Arts festival lights up the town

28 September 2009

Clanwilliam Arts ProjectThere's a story doing the rounds at the annual Clanwilliam Arts Project that some people have never heard Associate Professor Mark Fleishman speak in a normal tone of voice.

That's because in marshalling 600 or so children (up from about 150 when the project first started, nine years ago) plus a small army of assistants, Fleishman (head of the Department of Drama at UCT) is usually found bellowing orders at the top of his voice or through a loudhailer.

No one seems to mind, though, as the project, made up of a week-long workshop that culminates in a lantern-lit procession through the Clanwilliam streets and a showpiece performance, is a highlight on the town's calendar. The performance includes traditional /Xam storytelling elements such as fire-dancing and music, as well as more contemporary techniques such as shadow puppetry, arts and crafts, and this year, a huge fireworks display.

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