Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China Standard Bank Gallery 30 January – 28 March 2013 An extraordinary exhibition which seeks to open up new conversations about cultural diversity, social tolerance and human understanding at a time of intense movement and change in the Global South opens to the public at Standard Bank Gallery on 30 January 2013. Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China, explores the ways in which contemporary artists based in South Africa and China engage with new paths of movement, with economic and cultural shifts, and with the rise of new regimes, new leaders and new social and urban spaces. The opening will be preceded by a performance procession of Athi-Patra Ruga’s The Future White Women Of Azania, on 29 January, from his ritual dressing at the Drill Hall on the corner Plein and Twist Streets in Joubert Park beginning at 17h30, through the city centre (down Nugget Street, up Anderson and into Thorpe Street), to a finale at the Standard Bank Gallery. This performance marks the culmination of a body of work that has been in development for a number of years. Initially created in 2010 for the “For Those Who Live in It - Pop culture Politics and Strong Voices” exhibition, hosted by the MU Art Foundation in Eindhoven, The Netherlands; the performance has since travelled in various manifestations to Buenos Aires, Grahamstown, Cape Town and now Johannesburg. Much like a painter would use his studies to develop the final art work, Ruga has used the various incantations as a performance-in-continuum to build the population of The Future White Women Of Azania. The original character, The Future White Woman Of Azania, performed for the first time under this name when the artist collaborated with Standard Bank Young Artist Mikhael Subotzky at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown; creating a procession that was followed by a 19th century Camera Obscura. The Future White Women of Azania: the manifesto . . .
Young learners from communities throughout Gauteng, including Soweto, Orange Farm, Midrand and Durban Deep, took part this past weekend, in the seventh Kellogg’s® Health of the Nation 50-Hour Sports Challenge. The event, which gets 5,000 young learners back 'on the ball' by keeping a ball in motion for 50 hours, took place at the Southern Suburbs Sport and Recreation Centre in Rosettenville, Johannesburg from Friday 25 until Sunday 27 January 2013. The learners kept the ball rolling in up to 15 different indoor and outdoor sporting disciplines over the course of the three days and were exposed to a huge variety of sports, including cricket, tennis, hockey, rounders, table tennis, badminton, netball, soccer, rope skipping, athletics and touch rugby. The Challenge originated following a study in 2004, which revealed that an alarmingly large percentage of South African children were already facing probable obesity-related health problems. The Challenge aims to kick-start an awareness of the importance of exercise and living a healthy lifestyle amongst South Africa's youth as research has shown that children develop healthy habits by the age of 12. “If you’re not playing sport or leading an active and healthy lifestyle by then, the chances are that sport and physical activity will not feature in your adult life,” says event organiser Brad Bing of Sporting Chance. URL: http://sportingchance.co.za/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/sportinchance Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sportingchance YouTube: Author: Judy Chapman from Paula Wilson Media Consulting. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Kellogg'sR Health of the Nation 50-Hour Sports Challenge Photographer: HoTN 2013 - Patience Vunge and Buhle Dlamini (13).jpg [/l2g] . . .
Vibrant and unexpected, the Africa Centre’s Infecting The City Public Arts Festival will erupt onto the streets and interrupt the public spaces of Cape Town for the sixth time from the 12th to the 16th March 2013. Infecting The City is one of the most extraordinary annual public arts festivals on the African continent. During the festival, celebrated local and international artists will create artworks that investigate and celebrate the communal spaces of Cape Town’s City Centre. The art will encourage audiences to see, hear, touch, smell and participate; and to relook at their role as citizens, bystanders, and activators. URL: http://www.infectingthecity.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/infectingthecit Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InfectingTheCityTreasure YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/InfectingtheCity Author: Stefanie Elliott from MANGO-OMC. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Infecting the City Public Arts Festival Photographer: JAZZART at Infecting the City 2013 Photographer: [/l2g] . . .
“Se vuol ballare, Signor Contino? – If you would dance, my little Count?”. This is what Figaro asks, somewhat belligerently, in his famous cavatina from Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro. Translating Mozart’s creative spirit and constantly initiating new ideas, the 2013 Johannesburg International Mozart Festival picks up on the dance theme, and presents various concerts that fuse music and movement. A number of choreography concerts take place at this year’s Festival, probing the art of improvisation through combined explorations of music and dance. On Wednesday 30 January, Bach Solo cello suites embedded in free improvisations will be accompanied by dance choreography, with Erich Oskar Huetter (cello) and Tanima (dance). Supported by the Austrian Embassy, in collaboration with MIAGI, this concert takes place at The Fringe, Johannesburg Theatre, at 20:00. On Thursday 7 and Friday 8 February at 19:30, the Wits Art Museum will host two unique examinations of this theme. "Moving Mozart" will see acclaimed South African dancers Mamela Nyamza and Kirsty Ndawo on stage with Andreas Kern (piano); performing to the works of Mozart, Schumann and Eggert. The rhythmic force of percussion meets dance when Duo FourIVTwo (marimba and vibraphone) share the stage with Thabo Rapoo from Tshwane Dance Theatre, the following day. On Monday 4 February, internationally acclaimed violinist, broadcaster, conductor, speaker, educator and writer Ruth Waterman will discuss, illustrate and dance aspects of J. S. Bach’s Partita no.3 in E major BWV1006 for solo violin. Taking the audience “behind the notes” into the world of the interpreter in an illuminating exploration followed by a concert performance, Waterman will pull out all the stops by attempting to dance the minuet, as well as playing an unusual sarabande on the piano. She will also show how Bach chose to recreate the prelude in a glittering version for full orchestra. “Our reverence for Bach and his enormous output . . .
Media Release Date: 25 January 2013 Subject: Canoe carnage affects Dusi paddlers To download high resolution images attached to this story, see bottom of this media release A race of another kind is on ahead of The Unlimited Dusi 2013. Following huge water at the recent N3TC Drak Challenge, for many paddlers it’s now a race against the clock to replace or repair their canoeing equipment in time for South Africa's biggest canoe marathon. Heavy overnight rains the day before the Drak ensured the event was contested in the highest water levels since its inception in 1994. This caused organisers to restrict entries to paddlers with an A-plus rating. In fact, only 40 percent of the field made it to the finish and over the two days of the race, it is estimated that one in every three boats was damaged or lost. This has had a dramatic impact on local canoe suppliers, especially with The Unlimited Dusi being mere weeks away, taking place from 14 to 16 February. Owen Hemingway of Pope’s Canoe Centre in Pietermaritzburg confirms that The Unlimited Dusi paddlers are now scrambling: "We're very busy. There have been a lot of broken boats and many people also lost their boats completely. We're working flat out to meet the demand." Rick Whitton, the owner of the well-known Kayak Centre based in Hillcrest (KZN) described the situation as "carnage". "We have been inundated with paddlers wanting their boats fixed in time for The Unlimited Dusi," he said. "We have had to stop taking on any new business so that we can get the boats that need repairing ready in time. I feel sorry for the guys who lost their boats and now have no canoe for The Unlimited Dusi, meaning they could miss what is regarded as the highlight of the year among the paddling community." Malcolm Stothard, the owner of Kayak Racing Centre in Johannesburg said he has also been very busy this week. "Most of the paddlers from Johannesburg used their old boats during the Drak and we have had a large . . .
The most beautiful garden in Africa hosts Freshlyground on Sunday February 3 as part of the Old Mutual Summer sunset concerts. One of the most popular bands in South Africa and having released their fifth studio album late in 2012, Take Me To The Dance, Freshlyground will be wowing the audience with some new sounds and old favourites. They have managed to navigate 10 years in the South African music industry, no mean feat for a band this size. Their ascension was rapid - they became a household name in South Africa in 2004 with the release of the smash-hit album Nomvula, and every album released since has generated at least one radio hit: Doo Be Doo, I’d Like, Pot Belly, Fire is Low & 2010’s world-wide hit with Shakira, Waka Waka. Freshlyground are pushing creative boundaries with their new CD and championing alternative ways of distribution and marketing. With a focus on making their music more accessible to more people around the country, and at a cheaper price, the album is marketed and distributed by Pick n Pay, The CD is bundled with a goodie bag, including free shirt. The album is also be available for digital download from the band’s website freshlyground.com, as well as iTunes and Amazon.com. URL: http://www.sanyo.org.za/events/ Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippocommunications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None To gain access to None image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .
February 2013 has just promised to be one of the most phenomenal months of the year with the announcing of Cosmic Gate’s “Wake Your Mind South Africa Tour” landing in Cape Town on the 8th February and moving over to Johannesburg the following night. The German trance duo, Bossi and Nic Chagall are back in SA after their previous sold out tour in April 2012, accompanied by leading vocalist Emma Hewitt, ready to give all Electronic Dance Music fans an electrifying night of bass blasting trance tracks that will have them dancing the night out. Having met out of pure chance in a record label office, the duo have proved to be one of electronic dance music’s most successful and most enduring partnerships creating a perfect in-studio/behind-the-decks storm. Ten years into their career they became the highest-climbers on DJ Mag’s 2009 Top 100 chart, appeared in DJ Mag’s list of Top 100 spinners for eight consecutive years and landed amongst the biggest DJs in the world. Australian songstress Emma Hewitt’s distinctive style and lyrics have earned her a legion of passionate fans around the world and placed her as one of the most recognisable voices in the EDM industry. Having earned herself numerous accolades including #1 Vocalist Of 2012 by Bearmedia UK, #2 on the illustrious A State of Trance Annual Countdown and an International Dance Music Award (Best Euro/HiNRG Track) at the 2010 Winter Music Conference in Miami, Emma is at the top of her game. Supporting Cosmic Gate is Ørjan Nilsen for his first ever SA performance. This Norwegian prodigy has been collaborating with major names such as Armin van Buuren and Leon Boiler, and in 2012 received a nomination for an International Dance Music Award for Best Break-Through DJ confirmed by his tremendous rise to #32 in the DJ Mag Top 100. His catchy melodies and chunky energetic tracks have seen him steadily grow into a world phenomenon. Joining this grand line-up at both shows is SA’s very own DJ Fresh. The “Big Dawg” . . .
January 2013 Press release 2013 LEARNERS REDISCOVERING ROAD TO FITNESS It's a new school year filled with fresh exciting challenges, like the seventh Kellogg’s® Health of the Nation 50-Hour Sports Challenge, which gets 5,000 young learners back 'on the ball' by keeping a ball in motion for 50 hours. Organised by national youth sports development agency Sporting Chance, the fun-filled Challenge aims to inspire a lifelong passion for exercise and sport. According to coordinator Brad Bing, the Challenge is a step in the right direction towards reaffirming an active lifestyle amongst South African youth, a lengthy process which is now underway, which is benefitting from both corporate and government support. "The fitness of an entire generation of South African children has been compromised since physical education was significantly downscaled in the national school curriculum in 1999, and it will take another seven years before the reintroduced physical education programmes become fully functional, following comprehensive teacher education. Research has shown that children develop healthy habits by the age of 12. “If you’re not playing sport or leading an active and healthy lifestyle by then, the chances are that sport and physical activity will not feature in your adult life,” says Bing. Explaining the origin of the Challenge, Bing said that a 2004 study revealed that an alarmingly large percentage of South African children were already facing probable obesity-related health problems. "It was obvious that we needed to kick-start an awareness of the importance of exercise and living a healthy lifestyle, which we hoped would grow into a passion for sport and physical activity." ‘There is a need for urgent attention from parents, teachers, organisations and other authorities to address the problems of childhood nutrition and physical activity. "Balanced nutrition and healthy eating combined with exercise are the cornerstones of Kellogg’s® Corn Flakes . . .
Longridge wine estate had the opportunity to serve their wines exclusively to some of the country’s top sports personalities during the recent ten year anniversary celebration of the Laureus Foundation South Africa. The function, held at the Sports Science Institute, marked ten years of the foundation’s existence in the country as well as the graduation of the first YES (Youth Empowerment through Sports) team leaders. Attended by dignitaries such as Laureus chairman and former Springbok player and team manager Morne du Plessis, master of ceremonies and presenter John Robbie, academy member and adventurer Mike Horn and a host of Laureus ambassadors, the event celebrated the powerful change that sport can bring to the world. Amongst the ambassadors were Protea captain Shaun Pollock, swimmer Natalie du Toit, Springboks Schalk Burger and Bryan Habana as well as extreme athlete Ryan Sandes, Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe and boxer Bay Jake Matlala. The audience were inspired by motivational speeches by Mike Horn, who is widely considered one of the world’s greatest modern adventurer-explorers and Paralympic swimmer Achmat Hassiem. Horn reiterated the message behind Laureus by emphasising that hope and skills can create significant change. “You don’t have to be a champion to be the best, just be the best that you can be. Nothing is impossible – possible is you and me!” According to Longridge winemaker Jasper Raats, this was an exceptional cause to support. “We firmly believe in becoming involved with campaigns that empower communities and definitely support the ethos behind the Laureus Foundation. We’ve had first-hand opportunity to see the difference sport can affect in a community when we established the Longridge United soccer team in 2007. The team consists of Longridge staff and members from the surrounding communities and belongs to the Stellenbosch Soccer League. They have performed consistently well and had an exceptional year by finishing at the . . .
The fundraising efforts for the official race charities of The Unlimited Dusi canoe marathon got off to a good start and even earlier than last year. The Unlimited Child, SPCA and DUCT (Dusi Umgeni Conservancy Trust) will benefit from the charity batch of this iconic race. The charity batch online auction has already received nearly R80 000 in bids with four weeks to go before the start of the race. The leading bid of R19300 is currently being held by K3 paddling partners Donovan and Matthew Baney and Etienne Nel. Competitors can now bid online at the official race website www.dusi.co.za to secure an early daily start. The hammer will go down for final bids on 1 February 2013. Almost 1700 paddlers are expected to start each day of the epic three-day event setting off in staggered start batches of 60 paddlers from 06h00. Paddlers in the last batch could start as late as 11h00 when the heat and humidity in the Valley of a 1000 Hills will definitely take its toll. Race organisers have made the fifth batch, which start as 06h30 daily, available for the charity batch auction. The top sixty bidders will secure their places in this batch, which could prove to be a huge competitive advantage. When the charity auction concept was first launched in 2003, a total amount of R60 000 was raised for the race charities. This has grown incrementally year on year and in 2012 the grand total reached over R300 000. The organisers are hoping that the fundraising efforts will exceed R400 000 this year. All the proceeds of the charity batch auction go to non-government organisations working in the areas surrounding the race route, such as early childhood development intervention group The Unlimited Child. This non-profit agency has touched the lives of over 22 000 children by providing educational toys and training more than 900 caregivers at 310 crèches in the region. 5fm sport presenter Sias du Plessis has again pledged his support to the charity and will be racing in the . . .