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that traditional large tents, commonly known as Big Tops, were introduced in the mid-19th century as touring circuses superseded static venues.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 . . .
Experience an outdoor concert overlooking the Swartvlei lake for one night only. On the 11th of March, Lakeside Lodge & Spa will showcase a full orchestra accompanied by accomplished singers performing British patriotic favourites, classics and semi-classics. This family friendly event encourages guests to dress up in red, white and blue with a spot prize for the best dressed couple. This sold out event last year is a highlight on the Garden Route events calendar and is not to be missed. Love wine? And streetstyle food? Enjoy award-winning wines and a selection of street-style food prepared by Chef Kelly-Annie Pietersen and her team of chefs. Date: 11 March 2017 Time: 16:30pm Call: 044 343 1844 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Book now:shop.benguelacove.co.za/products/last-night-of-the-proms-2017 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
TOP MODEL OFFERS FANS AN ALL-ACCESS- PASS INTO HER LIFE IN THE MOST EXCLUSIVE LOCATIONS, WITH THE HOTTEST PEOPLE AT THE WORLD’S BIGGEST PARTIES TOGETHER WITH UPCOMING MARIO TESTINO World renowned Cîroc Vodka has partnered with Iconic Global supermodel, Allesandra Ambrosia to bring to you the # ONARRIVAL campaign, the year long campaign brings to you exciting “arrivals” at the biggest fashion events and on trend party locations. From walking the world-famous Victoria’s Secret runway to collaborating with luxury brands including Dolce and Gabbana, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani, Rolex and Calvin Klein, Alessandra’s fast-paced career and glamourous lifestyle is truly a celebration of what’s hot. Her elegance and lively character has made her one of the hottest models of the fashion industry, and the perfect embodiment of CÎROC’s playful luxe attitude. Partying with the fashion elite to the high energy CÎROC beat, exclusive moments with Alessandra will be shared across CÎROC social media platforms throughout the year, giving fans access to the ‘must see’ and ‘must be seen at’ party destinations and iconic cultural events – from summer hotspots to New Year celebrations. To celebrate the CÎROC #ONARRIVAL collaboration, Alessandra will also star in the brand’s latest photography campaign, shot by the undisputable king of fashion photography and CÎROC global creative partner Mario Testino. A series of three, iconic never-seen-before images will be released across the year, immersing fans in Alessandra’s A-list lifestyle. The images will be supported with exclusive behind-the-scenes content, giving a rare glimpse into what happens behind fashion’s most famous lens. The first image, released today, reveals Alessandra’s glamourous backstage preparations in ‘Hair and Make-up’ as she prepares to celebrate at one of the hottest parties in the world. Alessandra Ambrosio said, “I’m so happy to partner with CÎROC for their ‘On Arrival’ campaign. It’s amazing to be . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 15 February 2017 – Double Cross, a 360 degree short film created by Global Access, has launched - the first of its kind in SA. Using a ‘concurrent narrative’ approach, the story explores a fictitious moment in time during World War II, where the viewer is placed in a situation where they can see and engage with two storylines at the same time. What is concurrent narrative? Concurrent narrative means two stories are simultaneously presented to the viewer at the same time. Think of a traditional split-screen in a movie – you can see two different places and actions taking place, they coexist. Mix that into a 360 VR environment and you are now able to watch two different stories happening simultaneously. They both culminate at the same time, and affect one another at the same time. You as the viewer get to decide which one to watch or to look between both. “The 360 ‘screen’ is so vast we don’t have the means to see it all at once. We physically cannot look everywhere in 360. And yet, to not utilize it all, or to leave areas of interest to chance glances from the viewer, seems a waste of space and effort. Without a reason to look in different directions the power of 360 is missed as it’s not being looked at by the viewer.” says Guy Sclanders the Creative Director of Global Access’ creative agency, and writer / director of Double Cross who - through his work at Global Access has explored various techniques and applications of 360 and VR. Concurrent narrative overcomes this ‘waste of space’ by presenting the viewer with multiple perspectives within a single 360 environment. 360 VR is the perfect platform for this parallel perspective storytelling as it has the capacity to hold multiple storylines without infringing on each other but rather the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. The world is split into two zones of 180 degrees. Each zone presents a unique perspective of the same real-time event. The viewer can then choose . . .
Fashion Scene launched Today, in Vanderbijlpark the dynamic youth announced their plans to host the Fashion Scene concept whereby a talented individual can showcase their talent. This concept encompasses food, art, wine and networking opportunity to be held on the evening of 25 February 2017. This is the niche avenue that is planned to get the youth talking, networking and expressing themselves. This is an event that is meant to encourage entrepreneurship in an environment that is friendly, outgoing and viable. Many events for the youth are about partying and booze and nothing tangible to show for it. This event is niche in a way that we only opening it up to 60 people. Please who attend the event are people who are serious about making a difference in their live and connecting with positive people. “Eating is something that always starts a discussion,” says Queen Palesa Hajie, a radio personality and MC amongst the youth activations in the Vaal. However, we found that art is not understood and wanted to showcase that talent help people understand that an artist work now may well bring in great return in a decade, continued Hajie. Raving about #foodartfashion to enable a positive change to the youth of the Vaal is the challenge for 2017. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
‘Sport has the power to inspire and unite people. Sport can create hope where there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.’ (Nelson Mandela) Education Africa and Sydenham Shul proudly brings audiences Sounds of Celebration IV. This year’s concert themed ‘One Team. One Goal’ draws inspiration from the unity that can be achieved through sport. Over 150 passionate young performers will once again join each other on stage to bring listeners a unique musical offering. This feast of the senses unites talented South African youth and represents a wide range of cultures and instruments. Their performances celebrate our common humanity and use music as a medium to express their hope for a united tomorrow. This concert brings to fruition the fourth consecutive year of the ‘Sounds of Celebration’ project in which NGO Education Africa has collaborated with Sydenham Shul to uplift disadvantaged communities around Johannesburg. The most recent of Education Africa’s 9 grassroots projects, the establishment of Marimba Hubs across Gauteng’s communities is amongst their most inspiring. Between 2013 and 2016, the Sounds of Celebration project opened 3 marimba hubs - at Ithute, in Alexandra, the Zama Montessori School, Daveyton and the Boys and Girls Club of Protea Glen. Proceeds of this year’s efforts will be used to open two new hubs – one in Hammanskraal and the other in the Boys and Girls Club in Bertrams – while continuing to sustain and expand the existing hubs. Joan Lithgow, Education Africa’s visionary musical director has selected a team of remarkable musical talent. Audiences can look forward to much loved pieces that evoke significant sporting events and moments in history. These include among others, ‘Chariots of Fire’, ‘Barcelona’, ‘Waka Waka’, ‘World in Union’, ‘Eye of the Tiger’, ‘We are the Champions’, ‘Shosholoza’ and for the Liverpool fans, ‘You will never . . .
February is LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex) history month in South Africa and Space.LGBTI is proudly partnering with Newtown Junction Mall on 18 February 2017 in celebrating the achievements of the LGBTI community, showcasing rising talent and raising awareness about the LGBTI rights and challenges in South Africa. Running from 12h00 to 14h00, this event promises an afternoon of live entertainment and bespoke pop up stores coupled with food and drinks from the Newtown Junction mall’s many exciting restaurants and eateries. There will be Hip Hop performances by the vibrant Prunaja Dahfemalemc and G.K.G whose performances give voice to the marginalised and keep the crowds moving. There are three performance poets: AndriodThePride and Boitumelo Tefo, both up and coming young poets and writer and activist Lawrence Mashiyane whose spoken word poetry has added a new dimension to his body of work. The Acapella group Music Out Loud and singer Lithography nqai and Zee Dynamite will tie up the event. “As Space.LGBTI we decided to partner with Newtown Junction because of its atmosphere and huge access to people. This will be the starting point of utilising public locations to raise awareness in an entertaining form,” says organiser Mathapelo “Emty” Maliehe. When it comes to LGBTI rights South Africa has constitutionally led the way both in Africa and the world. Ours is the first constitution in the world to protect people from discrimination because of their sexual orientation and the first country to legalise same sex marriage in Africa. However when it comes to protecting and ensuring those rights, South Africa fails the LGBTI community. Discrimination is rife and violence common, with often little or no support from the police services. Since 2012, Iranti-org, an organisation funded by the EU to document violence against LGBTI people has documented more than 20 murders and countless “corrective rapes” in the country. LGBTI History Month . . .
Committed to the growth and development of the African art market, Aspire Art Auctions is the first auction house in South African history to pay living, South African artists royalties on the resale of their works of art. This long-awaited implementation of the Artist Resale Right (ARR) is an investment back into the industry, acknowledging the value of authorship and ensuring support for artists. The inequality of artists only profiting from the initial sale is compounded when one considers the rise in value of an artwork over time, in relation to the growing success of the artist; the resale royalties endeavour to return some of that value to the living artist. Aspire’s vision places art, sustainability, and the development of the industry at its core; the sustainability of the practitioners and the professionals that have made this market what it is today forms the heart of this pioneering auction house. Whilst upholding the significance of established artists, Aspire is building a market for the future. Across the world, artists, associations and collecting societies have been actively fighting, for decades, to achieve resale rights. With the globalisation of the art market, this is a timeous and significant international trend. The droit de suite (French for "right to follow") was first proposed in Europe around 1893 to alleviate the plight of the ‘struggling artist’. Although not yet universal, ARR has been implemented in different forms in over 70 countries including France, Australia, and Russia. The European Union standardised its legislation in 2001, with the payment mandated to official collecting agencies, or paid directly to the artist. The EU directive was met with loud protestations from established UK auction houses and galleries, however in 2011 and in 2012 the European Commission and UK Parliament reported that the resale right does not impact the art market negatively. In fact, as stated on the Design and Artists Copyright Society . . .
Valentines’ Day is around the corner and love is in the air at Central Square, Menlyn Maine. Central Square will become “Love Central” for Valentine's Day 2017. You are invited to join lovers from all across the city to celebrate this special day and its traditions. Meet the Love Fairy and treat your loved one to a candle-light dinner at one of our open-air eateries on the piazza. The boulevards are buzzing with the Music of Love and our specialty stores are brimming with romantic gifts to show your love - flowers, poetry, jewellery and lingerie. Brush off your dancing shoes and join us to learn the tantalising tango on the piazza between 6 and 9pm on Valentine’s evening. WIN a voucher worth R5000 Love is in the ... hair at Central Square, Menlyn Maine this Valentine’s Day. The hair-loving stylists at Gary Rom Hairdressing are ready and waiting to spoil you today. Experience the difference and stand a chance to win a R5000 voucher that you can put towards a hair makeover. You’ll be blown away by their state-of-the-art salon. At Gary Rom Hairdressing, hair is poetry and a hair treatment is the beginning of a lifelong love affair with your hair. To look your best this Valentine’s Day, visit any time before 14th of February. To win this voucher, take a selfie in front of Gary Rom Hairdressing at Central Square, post it to your Facebook page with the hashtag #MeetAtCentralSquare. #MeetAtCentralSquare #DancesOfLove www.centralsquare.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Put on your pink in support of breast cancer awarness Don’t miss the very first Pick n Pick n Pay Women’s Walk of 2017, taking place on Saturday, 25 February in the beautful surrounds of Stellenbosch, as part of the Stellenbosch Wine Festvial presented by Pick n Pay. We’ll be setting off from the Coetzenburg cricket fields at 8am, so dust off those walking shoes, put on your pink, and make a day of it. And not to worry if you’re not super-fit – the fun 5km walk isn’t timed so you can do it at your own pace. Men and children are invited to join in the fun too – everyone is welcome to sign up and support PinkDrive, an organisation that works tirelessly to provide women around South Africa with breast-cancer with examinations and education. PinkDrive has a station at every walk where they offer free breast examinations, as well as the opportunity to talk to a representative about any breast-related matters. A walk village will be set up on the Coetzenburg cricket field, which will also be the start and finish points of the walk. Walkers will be treated to a host of fun activities on the day, including great live entertainment. Delicious hot and cold snacks, such as yummy boerie rolls, will be for sale at the Pick n Pay Food stand before and after the walk. Once the walk is over, it will be time to relax and enjoy the lucky draws. There’s even a ‘best-dressed’ prize, so if you’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to wear your pink feather boa or onesie, this is it! You can also sample delicious smoothies from our nutrition partner, Futurelife, and take some home too for the family to try. To round off the day, everyone who finishes the walk will be presented with a medal and a bag choc-full of goodies. Sound good? Then make sure you get down to your nearest Pick n Pay and sign up. Bring your walk number over to the Stellenbosch Wine Festival on either Saturday 25 or Sunday 26 February and only pay R100 (usual price R190) for your festival . . .