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Mike Van Graan

Mike Van Graan

    Barbarism, burnings and Becket 3
    Barbarism, burnings and Becket 3
    Our social media and public discourse has become increasingly polarised and polarising; there is little room for nuance, for reflection rather...
    Barbarism, burnings and Beckett 2
    Barbarism, burnings and Beckett 2
    Our social media and public discourse has become increasingly polarised and polarising; there is little room for nuance, for reflection rather...
    Barbarism, burnings and Beckett
    Barbarism, burnings and Beckett
    Our social media and public discourse has become increasingly polarised and polarising; there is little room for nuance, for reflection rather...
    Letter from Croatia
    Letter from Croatia
    These bodies emerged about four years ago out of concern that the General Agreement on Trade in Services being forged at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) would place trade in cultural products on the same plane as, for example, toothpaste. The fear was that if cultural products were...
    Looking in, watching out
    Looking in, watching out
    What would be an appropriate metaphor to reflect the state of South African theatre in the first 10 years of democracy? Perhaps it would be At...
    Director of golf
    Director of golf
    I have an idea for a new reality TV show. Train the cameras on the Department of Arts and Culture, particularly on its most senior management. It...
    Towards a free Market
    Towards a free Market
    After years of decline, artistic mediocrity, poor houses and state handouts to bail it out of financial crises, the Market Theatre is set for an...
    Feeding frenzy
    Feeding frenzy
    It is common knowledge that the National Arts Council (NAC) has been out to lunch.  But recently it also developed a "meals on wheels" division,...
    A pat on the back
    A pat on the back
    When the annual Arts and Culture Trust awards first started as a way of recognising those who added real value to the sector, there was a category...
    A crazy culture spelled out
    A crazy culture spelled out
    A is for art — lots of it — on Constitution Hill, courtesy of the visionary A for Albie Sachs, showing the potential for mutually...
    Showdown at show time
    Showdown at show time
    A little over 10 years ago more than 800 people involved in the arts and culture sector gathered at Wits University to launch the National Arts...
    Thinking through the art and science divorce
    Thinking through the art and science divorce
    'Arts, science to go their separate ways," proclaimed Business Day. The Sunday Independent was more upbeat with "Arts and Culture to star in and...