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UCT Libraries will be closed on Freedom Day (Thursday 27 April) and Workers' Day (Monday 1 May). The Hlanganani 24/7 study space will be open during this time.
We would like to remind our users to carry your UCT ID card with you at all times. All library patrons are required to carry their UCT ID cards as the Libraries' regulations might require you to present it. Please help us to ensure our Libraries are used in a responsible manner.
From January 2016, UCT Libraries has decided to go cashless, and the reasons are three-fold:
to reduce the costs of handling cash across all the libraries (money will be saved on cash collection fees, bank charges and staff resources); to reduce the infrastructure requirements for cash handling and storage and; to reduce the potential physical risk to staff and students.
The move to a cashless environment will make our financial operations more efficient and cost effective.
On 17 September, a group of excited UCT School of Dance students welcomed members of the prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance Academy to their studios on Lower Campus. The visit formed part of a series of international dance Master Classes, initiated by lecturer and interim Head of Department, Lisa Wilson.
History not only tells us where we come from, it also contains valuable lessons. Thus, the process of preserving history through the archive is vitally important. Recognising this, UCT recently launched Humanitec, which saw the digitisation of more than 14 000 objects from the 14 archival collections housed at UCT Libraries. Here is a snapshot of what is available through Humanitec, and in some of these collections.
The 2015 Baxter Dance Festival kicks off with the internationally-acclaimed Nuwe Graskoue Trappers and showcases 74 works on the programme this October.
The internationally recognised Kirby Collection of rare musical instruments, primarily from Southern Africa, is now accessible to composers, sound historians and music lovers across the world.
There are still two Erik Chisholm commemorative lunch-hour concerts to look forward to at the South African College of Music this year. They are the final in a three-part series to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of the Scottish composer, pianist and conductor.
Routes to Roots was staged on 6 May at the Baxter Concert Hall as part of UCT's annual celebration of all things African; Africa Month. The roots in question are the African roots shared by people living on the continent and those in the African diaspora.
An evening of African contemporary movements & sounds, directed by Maxwell Xolani Rani & Lisa Wilson.
Routes to Roots, by UCT School of Dance will be presented at 7pm on Wednesday 6 May.
The crème de la crème of UCT's Opera School perform in the Cape Town Opera's staging of Verdi's La Traviata which runs at Artscape from 30 April to 9 May, 2015. The full cast lists can be viewed here.
Several first-year South African College of Music (SACM) students had the opportunity to showcase their musical talent and develop their stage skills when Monique Hellenberg – jazz vocalist and part-time SACM lecturer – organised a student concert at a well-known jazz venue in Cape Town recently.