The Woordfees Festival

Woordfees is one of South Africa’s largest visual and performing arts festivals and hosts over 500 performances and events with the sole aim of reminding us of the incredible ingenuity, inspiration, creativity and resourcefulness of the human spirit.

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    01/03/2019 0:00

This year, the festival will run from 1 – 10 March, join our authors (Judith February, Ian Fuhr and Johan Booysen) on the following days: 

VALSE VRIENDE| 2 March 12:00 | ATKV Book Tent | R55 and R70 at the door
Vytjie Mentor and Johan Booysen, in conversation with Pearlie Joubert
Zuma whistle blower Vytjie Mentor (No Holy Cows) and former head of the KwaZulu-Natal Hawks, Major General Johan Booysen (Blood on Their Hands), talk frankly about what it means to be branded a traitor and how the wheel turns.  Johan lost his post because of allegations that he was a member of the so-called Cato Manor gang of murderers. Vytjie was cast out when she refused the ministerial post offered by the Guptas. Pearlie Joubert who resigned from the Sunday Times in 2015 because of ethical differences with the management of the newspaper, interviews them. 

WAAR BENDES REGEER | 2 March 15:30 | ATKV Book Tent | R55 and R70 at the door
Jeremy Vearey, Anneliese Burgess and Judith February, in conversation with Herman Wasserman
Whether it is state capture where a group of corrupt elite plunder the coffers, or an in-transit panel van shot to pieces by robbers wearing balaclavas, or a territorial feud on the Cape Flats that robs children of their lives, our country is governed by criminals.  Judith February (Turning and Turning), Anneliese Burgess (Heist) and top policeman Jeremy Vearey (Jeremy vannie Elsies) talk to Herman Wasserman about why this culture prevails, and how to break the hold that it has on all levels of leadership in our country. 

SORBET-SAKEBRUNCH | 6 March | Lanzerac | R320 (space is limited)
Ian Fuhr in conversation with Irna van Zyl
His wife’s passionate use of strange words such as a “mani” or “pedi”, and her insistence on returning for “waxing” - a practice that, for him, sounds like torture - spurred businessman Ian Fuhr to find out what makes the beauty industry tick. This research eventually led him to establishing the highly successful, Sorbet salons. Come and listen to the hilarious stories of how one hairy guy made it in the beauty industry, at a business lunch at Lanzerac.

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