mike-2012.jpgMike van Graan is the Executive Director of the African Arts Institute and is the former Secretary General of the Arterial Network, a continent-wide network engaged in the African creative sector. He currently serves as a UNESCO Technical Expert on the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.  His plays include Die Generaal (The Generaal), winner of the Fleur du Cap Best New Script Award 2008; Brothers in Blood, a Market Theatre production that won the Naledi Theatre Award for Best New Play 2009, and Iago’s Last Dance which premiered on the Main Programme at the National Arts Festival and was nominated in the Fleur du Cap Best New Script category, 2009.

"Award-winning Van Graan['s]...intelligent texts come from right under the thumb he has so firmly planted on the political pulse of our country with sharp, fast-paced dialogue. He is one of the few playwrights who, through his plays, test and challenges our principles – both personally and politically."

—Rafiek Mammon, Cape Times


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