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LIBERATON MMXVI UJ ARTS CULTURES BOLD AND PROVOCATIVE 2016 LINE-UP EDITORSNOTE Its been a year since French art director Joachim Roncin created the Je suis Charlie slogan and logo after the 7 January 2015 massacre at the offices of the newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Just over 51 years ago Athol Fugard was inspired to write Boesman and Lena whilst driving along a dusty rural road. He noticed a woman walking by and stopped to offer her a lift. He learnt that her husband had just died and that she was walking to another farm presumably to find work. Struck by her bravery in the face of such adversity he was inspired to write one of South Africas most iconic plays about the nefarious effects of apartheid on individuals. Ironically only one year later District Six in Cape Town was declared a whites-only area under the Group Areas Act. And yet just over eight years ago 17-year-old Johan Nel shot and killed four people in a North-West informal settlement called Skierlik. Just a few months ago Penny Sparrows hateful racist comments sparked a social media storm. Add to that Oscar Pistorius fall from grace the Guptagate saga RhodesMustFall FeesMustFall the rand crashing to a record lows President Zuma and the Nkandla scandal and the office of the Public Protector constantly under fire. There is a kind of cognitive dissonance that settles in with the dawning of the realisation that liberation in 2016 is still more of an ideal than a reality. In grappling with this dissonance the UJ Arts creative team asked ourselves two key questions If not us then who If not now then when The conversations that emerged from those questions inspired the theme that frames our programme for 2016 LIBERATON MMXVI a bold and provocative line-up of productions exhibitions and concerts. Against the backdrop of the new wave of student activism extending across the country these works do not seek to offer answers to those questions per se but rather collectively they seek to provoke conversation and discussion around our pursuit of individual freedoms and the desire for collective emancipation. In this issue Anastasia Pather of the Arts Culture Trust ACT reflects on the creativeintersections of the fourth ACT UJ Arts Culture Conference which took place earlier this year. UJ Arts Culture Curator AnnaliCabano-Dempsey looks at the work of Carl Jeppe and Lwandiso Njara. Yusrah Bardien from ASSITEJ South Africa writes about theatre for young audiences. We get up close and personal with writerperformer Phillip Dikotla and directordesigner Jade Bowers. And finally the National Arts Festival bids a fond farewell to industry stalwart Ismail Mahomed who has stepped down as Artistic Director. And that in a nutshell is the phenomenal ninth issue of Art Much Read. Love. Share. Ashraf Johaardien Head UJ Arts Culture Faculty of Art Design and Architecture FADA 04 Left Ashraf Johaardien Photo Denver Hendricks