Where the mountains and the sea meet there is a spot along the Western Cape coast that has magic attached to it. Rolling lawns, the beauty of our Cape fynbos and mountains that by their very majesty, embrace the visitor and form a natural amphitheatre - this then is the scene that would greet you at the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden in Betty’s Bay. Add the sounds of some of our top musicians and immediately the vision is complete. Following on from their successful concerts of previous years the Garden is presenting two top class events on two Saturdays that end the old year and begin the new: 28 December 2013 and 4 January 2014. The concerts will start at 19h00 and the venue is one that will surprise and delight visitors and residents alike. A visit to this Garden offers a wide range of activities that show off the Overberg area to its best advantage. So pack a picnic and prepare to enjoy some local talent that will have you up and dancing under African skies. On 28 December SA Idols winner Karin Kortjie will take the stage at the Garden in a concert that brings her back into the forefront of local musicians. With opening act Robin Pieter, the evening will show why this talented young singer attracts fans from all over South Africa. Karin was winner of the third season of Idols in South Africa in 2006 and she achieved major accolades following her win and the release of her debut album in 2006 “I am so ready” which achieved gold status. Taking a break from the stage to have a family, new management brought her back into the limelight and since then she has enjoyed a hit new single and played in a musical telling her life story. Robin Pieter is an emerging local artist born and bred in Cape Town. Singing in boy groups since the age of 16, he studied at the highly acclaimed Cape Music Institute. Robin brings a fresh new innovative approach to his music and specializes in most of the popular genres showing his extraordinary versatility. He has . . .
The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown is now accepting applications for Fringe productions wanting to take part in the 2014 edition of the Festival. The Festival will take place from 3 to 13 July 2014. 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 350 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. “The 2014 edition of the Festival promises to be a particularly exciting one, with the 40th anniversary of the Festival coinciding with our country marking 20 years of democracy. As always, we’re looking forward to programming a diverse selection of productions, and we’re on hand to help with any queries that artists might have before the closing date,” Fringe Manager Zee Nweba said. Application for the 2014 Fringe can be submitted, via the Festival’s website – www.nationalartsfestival.co.za from Thursday, 31 October. Interested artists, performers, directors and producers can also request application forms and information booklets from the Fringe Office by email - email@example.com, telephone – 046 603 1103, or fax – 086 233 2119. The deadline for registration is Friday 17 January 2014. The National Arts Festival is sponsored by Standard Bank, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, The Department of Arts and Culture, The Eastern Cape Government, The National Arts Council, City Press and M Net. More Info link:: http://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/ Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Fiona Gordon from The Famous Idea Trading Co.. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One For high res . . .
LAND - an event comprising performances, visual art installations, public lectures and panels about land, territory, ownership and art – will be presented by the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) from 21-24 November at various spaces throughout the City of Cape Town. South Africa is characterised by a series of disjunctive experiences in a land of extraordinary contrast: its natural splendour belies the brutal experiences of slavery, forced removals and continued poverty. In deference to the centennial of the infamous Native Land Act of 1913, there has been a national focus on land as a vessel of trade, trauma, and restitution. The material inscription of colonisation, with the Land Act as its formalisation, remains performative - still determining where people live and intersect, and how people move through space. It results in diverse and opposing ideas, values, dreams that constantly disrupt the country’s present. That such distension still exists twenty years into our democracy, foregrounds the complexity of the subject. LAND focuses on contemporar y practices, the traumas and the hauntedness that manifest as a result of this condition. The event probes the nuances and paradoxes of the subject as taken on by visual and performing artists, composers, musicians and filmmakers. While there will be consideration of broad, overarching themes such as restitution; many of the talks will be presented by artists and art theorists around processes and impacts of a range of artworks. Site specific performances, visual art installations, choreographed works, film screenings and exhibitions will punctuate the theoretical conversations, providing immediate material for discussion and further research. A strong feature of LAND is that it takes place at various spaces of historical significance and contemporary contestation in the city. The controversial Prestwich Memorial hosts the opening night with keynote addresses by Professors Lungisile . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, October 2013 On Friday, 18 October 2013, Eastgate Shopping Centre experienced a night of fabulous fashion and stylish trends at the annual Eastgate Look of Fashion (LOF) 2013. The Eastgate LOF is a prestigious platform for local talent and aspiring models to launch their careers, and is the longest running, and most influential modelling competition to take place at any shopping centre in South Africa. Brittany Ward walked away with the Eastgate LOF 2013 title and won prizes to the value of over R60, 000 which included an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas and a chance to compete at the Italian 2014 Ragazza Cinema International beauty competition. Brittany was crowned by the Eastgate LOF 2012 winner, Sharleen Dziire, Jordan Airey came in second place as First Princess and Reabetswe Sechoara in third place as Second Princess. The audience was entertained by the dynamic Fever Trio, emcee Gert “G” Boshoff and fabulous prize giveaways. Arthur Kaplan Jewellers and Stuttafords were the main sponsors for this event as well as other tenant and external participation. This year’s panel of judges included Sir Franco D’Arrigo of D'Arrigo International, Jacinda Louw-Schutte (TV presenter and Survivor SA 2006 runner-up), Dunay Nortjie- Darren (model and Kurt Darren’s wife), Andre Arendse (South African footballer and Safe Hands Soccer coach), Annie Malan (South African TV Actress), Hester Wasserfall (Eastgate Centre Manager), Kennedy Tsimba (former Cheetahs Rugby Player), Matty Reid (International life skills trainer), Mastura Ahmed (Liberty Properties) and Nashil Chotoki (Liberty Properties). We were also graced by Celeste Khumalo’s (Miss SA Teen 2011and Eastgate LOF Princess 2011) presence. For more information contact the Customer Service Desk on 011-479-6000. Keep us with Eastgate Shopping Centre’s latest news, stylish trends promotions and events on Facebook or Twitter. About Eastgate Shopping Centre Eastgate Shopping . . .
There’s triple the fun this New Year’s Eve as three of South Africa’s top performers – Goldfish, Yoav and Tailor hit the stage at Kirstenbosch for a celebration you won’t want to miss. New Year’s Eve is a time to share with friends and family and where better than at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, under African skies. And what better way to welcome in the New Year than with these talented musicians. Tailor will open the show. Pinning her down to a single style is impossible. Musically, she moves effortlessly from modern folk to blues-rock to pure pop and soul. Songs can be rich and cinematic or simple and sparse. Vocally, Tailor is as versatile and hints of Patti Smith and PJ Harvey show in her rock songs, but also of Feist, Florence Welch, Ellie Goulding and Kate Bush. On the South African Music Scene website, her debut album “Dark Horse” was described as “utter unique brilliance”, so New Year revellers are in for a real treat. Singer-songwriter Yoav has the unique ability to create a phenomenal spectrum of sound that transcends genre, resulting in a one-man sonic showdown. Using his acoustic guitar and a constantly mutating live looping setup, Yoav’s distinctive sound and multi-layered songs have connected with audiences everywhere. His debut album, Charmed and Strange (2008), had an extraordinary effect on people around the world. Since its release, he has been on a journey of sold-out headline shows in Canada, the US and Europe. The electronic duo of Goldfish is one of South Africa’s favourite live acts. With vast international experience, they have just returned from another residency in Ibiza as well as many sold-out European and American shows. Goldfish bring a spectacular and eclectic genre-defying mix of live instruments, deliciously awesome house beats, trip-hop infused vocals and a searing live performance to the sometimes robotic and formulaic world of electronic music. It is their powerful merger of soulful, live instruments combining . . .
Imagine Racing offers ro ensure that celebrities have the inside track on horse racing. The Emperor’s Palace Charity Mile and the R3 Million Ready to Run Cup take place at Turffontein Racecourse on the 2nd of November 2013. With just over two weeks to go, the excitement is building for one of the biggest race days on the Highveld Horse Racing calendar. The Charity Mile sees each horse represented by a well known personality who is also representing a charity. While the names of some of this year’s celebrities are being kept under wraps, well known faces include radio personality Bailey Schneider and Super Sport presenter and passionate racing enthusiast, Neil Andrews. Also rumoured to be on the list for this year is Olympic Gold Medalist, Ryk Neethling. In this worthy showcase of horse racing for a good cause, a total of R550, 000 will be given away to the 16 participating charities. The charity of the winning horse gets R100, 000 with each following represented charity receiving a relative portion of the total. Even the 16th placed charity receives R20, 000, so no organisation is left out. This makes for a very exciting race day and the celebrities and charities relish the thrill of shouting home their horse, and hoping to see it cross the line first. While horse racing is the ultimate sporting thrill, to those not familiar with the sport, it can seem complex and confusing. Imagine Racing is offering Horse Racing 101 background to anyone who wishes to know more about the ins and outs and ensure that they come to the races fully prepared! The R 3 Million Ready to Run Cup is the second feature race on the day, with entries restricted to qualifying graduates of the Ready to Run Sale 2012. The Final Field and draws will be announced on Tuesday the 29th of October. Unlike other races which pay down to the 5th place, this race pays to the 10th placed horse, and with the first place prize of R1.5 Million, acceptance into the race is highly anticipated . . .
The National Arts Festival last night named an unprecedented eight young South Africans winners of the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award, bringing to 125 the total number who have been honoured since Standard Bank began sponsoring the Awards three decades ago. The Award is made annually to young South African artists who are either on the threshold of national acclaim, or whose artistic excellence has enabled them to make international breakthroughs. “Celebrating excellence, innovation and a refined technical skill and artistry rests at the heart of the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards. Each of this year’s winners represent the vibrancy and sophistication with which South Africa’s artistic and cultural legacy continues to be enriched” said Festival Artistic Director, Ismail Mahomed. The Awards include, for the first time since inception, a prize shared by siblings in a single category, with photographers Hasan and Husain Essop being named joint Visual Art winners. The brothers have been collaborating since their graduation from the Michaelis School of Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town, and will stage a new joint exhibition in Grahamstown next year. “It is also only the sixth time since the start of the awards that a prize has been given in the ‘Film’ category, and we are delighted that we can include that on our roster of winners together with our newest award category for ‘Performance Art’, which was instituted last year,” Mahomed said. “Quite often we have had to present a smaller, refined list of winners – this time we wanted a full slate, covering all the key genr es celebrated by the National Arts Festival in anticipation of our double anniversary celebrations in 2014.” Next year, apart from being the 30th year Standard Bank have sponsored the Award, the Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary. The winners of the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Awards are: Jahmil XT Qubeka for Film Nicola Elliott for Dance Kyle Shepherd . . .
SA’s BIGGEST AND MOST POPULAR YOUTH FESTIVAL ADDS ANOTHER BIG INTERNATIONAL NAME TO THE LINE-UP The 4U RAGE FESTIVAL has secured sought-after Dutch DJ sensation, R3hab, to perform at this year’s biggest youth festival in South Africa. Best known for his work alongside Lady Gaga, Bob Sinclair, Calvin Harris and Lil’ Wayne, R3hab will tear up the decks at the 2013 installment of the annual festival, taking place in Umhlanga and Ballito. Thousands of party-goers will not only get to experience the sounds of R3hab, but an international line-up never seen before in South Africa. Featuring some of the biggest names in electronic dance music, 4U RAGE FESTIVAL PASSPORT holders will also party to Danny Avila (Spain), Madeon (France), Borgore (Israel), Tube & Berger (Germany), Bakermat (Netherlands), Hannah Wants (UK) and Stimming (Germany). Complimenting the massive international line-up will be local heroes Goldfish, DJ Fresh, Pascal & Pearce, GoodLuck, Jack Parow and many more. The 4U RAGE FESTIVAL PASSPORTS are almost sold out so be sure to get yours to gain access to the biggest and best parties this holiday season. Cross your calendars off from the 28th of November right through to the 7th of December because your 4U RAGE FESTIVAL PASSPORT will be put to good use attending over five premium venues in Umhlanga and Ballito, equipped with the best in production elements, party vibes and entertainers. And we’re not done yet – stay close to the 4U RAGE FESTIVAL Facebook page for even more exclusive announcements around the biggest youth festival in South Africa. Remember, the only way to get in on the action is to have an official 4U RAGE FESTIVAL PASSPORT – available only at www.ragefestival.co.za now! 4U RAGE FESTIVAL is proudly sponsored by Vodacom 4U and BlackBerry. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ragefestivalsa Twitter: @ggrage #Rage2013 More Info link:: http://www.ragefestival.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: . . .
The annual Eastgate Look of Fashion (LOF) event will take place at Eastgate Shopping Centre on Friday, 18 October 2013. The signature event, which stages the latest in style and beauty trends at Eastgate Shopping Centre, is a renowned launch pad for aspiring models as well as the longest running and most influential modelling competition to take place at any shopping centre in South Africa. The Eastgate Look of Fashion event is an annual showcase for South Africa’s best entertainers, mixing fashion and music seamlessly. Last year’s performers included Locnville, Chiano Sky and Benedikt Sebastian. The competition is recognized as a prestigious platform for local talent and aspirant models to launch their careers. Two previous winners, namely Tansey Coetzee and Bokang Montjane, went on to be crowned Miss South Africa after winning the Eastgate Look of Fashion title. Celebrities that have entered in previous years include Claudia Henkel, Shashi Naidoo, Rosette Mogomotsi and previous runner-up Celeste Khumalo, who was crowned Miss SA Teen in 2011. Entries were open to contestants 17 years of age not older than 25 years in 2014. Thirty semi-finalists were invited to a screening process, whereby sixteen finalists were selected. The selected finalists include, Toka Lintsa, Brittany Ward, Amy Samuels, Jordan Airey, Chloe Coston, Demi Tromp, Jessica Tovey, Marilet Branders, Reabetswe Sechoara, Michelle Howell, Angelique v Dyk, Carrie-Leigh Miranda, Courtney Renniers, Carrie Mae Marder, Patience Tenyane, Kirsten Carls. Judges include Sir Franco D’Arrigo (D'Arrigo International), Jacinda Louw-Schutte (TV presenter &Survivor SA 2006 runner-up), Dunay Nortjie- Darren (Model & Wife of Kurt Darren), Andre Arendse (South African footballer & Safe Hands Soccer coach), Sir Massimo Civale (Italian Film Director), Melinda Bam (Miss SA 2011), Annie Malan (SA TV Actress), Princess Letizia (Spain), Hester Wasserfall (Eastgate Shopping Centre Manager), Mastura . . .
Nominees announced for 2013 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards Cape Town – Today, Eat Out announced the nominees for this year’s prestigious Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards. Considered South Africa’s most prestigious gastronomic event to celebrate chefs, restaurants and the culinary industry, this year’s awards will take place on Sunday 10 November 2013 at The Lookout at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. The nominees are: Bread & Wine, Camphors at Vergelegen, Delaire Graff Estate Restaurant, DW Eleven-13, Five Hundred, The Greenhouse, Hartford House, Indochine, Jordan Restaurant, The Kitchen at Maison, La Colombe, Makaron, Overture, Pierneef à La Motte, Planet Restaurant, The Restaurant at Waterkloof, Rust en Vrede, The Tasting Room, The Test Kitchen and Tokara. Amongst the above candidates will be the winners of the following categories: Restaurant of the Year, Eat Out San Pellegrino Chef of the Year, Service Excellence and the Top 10 restaurants. For the third consecutive year, the winners of the ‘Best of’ categories will also be announced at the Awards. They are the Jacobsdal Best Steakhouse Award, Best Asian Restaurant, Best Italian Restaurant, Best Country-style Restaurant and Best Bistro, as well as the winner of the Boschendal Style Award. Aileen Lamb, General Manager of Eat Out, said, “We’re confident in our new approach to the judging process and the subsequent audit of the results. In the interest of transparency, which has been our focus from the outset, we will make the scores available to all the nominees.” Apart from a lavish gourmet experience and celebrations of peers in the industry, the awards event will also include the revelation of the anonymous South African-based judges, who worked alongside editor of Eat Out and chief judge Abigail Donnelly to determine the winners. Donnelly said of the nominees, “This year we have definitely seen a bit of a shake-up. There are some new additions to the list, . . .