The Wits Arts and Literature Experience (WALE) is going to be a “biggie” this year.

“WALE is going over the edge in 2011 with an expanded programme that’s set to cement its standing as a proudly Joburg festival,” coordinator Joanna Borton says.

“In creating the programme the emphasis has been on collaboration as well as opening the doors of Wits to all Joburgers to come and experience a great festival. It’s about opening up the festival, broadening its offering and tipping it over the edge.”

Witsies On Parade will open the festival on May 11 and go in a procession through the university’s campuses. Students and staff will take part, with faculties showing off their costumes and colours.

“We have always promoted the faculty of arts and humanities, but this year we would like to do other faculties as well so we can include the other students and staff too.”

The Adler Museum and the psychology department are among some of the others involved. A book fair, physical theatre as well as dance performances will be on the menu.

“This year we are really planning on going big. We encourage all students and staff to participate,” Borton says.