With four days of Festival still remaining, organisers are pleased to announce that all remaining concerts for the 2013 Johannesburg International Mozart Festival are sold out. “We’ve had an unprecedented demand for tickets for all the concerts – the big ones sold out within 24 hours.” said Festival Director Richard Cock. The Festival, which this year embodied the theme “Se vuol ballare - If you would dance” has been an enormous success. Some of the highlights this year have included the Viennese pre-Concert, which had to be repeated to due to popular demand; performances by visiting guests Sir Roger Norrington (conductor) and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, in collaboration with the South African National Youth Orchestra; the debut performance of a new composition by Composer-in-Residence Bongani Ndodana-Breen and the forthcoming choreographic explorations at the Wits Art Museum. This year, the Festival expanded to include 4 new venues - St Columba’s Church, The Fringe at Joburg Theatre, Wits Art Museum and King Kong in Troyville, so far with very positive responses from audiences. “We have had fantastic audiences for this year’s Festival. I am thrilled that the dance theme and the various exciting events have gone down so well.” said Artistic Director Florian Uhlig. With a range of concerts from intimate recitals; to innovative sound and dance improvisation demonstrations; chamber and symphony concerts, school outreaches and even the popular Orchestra from Scratch; the Festival continues to expand on its mandate to invite people of all backgrounds and ages to join in and be united in the enjoyment and celebration of music. The Festival begins each year around 27 January, which was Mozart’s birthday. For more information on the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF), see www.join-mozart-festival.org. For any further enquiries please contact (011) 447 9264. Join the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival page on Facebook for regular . . .
On Sunday 17 February South African musical legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse will perform at the Old Mutual Summer Sunset concert for the very first time. No stranger to huge audiences and open air concerts Sipho was one of the major artists performing at the opening of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and his passion spilled over into the audience. This is the chance to see and hear one of South Africa’s musical treasures as he takes the stage with some of his closest friends. His contribution to the musical landscape locally and internationally, seeing him honoured here and across the world. Concert-goers can expect a lively afternoon of magnificent rhythm that will resonate against the Kirstenbosch backdrop. The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts take place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town) on Sundays from 17h30 – 19h00. Gates open at 16h00. For further information and ticket prices, please telephone 021 799 8783/8620 or visit the website www.sanbi.org or www.oldmutual.co.za/music Tickets can be booked on www.webtickets.co.za Facebook: Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts Twitter: @KirstenboschNBG URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communictions. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to one image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .
Mango Groove, Emo Adams, Die Heuwels Fantasties will be performing at the sixth annual ATKV Franschhoek Oesfees on Saturday 23 March 2013 at the Solms-Delta wine estate. The festival gives thanks for the end of the wine harvest and celebrates the real music and culture of the Boland, with rural music, lekker Kaapsekos and good cheer. Other popular musical names set to wow the crowds throughout the day include Radio Kalahari Orkes, Hot Water, Tribal Echo, Tidal Waves, Hannes Coetzee and Valiant Swart and Solms-Delta’s very own musicians, the talented performers from the Music van de Caab project. Kaapsekos favourites like chicken breyani, venison pie, beef afval curry and Cape-style braaivleis, along with hand-held treats like samoosas and herzogs will be on sale with Solms-Delta wines, aptly named Langarm, Vastrap, Cape Jazz Shiraz, Lekkerwijn and Hiervandaan. A kiddies area will host carnival games, a circus craft table, face painting, balloon animals and various other activities throughout the day, as well as outside water games and a jumping castle, all overseen by qualified staff. Tickets to the Solms-Delta ATKV Franschhoek Oesfees cost R95 for early birds during January, R120 per person if pre-booked at the farm or online from www.ticketbreak.co.za or on Facebook.com/solmsdelta. Pre-booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment. A limited number of tickets will be available at the gate for R140. R20 for Children under 12 years, which includes access to the kiddie's area. Time: 10am to 9pm. Tickets exclude food and beverage coupons, which are available for purchase at the event. For information, see www.solms-delta.co.za or call 021 874 3937 or email email@example.com. Follow us on facebook.com/solmsdelta and Twitter @solms_delta. Twitter hashtag #oesfees URL: http://www.solms-delta.co.za/events/oesfees/oesfees-2013/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/solms_delta Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SolmsDelta?ref=ts YouTube: Author: . . .
A new partnership between the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown and the Mandela Bay Development Agency brings benefits to artists from Port Elizabeth and surrounds. Artists from Port Elizabeth and its surrounding areas are set to walk under a bigger spotlight at this year’s National Arts Festival, the result of an exciting partnership that has been brokered between the Festival and the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), an entity of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality (NMBM). Central to the partnership is a strategic relationship that will offer increased visibility and capacity-building opportunities for Port Elizabeth artists participating at the Festival. The recently revamped Little Theatre at the Athenaeum will also be one of the beneficiaries of the project, which will consider ways in which Fringe productions visiting the Festival can also present their work at the small intimate venue in the Athenaeum. The partnership between the Festival and the MBDA will enable fifty musicians from the Port Elizabeth Youth Violin Project a dynamic opportunity of participating in a “Festival Encounter”. The young violinists will be scheduled for a performance at the Festival and be given the opportunity of attending other Festival concerts. They will also attend a workshop led by leading Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner Samson Diamond (2010) and other musicians. The workshops will offer guidance on playing techniques and life-skills that are essential for young people who intend to pursue a career in the music sector. In addition, at least one major arts project from Port Elizabeth will be presented on the Festival’s Main programme. Details about this production will be released when the Festival officially announces its programme in April. “With so many on-going inspiring cultural developments in the Mandela Bay, this partnership is crucial to profile the creative economies of Port Elizabeth and its surrounding areas to a captive audience . . .
The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown and Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) are pleased to call for entries to the South African Arts Journalism Awards, which will be presented for the first time in 2013. Festival CEO Tony Lankester says “The awards will recognise journalistic practice across all media platforms - print, online and broadcast”. He added that the arts sector “needs robust, healthy, insightful and articulate commentary and criticism from the media to keep it moving forward.” The awards will identify excellence, expertise and creativity. In doing so, they will promote the practice of arts and cultural journalism, strengthen its national profile and celebrate its importance, range, diversity, fluidity and vitality. Gold and Silver awards will be made in the following categories: - Reviewing Reviews of theatre, music, visual/plastic arts, dance, literature, film, comedy or any other arts and culture phenomenon. - Features These may include interviews and profiles, behind-the-scenes stories, arts-related investigative journalism or other forms of arts and culture reportage in any medium. - Opinion pieces Comment, analysis and provocation – in any medium – relating to specific artistic disciplines, the arts sector more broadly or arts-related policy and business stories. Professor Chris Thurman has been invited by the organisers to convene an independent panel of judges who, apart from the above categories, may also choose to nominate recipients for the following awards: - Best New Voice - Special Contribution to Arts Journalism - Best New Media Exponent - Arts Photography - Special Merit Award "Business and Arts South Africa continues to support a better understanding of the arts, and advocates an arts culture in our society. Rigorous and innovative coverage of the arts is crucial in the argument highlighting the value of the arts to all South Africans. It is for this reason that we are excited to be partnering with the . . .
"Rhythm is the soul of life. The whole universe revolves in rhythm. Every thing and every human action revolves in rhythm." ~Babatunde Olatunji "The knower of the mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole universe." - Hazrat Inayat Khan Drums are an integral part of festivities in Africa, providing the heartbeat of various celebrations and rituals. The idea behind Beat for Peace is simple – to bring together a range of drummers from different backgrounds in a dynamic and colourful celebration of the pulse of Africa, whilst promoting peace, love, understanding and respect. The aim is to host an event that moves away from the traditional djembe drumming circle, offering opportunities for synergistic musical collaboration and the cross-cultural exchange of musical practices and knowledge. In order to achieve this aim, three local traditional Zulu dance and drumming groups will be participating in the event, along with a range of independent drummers and musicians from across KZN. A highlight of the day will be the ‘battle’ between the traditional musical troupes as they perform the Indlamu – the traditional dance most often associated with Zulu culture, which is based on warrior war dances. The winners of this competition will become the official musical partners of the host venue, Willow Grange Country Hotel, providing the entertainment for weddings, conferences and various other functions hosted by the hotel. This initiative forms part of the hotel’s community empowerment strategy, whereby the hotel aims to partner with local community members to boost tourism in the area, thereby enhancing local livelihoods. So, come and enjoy the bonfire, the beats, the amazing food, and the universal language of togetherness created by the rhythm of our hands and feet. Participation in this event will cost R60.00 per person, and includes free camping (Hotel rooms are also available on booking). A portion of the proceeds will also go towards a local arts . . .
For lovers of folk music the 3rd Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival will be a highlight of this year’s Old Mutual Summer Sunset concerts. Take time out to be at Kirstenbosch on February 10 when the scene is set for this amazing line up of popular performers. Featuring artists like Ard Matthews, Steve Newman, Wendy Oldfield, Farryl Purkiss, Guy Buttery and Nibs Van Der Spuy, Robin Auld, Digby and The Lullaby, Tombstone Pete and Andrew James, the afternoon promises to be unforgettable for an audience of acoustic music die-hards and curious newcomers. For some of the artists it is a first at Kirstenbosch while others have performed regularly at this magnificent venue. The show is styled on a ‘70s folk concert, where all artists perform solo or duo sets completely acoustically. Under the banner of personal story-telling - it offers a close look into the journeys from South Africa’s finest musicians - all in a beautiful open air setting. The very first Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival took place on Saturday 10th December at the CTICC, Cape Town. It was a huge success and set a positive precedent of how the event's format is received. The 2nd Cape Town Folk n Acoustic Music Festival on the 10th and 11th August was sold out and ran for two nights at the historical Fugard Theatre. The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts take place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (RhodesDrive , Newlands, Cape Town) on Sundays from 17h30 – 19h00. Gates open at 16h00 For further information and ticket prices, please telephone 021 799 8783/8620 or visit the website www.sanbi.org or www.oldmutual.co.za/music URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communictions. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .
My main beef with online dating sites is not that they're creepy or uncool or expensive. It's not even that they're rammed with fat weirdos and potential axe murderers. It's more simple than that: it's because I don't believe the girl of my dreams is on there. I met about seven girls the last time I did online dating. They were all nice enough, a couple of them I continued seeing for a few weeks, but there was always something about them I didn't like. Either they were annoying, or clingy, or shapeless, or Tories. Whatever it was, they were imperfect - perhaps that's why they were touting themselves online in the first place — and it meant the experience was ultimately futile. As such, I had little expectation when I turned up to meet Kate — the first date I arranged on the latest singleton supermarket I've joined, 'AfroDater.com'. This website, I was encouraged to read in its tagline, is 'where busy african singles click'. I consider myself a busy professional, if you strip out the Yuppie overtones. And I suspect, despite the fact I'd like to go out with a pop star or a barmaid, that the girl I end up marrying might also be a busty, I mean busy, professional too. Yet I felt jaded as I turned up — late — to meet Kate for lunch. Sure, she looked alright in her profile but I knew there would be something wrong. Maybe she'd have a grating laugh, or a racist streak, or three eyes. Although maybe it would be quite cool if she had three eyes, I was wondering to myself as I clocked a two-eyed brunette reading a book beside at our meeting spot. I was pleasantly surprised to see that her real life self was quite close to the version I'd seen in her profile. Still, I was waiting for her to say or do something unappealing. But the more we chatted, the more pleasant surprises unfolded. One, she was clever — comfortably cleverer than me. Not that this is a noteworthy feat but it was a still a good start. She was also funny, for a girl, and generally nice and . . .
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 . . .
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] . . .