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Bigger, better Umtiza returns

The Umtiza Arts Festival 2018, East London’s very own home grown festival, will be bigger and better than last year and is aimed at having even wider appeal thanks to a collaboration between the City’s three cultural giants, The Guild Theatre, The Ann Bryant Art Gallery and East London Museum.

Over 24 acts will be presented over the four-day event which is spread over the Guild Theatre, East London Museum and the Ann Bryant Art Gallery. Entertainment ranged from jazz, Opera, Classical and Gospel concerts, international and local cabaret, comedy, children’s theatre, a circus, talks on art to workshops, food demonstrations, the popular wine tastings and an assortment of food and craft stalls in the outside market will once again take centre stage as the festival unravels East London’s artistic and creative side.

The festival will open on 23 May with the East London Fine Arts Society “Anything but Painting” exhibition at the Ann Bryant Coach House. On 24 May 2018 the Ann Bryant Art Gallery (main gallery) will have an exhibition of a selection from the De Beers Centenary Gallery Collection.

The festival will feature shows to the likes of Marc Lottering’s brand new comedy show “I’ve never met the Guptas”, “Raiders” presented by Internationally-recognised playwright and director, Nicholas Ellenbogen, a children’s play based on the award winning book “The Gruffalo”, a sultry jazz concert by South African Music Awards Winner Nduduzo Makhathini, cabaret from the girl with the golden voice - Cat Simoni, the ever popular Food and Wine pairing hosted by The Sommellier – Charles Poole, Bryan King's Stardust Magical Circus, Opera extracts and many more local musicians, dancers and artists will take the open stage in the craft market over the weekend.

The East London Museum will be featuring a fashion show and will also be hosting talks on WW1, the Sardine Run, rhino poaching and an amazing owl exhibition. An exhibition of local prominent artists will be on display at the Museum, and the East London Fine Arts Society will be hosting an “anything but Painting” exhibition curated by the Ann Bryant Art Gallery.

A finalised programme of events with times will be uploaded on the websites and social media pages of the Guild Theatre, East London Museum and Ann Bryant Art Gallery soon.

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