Although many have gotten used to the somewhat relaxed lockdown rules currently imposed on South Africans, its effect on daily life depends a lot on what your profession is. For the performing arts industry, the current status quo is crippling, with most performances still cancelled or at best performed for a handful of videographers only to be accessed on the internet by those adept with technology.
The Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, ordinarily the focal point of the Western Cape's winter arts scene, has been cancelled for a second year in a row. This year, however, supporters and concert goers are in for a special treat. In 2019, husband and wife team, Ron and Wendy Stuart from Cultural Odyssey Films Vancouver visited Stellenbosch and created a beautiful documentary about the people that make up the SICMF.The documentary,
Music Without Borders, features touching and as yet never before seen footage from the home of the late struggle icon and Rivonia Trialist, Denis Goldberg. Goldberg speaks passionately about his love of music, his involvement with the SICMF, and the value of the SICMF in the context of it playing such a crucial role in liberating Stellenbosch University from the shackles of its Apartheid legacy. It will be broadcast on 16 June at 20:30 on SABC 3.
And in keeping with the SICMF's mission to empower students from all walks of life through music, some of its local faculty members have taken the opportunity to present master classes to students from the newly constituted Nigerian Chamber Music Society. The Society is the brainchild of pianist Seyi Ajibade, whose aspirations and dreams for music in Lagos were inspired by several years of attending the SICMF as a student participant.