• April

  • 08

  • 04


    Tickets: @Computicket and door
    R130 Adults
    R70 Pensioners
    R50 UFS Students & Learners

    The OSM DEAN’S CONCERT (previously known as the OSM OPENING CONCERT) is scheduled to take place on 4 April at 19h30. Prof Heidi Hudson, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of the Free State, has accepted the role as the official patron of the concert.

    The main purpose of this concert is to create a professional performance opportunity for gifted OSM students and simultaneously showcase the excellence of the OSM. For some students this will be their debute on a professional concert stage. Recitals during this concert will be recorded and selected items are will be broadcasted on national radio stations as well as OSM CONCERT HALL on YOUTUBE and other OSM social media podia.

    The ORDER OF THE OSM is annually awarded during this event. The main objective is to publicly honour and acknowledge individuals and / or assemblies who made an extraordinary contribution to the OSM or the national music landscape. This year former OSM clarinet lecturer Mr Heinrich Armer will be the recipient.

    The concert is strategically positioned as a benefit concert with the main aim to raise funds, for study bursaries for future OSM students.

    The soloists will be René Ferreira, (recorder, class of Dr Petrus Krige), Mirriam Bokala (soprano, class of Leana Lötter), Chris van Zyl (cello, class of Prof Anmari van der Westhuizen), Naledi Dweba (clarinet, class of Dr Danré Strydom), Nina Cilliers (flute ,class of Handri Loots) as well as Charity Leburu (soprano ,class of Albertus Engelbrecht).

    Chamber music will be performed by percussionist lecturer Heinrich Lategan and his students. They will recite Clapping Music (1972) by Stephan Reich while Viola lecturer Jeanne – Louise Moolman will recite a new work entitled Glances and a Glass of wine by Tsepo Tsotetsi in collaboration with her students.

    The OSM Camerata will recite the Piano Concerto in d minor BWV 1052 by Johann Sebastian Bach under the baton of Elsabe Raath with Anneke Lamont as soloist. The Free State Youth Wind Ensemble under the baton of Danre Strydom will close the concert with Arioso by Johann Sebastian Bach (arranged by J de Haan) as well as the The Blues Brothers Revue (arranged by J Bocook).

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  • 27

  • 30

    Gender-based violence play: I became my grandmother
    Duration: 45 minutes
    R50 (R40 for scholars, students and pensioners)
    Tickets available at Steve Biko House (Thakaneng Bridge) reception or Office for Gender and Sexual Equity.

    Writer/Actor: Jane Mpholo
    Director: Jefferson J.Dirks-Worker
    Stage Manager: Keneilwe Jaase

    More information: Contact Geraldine Lengau on  +27 51 401 3982 and +27 67 071 6696 or at LengauGSK@ufs.ac.za

  • July

  • 12

    OSM Choir Gala
    The Odeion School of Music would like to celebrate the performances of the young talented artists during the recently held Kunswedstryd of the Vrystaatse Kunswedstrydvereniging as well as the ATKV APPLOUS choir competition. 

    This will be the 4th prestigious Choir Gala series presented by the OSM – two events with two different programmes. 

    OSM Choir Gala 1:
    12 July 2019 

    OSM Choir Gala 2:
    14 July 2019 

    Admission: R50 per person

    Tickets to the concerts are available at Computicket outlets (Checkers, Shoprite shops), at the door, or online at www.computicket.com

    For more information, contact: Ninette Pretorius on +27 51401 2504.
  • 05

    Barba-Ann Saunders Memorial Lecture

    You are invited to the Barbra-Ann Saunders Memorial Lecture on ‘Building resilience in staff and students for a challenging health system’ presented by Prof Stephen Reid from the University of Cape Town.

    Friday 5 July 2019

    For more information, contact: debruintr@ufs.ac.za 

  • August

  • 07

    Humanities and Gendered Worlds Lecture
    The Centre for Gender and Africa Studies has the pleasure of inviting you to the Biennial Humanities and Gendered Worlds Lecture titled:

    Exit Routes: After Feminism, After Gender

    By: Professor Jack Halberstam, Columbia University, New York

    Persons with disabilities who wish to make specific requirements regarding accessibility (physical access, South African Sign Language) are requested to notify us in good time so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

    RSVP on or before 31 July 2019 to Ms Sihle Salman, telephone +27 51 401 3121 or
    email: SalmanSZ@ufs.ac.za
  • 21

    Inaugural Lecture of Prof Shaun De Freitas
    The Dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof John Mubangizi, has the pleasure of inviting you to the inaugural lecture of Prof Shaun de Freitas: BProc (1996); LLB (2000); LLM by thesis (2004) (magna cum laude), and the LLD (2014) in the Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of the Free State.

    Subject: Law’s Mystification of Religion: Challenging the boundaries of the bizarre, the irrational, and the supernatural 

    RSVP on or before Friday 16 August to Refiloe Majola on +27 51 401 9068 or at MajolaRRM@ufs.ac.za 
  • 19

    Panel discussion on the Report of the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture
    South Africa's land question has been at the forefront of public discussion for the past year and a half. At the end of July 2019, the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture published its report – an important contribution to this debate.

    The Free State Centre for Human Rights will host a panel discussion on the report and its implications on:
    Monday 19 August 2019
    Bobbert Room, Equitas Building

    Panel members include Prof Lungisile Ntsebeza of the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town, Prof Elmien du Plessis of the Faculty of Law at North-West University, and Dr Frikkie Maré of the Department of Agricultural Economics at the UFS.

    The discussion will be facilitated by Prof Danie Brand of the FSCHR. 

    All members of the UFS community and the public are invited to attend and contribute to the discussion on this crucial question.

    For more information, contact Mamello Serasengwe at Serasengwemsm@ufs.ac.za; +27 51 401 7216. 
  • 26

    White Rhino
    Colloquium lecture on the future of rhinos by Dr Francois Deacon

    Dr Francois Deacon, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Animal, Wildlife and Grassland Sciences at the University of the Free State, invites all members of the media, the public, as well as staff and students, to a short colloquium lecture series to discuss the future of rhinos. Media can RSVP at Zama Feni at fenizm@ufs.ac.za

  • 28

    The history of Noni Jabavu Memorial lecture

    A memorial lecture to commemorate the life of the phenomenal writer and journalist, Noni Jabavu, 100 years after her birth, is set to take place as follows:

    Wednesday, 28 August 2019
    Stabilis 4, Bloemfontein Campus

    Guest Presenter: Makhosazana Xaba (writer and journalist)

  • 30

    Remember Imbokodo Project

    The Imbokodo Campaign, led by students of the University of the Free State (UFS), is hosting the Remember Imbokodo event. The event is organised as part of celebrating the histories of African women.

    Guest Presenter: Faith Leburu, UFS Department of Anthropology.

    Refreshments will be served.

    For more information, contact Xolile Sizephe at SizepheX@ufs.ac.za

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    Sophia Gray
    31st Sophia Gray Memoral Lecture and Exhibition

    Opening of the exhibition will take place:

    Thursday 29 August 2019

    Oliewenhuis Art Museum, 16 Harrismith Street Bloemfontein, 9300


    The lecture will be presented by Jon Jacobson Metropolis. The name of the lecture is in [de] finite.

  • September

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    Kovsies Multilingual Mokete
    SImple Stories and Early B: 19:00

    “I have a voice.” | “Ke na le lentsoe.” | “Ek het ‘n stem.” | “Nginezwi."

    “The Mokete serves as an institutional initiative aimed at promoting a coordinated and inclusive celebration of the regional languages and cultures included in the UFS Language Policy. The university wants everybody to feel that they belong, and that they can be proud of their culture and language. We also want them to know that every person counts; that everyone has a voice and that they can contribute to building a culture which inspires excellence,” says Dr Engela van Staden, Vice-Rector: Academic and Chairperson of the UFS Language Committee.

    Read more: www.ufs.ac.za/ufsmokete

    Multilingual Mokete
  • October

  • 04

    A Touch of Opera

    The OSM constantly strives to nurture aspiring artists for the demands of their trade as professional singers. Although we have a balanced vocal curriculum representing all classical genres, students show great interest in opera. In 2017, the OSM in collaboration with the Free State Symphony Orchestra launched an initiative to host an annual opera and/or oratorio production. In these productions, our vocal students have the opportunity of sharing the stage with professional singers and musicians and also work with experienced directors and conductors. A Touch of Opera, however, is exclusively a student production in which all our vocal students, from the Higher Certificate in Music Performance to second-year Diploma, will showcase their talent and what they have learned thus far on their educational paths.

    Arias, duets and choruses from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte, as well as Verdi’s Il Trovatore and Nabucco, with piano accompaniment, will be staged in the Odeion. A production team consisting of OSM lecturers will guide students in stage and musical directing and movement. Professional lighting will also assist in transcending this program of the most popular opera music into an entertaining event.





    Ninette Pretorius  +27 51 401 2504



  • 03

    Department of Drama proudly presents: My Brilliant Divorce (Eng.)
    Costs: Adults: R40. Scholars 14 to 18 years: R30. Block booking, 10 or more: R25. Students, upon presentation of valid ID: R30. Pensioners, upon presentation of valid ID: R25.

    Book tickets at Computicket.

    Age restriction: 13SL
  • November

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