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Program of events 2022

FRIDAY 8 JULY AT 10:00 IN CCH

“Music Therapy – A Brief Introduction”

Presented by Kerryn Tracey

The presentation will explore the basics of music therapy – what it is about, who can benefit from it, and what is required to practice as a music therapist in South Africa

Kerryn Tracey is an HPCSA (Health Professions Council of SA). registered music therapist currently practicing in Cape Town. She works for an NPO as well as in private practice with a wide client population. This includes work with children with intellectual and physical challenges, elderly clients with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and at-risk youth. She also holds a MMus in composition.

As a matter of interest: The University of Pretoria established the first official Music Therapy Master’s degree programme in the 1990s, at which time there were only two proper music therapists in the whole country. This programme remains the only accredited programme of its sort on the African continent – accredited because of the way it was set it up, with recognition from the HPCSA.

TUESDAY 12 JULY AT 10:00 IN CCH

World Heritage Series

Teotihuacán, Largest City of Mesoamerica

Teotihuacán, one of the most sophisticated cities of the ancient world, sits northeast of Mexico City. With no written records, assess what archaeologists have deduced about the city’s people and their cosmology. Visit the imposing Sun and Moon Pyramids, Temple of the Feathered Serpent, and other monuments. Also, study the remarkable art objects and colossal statues found at the site.

The Inca Estate of Machu Picchu

Delve into the culture of the Inca, within which the sky palace of Machu Picchu functioned as a royal retreat. Take in the topography of the site and how the Inca integrated the estate with the landscape. View the royal residences and religious structures, and note the masterful stonework, hydraulic engineering, and the breathtaking setting that mark this beloved symbol of Peru.

FRIDAY 15 JULY AT 10:00 IN CCH

“Encounters with Chinese Music: Traditional and Modern” by Roy Page-Shipp

China is vast and its musical history dates back millennia. This presentation follows up on a visit of a few weeks that provided many experiences and insights into this history to intrigue and educate a music-lover.  A selection of these will be illustrated with sound and video clips occupying about half the presentation time.

Roy Page-Shipp studied physics (MSc (Natal) 1968) and worked in Science and Technology related fields throughout his career, the last 27 years of which were at the CSIR. A lifelong singer and music-lover, he has followed this up with retirement studies in Music Education that yielded about a dozen published papers, co-authored with Caroline van Niekerk and others.

TUESDAY 19 JULY AT 10:00 IN CCH

World Heritage Series

Tibet’s Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple

These beloved monuments are the most sacred sites of Tibetan Buddhism. Learn how Buddhism came to Tibet as you explore the Jokhang Temple complex, its Great Courtyard, Central Inner Sanctum, and traditional rituals. Continue with the vast Potala Palace, the highest palace in the world, and grasp its political and religious significance as the seat of the Dalai Lamas.

The Forbidden City of Beijing

The majestic palace complex called The Forbidden City was the primary residence for 24 Chinese emperors over a period of 500 years. Track its history during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and study its elaborate mix of residential palaces, religious shrines, pavilions, gardens, and administrative buildings. Visualize a day in the life of the Qianlong Emperor within the palace precincts.

FRIDAY 22 JULY AT 10:00 IN CCH
“Encounters with Chinese Music: Traditional and Modern” by Roy Page-
Shipp
China is vast and its musical history dates back millennia. This presentation
follows up on a visit of a few weeks that provided many experiences and
insights into this history to intrigue and educate a music-lover.  A selection of
these will be illustrated with sound and video clips occupying about half the
presentation time.
Roy Page-Shipp studied physics (MSc (Natal) 1968) and worked in Science and
Technology related fields throughout his career, the last 27 years of which were
at the CSIR. A lifelong singer and music-lover, he has followed this up with
retirement studies in Music Education that yielded about a dozen published
papers, co-authored with Caroline van Niekerk and others.

        

The University of the Third Age (U3A) originated in France in 1968 and now operates in 36 countries, mainly in the English-speaking world. In South Africa U3A has been operating for several years and has 24 “branches”. The total membership is over 10 000.

The aim of U3A is straightforward: to provide a framework through which people in their “third age” (over 50) can learn from and educate each other. The name University of the Third Age originates in the concept of a “first age” of formal education and training; a “second age” of working life, and a “third age” of post-work experience. However, U3A Overberg tries to offer courses for any post-school adult wishing to learn and there is absolutely no age restriction on membership. In addition, U3A attempts to reach out to all South African communities and has special provisions regarding attendance, transport and cost for any person wishing to become a member, and especially for members of less advantaged communities.

U3A is an entirely non-profit organization. Membership fees and course fees are used to meet the costs of administration, communications, venues, and classes. No individuals are paid for presenting courses. Members of committees serve voluntarily, as do all involved in administration.

The University of the Third Age : Overberg was established in August 2003 and held its first meeting on 18 September. During 2004 15 Open Meetings and many courses were held for the 450 members. Our current membership exceeds 600 and the programme of activities has grown exponentially.
Most of the U3A : Overberg activities are held in the centrally located hall of the Catholic Church. The group also has its own extensive library with in excess of 150 DVD’s for the exclusive use of its members.

If you are interested in joining please contact our Membership Secretary for an Application Form. Alternatively, please click on the corresponding link below for an electronic version. The membership fee is R150 per person for the current calendar year.

The U3A : Overberg is administered by a Management Committee.

For more information please go to http://www.u3a.org.za/U3A_OVB/OVB.htm