A unique artist pop-up shop will appear in Johannesburg in March, offering collectors the opportunity to buy artworks from two of the city’s acclaimed fine artists. The one-day-only shop will be at Connect on 4th, 67 4th Ave in Linden on March 8th 2014, and will be showcasing prints, drawings and paintings by Richard Penn and Robyn Penn. Starting at 10am, coffee, lunch, snacks and drinks will also be on sale with Lily Rosemary and the Jack of Arts serving up all kinds of DELIciousness in a family-friendly environment. Full of Beans will also be on hand to ensure coffee lovers are well catered for. About Robyn Penn: South African-born fine artist Robyn Penn (nee Arenstein) lives and works in Johannesburg. After spending a year studying Fine Arts at Wits University, Robyn graduated with an honours degree in Fine Arts from Canterbury University, New Zealand. In 1998 she was awarded the Bickerton –Widdowson Trust Memorial scholarship, completing her BAFA in the same year, majoring in painting. Robyn then relocated from New Zealand to London where she painted and developed drawing classes. Since returning to South Africa in 2000, Robyn has assisted prominent South African artists in a curatorial capacity, in commissions and consulting. A finalist in the ABSA Atelier and Sasol New Signatures Art Competition, Robyn had her first solo exhibition at the Brodie/Stevenson Gallery in Johannesburg in 2009. She has followed this up with solo exhibitions in 2011, 2012 and 2013 at David Krut Gallery in Johannesburg, and has shown in group shows in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Stellenbosch. Robyn’s work has been exhibited in New Zealand and South Africa and is represented in collections in South Africa, New Zealand, USA and Europe. In 2012 she was awarded the prestigious Ampersand Fellowship to New York, which she is taking up in April/May 2014. Penn, who also read for a BA in Psychology from Wits University, South Africa, is the co-owner of STRANGE Blue duck . . .
Desmond and the Tutus with Short Straw- 23 March 2014 Formed in December 2005, Desmond & The Tutus plays an infectiously awesome blend of Rock 'n Roll and Indie Kwela Pop. Energetic, tongue in cheek songs and a frantic live show make Desmond & The Tutus an unforgettable act. With a string of charted singles and number 1 hits-, The Tutus have played soldout shows all over the globe, including Japan, France, Sweden and the UK. They have shared the stage with International acts, The Drums, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Two Door Cinema Club. They continue to play packed venues and headline festivals all around South Africa. Shortstraw Winner of MK Award for Best Indie in 2013 - Shortstraw are undoubtedly making waves on the national indie music scene in a big way. With their simple melodies and catchy rhythms and often unexpectedly brilliant lyrics, the band has taken pleasure in rocking the most prominent live music venues and clubs in the country and is well known for getting the crowd dancing! The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts take place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Rhodes Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town) on Sundays from 17:30 until 19:00. Gates open at 16:00. For further information please call 021 799 8783/8620 or visit the website www.sanbi.org or http://dogreatthings.co.za/music/kirstenbosch/kirstenboschconcert-programme/ Book online:www.webtickets.co.za (ticket prices vary )Adults: R 90.00, Youth( 6-21 yrs) with ID: R 65.00 and Bot Soc members with card: R 80.00 Follow the music: Facebook: Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts Twitter: @KirstenboschNBG or #OMKBRocks Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communications. Submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Best-selling Fotolia mobile image of 2014 will win R37 500, and successful entries until the end of April 2014 will be rewarded Cape Town, March 5th, 2014 - Fotolia, Europe’s leading Stock Agency, today announced a global contest which will award a prize of R37 500 for the best-selling Instant Collection image of 2014 taken using an iPhone. In addition, every image accepted for the Instant Collection will instantly earn R7.50 the end of April. Now everybody has a chance to sell their smartphone images, regardless of technical ability or expensive equipment. The Instant Collection features images catering to a specific, more spontaneous, and in-the-moment look. Contributions to the Instant Collection can be made exclusively via the iOS app “Fotolia Instant”, available to download from the Apple App Store for free. An Android version of the Instant App is already in Beta-mode and will be released soon. Android users will then be able to participate in a separate contest, which will also give R37 500 for the best-selling Instant Collection image taken using an Android phone. “Four months ago, we launched the Fotolia Instant Collection for Smartphone images,” says Fotolia’s CEO and co-founder, Oleg Tscheltzoff. ”Today, the app has been downloaded nearly 20,000 times and the Instant Collection consists of more than 10,000 curated images. What started as an iPhoneography experiment has far exceeded our expectations. At Fotolia, we know the big breakthrough in smartphone snaps is coming, and we’re ready for it. We already have 1 million global buyers paying for professional images, but those same buyers are crying out for spontaneous, raw, real-world images. That’s why smartphone images sell at Fotolia and it becomes a serious opportunity for talented smartphone photographers.” Fotolia Instant’s Art Director, Morgan David de Lossy, explains further: “Images in the Instant Collection are different from regular stock photos, they are impulsive and more edgy, and we . . .
The fifth installment of the Cape Town Folk n Acoustic Music Festival is taking place at Kirstenbosch on the 16 of March 2014. This concert features an incredible line-up of South African folk and acoustic artists. The evening is set to be an experience of the finest musical storytelling from the personal journeys of Arno Carstens, Laurie Levine, Josie Field, Tony Cox, Albert Frost, Natasha Meister ,Gerald Clark, Guy Collins, Luna Paige, Inge Beckmann, Joshua Grierson, Manouche,, Beatenberg Jeremy Olivier, Ezra Lingeveldt and Michael Lowman. [Please note that this event starts at 17h00] The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts take place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Rhodes Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town) on Sundays from 17:30 until 19:00. Gates open at 16:00. For further information please call 021 799 8783/8620 or visit the website www.sanbi.org or http://dogreatthings.co.za/music/kirstenbosch/kirstenboschconcert-programme/ Book online:www.webtickets.co.za (ticket prices vary ) Adults: R 90.00, Youth ( 6-21 yrs) with ID: R 65.00 and Bot Soc members wit card: R 80.00 Follow the music: Facebook: Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts Twitter: @KirstenboschNBG or #OMKBRocks Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communications. No of Images Uploaded: One More Info link: http://dogreatthings.co.za/music/kirstenbosch/kirstenboschconcert-programme/ Twitter: Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Hippo Communications. Submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Author John van de Ruit will be appearing at the Knysna Literary Festival to chat about his globally successful Spud series on Friday 21 March from 09h00 - 10h30 at the Simola Hotel & Spa. His debut novel, Spud remains a publishing phenomenon in South Africa, smashing all local fiction records. Following Spud’s release in September 2005, the sequel Spud – The Madness Continues… (2007) received rave reviews and both books have since been published around the globe. The penultimate book in the side-splitting series, Spud – Learning to Fly, was released in 2009. The fourth and final book in the series, Spud - Exit, Pursued by a Bear was released in 2012. In total, the Spud series has sold over half a million copies in South Africa alone, and in December 2010 a feature film was released in Southern Africa starring John Cleese and Troye Sivan. The film debuted at number one at the South African box office. A second film, of Spud – the Madness Continues…, was also released in South African cinemas just last year. Witty, charming, and consistently hilarious, "Spud" combines the prep-school humour of "The Catcher in the Rye" with the rebellious teen antics of "Dead Poet's Society." Though John van de Ruit's 13-year-old protagonist Spud (real name: John Milton) may hail from Durban, South Africa, his adventures, insecurities, and humour are universal. Over the course of the four novels, Spud’s growth as a character was a process with which many identified. Van de Ruit elaborates: “Spud’s gone from a naive boy who didn’t quite realise the joke. But by book four there’s an irony to how he describes his fellow guys. There’s a surety in Spud – he doesn’t fear. He was scared in book one, yet here’s a boy who has grown into his skin.” He continues, “The series gained an extra dimension in film, with actor John Cleese adding his particular brand of humour to the milieu.” John van de Ruit is an actor, playwright and author who was educated at Michaelhouse . . .
Impressions of Rorke’s Drift - The Jumuna Collection Museum Africa, Johannesburg; 10 March - 25 May 2014 Impressions of Rorke’s Drift is curated by Thembinkosi Goniwe drawing works from the Jumuna Family collection, looking at the phenomenal legacy of the iconic Rorke’s Drift Arts and Craft Centre. The exhibition – made possible through gracious support from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) – is open to the public at Museum Africa in Johannesburg 10 March - 25 May 2014, and will then travel to the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, 23 July to 2 November 2014. Situated on the battlefield of Rorke’s Drift (1879) a historical site of the Anglo Zulu War, the significance of The Rorke’s Drift Art and Craft Centre lies in its prints, which have made an enormous contribution to South African art. Many alumni of The Rorke’s Drift Art and Craft Centre went on to have significant careers, including artists such as Sam Nhlengethwa, Pat Mautloa, John Muafangejo, Kay Hassan, Dumisani Mabaso, Bongiwe Dhlomo, Azaria Mbatha, Paul Sibisi, Lionel Davis and Sandile Zulu. The original ‘Evangelical Lutheran Church Art and Craft Centre’, which was established by Swedish missionaries Peder and Ulla Gowenius in 1962, gave a voice to many talented artists who would otherwise have been denied the opportunity to further their craft. The Swedish missionaries also enabled the work to be seen by an international audience at a time when South Africa’s art could not easily access a global stage. The Centre concentrated initially on weaving and pottery, but these facilities developed into a printmaking studio which attracted artists from all over the country and beyond. The process of print-making enabled art to reach a wider audience – works could travel to multiple destinations and was affordable for the artists and the buyers. “The importance of Rorke’s Drift cannot be under estimated,” explains Goniwe. The Rorke’s Drift Art and Crafts . . .
A unique artist pop-up shop will appear in Johannesburg in March, offering collectors the opportunity to buy artworks from two of the city’s acclaimed fine artists. The one-day-only shop will appear at Connect on 4th in Linden on March 8th 2014, and will be showcasing prints, drawings and paintings by Richard Penn and Robyn Penn. Both Robyn and Richard are recipients of the prestigious Ampersand Fellowship, and will be heading to New York City in April/May 2014. The pop-up shop comes ahead of the artists’ US trip as a way of raising additional funds to cover the Fellowship’s living expenses. Already represented in private, corporate and academic collections throughout South Africa, and by two leading city galleries, the Penn’s Pop-Up Shop gives ordinary art collectors as well as those with already existing collections the chance to purchase original artworks, in a relaxed environment. Previously used to shoot Kabelo’s Boot Camp (screened on Mzansi Magic), Connect on 4th is the perfect space for this art experience. Its wrap-around verandah, spacious exterior and relaxed ‘home-away-from-home’ atmosphere make for an inviting space – and the chance to share a coffee with Robyn and Richard Penn and hear more about their art. Starting at 10am, coffee, lunch, snacks and drinks will be on sale with Lily Rosemary and the Jack of Arts serving up all kinds of DELIciousness in a family-friendly environment. Full of Beans will also be on hand to ensure coffee lovers are well catered for. Both residents of Johannesburg, Robyn and Richard Penn are rapidly becoming sought-after artists for collections across the country. In a review of Richard’s AOP Gallery Horizon show in 2012, critic Robyn Sassen described his work thus: “Have you ever looked at something close, imagining it far, that a blade of grass was a tree trunk; a sand granule, a boulder? This is what Richard Penn does in these 32 hand-pulled prints and pen and wash drawings on paper that will turn your . . .
Revellers will be sure of their Place in the Sun at the WE ARE ONE Colour Festival, as they savour the taste and enjoyment of the Fairtrade certified wines. Place in the Sun is the official wine sponsor for the annual musical extravaganza, which brings fun-lovers to their feet on 21 March in Cape Town and 22 March in Johannesburg. The popular festival encourages festival-goers to dress in white and enjoy a day of top dance music, sun and hourly paint powder throw countdowns. This year, award-winning festival organiser Seed Experiences has secured dance legend Felix Da Housecat as the headlining artist. "It was evident from the start that a synergy exists between WE ARE ONE, which is a festival inspired by fun, colour and unity, and Place in the Sun, a brand that stands for the bright, the vibrant, the cheerful and the humorous," said Place in the Sun Marketing Manager Dè Mari Kellerman. Place in the Sun wines are characterful and express a spirit of optimism and joy. The range includes an Unwooded Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet blanc. Bold and rich in varietal character, they are easy to drink, refreshing and soft on the palate. The grapes are sourced from the country’s premier winegrowing regions, and are certified by FLO-CERT under the Fair Label Organisation (FLO) Standards that form part of Fairtrade. The accessibly priced wines are made in the cellar of Zonnebloem wines under the hand of Cellarmaster Deon Boshoff. Part of the Cape Legends stable of fine wines, Place in the Sun is committed to creating wines which speak to the spirit of social upliftment. This is an area of key interest to festival organiser Seed Experiences (the company who created the Rocking the Daisies brand and festival), which has been widely recognised for its sustainable business practices and green initiatives. Place in the Sun buys its grapes at a premium rate, with the profits going into a farm workers’ trust, to be used to build schools, fund training . . .
This year, the popular RAGE FESTIVAL turns 10 which can mean only one thing: the biggest year-end celebration, major international and local artists, world-class production and the greatest two weeks of your life, all jam-packed into one Passport. Rage passports have already started moving through pre-sale and we are still months away from the two-week party, proving that after 10 years the RAGE FESTIVAL is the still the most anticipated party and lifestyle event of the year for young adults. With the launch of a fresh and exciting new look and the most innovative way of celebrating a year of hard work, G&G Productions has unleashed RAGE FESTIVAL 2014 to all prospective passport holders to celebrate this 10-year milestone. As the festival evolved from its early beginnings with a mere two hundred ‘Ragers’ attending, to the tens of thousands who attended in 2013. It is clear that the RAGE FESTIVAL is here to stay and sure to bring a 2014 experience like no other. “So much has changed over the past 10 years. It would be amazing to bring the Matrics of 2004 back to the festival today and let them conclude the evolution of the RAGE FESTIVAL,” says Will Mcintyre, director of the RAGE FESTIVAL at G&G Productions. “Staying current and on-trend when it comes to South Africa’s youth market and the ever-changing world we live has been an exciting challenge for us. We are excited to change with the tide and deliver more to the market at RAGE FESTIVAL 2014. Watch this space!” Ballito witnessed the sheer magnitude of the introduction of the Sound Factory in 2013, which featured top international DJ’s Danny Avila, Borgore, R3hab, Madeon and many more at a venue that began part of G&G Productions’ evolution of the RAGE FESTIVAL. This year will see even more exciting, groundbreaking features and set 2014 as the best RAGE experience yet. Last week, over 4,000 prospective Ragers pre-registered for their official RAGE FESTIVAL 2014 Passport within the first . . .
Nubia Soul - A Singer, Song Writer and Poet, she has released her debut Album in 2013 called Love Chronicles. Her artist identity and theme is African Pride. She expresses herself and what she stands for in her songs, writings and poetry. Some people might say she is treading on a grey area, but she feels that these issues need to be known and spoken out to a larger audience, because these issues are the a Point Of Convergence in a black woman's life and well-being. Nubia Soul has two blogs, one is called "My People Are Beautiful", in this blog she is trying to bring the forgotten black history in all over Africa to be appreciated and root out or expose the current existing problem in those areas. She also speak generally about black people's psyche especially among black women. her topics ranges from hair to skin complexion issues; she thinks that as much as these issues are generally being embraced and accepted by black women all over the world, but she brings in the history behind it and explores the deep dark psychological heritage as a point of convergence to explain the bizarre phenomenon of black women to accept and do what might be considered taboo or unnatural. Some of Nubia Soul's notable articles are "Do You Really Know The Depth Of Our Calamity?", "My Creator Gave Me Melanin" and "Afro Truths"; these articles can be read on her blog called "My People Are Beautiful" (http://mypeoplearebeautiful.blogspot.com/index.html) The second blog that Nubia Soul has is poetry blog called "Kush Konversations" (http://www.nubiasoulchild.blogspot.com/index.html), in this blog she touched various issues of concerned especially to the black nation and she tries to evoke emotions in tackling these issues. She writes about the race issues, love and of course black woman's issues of inferiority complex and identity. With her poetry articles she is hoping to encourage and to uplift the spirit of black women to accept who they are and accentuate their inner and natural . . .