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The Brundibár Project Exhibition

Reflecting on Brundibár's themes, Ibhabhathane and Frank Joubert Art Centre students have produced an inspiring installation and artworks to form part of the The Brundibár Project Exhibition in the theatre foyers from 14-24 July.

These will be displayed alongside significant exhibitions of the art and writing by children who were imprisoned at Terezín, the exhibition is on loan from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, The Jewish Museum in Prague and Památník Terezín.

The Brundibár Project was initiated by the Cape Town Holocaust Centre to promote visual and performing arts, while using them as a vehicle for remembering and honouring, and to build a culture of human rights.

In the spirit of 'ubuntu', the project is a collaboration between the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, Artscape, Cape Town Opera, Magnet Theatre, the Frank Joubert Art Centre, Ibhabhathane and members of the South African Arts Community.

The Brundibár Project draws its inspiration from the story and the performances of the children's opera, Brundibr, written by Czech composer, Hans Krása. Based on a Czech folktale, Brundibár was performed 55 times in the Nazi ghetto, Terezín before its composer and many of the children in the cast were transported to the gas chambers of Auschwitz. Those who survived the horror and deprivation of Terezín, speak of the performances of Brundibár as "small bright sparks of hope and defiance in a long, dark night".

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