An age-old craft meets world-class art as the Belgian Beer Company celebrates the ‘Art of Glass’; its first-ever collaboration with an African artist, as a striking work by Lizette Chirrime finds new life on Duvel’s tulip-shaped glass. Dubbed ‘Madonna’, the artwork selected for the Duvel glass illustrates the multiple facets and layered complexity of the female form, embracing the spectrum of spirituality and sexuality. It’s a striking piece as fabric on canvas, but when admired on glass the element of transparency brings a new layer of meaning to the work. The Duvel ‘Madonna’ glass Johannesburg reveal will take place in conjunction with the opening of Lizette Chirrime’s solo show, The forms of the invisible demand at 99 Juta on 4 April 2019. The exhibition will run for two weeks at 99 Juta. Since 2010 the Duvel Collection has enjoyed enormous success in Europe, with selected international artists chosen each year to contribute an artwork to grace limited editions of the signature Duvel glass. Belgian breweries have a rich history of producing bespoke beer glasses unique to their particular brews, and the Duvel glass is one of the most famous. Crafted in the shape of northern Europe’s famed tulips, when released in the 1960s it was the first beer glass capable of holding an entire 330ml bottle of beer. That wasn’t for quenching a thirst, but rather a means to enhance the flavour and aromatics of the beer. “Women brewers dominated alcohol production on every occupied continent until commercialization and industrialization of brewing occurred, so to celebrate and keep that history alive we wanted to partner with a female artist,” explains Rejeanne Vlietman, director of the Belgian Beer Company. “We loved the way Lizette’s journey has been expressed through her art, and we felt her bold mixed media artworks would be the perfect fit for the first African artwork to grace a Duvel glass. Her work shows growth, it shows love, and it shows . . .
ULT.X And A FULL PODIUM SWEEP IN BMX Sun City - It was another incredible BMX event last weekend, with ULT.X taking place at the Sun City Resort. Monster Energy's Pat Casey, Kevin Peraza, Ben Wallace, Alex Coleborn and Mike Varga were all in town and certainly hungry to win in this event, up against a huge line-up of riders from almost every continent. The super fun and tight setup at Sun City definitely pushed all the riders to think out of the box, with a lot of emphasis put on catching transition as smooth as possible, without putting in too much pedal exertion in between the ramps. Our boys made light work of it, resulting in a full Monster Energy podium sweep from Pat Casey, Bryce Tryon and Kevin Peraza. Mike Varga and Ben Wallace wasted no time kitting up to lock in some big lines on the park. Wallace, blasting his signature cranked lookbacks and downside whips, as well as some new Can-Can 360 variations, impressing spectators and competitors alike. Fresh off a 2nd Place finish at The Night Harvest in Cape Town, Varga braved the 35+ degree heat and put in some solid runs, packed with his magical bag of tricks, like stretched Superman whips and tons of crazy looking spins and under flip transfers, ending him just off the podium in a the 4th Place spot. "This was my first trip to South Africa and I absolutely loved it here,” said Varga. “Both contests I rode at had amazing vibes and you'll definitely see me coming back in the future!” The nicest guy with the biggest smile in BMX, always doing the wildest tricks with the biggest smile on his face, Kevin Peraza definitely brought the most original lines to the contest this year. From 270-downside whip drop-ins, nose-bonk combos for days. Not forgetting those crowd-pleasing Superman seat-grabs and 360 whips, to tables. Kevin is the man, and it was great to have him back in South Africa after missing the contest last year. “I’m humbled to end up on the podium next to Pat and Bryce,” said . . .
Revelers attending this year’s Lusito Land Festival will be in for an amazing, edifying experience. The biggest cultural festival in South Africa promises to supersede all previous events, bringing bigger acts and more family-oriented entertainment. The festival is scheduled to take place on 20 April to the April 22, and then from the 26 April to April 28, 2019. It will include traditional Portuguese folk dancing, Portuguese community artists, dance schools and let’s not forget the amazing delectable cuisines. Music lovers will be enthralled at this year’s line-up with a wide-ranging genre of artists set to take center stage. Weekend one will feature: • Mi Casa • Mango Groove • Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels • Rubber DUC • Jo Black • Bobby van Jaarsveld This year we will also be offering a cutting edge 80’s rock show celebrating and paying tribute to the best alternative rock bands of the decade! The Hey Now, HEY NOW NOW band will take to the Lusito Land stage on XXX offering visitors a two- hour show of eighties alternative music, taking you back in time to your favourites. Children can enjoy a two-hour show that features South Africa’s top 10 wrestlers on an international standard wrestling ring. They can also be part of the fun by safely partaking in the sport, under the watchful eye of a ring master. An autograph session plus photos with the wrestlers will be available after the show. “The Lusito Land Festival goes beyond having the best musical acts or giving visitors an authentic taste of Portuguese food and culture. It is an event that aims to raise awareness about differently abled people and make these people more visible to society at large,” says Spokesperson for the Lusito Association, Noemia Contente. In true spirit of the cause there will be a fun 5km walk for the disabled, on Sunday, the 28th of April, starting at 8am, with an entry fee of R150, that also covers your entrance into the Festival. “We will also have a fun . . .
Aside from hosting the highly successful Lusito Land Festival, this year the Lusito Association is also inviting everyone to participate in their fun 5km Walk for the Disabled, to be held on Sunday, April 28th, 2019. “Walking is a great form of exercise, it creates healthier bodies and clears up the mind. Adding to that, participants of Sunday’s 5km walk will be walking for a good cause. The funds raised from the walk will go towards the Lusito School for differently abled children,” says Lusito Land Festival spokesperson, Noemia Contente The walk will begin at 8:00 am and will be open to anyone who wishes to join in on the fun. “To sign up to participate in the walk, attendees must pay their R150 into the Lusito Land Festival bank account and use their name and “Walk” as a reference. We will have the names of all paid participants at the registration point on the day and people will need to just tick their name off the registration list, before receiving a band which will allow them into the Lusito Land Festival at no extra cost to them,” Contente says. Lusito Land Festival is the ultimate cultural experience for the entire family with enjoyment for all ages from Portuguese folk dancing, top local artists, and mouth-watering food, celebrated at leisure under an African sky. Situated at the easy-to-access 25 Cayman Road, Johannesburg South, the festival boasts a superb safe and central location with loads of secure parking, clean facilities and a family-friendly environment. The Lusito Land Festival will run from the April 20th to 22nd, and then again from the April 26th to 28th. The Lusito Land Festival is organised by the Lusito Association, a non-profit organisation whose function is to manage and fundraise towards building and maintaining the Lusito School. “The walk on Sunday will be a great way to wind down the festival. It is also a nice way for the whole family to do something together whilst positively affecting their own lives and . . .
On 29 March Joburg Comedy Invasion will showcase comedy heavyweights in a show guaranteed to bring a “smile to your dial”! Joburg Comedy Invasion.Show starts at 8pm Silverstar is once again the home of comedy on the West Rand, big names will be bringing the big laughs in a line-up of comedy heavyweights featuring Joey Rasdien, Chris Forrest and Ebenhaezer Dibakwane. This non-stop laughter fest will touch on the silly, the surreal, the naughty and the nice in a show from the producers of “The Big 5 Comedy Show”. A stalwart of the comedy scene, Chris Forrest plays host to this motley crew of gag merchants. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Cape Town, March, 14, 2019: There are many barriers to mental health services throughout the world. Stigma (awkwardness at approaching doctors), limited public awareness, lack of resources, prohibitive costs, and challenges around finding the right service, and even phone number, are real. The internet has helped many by offering a private way to reach out that sidesteps the need first to overcome one's reluctance to share embarrassing and personal details with your doctor. Unsurprisingly, more and more people turn to the internet to find nearby therapists and clinics. Unfortunately, many of the directories and online resource lists available are plagued by problems. They are often managed by people outside of the mental health profession and hence are prone to misrepresenting critical aspects of the field. Others prove unreliable in that they contain outdated information or run on ancient technology that renders them difficult to navigate. TherapyRoute.com, a South African start-up, is changing this by developing a sophisticated online global platform that automatically displays your nearest therapists and other mental health service providers. The database includes clinicians and providers from all around the world. Search results are cleverly listed by distance from the visitor and are easily refined. TherapyRoute.com founder, Enzo Sinisi notes that "many people looking for services don’t know what kind of help they need. Reaching out can be confusing, and this is why we have placed a huge focus on developing an easy and relevant search that does not offer a ton of intimidating options". Results can be refined by the kind of therapist, the client group, issues treated and, perhaps most importantly, language. Communicating in your mother tongue can make therapy less daunting. The site also indicates which providers offer online services and allows users to filter results by private and non-profit facilities. According to Sinisi, "for a directory to truly . . .
Education Africa and Sydenham Shul proudly bring audiences Sounds of Celebration VI. This year’s concert themed ‘Heal The World’ will take place on 16 April 2019 at Emperors Palace at the Theatre Marcellus from 19h45. Join in a celebration of arts, culture, and heritage and witness over 150 passionate young performers who include pipe and pop bands, marimba and steel bands including dancers, singers and a fabulous choir joined by renowned music sensation Moshe Lichtensteinand the Chupah Band who will mesmerize audiences with a unique musical offering. Through Sounds of Celebration harmony, collaboration, skills development, and artistic genius unite talented South African youth representing a wide range of cultures and instruments celebrating our diversity. 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 sixth consecutive year of the ‘Sounds of Celebration’ project in which NGO Education Africa has collaborated with Sydenham Shul to uplift disadvantaged communities around Gauteng. The most recent of Education Africa’s 9 grassroots projects, the establishment of Marimba Hubs across Gauteng’s communities is amongst their most inspiring. Education Africa has opened up 12 Marimba Hubs in and around Gauteng. These Marimba Hubs may be found in Alexandra, Soweto, Daveyton, Reiger Park, Etwatwa, Bertrams, Lenasia and Eden Park and Hammanskraal. Proceeds of this year’s funding will open 3 more hubs while continuing to sustain and expand the existing Hubs. We will be featuring 3 bands with disabilities including the Dominican School for the Deaf in Hammanskraal, Jiswa Training Centre in Lenasia for severely intellectually disabled children (S.I.D.) and MC Kharbai Special School in Lenasia for mildly intellectually disabled and deaf children (M.I.D.). Bookings at www.ticketpro.co.za or Spar outlets For more information about the project and the . . .
The Ekasi Tech Fest Esports Tournament Counter Strike Global Offensive (CS: GO) 2019 Invitational sponsored by AOC South Africa, will have a prize money of R10 000 and featuring some of the country four top CS: GO sides, Ekasi Esports, Bravado Gaming, White Rabbing Gaming and Omnius Gaming, competing for the main prize of R 10 000. The Ekasi Tech Fest Esports Tournament will be hosted at Soweto Theatre, from the 28th – 29th June 2019. The inaugural tournament will also feature popular esports titles on the agenda such as FIFA 19, Tekken 7, Street Fighter V, as well as prize giveaways, arcade corners, experience room and more gaming. The Ekasi Tech Festival hosted a successful CS: GO exhibition match in 2018, between Ekasi Esports and Goliath Gaming, which was won by Goliath Gaming and 2018 event, also saw the crowning of the first Gauteng Gaming Community Cup Champions in Tekken 7 & FIFA 18 titles. The Tickets for the Ekasi Tech Fest Esports Tournament ranges from R 80.00 for day pass, R 150.00 for 2-day pass and R 250.00 for the FFA 19, Tekken 7 and Street Fighter V tournaments participation. Tickets for the event are available at www.e-kasifest.co.za / www.sowetotheatre.com and any Pick n Pay outlets in South Africa. About EKASI TECH FEST ESPORTS TOURNAMENT Ekasi Tech Fest Esports Tournament is an initiative by I-village Foundation NPC that is built from the ground up to focus on esports community and fan creations, with the aim of creating an environment that promote esports in South Africa, increase its level of awareness, improve its participation and inspire future talent. AOC AOC is one of the global top brands in the display market. High quality, first-rate service, attractive designs as well as environmentally friendly, ergonomic and innovative products at competitive prices are the reasons why more and more consumers, corporate decision-makers and distribution partners trust in AOC. COMSOL Comsol is South Africa's premier layer . . .
Cannabis-Oil lists only the most dependable CBD products of the highest quality in South Africa. Cape Town, March 12, 2019 - This new site has been launched, dedicated to those who not only want to become familiar with CBD oil, as well as guided and educated about the topic. cannabis-oil.co.za provides informative articles about the plant, as well as different kinds of strains. All articles on the site are written by marijuana and cannabis enthusiasts. Since the legal era is fairly new, the aim is to educate and notify the South Africans about the pros and cons of the cannabis oil products on the market today. The focus of the site is to educate the readers about CBD oil and products online, with all research supported by scientific papers. Moreover, the idea is to help you become familiar with the effective uses of this oil - ultimately allowing you to have a better, healthy life. Unlike other sites, Cannabis-oil.co.za explains how it can help people suffering from anxiety, insomnia, cancer, stress, and ADHD. What's more, you have the option to immediately purchase a suitable CBD oil. Even though the main focus is on CBD oil, the site also offers Hemp oil and clearly explains the difference between the two. Cannabis-oil is thoroughly explaining how to use hemp oil in the kitchen. Cooking with hemp is no different than using any other oil/herb. “My parents hated the fact that I smoked weed occasionally when I was younger. Anything related to cannabis was bad. Nowadays both my father and mother don't sleep a night without CBD oil and they even invest in some Cannabis related companies. I am happy to bring my expertise from the Netherlands to South Africa, to pursue my passion” —Olivier van Geenhoven (Founder) Finally, the site’s blog contains informative articles that manage to remain interesting and entertaining. The articles show controversial findings after multiple case studies but are also just really fun to read. There is a new . . .
The Motor Industry Staff Association (MISA) has called on the South African retail motor industry to accelerate gender equality in the retail motor sector in observance of International Women's Day on Friday, 8 March 2019. While some progress has been made in empowering women in this important economic sector, the South African retail motor industry is still very much a man’s world, according to Martlé Keyter, MISA’s CEO for Operations and National Co-ordinator of the MISA Women’s Forum. While International Women’s Day is an opportunity to highlight the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, Keyter believes the push for gender parity is far from over, especially in the workplace. "Women are still paid less for the same work as their male counterparts, female managers and directors remain in the minority, and motherhood still poses a career risk for many women," notes Keyter. Real and effective plans needed MISA has urged employers to put real and effective plans and measures in place to end gender-based stereotyping and to ensure women are protected against harassment and violence in the workplace. "There will be no greater accomplishment and reward other than to see the motor industry as a vibrant sector where it is the norm that the work of women is valued as much as men’s, where women are not isolated into low-paying jobs or discriminated against, where they do not risk their health or safety or that of their unborn children, and where they have equal access to good quality jobs and decent working conditions," says Keyter. MISA is an active campaigner for gender parity MISA is an active campaigner for gender parity and through its Women’s Forum has become a leader in this area in the South African motor industry. “It’s a simple concept: when we act with other women, we are more powerful than acting alone,” she says. "As a credible, strong and fast-growing trade union, MISA can address women’s priority concerns . . .