Rolex Arts Weekend

Rolex Arts Weekend, a series of public events – talks, readings, exhibitions and performances, including two world premieres – will feature the work of the 2018-2019 protégés of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative with their mentors.

The two-day celebration is the culmination of the current cycle of the programme, which pairs master artists with emerging artists in several disciplines for a period of creative exchange in a one-to-one mentoring relationship.

All proceeds for the Rolex Arts Weekend will go towards the Zabalaza Festival.


10:00 - 11:30 | Main Theatre

Symposium: Who is Unrepresented in the Arts Today? The Arts in times of Polarization, moderated by Professor Homi K. Bhabha, with Lara Foot, Annemarie Jacir, Yo Yo Ma and Wole Soyinka

14:00 – 15:00 | Main Theatre

Dance Spotlight: the world premiere of When the night comes, by Senegalese protégée Khoudia Touré, a pioneer in urban street dance, with three members of the dance company, Compagnie La
Mer Noire. The production was created following Touré’s close interaction with her mentor, Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite, who will introduce the piece, which was born from hip-hop and infused with other dance styles and techniques.

15:30 – 17:00 | Concert Hall

Architecture Spotlight: Protégée Mariam Kamara, originally from Niger and mentor Ghanaian-born British architect Sir David Adjaye, will present their plans for a new cultural centre in Niamey, Niger’s capital. The discussion, moderated by Ghanaian- Scottish architect Lesley Lokko, will be followed by the official opening of the exhibition, Public realm along the Niger River, Niamey. The architecture installation will be available for public viewing until end February.


14:00 – 15:30 | Main Theatre

Symposium: Other Muses: Influences and Confluences in the Making of Art, moderated by Professor Homi K. Bhaba, with William Kentridge, Tracy K Smith, Mira Nair and Robert Wilson

16:00 – 17:30 | Main Theatre

Literature Spotlight: Mentor Colm Tóibín and fellow Irishman and protégé Colin Barrett who completed his first novel, The English Brothers. An adapted extract from the book that features the two writers’

mutual fascination with questions of belonging and self-definition, will be performed by local actors in advance of a discussion, What Can be Said: Home and Voice, between mentor and protégé.

18:00 – 19:15 | Concert Hall

Music Spotlight: Music protégé Marcus Gilmore, an innovative young drummer from the United States,
will present a world premiere of his composition, pulse, commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra. The composition for ensemble and the spoken word will include an exciting exchange between Gilmore and former Rolex literature protégée Tracy K. Smith. Gilmore will perform the work with musicians from the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and its resident conductor Brandon Phillips. Following the performance and a solo by Gilmore, the protégé and his mentor Zakir Hussain will discuss their mentoring experience.


Saturday & Sunday 12:00 – 21:00 | Golden Arrow Studio

Films about past Protegés and Mentors will be shown, and entrance is free.

Sat, 08 Feb 2020 - 10:00
Sun, 09 Feb 2020 - 10:00

8-9 February 2020

Main Theatre 


Full Price R100
Students (Box Office only) R50

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Contact Information: 

For block bookings, contact:

Leon van Zyl on or 0216803972

Carmen Kearns on or 0216803993