SAAF 2013 – South African Arts Festival THIS weekend – Los Angeles film music arts culture festival report


For a vibrant weekend of music and film, friends of film, music & South African Culture can converge Downtown. This inaugural event of the South African Arts Festival 2013 (SAAF) will showcase some of the country’s beloved musical icons and introduces Angelenos to powerful emerging voices.

The Republic of South Africa’s Department of Arts and Culture will bring its South African Arts Festival 2013 (SAAF), a weekend of South African film and music, to Downtown Los Angeles for the first time, with events on Fri. 10/4, Sat. 10/5 and Sun. 10/6.

The inaugural SAAF 2013 will showcase seven South African films and seven musical artists representing the diversity of the South African experience at FREE public events over the weekend.

Highlights include Saturday’s outdoor South African Music Day at Grand Performances and a day of South African films screening on Sunday at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 and Grand Performances.

South African food by Graham Perkett, of Deli-SA, will be available for purchase.  A hosted bike valet will be available beginning at 3pm.


Fri. 10/4:

– 6:30pm-10:00pm – PRIVATE Preview Reception & Film Screening

Sat. 10/5:

– 9:30am-4:00pm – Film Panel Discussions – Omni Hotel

– 3:30pm-10:00pm – South African Music Festival – Grand Performances

Wouter Kellerman – Versatile flautist fusing classical and contemporary

The Soil  – Traditional acapella sounds updated with beatbox

iFani – Socio-political young Xhosa rapper, cultural futurists

Mahotella Queens featuring Jozi – Uplifting multigenerational mix of acapella infused with Jozi’s Zulu hip hop

The Parlotones – Joburg’s platinum-selling rockers, supported Coldplay’s South African tour

Simphiwe Dana – Sultry voice of Afro soul

Hugh Masekela – Grammy-award winning jazz icon and social activist


Sun. 10/6:

– 10:00am-4:00pm – Music Panel Discussions – Omni Hotel

– 10:00am-4:00pm –Film Screenings – Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14

The African Cypher (documentary, 88 min.), Felix (family film, 97 min.), Man on Ground (drama, 80 min.), Material (dramedy, 93 min.), Fanie Fourie’s Lobola (comedy, 90 min.), Otelo Burning (drama, 102 min.)

– 7:00pm-9:00pm
 – Free Outdoor Film Screening – Grand Performances – US film premiere of Khumba (animation, 85 min.)

– 9:00pm-10:00pm
 – Private Closing Reception – cocktail reception featuring musical performances


Film Panel Discussions @ Omni Hotel
FREE! Sat. 10/5/13
On Sat. October 5, 2013, the festival will conduct FREE film panel discussions for industry professionals at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles from 10am to 5pm.

The conversation points will cover everything from co-production treaties to US filmmakers’ South African experiences and international film incentive comparisons.  This discussion will provide solid information on an industry where global production schedules and distribution are the norm more often than the exception.

Presenters include Tom Rooney (Sony Digital Audio Disc Corporation), Tony Lynn (Agile Enterprises), Jon Kuyper (Lionsgate), William Stuart (Aurora Productions), Matt Bierman (Warner Premiere), Greg Holstein (Capital Arts Entertainment – Otelo Burning), Aifheli Makhwanya (NFVF), Sara Blecher (CINGA Productions), Akin Omotoso (SABC), Stuart Forrest (Khumba – pictured above), Lance Samuels (NAM Films), and others.

Interested parties should email for additional information.

Music Panel Discussions @ Omni Hotel
FREE! Sun. 10/6/13
On Sun. October 6, 2013, the festival will conduct FREE music panel discussions for industry professionals at the Omni Hotel from 10am to 4pm.

The competitive musical marketplace will be examined from myriad angles including: licensing and royalties, online media players, live music venues, nuts and bolts information for international artists touring the US.

Interested parties should email for additional information.


For the most updated artist listing, full presentation schedule, etc., please visit their official site.




Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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