Get set to revel with two of South Africa’s biggest and finest institutions, FreshlyGround and Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, when they share the stage, for the very first time, on Saturday, 25 March 2017. In what is set to be an extraordinary night out, these two heavyweights will come together at the intimate Spier Amphitheatre stage, on the cusp of Stellenbosch, as part of Mabuse’s 50-year-celebration in music. “All the classics will be in there,” Sipho divulges, “including Burn Out, Shikisha, and many more of songs that have shaped me as a musician, philanthropist and father to my beautiful daughters.” As to what Freshly fans can expect from the multi-platinum-selling globetrotters? With their 6th album currently in final production with Swedish producer Tore Johannson, the group may just offer a sample of what’s to come from the group in the months ahead. “There will be material never performed before,” Zolani teases. “There will also be some deviations from the usual popular material too.” “I’ve never played at Spier before,” Sipho declares. “I’ve also never performed with FreshlyGround before either. I have huge respect for the music they create, and they are lovely people which just enhances the whole experience.” The much-applauded Around The Fire and Wrestling With Dawn producer, playwright and performer, Siphokazi Jonas will also share the stage, on the night, revealing yet another side to her dynamic talent. “I’m delighted to have her open for us,” Sipho says. “I have watched Siphokazi, over the last two years, create her own path and make work for herself, all of which needs to be heard and applauded. I’m really looking forward to a great night.” A long overdue marriage of two trailblazers, expect pomp, expect ceremony and a night filled with glorious celebration and tumultuous applause. Join the chorus and come sing along. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
A South African Whisky Event With Master Distiller Andy Watts Join us on 15 March 2017 at 19:00 at the Cellar Door with our host and Master Distiller, Andy Watts for an unforgettable South African whisky journey at Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg. For R795, guests can enjoy a deconstructed Bains tasting, the Three Ships Pinotage cask collector’s item, a limited edition 2015 PX Three Ships collector’s item and a whisky in progress. All this followed with a gourmet, whisky inspired menu, created by Four Seasons Executive Chef, Dirk Gieselmann. For further information please visit http://www.fourseasonsevents.co.za/product/andy-watt/ St Patrick's Day at Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff On 17 March 2017, Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg will celebrate St Patrick's Day with an Irish whisky tasting and menu pairing. Hosted by a duo of Irish whisky experts, guests will experience a modern take on Irish cuisine expertly paired with a selection of highly sought after boutique, single Potstill whiskies from the Midleton Distillery - the largest still in the world, where Jameson is made. Venue: Cellar Door at Four Seasons Hotel from 19:00 - 21:00 at a cost of R695 per person. For further information please visit http://www.fourseasonsevents.co.za/product-category/cellar-door/?product_order=title Experience the new Chivas Ultis @ Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff The new Chivas Ultis will launch in South Africa and this is an exclusive opportunity to experience this Ultra Premium Whisky on 23 March 2017 at 19:00 at the Cellar Door at Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg at a cost of R950 per person. This will be expertly paired with a gourmet dinner created by Four Seasons Executive Chef Dirk Gieselmann. The evening will be hosted by Chivas Ambassador, Abongile Kolisi and guests can experience the Chivas family of whiskies and three of the five most pertinent Single Malts that form Chivas Ultis. For further details and . . .
The Western Cape’s largest travel, outdoor and adventure event, The Cape Getaway Show, returns to Lourensford Wine Estate from 31 March to 2 April 2017. There will be special events happening on each day of the show with loads of activities for the whole family and a few special treats for outdoor sports fanatics. Here are the top 10 reasons to attend…book now to avoid disappointment. 1. Prizes to be won Besides fantastic prizes on offer from the exhibitors you can also enter to win the grand prize of a five-night stay at the beautiful Solana Beach Resort in Mauritius for two adults, breakfast, dinner and flights included. 2. Live music and beer tent Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the show and come and enjoy some mellow tunes performed by well-known Cape Town artists while sipping on an ice cold beer from SAB, you also stand a chance to win a Castle Lager Table Cooler in the beer tent. 3. Adventure activities Try your hand at one of the fun and different activities like archery, a fun lawn game like cornhole¬ – where contestants have to throw bean bags into a hole with pin-point accuracy – or any of the other exciting games on offer for visitors. 4. The Spur Kids Area The little ones are covered too, kids will have a ball on the various rides and activities in the Spur Kids Area including the very popular parachute rocket, mini-bungee, go-karts and swings. 5. Latest camping and outdoor gear Take advantage of the great show specials and discounts at any of one of the 200 exhibitor stands and browse some of the best deals – all under one roof. 6. Travel & Taste Theatre Transport your taste buds to exotic locations and discover unique flavours of food, wine and beer, there is something to suit every palate. Enjoy sessions that range from photography to local cuisine that run throughout the show. 7. Wine and Gin Village Sample and purchase some of the Cape’s best wines and craft gin in the Wine and Gin Village, R10 gets you a . . .
After much anticipation, the Naledi Theatre Awards is proud to announce the nominees for productions staged during 2016. Once again, the Market Theatre will be hosting the Nominations Reveal as a sponsorship in kind for which Naledi is most grateful. The reveal will take place on Monday 27 March at the Mannie Manim Theatre at 5.30 for 6pm. The Naledi Theatre Awards have been rewarding theatre excellence in South Africa for 13 years and has grown into one of the biggest and most prestigious Awards Events in the country. This year, the panel of 20 judges deliberated over two days and discussed over 100 productions in 27 categories which were staged last year in more than 23 theatres. “It is indeed a huge commitment and labour of love for the judges whose only reward is two tickets to the shows,” says Dawn Lindberg, Executive Director of the Naledi’s. “The debates are open and vigorous, but in the end agreement is reached. Our only criteria is excellence, and it is particularly gratifying to see how much new local work is rising to the top.” Judges include: Renos Spanoudes (playwright, actor, presenter and drama teacher), Welcome Msomi (theatre producer and playwright), Sello Maake ka Ncube (TV and stage actor), Maishe Maponya (playwright and Arts Activist), Peter Feldman (arts journalist), Helen Heldenmuth (educational drama specialist, public speaker, writer and director), Gregory Goss (equestrian instructor, rider and international judge) Johan van der Merwe (theatre producer and Afrikaans Festival judge), Annelize Hicks (theatre lover and drama teacher), Jenni Newman (PR and radio presenter), Matthew Counihan (drama teacher and actor), Rudi Sadler (graphic designer and producer), ) Tiffany Higgo (drama teacher) and Lance Maron (ENT surgeon with a special interest in care of the professional voice and singer/performer). A special panel for Theatre for Young Audiences partnered with ASSITEJ SA to discuss this year’s nominees. This panel includes . . .
Lakeside Lodge & Spa welcomes everyone to take part in the inaugural Big Splash on the 30th of April 2017. This is your chance to support the Pink Loerie Foundation by creating a costume hat, and then taking a 200m plunge into the lake with your fabulous hat. The Mardi Gras theme sets the tone with family fun day making the day an event not to be missed. If that’s not enough reason then listen to the amazing prize: the most creative swimming hat wins a weekend stay including a 30 min back, neck and shoulders massage at our 5 star hotel & spa. If getting wet isn’t you thing, join in the festivities with a drag how in the amphitheatre at 1pm and light live music by the lake. The Queens of Wigstock will keep your entertained with performances by Betty Brangles, Olivia Mae, Victoria Styles, Jett Jones and Charnéb Churchill. Foodies and winos can expect food by Chef Kelly Annie Pieterson and award-winning wines by Walker Bay wine farm, Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate. Kids can enjoy watersport activities on the Swartvlei Lake, provided by Lakeside Lodge & Spa. A live performance from local sensation Shaza Greeff tops off an amazing day out with family and friends. Programme 9:00 to 11:00 The Lakeside BIG Splash 13:00 to 15:00 The Drag Show, The Queen of wig stock 16:00 to 20:00 Light live Music by the lake (picnic special) CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johan van Dyk and Vanessa Adendorf getting ready to celebrate the harvest at OmmiBerg 2017. Photo: Peridot Communications Get your harvest groove on by joining the 2017 OmmiBerg “Round the Rock” festival on Saturday, 4 March 2017. This young wine festival will take visitors off the beaten track to sample the best of the Paarl Wine Route for the tenth year running. Festival goers will literally be guided around the iconic Paarl Rock to cellars and farms on the outskirts of Paarl to sample young wines from the 2017 harvest and to celebrate the diversity of this historic wine region. Participating wineries range from small boutique cellars to family-owned vineyards and iconic producers. Each has a unique atmosphere, but will be pulling out all the stops to present a fun-filled day programme with superlative young wines, amusing harvest activities as well as great kids’ entertainment. Visitors can also enjoy live music, fabulous food offerings and the incredibly beautiful scenery of the Boland. OmmiBerg pays homage to this season’s young wines and wine lovers will be able to taste these unfiltered wines straight from the barrel and tanks. This unique experience puts OmmiBerg in a class of its own as it is the only event of its kind in South Africa. The tradition to honour young or nouveau wines can be traced back to Europe, where special celebrations are hosted each year. In Germany, wineries open their cellar doors for one day only during each harvest season and serve federweisser and zwiebelkuchen or unfiltered wine with onion tartlets, while in France hundreds of Beaujolais Nouveau festivals are hosted each year. According to Stephen Richardson, chairman of the Paarl Wine Route, OmmiBerg presents quite a unique opportunity for wine enthusiasts. “Obviously, it is a very rare experience to be able to taste young wines fresh from the tank or barrel. Not only is it a celebration of the harvest that the public can now participate in, but it also shows the . . .
If you have ever had the privilege of attending a ‘Sounds of Celebration’ concert, you will be left in no doubt as to the powerful influence music has on the process of bonding people together. In what has become a much anticipated annual event, young performers from all walks of life inspire audiences as they take to the stage and enact a true portrayal of social cohesion. For the fourth consecutive year, Education Africa and Sydenham Shul showcases some of the best young musical talent Johannesburg has to offer. This exuberant offering seamlessly blends different musical styles, instruments and performers in a joyful celebration that is truly South African. In the process of acknowledging and celebrating unique talents and heritages, Sounds of Celebration IV achieves unity. This year, the aim of the project is further underlined by the concert’s theme: Unity through sport; One Team. One Goal. The project was originally conceptualised by Education Africa’s CEO James Urdang and musical director Joan Lithgow. Together they approached Sydenham Shul to partner with them in an effort to reach out to disadvantaged communities and uplift their youth through the establishment of marimba hubs. These would provide training for both teachers and learners by making available safe spaces for creative expression. Between 2013 and 2016, the Sounds of Celebration project opened 3 Marimba Hubs - at Ithute, in Alexandra, the Zama Montessori School, in Daveyton and the Boys and Girls Club of Protea Glen. These musical centres serve not just their host schools but also benefit neighbouring learning centres in the surrounding areas. King David Senior Primary School, Linksfield, so inspired by their participation and partnership with their sister school Ithute, opened their own marimba hub in 2014 and since then, collaborative partnerships have formed between their learners and young musicians from the John Wesley Centre, Etwatwa. The two groups performed together at the . . .
You're invited to join The Daughters of Africa in our bid to support and celebrate the most revolutionary but yet seldom heard voices of our generation: Hers. On 3rd of March, we set the world alight in the most exquisite fashion: as if it were the roaring 20’s. Arrive before 19:20 at 46 Belgrave road in Bryanston in your most lavish 1920’s outfit for a tasteful dinner, the most glamorous fashion show and charitable dress auctions, a few beautiful performances with a finale by the Queen Robyn Brophy and the guaranteed opportunity to raise money for bursaries and change a life. For more information about the proceeds and how to purchase tickets which begin at R250, email: email@example.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Princess Boot Camp South Africa is an empowerment programme for teen girls all over the country. Focused on promoting confidence, self-esteem and dealing with bullying and peer pressure, as well as tips and tricks to succeeding in pageants and modelling, the 2017 calendar is now open for bookings. Princess Boot Camp South Africa has just announced the schedule for their 2017 events, which not only include the weekend long empowerment camps, but also the search for Miss Princess Boot Camp SA, a pageant with a difference. Princess Boot Camp aims to empower and inspire the female youth of South Africa by hosting them at weekend camps, which include motivation and life skills training in the morning, model and pageant coaching in the afternoon, and a pamper party which turns into a slumber party after dinner to close off the day. Miss Princess Boot Camp SA is hosting regional events in Gauteng, Cape Town, Garden Route KZN and PE, with the goal of finding brand ambassadors in 3 age categories to be the face of the brand in 2017/18. The focus of this pageant is to encourage the girls to support each other, to focus on their communities, and to continue to working hard at their academics. The year closes off with the national final to find the Miss Princess Boot Camp SA national winners. The winners will be receiving prizes that cover the glamorous side of pageants, like makeup and fashion prizes, but also bursaries, modeling contracts and the prospect of being scouted. Founder, Keri Stroebel: “Pageants tend to have a negative reputation thanks to shows like Toddlers and Tiaras, and the stereotype that girls that participate in these events are only focused on the superficial side of looking a certain way. I started this project to change this. I’m working hard on convincing girls that they do not have to look or be anything other than what they are, and there is so much more about them that is special than just their looks” On Friday, 3 March 2017 Princess . . .
21 February 2017 – With only 2 nights to go until the opening night of the circus, the mighty 40-metre diameter Great Moscow Circus Big Top tent went up at the Boardwalk in the heart of Summerstrand, signalling the arrival in Port Elizabeth of the greatest circus show on earth, which was sold out in Johannesburg and Cape Town recently. The Big Top arrived at the Boardwalk alongside shipping containers from all over the world. Inside them all the magic and excitement of The Great Moscow Circus: tons of props; boxes and boxes of gorgeous costumes; swathes of curtains; hundreds of lights, and everything it takes to turn on the magic of the circus. Under the watchful eye of tent master, Daniel Diorio and tent boss, David Meatchem, the spectacular Great Moscow Circus Big Top was pitched on 17m high king poles. Two hundred tent pegs were hammered into place, and hundreds of metres of steel cables and ropes were secured. Commenting on the rich history of Russian circuses, tent boss David Meatchem told guests that traditional large tents, commonly known as Big Tops, were introduced in the mid-19th century as touring circuses superseded static venues. They eventually became the most common venues for circuses, and remain so to the present day. The Great Moscow Circus Big Top is however a far cry from the canvas tents of old - it is big and mighty, air conditioned, has the latest in LED lighting, and features crystal clear cutting edge sound. “Audiences can expect a nail-biting traditional European atmosphere where they are never more than 11 metres from the action,” said Meatchem. The Great Moscow Circus opens to the public at the Boardwalk on Thursday 23 February 2017 with an all-new, sensational, two-hour world premiere program, featuring 19 incredible acts representing the best of the world’s greatest circus stars. “We are very honoured to be hosting The Great Moscow Circus here in Port Elizabeth. Sun International is honoured to have Russia’s finest . . .