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Academic Week 2019 - Reinvigorating the Arts through UWC Academic Week 2019 - UWC Creates programme

Author: Aidan van den Heever

UWC Creates programme reinvigorating the Arts during UWC Academic Week 2019

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(Published - 26 September 2019)

This week the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic, Professor Vivienne Lawack, opened the UWC Creates programme that aims to uplift and inspire students by allowing them to reclaim the arts at the University of the Western Cape.

The programme included a poetry session with renowned poets such as Radna Fabus, Siphokasi Jonas, Jolyn Phillips, Nondyebo Booi and Delia Meyer. Staff and students were blown away during the Choir Hour when the UWC Choir and Elsies River High School choir performed in the Student Centre. The week concluded with a Rap and Rock session as well as a Poetry Slam.

Prof Lawack said it was an absolute privilege to open UWC Creates. 

“UWC Creates is an extension of Academic Week, and this year it coincides with Heritage Week. This is a good continuation of the work being done in the Faculty of Arts,” she said.

“I hope that students, staff and participants find the week uplifting and academically inspiring, and hopefully we will find one or two poets, writers, dancers and literary giants who will emerge during this week.”

The UWC Creates programme by the Faculty of Art is the only creative writing programme in South Africa that is presented in three languages - Afrikaans, English, and isiXhosa. Students are exposed to both prose and poetry writing as learn to work with their particular abilities and develop their own individual voices. They have the chance too to work with exceptional creative writers like Antjie Krog and Meg van der Merwe.

ACADEMIC WEEK 2019 - Learning and Sharing Together

Academic Week 2019 is intended as a space where members of the University of the Western Cape community can learn first-hand about what was happening on campus, as opposed to hearing about it. It showcases learning and teaching initiatives and projects that are focused on strategic imperatives outlined in “Goal 2: Learning and Teaching” of UWC’s Institutional Operating Plan.

Academic Week 2019 included topics on the 4th Industrial Revolution and the curriculum, student entrepreneurial projects, and transformation of the curriculum.​

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