Archive: Issue No. 73, September 2003

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The Wits School of the Arts officially launches

The University of the Witwatersrand's School of the Arts (WSOA) will be officially launched on October 10. Celebrations will run throughout the day and include exhibitions, performances, walkabouts of the new school buildings, culminating with a formal opening ceremony followed by a concert and a public party.

The WSOA brings together Fine Art, Music, Dramatic Art, History of Art, Television and Film Studies, and Digital Media Studies into one multi-disciplinary environment that celebrates creativity and innovation. It is the first integrated School of Arts at any University in South Africa. Works by past and present students at Wits, as well as by academic staff will be on display.

The home of the new Wits School of Arts is in the Old Dental Hospital, on the corners of Jan Smuts Avenue and Jorrisen Street. The school provides the first phase of the "cultural precinct," an environment of artistic and cultural activity at Wits, which is also the University's interface with the city. The location of the school locates it ideally within the heart of the Johannesburg Cultural Arc, a major urban regeneration project that stretches from Constitution Hill through Wits to Newtown.

An official program will be available closer to the date.


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