One of the most important cultural events in the history of the Baxter Theatre is scheduled to take place over the first weekend in April, when three of the world’s most influential artists come together under the Rolex banner for “A Unique Gathering: Rolex Mentors and Protégés“.
The three-day event will feature Nobel prize-winning author Wole Soyinka, visual and theatre artist William Kentridge and world-renowned American opera, theatre and festival director Peter Sellars in a series of open workshops with the public where they will discuss their craft.
The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative is a philanthropic programme which pairs gifted young artists with internationally recognized masters, sponsoring them to spend a year in a one-to-one mentoring relationship.
The gathering begins on the 5th of April with an open workshop with William Kentridge entitled Getting Started who will explore the origin of ideas and impulses and how they become artistic material. All the protégés will take part in this event.
Buy your tickets to Getting Started here.
At 8PM on Friday the 5th, Honduran singer and composer Aurelio Martinez will perform with local musicians, including Neo Muyanga in the Baxter Concert Hall. Martinez is a standard bearer of Garifuna culture, which fuses African and Caribbean-Indian roots and recently spent a year collaborating with Rolex Mentor Youssou N’Dour.
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On Saturday afternoon, the program shifts to Artists on the Front Line, which unpacks the question of how artists respond to conflict. World-renowned American opera, theatre and festival director Peter Sellars, acclaimed Togolese dancer and choreographer Anani Sanouvi and groundbreaking Lebanese theatre artist Maya Zbib explore how art and culture contribute to a healthy society.
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The weekend draws to a close on Saturday evening with Turning the world into material. All three mentors, Wole Soyinka, Peter Sellars and William Kentridge, take to the stage to discuss the “impulses behind the idea and the materialization of an impulse: How does the world come into your work?” Each of these iconic artists will respond to this question with reference to their own experiences.
Buy your tickets to Turning the World Into Material here.