sue Williamson, and Gary van Wyk.

    (Le) Poisson Rouge presents a concert that features bands from the “born free” generation, those who came of age in a free and democratic South Africa. Bands and musicians will represent the explosion in urban popular music in South Africa.

    Under the direction of Paul Holdengräber, Live from the NYPL is The New York Public Library’s flagship ticketed event series of provocative conversations, real debates, and irresistible performances designed to stimulate cultural curiosity. During the festival, leading cultural figures and influential leaders from South Africa will participate in wide-ranging discussions on South Africa today.

    The New York Public Library invites you to celebrate South Africa’s rich culture. Join us in exploring the music, films, poetry, stories, and crafts of South Africa through a series of programs for children and teens with their families.

    In the 2014–2015 academic year, Queens College, City University of New York turns its attention to South Africa. The Year of South Africa, a university-wide initiative, will be launched in October during the festival with talks, film screenings, dance and musical performances, and more.

    Should your birthplace determine your future? Ubuntu Education Fund is guided by a simple yet radical mission: to help raise Port Elizabeth, South Africa’s orphaned and vulnerable children by giving them what all children deserve—everything. As part of the festival, Ubuntu leads a series of panel discussions on the social and economic challenges the country faces 20 years after apartheid while posing creative approaches to these ongoing issues.

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    Pieter Hugo; Loyiso Mayga, Wandise Ngcama, Lunga White, Luyanda Mzantsi, Khungsile Mdolo after their initiation ceremony, Mthatha; 2008. Digital C-print. Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery. Gary van Wyk. Photographic print, 1988–1992, 16” x 20.” Courtesy Axis Gallery. | Shaun Ellison, Uptown, 2013. Oil on canvas, 78” by 63.” Courtesy Anna Zorina Gallery.

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