Watercourse History Festival

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23 to 26 February 2022

WatercourseThe Watercourse History Festival in Plettenberg Bay is the third in a series that was designed for those with a passion for history.

The overarching theme for the next festival is ‘Crossing Borders’ and the opening presentation is by veteran TV personality David Hall-Green on ‘Kitchener’s Revenge: The Battle of Omdurman in the Sudan, 1898’. The third Watercourse History Festival in Plettenberg Bay, sponsored by the Bitou Municipality and Plett Tourism.

Starting with Heritage Consultant and Gorinhaqua activist Ron Martin on ‘Khoekhoen Resistance to Dutch Settlement’, Dr Dan Sleigh then discusses ‘The Return Fleets of the Dutch East India Company, 1602-1795’.

While Professor Mike de Jongh discusses the ‘Eastern Frontier legend Coenraad de Buys’, Professor D.J. Culpin will discuss ‘Le Vaillant’s Travels into the Interior of Africa – adapting an African travel narrative to the Literary Tastes of 18th Century France’. His latest English translation is launched by the Historical Publications of Southern Africa (HiPSA) on Wednesday evening, the 23rd of February, and will equally serve as the launch of the festival.

They say a picture speaks a thousand words and who better to explain than Andrew Lamprecht of the IZIKO/South African National Gallery and curator of the Michaelis Collection, which covers everything before 1950.

The event then moves to the beginning of the 20th Century,, where Professor Howard Phillips discusses ‘Black October: The ‘Spanish Flu’ of 1918 in South Africa’. Vivian Bickford-Smith discusses ‘The Significance of Interracial Friendships in the Apartheid Era’; Chiara Carter shares her experience of alternative media in the 1980s; Josette Cole discusses community histories from Crossroads to Observatory in Cape Town, and Nick Mallett guest speaks on ‘Transformation in South African Rugby’ at a gala dinner in aid of the local Plettenberg Bay Rugby Club.

Finally, Piers Pigou — one of the interlocutors at the South African Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) – speaks on the current insurgency in the Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, a true incident of “Crossing Borders”.

View the full programme online here.

Venue: Piesang Valley Community Hall and Wittedrift High School, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
Time: Wednesday to Saturday 9am to 1pm
Cost: R150

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