Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts pro­gramme in Cape Town.
Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts pro­gramme in Cape Town.
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THE DEAL

At the beginning of February, the Wanted team attended the Rolex Arts Week­end in Cape Town. This two-day celebration was the culmination of the current cycle of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts pro­gramme. This initiative pairs an international mix of master artists with emerging artists for a period of creative exchange and, as the name suggests, mentoring. The two-day festival was a chance to see the programme and its participants in action.

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE

There are few global projects that provide this level of backing and freedom for visual artists, dancers, film and theatre makers, architects, and writers. Rolex offers the pro­tégés financial support, guidance, and the opportunity to work with the finest in their fields. The knock-on effect for the protégés’ communities, their families, and peers is significant too. Plus, our lives are made richer by the magic the mentors and protégés create together.

Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts pro­gramme.
Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts pro­gramme.
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WHO WE SAW

The dancers: Sene­galese protégée and street dancer Khoudia Touré and collaborated with mentor Canadian choreogra­pher Crystal Pite. We were treated to some of When the night comes, the dance they worked on together.

THE WRITERS

Under the tutelage of Irish literary guru Colm Tóibín (he of Brooklyn and Nora Web­ster fame), protégé Colin Barrett completed his first novel, The English Brothers — an extract of which was performed at the weekend.

Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts pro­gramme.
Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts pro­gramme.
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Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts pro­gramme.
Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts pro­gramme.
Image: Supplied
Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts pro­gramme.
Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts pro­gramme.
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THE MUSICIANS

American protégé and drummer Marcus Gilmore debuted his composition, pulse, with former Rolex literature protégée Tracy K Smith and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. He also performed with his mentor, the legendary tabla player, Zakir Hussain.

THE ARCHITECTS

The brilliant Niger-based protégée Mariam Kamara and her mentor, Ghanaian-born British architect Sir David Adjaye presented their plans for a new cultural centre in Niamey, Niger’s capital.

Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts pro­gramme.
Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts pro­gramme.
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Next up: The seriously impressive mentors for the 2020-2022 cycle are:

  1. Spike Lee (film)
  2. Phyllida Lloyd (theatre)
  3. Lin-Manuel Miranda (open category)
  4. Carrie Mae Weems (visual arts)

 From the March issue of Wanted 2020.

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