GoetheOnMain closes its doors in Maboneng


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GoetheOnMain closes its doors after 7 years in Joburg’s Maboneng Precinct / New Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS) to kick off in 2017.

The Goethe-Institut’s multi-disciplinary project space GoetheOnMain in Maboneng closed its doors on 26 November, after having hosted more than 70 exhibitions, workshops, events and performances from the fields of visual art, literature, film, music, dance and theatre since May 2009.

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GoetheOnMain closes its doors after 7 years in Joburg’s Maboneng Precinct.
GoetheOnMain closes its doors after 7 years in Joburg’s Maboneng Precinct.

At the same time, the Goethe-Institut would like to announce six projects to be realised in 2017 within the new initiative Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS). GPS carries forward GoetheOnMain’s idea of a multi-disciplinary space for artistic experimentation, while widening the scope on work realized all over South Africa. An independent jury of arts professionals, made up of Doung Anwar Jahangeer, Yvette Hardie, Molemo Moiloa and Sello Pesa, selected the following GPS projects for 2017 out of 110 submissions:

‘Nothing makes sense’ by Thulani Chauke, in partnership with Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative and the Ebhudlweni Arts Centre. eNtokozweni, Mpumalanga

‘Coast: Scenes of the Trail of Dr Wouter Basson’ by Maggie Davey, with Constitution Hill. Johannesburg, Gauteng

‘Arts Ability Residency’ by Themba Mbuli and the Unmute Dance Company, with the Steve Biko Foundation. King Williams Town, Eastern Cape

‘Zulu Identity as Represented’ by South African Film’ by The Newcastle Creative Network, presented by Nkule Mabaso, with Newcastle Township Arts Festival and supported by the Newcastle Municipality. Newcastle, KZN

‘Night Light’ by Danyiella Rodin, with the Theatre Arts Admin Collective. Cape Town, Western Cape

‘The “Big Hole” Counter Narrative’ by Carina Truyts, with the Sol Plaatje University School of Humanities. Kimberley, North West

The Goethe-Institut would like to congratulate the selected projects and looks forward to working with each of them to see their works realised as part of the GPS programme in 2017.

Norbert Spitz, Director of the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, said about the closing of GoetheOnMain and the new GPS initiative: “GoetheOnMain allowed us to explore things that would not have been possible otherwise – and it sometimes forced artists to rethink their own practice. Not only because of the physical possibilities and limits the space came with, but also because of its geographic location and audience. The Maboneng Precinct has become a brand on its own, and we hope that it will continue to be a space where artistic endeavors can take place to make bold statements and ask relevant questions. At the Goethe-Institut, we are excited to expand our activities beyond Gauteng, and into different provinces of the country, through our new initiative Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS).”

Jonathan Liebmann, Founder and CEO of Propertuity, said: “GoetheOnMain was one of the pioneering tenants to take space in Maboneng in its early years. It has always brought a diverse range of engaging events to the neighbourhood and we are very appreciative for the role it has played in the regeneration of Maboneng. We are sad to see GoetheOnMain leaving but at the same time we are happy to see the William Kentridge studio expanding into this space.”


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