“Se vuol ballare, Signor Contino? – If you would dance, my little Count?”. This is what Figaro asks, somewhat belligerently, in his famous cavatina from Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro. Translating Mozart’s creative spirit and constantly initiating new ideas, the 2013 Johannesburg International Mozart Festival picks up on the dance theme, and presents various concerts that fuse music and movement. A number of choreography concerts take place at this year’s Festival, probing the art of improvisation through combined explorations of music and dance. On Wednesday 30 January, Bach Solo cello suites embedded in free improvisations will be accompanied by dance choreography, with Erich Oskar Huetter (cello) and Tanima (dance). Supported by the Austrian Embassy, in collaboration with MIAGI, this concert takes place at The Fringe, Johannesburg Theatre, at 20:00. On Thursday 7 and Friday 8 February at 19:30, the Wits Art Museum will host two unique examinations of this theme. "Moving Mozart" will see acclaimed South African dancers Mamela Nyamza and Kirsty Ndawo on stage with Andreas Kern (piano); performing to the works of Mozart, Schumann and Eggert. The rhythmic force of percussion meets dance when Duo FourIVTwo (marimba and vibraphone) share the stage with Thabo Rapoo from Tshwane Dance Theatre, the following day. On Monday 4 February, internationally acclaimed violinist, broadcaster, conductor, speaker, educator and writer Ruth Waterman will discuss, illustrate and dance aspects of J. S. Bach’s Partita no.3 in E major BWV1006 for solo violin. Taking the audience “behind the notes” into the world of the interpreter in an illuminating exploration followed by a concert performance, Waterman will pull out all the stops by attempting to dance the minuet, as well as playing an unusual sarabande on the piano. She will also show how Bach chose to recreate the prelude in a glittering version for full orchestra. “Our reverence for Bach and his enormous output . . .
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 email@example.com. For further information on DTM SA visit www.dtmsa.co.za, or contact Karen du Toit on +27 83 685 6406 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: simone jansen from dtmsa. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
The theme for the 2013 Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF) is Se vuol ballare - If you would dance. The 5th JIMF opens on Sunday 27 January 2013, the commemoration of the birthdate of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The 2013 JIMF will run for two weeks at various venues across Johannesburg. There will also be a pre-festival concert on 19 January, which takes the form of a Viennese New Year’s Concert, with music and dance. The opening concert for the JIMF on 27 January 2013 will feature the Zurich Chamber Orchestra with the South African National Youth Orchestra, conducted by the renowned Sir Roger Norrington. The JIMF programme will again include various symphony concerts, recitals and workshops; including the popular Orchestra from Scratch, an initiative introduced to the JIMF in 2012. For this event, people are not only participating as listeners, but they are actually performing themselves, therefore supporting the JIMF’s commitment to bringing classical music to as wide an audience as possible. There will also be concerts by Buskaid, the Chanticleer Singers, as well as children’s concerts. The final programme will be available on www.join-mozart-festival.org. The programme for the 5th Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF) will be released in early December. Tickets will be available from Computicket. Please contact (011) 447 9264 for more information and visit www.join-mozart-festival.org. “Like” the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival page on Facebook for regular updates on Festival happenings and competitions. More Info: http://www.join-mozart-festival.org/home/ 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: Buskaid [/l2g] . . .
Sustainable design prototypes exhibited at The Hub Prototypes of the winning designs of the 2011-2012 Fresh Talent competition, hosted by the then known Eco Design Initiative (which in August rebranded to Shift: Inspiring sustainable design) will be on show at The Hub in Johannesburg from 14 November. The exhibition marks the final leg of the past year’s competition and coincides with Global Entrepreneurship week, an international initiative that introduces the act and art of entrepreneurship to young people in various countries. The exhibition will run from 14-24 November and entry is free. Says Janine Johnston, CEO of Shift: “We are very excited to launch the Johannesburg exhibition of the 2011-2012 competition on this date as one of our aims is to not only teach young creatives to design sustainably but also to think in an entrepreneurial way when designing. After all, sustainable design aims to deliver social, environmental and economic benefits.” The annual Fresh Talent competition invites young people to design sustainable solutions for a range of challenges faced by people and the environment. Showcasing the designs and concept prototypes of the 2011-2012 winners and multi-media stories of the finalists’ journey into sustainable design through their participation in Shift’s educational exchange program, the exhibition also offers the opportunity to view global examples of sustainable design curated with INDEX: Design to Improve Life®. The winners of the 2011-2012 Fresh Talent Competition are, Gabriele Birkenmayer for Shoots –A Grassroots Bamboo Project (first place), Wayde Dyers for his Vermiculture Growth System (second place), and Marieke Adams for the Ikghuphu Sleeve (third place). The Exhibition is free and open daily from 9am to 9pm at The Hub, 4 De Beer St (cnr Smit St), Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2000 For more information visit www.theshift.org.za, or email email@example.com or watch our latest videos on . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 7 November 2012 Eastgate shopping centre’s signature annual Look of Fashion event, which takes place on 16th November this year, will feature LOCNVILLE, SA’s much-loved duo who in the last few years have not only achieved #1 Platinum Status success for their debut album ‘Sun in my pocket’, but also won the SAMA Award for Best Newcomer and Biggest Selling Album, MK Award for ‘Best Newcomer’ as well as winning the Heat Magazine ‘Hot 100’. Their second studio album ‘Running To Midnight’ was uniquely released with a 100 day countdown, involving 294000 plus fans in the process from start to finish. It includes the radio hit ‘Stars Above You’. The Eastgate Look of Fashion 2012 final event, featuring all twelve selected finalists, will take place at Eastgate shopping centre. This year’s show is choreographed and produced by fashion extraordinaire Juanita Daniel and will feature further performances by sensational new performers Benedikt Sebastian and ChianoSky, who have both launched their debut albums countrywide this year respectively titled ‘Jy Weet Ek Weet’ (produced by industry stalwart Gabi Le Roux) and ‘Hungry’. The event will be hosted by Pabi Moloi, well-known radio DJ at Highveld 94.7 and previous host on All Access. The Eastgate Look of Fashion competition received hundreds of entries for participation this year. Entrants 18 years of age and not older than 25 after 1 November this year could enter. Thirty semi-finalists were selected to attend a screening at which twelve finalists were selected. Two previous winners, namely Tansey Coetzee and Bokang Montjane, went on to be crowned Miss South Africa after winning the 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 last year’s competition. For more information visit www.eastgateshops.com or contact the Customer Service . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 15 October 2012 Eastgate shopping centre’s annual Look of Fashion event will take place again in November. One of the most prestigious modeling events to take place at any shopping centre, it is also one of the longest running and renowned launchpads for many aspiring models. Two previous winners, namely Tansey Coetzee and Bokang Montjane, went on to be crowned Miss South Africa after winning the 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 last year’s competition. The event’s call for entries opens from 15 October and closes 26 October, 2012. Entrants need to be 18 years of age and not turn older than 25 after 1 November 2012. Entry forms are available at Eastgate shopping centre Customer Service Desk. Entries must be completed with two photographs attached; a head and shoulder shot and a full length shot, and handed in at Eastgate Centre Management, situated at Entrance 8. Thirty semi-finalists will be invited to a screening process, whereby twelve finalists will be selected through a judging process. Semi-finalists will be advised after the 26th of October 2012 deadline and need to be available on the 4th of November 2012. The final show, featuring all twelve finalists, will take place at Eastgate shopping centre on the 16th of November 2012. The show will be choreographed by Juanita Daniel, well-known international Fashion week choreographer. The Look of Fashion winner for 2012 will win a trip overseas to further her career internationally with Full Circle Model Management, owned by Janez Vermeiren and Paul Coetzee. For more information visit www.eastgateshops.com or contact the Customer Service Desk on 011 479 6000. Visit Eastgate-shops (Facebook fan page) or follow Eastgate on Twitter @Eastgateshops for the latest news on promotions and . . .
Press release 10th September 2012 For Immediate Release The 2012 Avis South African Derby, driven by VW – “In Black and White”! It’s just days away from the equestrian fraternity’s most anticipated event, the 2012 Avis South African Derby. More than 13 000 spectators will pack the grand stands and the various marquees at Kyalami Equestrian Park in Johannesburg to watch the much anticipated showdown between the top equestrian riders in South Africa. The theme for this years Sunday event is “In Black and White” and organisers are expecting attendees to the Sunday finals to really take heed of the theme and express themselves. Avis and VW are providing a free shuttle service from the parking areas to ensure that the patron’s finest is not exposed to excessive amounts of walking and that guests arrive at the main arena looking their best. The 2012 Avis South African Derby will be held from 3rd to 7th October at Kyalami Equestrian Park. The equestrian festival spans a full 5 days. Entrance from Wednesday to Friday is free and guests can enjoy the nailbiting action of all the preliminary rounds and qualifiers. The event really comes to life from Saturday as families and friends descend on the grounds to take in the food, wine, entertainment and sport with Sunday remaining the pinnacle. Saturday highlights: Childrens play and entertainment area featuring face painting, mechanical bull, jumping castles, clown shows and more Food village with 15 different flavours and varieties of food and from around the world set on a lovely deck under tents and umbrellas Shopping village with over 20 retail stores showcasing a wide variety of fashions and jewellery Exclusive GHS members area with private grand stand and cocktail lounge Large general access beer tent serving a variety of local beers to help quench the thirst Mini Show Jumping Derby (1.3m) and other top equestrian disciplines Sunday highlights - All of the highlights mentioned in Saturday . . .
20th Century Masters: the human figure at the Standard Bank Gallery from 13 July to 15 September 2012 The Standard Bank Gallery, currently exhibiting 20th Century Masters: the human figure, will extend its weekend opening hours until 16:00 on Saturdays, due to public demand. “We have been overwhelmed by the public’s positive response to the exhibition so far, and would like as many people as possible to have a chance to see this remarkable collection of work” says Mandie van der Spuy, Head of Arts Sponsorships at Standard Bank. 20th Century Masters: the human figure comprises a selection of approximately 50works from the collections of France’s leading provincial cultural institutions.Curated by Sylvie Ramond, director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, the exhibition includes works by some of France’s most acclaimed modernists, as well as more contemporary French artists and a few other giants of the international art world who have connections with France. The exhibition offers a fascinating survey of various ways in which mainly French artists have depicted the human body over the last 100 years through painting, printmaking, film and photography. Some of these artists, such as Fernand Leger, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Félix Vallotton, Victor Brauner and Wilfredo Lam, are renowned pioneers of early modernism. They are acclaimed for their contribution towards freeing the artist from the traditional responsibility to depict the human body naturalistically by adopting a subjective approach to reality and a new focus on innovation and personalised expression. The exhibition also showcases works by 19th-century greats such as Gustav Courbet, Jean-Francois Millet and Edouard Manet, and artists associated with Impressionism including Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas and August Renoir. Free Public Walkabouts will be conducted by art historian Marion Dixon, every Friday between 13:00 and 14:00, for the duration of the exhibition. This . . .
[Wednesday, 13 June 2012] This Youth Day the first ever Joburg Tweetup takes place in Soweto. The event hosted by Internet evangelist, Ramon Thomas, takes place on Saturday, June 16 at the renowned Wandies Place starting 1pm. We invite you to join this special occasion, raising awareness of the extraordinary power of social media among to youth of South Africa’s largest township. Haroun Kola Tweetup Speaker"As Twitter drives social change and social networks become mainstream, the youth have a critical role to play driving the communication channels of tomorrow. The 160 character limitation of Twitter is an ideal medium for kids brought up on a diet of SMS-lingo," says Haroun Kola, one of the speakers at the #YouthDayTweetup. Joburg Tweetups have grown to over 400 members since launching in 2009. Many of the members are among the most influential or Twitterati like Melanie Minnaar, the founder of Twitter Blanket Drive and Bruce Mubayiwa, the LinkedIn Coach, both speaking at the #YouthDayTweetup. "Tweetups are social meet-ups where we get together and chat about Twitter and how we use in our daily lives," asserts Ramon Thomas, the new organiser of Joburg Tweetups. "The key to networking is meeting people and establishing trust, honesty and respect. Tweetups are the perfect platform for formal networking and informal networking." To grow Tweetups we add value to Twitter users by providing a safe and fun environment for them to meet, chat, laugh and network. As we launch the #YouthDayTweetup in Soweto, we acknowledge the revolution that broke the camel’s back, took place exactly 30 years before Twitter launched in 1976. Twitter made headlines over the last two years as the main ingredient in the Arab Spring uprisings across the Middle East. SPEAKERS LINE-UP: After lunch starting 2pm three speakers will address the #YouthDayTweetup discussing how they use Twitter in their personal and professional lives. * Bruce Mubayiwa: a top LinkedIn Coach is proud . . .