The deadline for registration of Fringe productions wanting to take part in the 2013 edition of the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown is 18 January 2013. The Festival will take place from 27 June to 7 July 2013. The National Arts Festival Fringe is unique in South Africa in that no selection criteria are applied – participation in the Fringe is open to everyone. The Fringe has mushroomed in size since its inception in 1979 when a diminutive 10 events comprised the Fringe – it now consistently boasts over 400 events across all the arts genres. Disciplines include children’s theatre, film, comedy, drama, physical theatre, dance, cabaret, visual art, performance poetry, music theatre, and the full scope of music genres. All interested artists, performers, directors and producers can request application forms and information booklets from the Fringe Office, by email – email@example.com, or telephone – 046 603 1103, or fax – 086 233 2119. Forms are also available, and can be submitted, via the Festival’s website – www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/artists. The deadline for registration is Friday 18 January 2013. The National Arts Festival is sponsored by Standard Bank, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Eastern Cape Government, Department of Arts and Culture, City Press and M Net. URL: http://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/artists Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Fiona Gordon from The Famous Idea Trading Co. 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: Photographer:Photographer: Photographer: [/l2g] . . .
Composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen has written a wide range of music encompassing symphonic work, opera, chamber music and vocal music. He is the 2013 Composer-in-Residence for the 5thJohannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF), opening on 27 January 2013, with the theme If you would Dance? According to The New York Times his “… delicately made music - airy, spacious, terribly complex but never convoluted - has a lot to teach the Western wizards of metric modulation and layered rhythms about grace and balance.” The work that he is bringing to JIMF will be a piano concerto called Mzilikazi, based on a theme from Prof. Mzilikazi Khumalo's Bawo Thixo Somandla, an anthem he wrote 40 years ago at the height of the difficulties of South Africa’s struggle for liberation. “The piano concerto to me shows us how far we have come as a country, how we were resilient during the darkest of times, the hardships we endured as a people. This gives hope for our future, we can overcome anything acting together as a people,” said Ndodana-Breen. Performers around the world have performed his music, including the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic, New York City’s Vox Vocal Ensemble, MusicaNoir, Chicago’s Cube Ensemble and Ossia. Ndodana-Breen has received commissions from Wigmore Hall, Vancouver Recital Society, Madam Walker Theatre Indianapolis, SAMRO, UNISA, Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, the Emancipation Festival of Trinidad & Tobago, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Luminato Festival of Toronto, the Haydn Festival Eisenstadt for the Haydn 200th anniversary, and now also the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival. He is the composer of Winnie, The Opera, based on the life of Winnie Mandela, which premiered to great acclaim in April 2011 at the State Theatre in Pretoria. Other operas include the children’s chamber opera . . .
Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China Standard Bank Gallery 30 January – 28 March 2013 Johannesburg audiences can look forward to viewing Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China, the acclaimed exhibition curated by Ruth Simbao for the 2012 National Arts Festival. One of the most critical geopolitical shifts of the 21st century has been the rise of China as an economic power, and its venture into the Global South — particularly the African continent. Too often, however, the media sensationalises China-Africa relations, simplistically framing China as either Africa’s new curse or as the economic saviour to the continent. While revived China-Africa relations have piqued the interest of economists, little meaningful cultural understanding exists, and ‘Sinophobia’ is hot on the heels of ‘Afrophobia’. 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. This is the first time the works of the internationally acclaimed Chinese artists, Wu Junyong, Chen Qiulin, Maleonn and Qin Ga will be shown in South Africa. Local artists Lebogang Rasethaba, Gerald Machona, Michael MacGarry and James Webb deal directly with China-Africa relations. While Rasethaba and MacGarry consider personal relationships between Chinese and African people that arise from recent opportunities in trade and education, Webb and Machona play with stereotypical perceptions and constructions of ‘foreignness’ in China and South Africa. Rapid change in physical and social landscapes often accompanies geopolitical shift. While Wu Junyong ‘s animation videos mine the absurdity of power, greed, monotony and futility in contexts that lack change, Chen Qiulin grapples with dramatic economic and urban reconstruction in relation to the . . .
To celebrate the New Year in elaborate Viennese fashion, the 2013 Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF) will be presenting a pre-JIMF celebration on 19 January in the Linder Auditorium at 19:30. The Viennese New Year’s Concert will feature two of South Africa’s most promising young singers Nozuko Teto (soprano) and Siyabonga Maqungo (tenor), on stage with the South African Mzansi Ballet dancers, accompanied by the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and conducted by Richard Cock. Recreating the atmosphere of the concert given to celebrate the arrival of the new year every year in Vienna; music by the Strauss family, Lehar and Kreisler will be played, including the famous Blue Danube waltz, Kaiserwalzer and Radetsky March, amongst many other well-known pieces. Songs celebrating Vienna will be sung by Teto and Maqungo. These include Vienna City of my Dreams andMeine Lippen Sie Kussen so Heiss as well as the famous Drinking Song, Libiamo by Verdi, whose 200th anniversary is being celebrated this year. Following the merger between The South African Ballet Theatre (SABT) and Mzansi Productions in July 2012, soloists from South African Mzansi Ballet (SAMB) will introduce the spirit of the theme of the 5th JIMF, namely Se Vuol Ballare - If You Would Dance. The JIMF, an annual celebration taking place around the anniversary of Mozart’s birthday, will run for two weeks at various venues across Johannesburg. The official opening concert is on Sunday 27 January, and the Festival runs until Sunday 10 February. This concert will feature the Zurich Chamber Orchestra with the South African National Youth Orchestra, performing a Mozart clarinet concerto, conducted by the renowned Sir Roger Norrington. The full JIMF programme is available on www.joi n-mozart-festival.org. The Johannesburg International Mozart Festival provides a unique combination of classical performances on the highest international level, with a creative approach to programming. An . . .
Sunday 20 January sees Jimmy Dludlu take the stage at Kirstenbosch for a lazy afternoon of superb jazz this is the place to be. Dludlu has come a long way from that moment when at the age of 13 he first picked up a handmade guitar. He taught himself to play and went on to become a global jazz icon. Jimmy Dludlu continues to compose and make the kind of jazz music that stirs the soul - clearly influenced by various cultures around the continent and his interaction with other musicians on the world stage. His latest album, TONOTO, introduces new facets of Jimmy and opens you up to feeling the world in a whole new way. 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 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 Hippocommunications. 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] . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 14 December 2012 Visitors experienced the beginning of the festive season at the Eastgate shopping centre that was filled with magic and entertainment against the backdrop of fantastical festive decorations. The Lights went on at 19:00 hours on the 7th December 2012 at the entrance 9B near Piazza. The event included featuring performances by Carols by Candle light and a live performance from SA’s Sama- Award winning instrumental supergroup – Sterling EQ. The uniquely designed festive decorations can be viewed throughout the centre, filling it with light, magic and fantasy. It offers a serene contrast to the normally bright themed decorations over the festive period. A fantastic centre display can be viewed in the central Piazza area and other main areas showcase dazzling designs that form a fantasy backdrop to your shopping experience. Children’s holiday activities include fun arts and crafts programmes as well as the launch of new games in the centre. New retail stores opening soon include Fabiani, Clarks, Diesel, Lovisa, Swatch, Samsung, Steve madden and Jag Club. Festive trading hours have been extended during the December period. For more information visit www.eastgateshops.com or Eastgate-shops (Facebook fan page) or follow Eastgate on Twitter @Eastgateshops for the latest news on promotions and events. Ends/216  Media release issued by DTM SA on behalf of EASTGATE SHOPPING CENTRE. For press assistance contact Marieza van Zyl on +27 11 684 2933 (Johannesburg) or +27 21 419 2699 (Cape Town) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information on DTM SA visit www.dtmsa.co.za, or contact Karen du Toit on +27 83 685 6406 or e-mail email@example.com. URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: simone jansen from dtmsa. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
Artist/ Actress Olga du Toit, based in Cape town, is launching an innovative new art project at The Black Box/Worldart on Thursday, 13 December from 6.30pm to 9pm. Entitled 1000facesonpaper.com, this is the artist's first solo exhibition after being selected as a SASOL new signatures finalist in 2011 for her work called 'Daily Fix'. Inspired by graphic novels, comics and the works of French artist and printmaker Henri Matisse, Du Toit created and developed her own unique style of sketching a face. The project,1000facesonpaper.com illustrates different forms of human facial expressions, gestures and angles set in a series of 1000 prints. The first edition of twenty-five faces will be on exhibition. "The challenge I set myself was to render each face by using the simplest of lines to convey expression and personality", Du Toit explains. Du Toit's objective is to have each face speak directly to the mind of the viewer by means of creating just a few expressive lines of ink. She is excited by the scope, possibilities and uniqueness of this project to the idea that it can be interpreted and shared to a global audience online. "In the words of Matisse, 'I am training my drawing hand to serve me; every ink drawing I do, is a face waiting to be born on paper" , She says. Each ink drawing is printed into an edition using the intaglio printing process. The prints consist of an edition of 10 prints per face to a final total of 1000 prints. The print sizes are approximately 35x35 cm from a 20 x 20 cm size plate that is hand printed onto 250gsm Zerkall Butten Paper. Everything from the tearing of the paper to the printing is done by hand resulting in slight variations that render each print unique. Du Toit sees herself as a creative entrepreneur or creative adventurer. She likes to explore art in all its forms and merging conceptual ideas, music, design and photography. 1000facesonpaper.com is one of a kind art project and may just be the largest online series of ink . . .
Stronger than ever after 11 years in the game, Prime has delivered an album for the fans. Coming off the SAMA win for Best Rock Album at the 2011 SAMA awards and having toured with Seether and 3 Doors Down, with a return visit to Europe this year, Prime Circle are now gearing up to start their nationwide tour after the release of their fifth and long awaited album, EVIDENCE, which was released in November. The first single, Time Kills Us All, heralds a new chapter in the phenomenon that is Prime Circle. 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 Ticket Prices: Adults: R110, Youth (6 - 21 years): R80, Botanical Society members: R100. URL: http://www.oldmutual.co.za/music Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Linet Engelbrecht from Hippo Communications. 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: Prime Circle [/l2g] . . .
With the build up to the festive season the SA Post Office will be hosting a Kids Christmas Card Workshop at the V&A Waterfront on Saturday 8 December 2012. Kids of all ages will have the opportunity to create their own Christmas cards and post Santa their Christmas wish lists which will be sent all the way to the North Pole. Children will be given the opportunity to make their cards using an assortment of creative tools, stickers, pens, and paper. They will then be taught how to address and post their letters, something many children of this generation have not experienced. “We are allowing children to use their imagination and express their creativity in letter writing,” said Martie Gilchrist, regional communication manager of the SA Post Office. This activation forms part of a broader initiative by the SA Post Office to promote letter writing and encourage children to put pen to paper. The festive season has always been a busy period at the Post Office with thousands of children still writing to Santa sending him their Christmas wish lists. “We are looking forward to getting insight into the most popular gifts on Children’s wish lists,” concluded Gilchrist. The workshop will run from 13:30 – 16:30 at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre and participation in the workshop is free. For more information on the SA Post Office visit www.postoffice.co.za URL: http://www.postoffice.co.za Twitter: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthAfricanPostOffice YouTube: Author: Alex de Kock from . Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None . . .
The World Orchestra is a dynamic group of young musicians from over 50 different countries who get together twice a year to live and make music together. Managed by East-West Music, and conducted by Maestro Josep Vicent, it uses the medium of music not only to entertain, but as a communicator of ideas and a platform to spread the social involvement of the young members of the orchestra. During the 2012/2013 season, The World Orchestra will take their project UNITED IN MUSIC to South Africa, Netherlands, Spain and Balkans with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. The World Orchestra will tour South Africa in February 2013. The tour kicks off in Durban with a concert at the Durban City Hall on the 7th February. This special concert, in partnership with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, will see collaboration on a grand scale as part of the KZN Philharmonic’s 30th Anniversary celebrations. From there they make their way to their next concerts – in Plettenberg Bay on the 10th February; at the Knysna NG Church on the 11th February; at the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch – as part of The Endler Concert Series on the 15th February; and finally in Cape Town at the Cape Town City Hall on the 16th February, joining the 7th Cape Town International Summer Music Festival. In addition to these concerts, The World Orchestra will also host community workshops in Inanda, East London, and Heideveld. Named “Cultural Ambassadors for Peace” by the Spanish Fundación Cultura de Paz, these young musicians will bring the power of music and their message of hope to previously disadvantaged communities. The World Orchestra’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Director, Maestro Josep Vicent, says “It was through my active interest in the musical influences from different cultures, that I first realized, and started learning about, the important role of music as a tool for social empowerment and intercultural exchange. There is no better way of finding understanding and . . .