Start spreading the news and plan for a wine-divine weekend of wine tasting, music, food and wine-education at the 3rd annual TOPS at SPAR GUGULETHU WINE FESTIVAL taking place on Friday 24th May and Saturday 25th May 2013 on the rooftop of the Gugulethu Square Mall. Festival co-founders and local entrepreneurs, Mzoli Ngcawuzele from Mzoli's place and Lungile Mbalo are promising visitors a divine wine festival whilst also celebrating Africa Day, which falls on Saturday 25th May 2013. Says Mzoli Ngcawuzele, Co-founder of the festival and owner of Mzoli’s Place in Gugulethu, “We look forward to this festival and invite all our Cape Town suburbs to come and learn something about our heritage wines and each other. This festival is beautiful, safe and an amazing experience. It is truly a mixture of colours and cultures all with something in common pulling us together. It is our love of wine and it’s amazing ability to make us see what is important in life.” TOPS at SPAR, the festival headline sponsor and Friday VIP Lounge sponsor, have a great belief in this festival and audiences. Says Mark Robinson, TOPS Group Liquor Manager, "TOPS at SPAR is proud to headline the TOPS at SPAR GUGULETHU WINE FESTIVAL. Our motivation in business is broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others; therefore a home-grown festival like this that encourages sustainable entrepreneurship is close to home at TOPS at SPAR. We are really looking forward to meeting our customers and friends at the festival too.” Lucindi Branfield, SA Brand Manager for J.C. Le Roux says “The glamorous J.C. Le Roux lounge is the ultimate spot for fashionistas to live Le Good Life at the TOPS at SPAR GUGULETHU WINE FESTIVAL. Visitors can choose from a stunning selection of Cap Classique and sparkling wines, from everybody’s favourite, Le Domaine, to the prestige cuvée, Scintilla. There will be prizes to be won and nougat tastings on offer, as well as the opportunity to have your picture taken . . .
The Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown 2013 incorporates a variety of disciplines into their programme. The Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festivaltakes place alongside a diverse programme that features Mainstream, Blues / Funk / World Music, Afro-Jazz, Modern Jazz and Youth. Mainstream performances are headlined by special guest from the Juilliard School of Music in New York, renowned trombonist and shells specialist Steve Turre. He adds zest to the Awesome Big Band, and his solo show is supported by a strong line-up compromising Marcus Wyatt (Trumpet), Bokani Dyer (piano), Hein van de Geyn (bass) and Kevin Gibson (drums). One of the sell-out trademarks of the Jazz Festival in Grahamstown is the Awesome Big Band – a unique selection of top international jazz musicians in a standard Big Band format. This year’s band is conducted by Canadian trumpeter Bruce Cassidy, renowned for his quirky, powerful arrangements. Other Mainstream performances include those by Dutch performers Paulien van Schaik (voice) andHein Van de Geyn (double bass) – masters of their instruments in a context so subtle the audience is spellbound; AJ Brown - a young singer and saxophonist from Britain; a Vocal Celebration byJustin Binek (Head of Vocal Jazz Studies at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia) and Paulien van Schaik and a Frank Sinatra Tribute. African influence dominates the Blues / Funk / World Music category, with South African icon Vusi Mahlasela, commonly referred to as "The Voice" of South Africa in tribute to his passionately soaring performances. The Soweto String Quartet - fondly known as Nelson Mandela’s favourite group – makes its first appearance on the Grahamstown Jazz stages, as do established blues artistsRobin Auldand Albert Frost and young sensations MiCasa. Saxophonist Rus Nerwich’s project is simple, fun and musically rich, incorporating elements of the different styles he enjoys in a contemporary musical context with the intent and style of . . .
Budding performing artists are reminded that the deadline for the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships for 2013 is fast approaching. These scholarships are awarded to enable ambitious youngsters keen to pursue a performing arts course at any accredited South African tertiary institution. Through an annual country-wide competition; participants are assessed on their acting, dancing and singing potential; with the process culminating in a final showcase before an independent panel of judges. “It is an immense privilege to be able give the greatest gift of all; education to young people. With DALRO and Nedbank’s generous support, the Arts & Culture Trust has been able to award six scholarships through an investment of more than R900 000 to date. We are extremely grateful to have partners who share our commitment to the development of artistic talent,” says Chief Executive Officer of The Arts & Culture Trust, Pieter Jacobs. Sponsored by Nedbank Arts Affinity and the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO), the ACT Scholarships Programme is aimed at learners in their final year of secondary education who wish to pursue undergraduate studies in the performing arts. Also eligible for participation are individuals who are between the ages of 18 and 25 but not considered to be professional or registered for an undergraduate course during 2013. In order to secure commitment from participants, a registration fee of R120 per entry is charged and proceeds are utilised for the implementation of the Scholarship Programme. For the auditions, participants are required to prepare a prescribed monologue, song and dance. In addition to the prescribed performances, contestants will also get an opportunity to perform their chosen monologue, song and dance. During the preliminary round, a panel of judges, comprising two ACT staff members and one DALRO representative will select six finalists after conducting auditions in six cities, as . . .
registrations to attend the “Creative Currencies” Arts and Culture Conference taking place in Johannesburg on 6, 7 and 8 August 2013. The conference will focus on commercial and trade aspects of cultural and artistic endeavour in South Africa and further afield. A limited number of sponsored registrations are available to practitioners who devote their time and effort to contributing to the vibrancy of arts and culture. Individuals who are passionate about transferring skills, knowledge and who support the development, presentation and preservation of arts, culture and heritage will be considered. Sponsored registrations carry with them the expectation that recipients will make the most of their conference attendance in terms of gathering information, learning and interchanging with other delegates with the view of making a contribution to their organisation and/or the industry in general. Recipients will be required to complete an evaluation form after the conference. This year's conference has attracted participation and support from a number of influential players in the arts and culture space, including the European Union (EU), British Council, the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) network, Arterial Network South Africa and the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA). A partnership with the Cultural Development Trust will see the conference include an expo component for the first time. The organisers further wish to thank media partners SAfm, Mail & Guardian and Classicfeel magazine; and acknowledge the invaluable support of Santam, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), the SAMRO Foundation and Distell Foundation. The closing date for sponsored registration submissions is Friday 31 May 2013. Successful applicants will be contacted on 20 June 2013. The Arts & Culture Trust's decision regarding selection of successful applicants is final and no further correspondence will be entered into. Registration form available . . .
Zen Marie and Andrew Lamprecht consider seminal writings on cricket in a discussion as part of GIPCA’s Great Texts public lecture series, on Thursday 16 May at Hiddingh Hall. Marie and Lamprecht will examine two books about cricket written over a century apart and very different in intent, style and content, yet in a peculiar way tied together by the narratives and realities of colonialism, class, and agency. K.S. Ranjitsinhji’s The Jubilee Book of Cricket (1897) and Herschelle Gibbs’s To the Point (2010) form the basis of their investigation. The former is a homage to the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria, the ‘Empress of India’, and the noble sport of cricket. It was written by Ranjitsinhji, an Indian prince who played for the English national team, becoming the first ‘non-indegene’ to represent a nation in sport. The latter book, a ‘ghost written’ autobiography, describes a contemporary South African figure who perhaps needs less introduction, having achieved as many accolades as he as courted controversy. Their presentation will take the form of an exchange of readings and ideas that will seek to go beyond the boundary that cricketing literature conventionally occupies. The cross-readings will tease out connections and contradictions inherent in the form of cricket - and beyond over the hundred years that separate the two books. The discussion will be framed by the work of C.L.R. James – influential Tinidadian-born social theorist, political activist, historian and journalist. James’s Beyond a Boundary, first published 50 years ago and still considered a seminal work on cricket, asks in the Preface: "What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?", taking up the challenge of commenting on the game in social, historical and autobiographical contexts. Zen Marie lectures at the WITS School of Arts, where he tutors senior undergraduate students and supervises Masters students. He studied photography at the Market Photo Workshop and thereafter . . .
Boundaries of both audiences and performers are extended with the Performance Art offering from the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown. In a performance cycle entitled Anthea Moys vs. The City of Grahamstown, the (first ever) Standard Bank Young Artist for Performance Art, Anthea Moys, will compete against the people of Grahamstown in a tournament of skill, strength, and artistry. Over a series of seven contests over seven days, outnumbered and outclassed, Moys will single-handedly do battle against Grahamstown’s best teams: its athletes, its artists and its intellects... Moys has spent three months prior to the Festival learning the skills she will need, from the teams and cultural groups against which she will be competing, and these contests will be documented in a living exhibition that will grow and evolve over the course of the Festival, as the documentation for each of the performances is installed in the Monument Gallery. Swiss artist/performer Yann Marussich is a unique character of the contemporary dance genre, and delivers performances which have a striking impact on the audience. Disturbing, provocative and authentic, his performances and choreography have been staged across Europe and other parts of the world since 1989. In Bleu Remix, Marussich, returns to the theme he explored in 2001 in the Bleu Provisoire creation, when he let a mysterious blue liquid ooze as blood would, through the layers of his skin, as though it was a final effect or a by¬product of his body’s inner processes. Each time Bleu Remix has been performed, a different musician has accompanied Marussich. The spontaneous meeting of two artists brings further elements of risk and uniqueness to the event, as the music explores the creation over and over again and depicts new ways of perception. In Bain Brisé, Marussich is covered under a mountain of glass shards in a bathtub from which he slowly emerges over the course of 90 minutes. The initial sense of danger is interfered by the . . .
Multiple Sama award nominee Toya Delazy will provide the post-race entertainment during the 20th anniversary celebration of the SPAR Women’s Challenge at Pollok Beach in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. Delazy is set to perform crowd-pleasing hits from her debut album Due Drop as well as new material in front of the more than 12 000 runners and walkers expected for the 5km and 10km events. The “Pump It On” singer, whose real name is Latoya Buthelezi, said she was thrilled to be involved with the women-only event, which is also the biggest road race in the Eastern Cape. “The athlete part of me is very excited to see and be part of the atmosphere at the race.” Delazy said women’s events and causes were particularly important to her because she came from a long line of strong women. “I’m very passionate about the issues that affect women. As an artist, I think it’s important that women feel empowered and strong and know that they are able to do and achieve all that they want to.” The Johannesburg-based singer said she was looking forward to playing her second gig in the Friendly City. Delazy, who described her music as an eclectic mix of jazz, electronica, house and pop, promised a dynamic and energetic show, complete with back-up dancers. “Fans can also look forward to some covers and a guest appearance by Ross Jack who is featuring on my new single.” She said the set list would be divided into acoustic and pop. “So fans will walk away with an all-round experience. Above all else, the ladies in PE can expect to jam!” The 23-year-old – who has been nominated for six South African Music Awards including best pop album, record of the year and newcomer of the year – is also the great-granddaughter of another Sama winner Princess Magogo Buthelezi. Delazy said her great-grandmother had defied cultural and gender norms to become a celebrated singer and musician at a time when it was unheard of for a female to compose and perform praise . . .
2013 Dance offering. Choreographer, teacher and dancer, Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance Fana Tshabalala’s engagement with cleansing ceremonies led him to explore the possibilities in which rites of passage can create new beginnings and purify minds and bodies from the negativities that haunt us. His new work titled Indumba – a hut used as a place for cleansing rituals in most African countries – aims to create a space within which bodies will follow the inner voice that is constantly guiding and feeding them on what to do; despite often choosing not to listen and ending up with regrets. In this space there’s no right or wrong but every moment is appreciated for what it is and what it can be… The Johannesburg Youth Ballet (JYB) flaunts a rich 37 year history, which includes the patronage of Dame Margot Fonteyn, and giving young dancers from all socio-economic backgrounds an opportunity to work and perform in a professionally run company. Their debut on the Main stage of the National Arts Festival tells the age-old tale of siblings Hansel and Gretel’s survival against terrible odds, and is choreographed by Mark Hawkins to a moving original score by Nik Sakellarides and features Nigel Hannah in a guest role.. Gregory Maqoma’screation Exit/Exist is an embodiment of a traditional, historic and heroic Xhosa story of Chief Maqoma - a story that has seen a family torn apart and a new generation (in himself) making peace with it and finding the relevance in this piece of history in the now. As inspiration for this piece, Maqoma looks to his ancestral past: Chief Maqoma, a 19th century warrior who fought to maintain Xhosa cultural traditions of the Eastern Cape in the face of colonial dispossession. Through his signature integration of traditional and contemporary dance vocabulary, Maqoma invites audiences to reflect on who we are, where we come from, and how all of these facets, past and present, inform our personal a nd collective identities today. In . . .
Culture Trust (ACT) and UJ Arts & Culture, University of Johannesburg, are proud to announce their 2013 conference entitled, ‘Creative Currencies: accessing opportunities in an expanding marketplace’. The conference, to take place from 06 to 08 August 2013 at the UJ Arts Centre in Johannesburg, will focus on commercial and trade aspects of cultural and artistic endeavour in South Africa and further afield. This year's conference has attracted participation and support from a number of influential players in the arts and culture space, including the European Union (EU), British Council, the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) network, Arterial Network South Africa and the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA). Pieter Jacobs, Arts & Culture Trust CEO, notes: "ACT is delighted to be in a position to, once again, invite arts, culture and heritage practitioners, academia and people who are involved in the commerce of the arts and culture industry to attend the conference and participate in rigorous debate around trade and exchange in the arts and culture environment" and adds "we look forward to presenting fresh content which will go beyond trade and exchange in economic terms by also looking at it from a multi-dimensional perspective which includes the interchange of ideas, research, information and knowledge." Knowledgeable local and international speakers and panellists will cover a wide range of topics related to trade, exchange and commerce within the creative sectors. Through the presentation of keynote speeches, case studies and panel discussions; the roles of government, donors/funders and other stakeholders will be discussed. Focus areas will concern policy enabling and encouraging creative and culture-based industries, and international best practice regarding trade in creative/cultural goods and services. A detailed conference programme will be made available in due course. Conference registration is invited at . . .
Spoil Mom this Mother’s Day with a leisurely lunch at the beautiful Longridge Wine Estate and Restaurant outside Stellenbosch. In addition to their recently introduced winter a la carte menu, Longridge will also be offering a special Mother’s Day buffet lunch on the upper level. Chef Bruce von Pressentin and culinary consultant Marilou Marais have once again created a tantalising menu featuring their trademark classic country cuisine using the freshest locally sourced and seasonal produce. Guests will be welcomed with a glass of Longridge MCC brut infused with delicious home-made Shiraz syrup and a mouth-watering selection of amuse bouche on arrival. The informal and relaxed ambience in the restaurant will be even more enticing with a crackling fire in the fireplace and soothing background music. Each mom will receive a jar of home-made grape jam to take home and stand a chance to win a case of Longridge wines on the day. On the a la carte menu, guests will have a choice between starters ranging from a Mediterranean vegetable roulade, pork belly, a pear and walnut or baby beet salad, fresh oysters and sticky sesame beef strips. The main course menu features stuffed beef fillet on the bone, battered haloumi, Franschhoek trout, Thai chicken curry, the ever popular venison pie and slow-roasted lamb neck. The delectable dessert menu includes a vanilla pannacotta, baked lemon cheese cake with Shiraz syrup, a chocolate and pear tart, a selection of home-made ice creams and sorbets, baked Brie or a Winelands cheese platter. The sumptuous buffet will be served in the banqueting room with its sweeping views across the Cape peninsula. The three-course buffet meal costs R250 per adult and R80 per child under 13. The starter selection includes a choice between a hearty cream of cauliflower soup or a wild mushroom, thyme and gruyere tart. The main course buffet features duck and cherry pie, slow-roasted pork neck stuffed with prunes and apples and served with a whole . . .