WALE 5.0 - Wits Arts and Literature Experience

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Country and Region South AfricaGauteng
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Festival Description

Now in its fifth year WALE 5.0 promises to be an exciting and cutting edge mix of all things artistic. Running for 4 days from 9 to 12 May, this welcome addition to the Johannesburg Arts Calendar will have something for everyone – From, A Carnival to daily free concerts in the historic Library Gardens, to photographic and art exhibitions, to new and innovative theatre and dance productions to round table discussions, film screenings and book launches – a veritable smorgasbord of Arts and Entertainment. Art lovers will experience the unique atmosphere of Wits Campus whilst drinking in the best in contemporary Arts & Culture on offer. Highlights include: A festive Carnival through the streets of Johannesburg and the long awaited opening of the Wits Arts Museum. All are invited to this celebration of creativity and 90 years of Excellence at Wits – a truly world class University! WALE 5.0 truly lives up to its name this year and will offer an unforgettable experience featuring a jam packed programme including a Carnival, Concerts, Dance, Theatre, Music, Film, Literature, Fine Art and Photography.

Festival Dates May 9 - 12, 2012
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Festival Events:

Highlights 2012:
  • Wednesday, May 9 at 12:00 noon
    • WALE 5.0 kicks off, from the Library Gardens, with a Carnival meandering through the streets of Braamfontein and Parktown. The Carnival is a colourful celebration of creativity and diversity and commemorating 90 years of Wits excellence. The procession will feature students, alumni, dancers, drummers, schools and floats built by Wits Residencies. All Johannesburg citizens are invited join in the festivities and participate in the merriment.
  • Thursday, May 10
    • Another highlight of WALE 5.0 is the long awaited opening of the Wits Art Museum, located on the corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and Jorissen Street in Braamfontein. The stakeholder opening of the museum will take place on 10 May, with an exhibition, aptly named “WAM! Seeing Stars“, featuring the most extraordinary and priceless collection of African art. WITS owns one of the most extensive collections of African Art in the world and finally the public will have the opportunity to experience this phenomenal collection. The WITS Art Museum will also house The Centre for the Creative Art of Africa. The Wits Art Museum is a treasure trove of African art that will be available for everyone to enjoy, with public access from Jorissen Street.
  • Friday, May 11
    • A highlight for African musical heritage will be the Professor Khabi Mngoma Memorial Lecture. Prof Mngoma had a vast influence on African music, through his extensive career as a leading academic and cultural activist in the service of music. Prof. Mngoma is also the father of singer Sibongile Khumalo.
  • Films and Documentaries
    • Another exciting development for WALE 5.0 is the newly formed partnership between Wits and The Tri-Continental Film Festival (TCFF). The TCFF offers WALE access to a vast library of Human Rights films and documentaries and is a welcome addition to the film screenings at WALE 5.0.
  • Photographic Competition
    • The winners of the annual Wits Photographic Competition will also be announced during WALE 5.0. The competition is open to Students, Staff and Alumni. The theme of the competition is “Capturing aspects of transformation at Wits University”.


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  • Wits Theatre
    University of the Witwatersrand
    Jorissen Street
    Braamfontein, Johannesburg


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