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"Once upon a time…”

University of Stellenbosch Symphonic Wind Ensemble (USSWE) with Rik Ghesquiére, SU Drama Department, and Children’s Choirs

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The University of Stellenbosch Symphonic Wind Ensemble (USSWE) is proud to present a concert for the whole family as part of the Endler Concert Series on Friday 16 September 2016 at 19h00. The concert is entitled “Lank Lank Gelede” or “Once upon a time…” (Es War Einmal… in German, Er Was Eens…in Flemish) which is also the title of the main work to be performed this evening composed by the Flemish composer, Jan van der Roost.

Tuin van Digters

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From 16 to 18 September, the Tuin van Digters poetry festival takes place at the Breytenbach Centre in Wellington in the Western Cape. This year, Flemish poetry slammer Martijn Nelen will be part of the performance poetry programme. Martijn Nelen was a runner-up in the 2015 Belgian poetry slam championships and will be performing in South Africa for the first time. Catch his performance on 16 September at 15:00 and his poetry workshop on 17 September at 10:00. On 17 September, he also features in the Inzync Digterspaartie en Open Mikrofoon at 19:15. 

In addition to this, Professor Yves T'Sjoen (Ghent University) will be part of the Digitale Digkuns panel on 17 September at 15:45.

NEWS

 



Joint Committee for Cooperation between Flanders and South Africa

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On 4 December, the eighth Joint Committee for Cooperation between Flanders and South Africa took place in Pretoria. The governments of Flanders and South Africa have enjoyed a fruitful relationship over the past twenty years. The meeting provided room for a mutual discussion on political, social and economic trends and for an extensive overview of these longstanding bilateral relations. Several common interests and topics for future cooperation were identified, including innovation, research, blue and circular economy, youth, and culture.

€ 5 million for agricultural projects in Malawi

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On 16 November, the Government of Flanders approved a grant of 5 million Euro for agricultural projects in Malawi. A total of 300,000 families in rural areas will benefit. “The majority of the population consists of smallholder farmers. By increasing their productivity and improving market access for crops, Flanders chooses to contribute towards an efficient agricultural policy in Malawi,” according to Minister-president Geert Bourgeois.

Flemish street art in Cape Town

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Harrington Street in Cape Town has acquired a whole new look, thanks to Flemish street artist Smates. With the support of the Government of Flanders in collaboration with Baz-Art, Smates (Bart Smeets), has created a 400 m2 public art work - the largest mural in Cape Town. Capetonians and visitors were able to watch the artist at work from 5 to 11 November. 

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