25th Battle of the Giants All Styles Dance Festival.
Mar26

25th Battle of the Giants All Styles Dance Festival.

Let the energy and rhythm of dance captivate you at South Africa’s premier dance event, the 25th Battle of the Giants All Styles Dance Festival between Friday 11 April and Sunday 13 April at Sun International’s Sun City Resort.   Under the aegis of the South African Dance Teachers Association Stage Branch, the event presents a kaleidoscope of dance forms attracting amateur, championship and professional dance entrants from around the country.   Dancers will compete in Freestyle, Slowdance, Ballroom and Latin, Hip Hop, Showdance, Street Dance Show, Disco Dance, Jazz, Breakdance and Electric Boogie. The Stage branch has opened a para category for disabled competitors as well.   The audience can expect to see a visual feast of colourful, glamorous costumes, dramatic make-up and the dynamism, passion and energy of dance, coupled with expert choreography and dancing.   The high calibre judging panel reflects the importance of the Battle of the Giants on the dance calendar. Judging this year’s contest are Kirsten Dan Jensen from Denmark  who serves on the Presidium of the International Dance Organization, along with a leading panel of South African judges including David Jones, Rudi Smit, Diana Moore, Pacou Mutombo and Craig Bullock to name a few.   The Festival is also a springboard for talented entrants who go on to achieve even greater recognition. The current World Freestyle and Slowdance Champion Kalon Badenhorst is one such example.   According to Bev Wood of the South African Dance Teachers Association Stage Branch, “We encourage each and every participant to reach their goals and strive to reach new heights in their dancing achievements. I know that the dancers will create another spectacular and successful Battle of the Giants and at the same time, climb the ranks of World dancing.”   Each day of the Festival dancing will begin at 9am. Tickets are available from Computicket at R75 per person per day, and R80 for the Grand Final on Saturday evening. Discounts are available for children under 12.   For more information about Sun City’s special accommodation packages contact Dreams on (011) 217 5555, or E-maildreams@suninternational.com or log into www.suninternationaldreams.com.   DATES             Friday 11 April to Sunday 13 April 2014 TIMES              From 07h00, dancing starts at 09h00 daily. Grand Final at 19h00 on Saturday 12 April 2014 VENUE                        Sun City Superbowl TICKETS          Booking at Computicket. Tickets from R75 daily, R80 each for Saturday night, discounts are available for children....

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Nissan Easter Festival.
Mar26

Nissan Easter Festival.

Easter long weekend is approaching. For those who will be in and around Johannesburg, the place to be is definitely at the Nissan Easter Festival! See more after the jump.   Now in its 5th year, the Nissan Easter Festival will once again deliver a 10 day celebration of equestrian events, entertainment and fun for the whole family this April.   Nissan South Africa has again partnered with Kyalami Park Club to bring you a fun filled programme from Saturday 12th April until Monday 21st April 2014. The first weekend will concentrate on the dressage classes and the rest of the show will mainly feature show-jumping and the Inter-Africa Cup. The Nissan Easter Festival includes the SA Pony Rider Grand Prix, The KPC Young Rider Grand Prix and will conclude on Easter Monday with the hotly contested Adult SA Jumping Outdoor Grand Prix.   After the success of last year’s festival, which included a spectacular tie at first place in the Nissan Six Bar event as well as a memorable win by Capital Don Cumarco in the Nissan SA Adult Outdoor Grand Prix, this year’s action is set to be every bit as exciting.   While South Africa’s top riders and horses are without a doubt the main attraction, the festival has far more to offer. Food stalls, entertainment, child-friendly activities and market stalls will provide plenty of fun throughout the duration of the festival.   With free entrance and secure parking – families, friends and sporting fans can enjoy the live action as it unfolds, with each day offering more excitement, big wins and plenty of family fun.  Event dates: 12th April until 21st April 2014 Time: 8:00am to 17:00pm Address: 1 Dahlia Road Kyalami 1687 Ticket price: Free entry Website: and http://www.kyalamipark.com/www.nissan.co.za Facebook: GautengHorseSociety and...

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John Newman’s Concert Moved to Stand-Alone City Show
Mar25

John Newman’s Concert Moved to Stand-Alone City Show

John Newman’s international success continues with the UK modern soul sensation’s first highly anticipated tour to South Africa. Always happy to give South Africans great music, presenting partner Virgin Mobile, radio powerhouse 5FM and Seed Experiences have announced that John Newman will now perform live in concert on Thursday 24 April at Joburg’s Town Hall Lane, Newtown.   Due to unforeseen global tour rescheduling, the Joburg show set to take place at Sowing the Seeds Music Festival, has been moved to a one-night performance in Joburg.   “Working together with John Newman’s management and booking agency to find a solution that best suits everyone especially the fans, John Newman will now perform a day earlier in Joburg. We believe he is perfectly suited to an urban concert experience and along with Virgin Mobile our presenting partner, we look forward to bringing his fans a night to remember,” says Brian Little, Seed Experiences managing director.   “True to our brand heritage, Virgin Mobile loves music – it’s in our DNA. That’s why we’re excited to be bringing the latest music to eager fans, by being involved in urban concert events such as the John Newman SA tour. Through our partnership with Seed Experiences we aim to give concert goers a unique Virgin Mobile experience to remember,” says Jason Hair, Virgin Mobile Chief Operating Officer.   “Along with our partners Virgin Mobile and 5FM, we can now give our South African fans the opportunity to enjoy one of two great John Newman experiences in Cape Town and Joburg.   Fresh from the recent successes of a sold-out Bastille SA tour and the highly praised Olmeca presents Mad Decent Block Party, Seed Experiences continues their momentum by producing a John Newman concert event like no other. Be ready for a sizzling, swinging, roaring music experience; with décor, lighting and production to match. It’s the return of the era of big sound and big style. As one British music review put it: “Hearing John Newman live, you’re truly in the presence of something big. It’s as mesmerising as it is memorable”.   The four-time Brit award nominee – including for Best British Male Solo Artist and Best British Single – is best known for his infectious tracks ‘Losing Sleep’, ‘Love Me Again’ and ‘Cheating’. ‘Love Me Again’ has already sold over two million singles worldwide, peaked at no. 1 on iTunes and charts in several countries, and has racked up a whopping one hundred million views on YouTube.   This is not a music event you want to miss. So dress the part, get your swing on and prepare to be mesmerised by...

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We Are One Colour Festival Brightens Up Cape Town and Joburg.
Mar24

We Are One Colour Festival Brightens Up Cape Town and Joburg.

The celebration of colour kicked off at the Grand Parade in the Mother City on Human Rights Day this past Friday, the 21st of March. Colour-soaked revellers decorated the air with coloured powder and danced in unity to the sounds of Kanan K7 (BRA), The Skenes, Dean FUEL, James Copeland, Tommy Gun, Plagiarhythm, Floyd Lavine, Mike Play and Chicago’s legendary house DJ, Felix Da Housecat.   After waiting with much anticipation, Jozi festival-goers headed to the scenic setting of Emmarentia Dam on Saturday for their turn at the colour phenomenon. The audience jumped and bounced to the electric beats from SA’s top DJ’s such as Penthouse, Michael Lesar, Matt Suttner, Mix n Blend, Maoriginal, Vinny Da Vinci and finally to top it all off, the legend himself, Felix Da Housecat.   To up the ante at this year’s WE ARE ONE series, Seed Experiences promised fans a bigger, better and louder colour festival with a FAIRY TALE CARNIVAL theme – transforming the previous white dress code into a mystical expression of fantasy and Mardi Gras colour where revellers let their imaginations run wild. Beautiful masks, striking make-up and flamboyant accessories filled both venues while celebrating the explosions of coloured powder every hour on the hour.   With close on 100,000 Facebook fans across both Jo’burg and Cape Town pages, the official festival hashtag #WEAREONESA was trending as the excited festival-goers tweeted their messages, party photos and colourful selfies for the world to see. Adding to the extravagant occasion, Place in the Sun Wines as the official wine sponsor, provided the colourful party-goers with a range of their Fairtrade certified wines to enjoy in a cool tasting zone.   Another successful WE ARE ONE Colour Festival, proudly brought to you by Seed Experiences, has left Cape Town and Johannesburg fans soaked in colour and once again, establishing itself as the original colour festival of South Africa.   Links Facebook: WE ARE ONE Cape Town https://www.facebook.com/CapeTownWEAREONE?ref=hl   Facebook: WE ARE ONE Johannesburg https://www.facebook.com/JoburgWEAREONE?ref=hl   Twitter: @WEAREONESA http://twitter.com/WeAreOneSA   Seed Experiences is the award-winning agency behind South Africa’s top festivals such as Rocking the Daisies, Sowing the Seeds, Vodacom In the City, Bastille SA Tour, Olmeca Presents Mad Decent Block Party and the We Are One Colour Festival.  The company also produces 5Gum’s exclusive events as well as the digital industry’s Bookmarks Awards; and will be hosting the Vic Falls Carnival in Zimbabwe this New Year’s Eve. Accolades include: Winner – Climate Change Leadership Award in the Small to Medium Business Category (2009 and 2010); Winner – Eco-Logic Award for Climate Change (2011); Finalist – Eco-Logic Award in Transport (2011); Finalist – Mail and Guardian Future...

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10 Reasons To Watch The Movie, iNumber Number.
Mar06

10 Reasons To Watch The Movie, iNumber Number.

Thina jumped at the opportunity to go watch the new film, iNumber Number. Upon her return, she was more than convince everyone in the office has to go see it. To help us all understand her reasons – why should we all go watch it – she gives us the 10 reasons why inumber-number i-rokha! 1. It’s WOW!: I don’t dish out compliments all willy-nilly & my vocab is by no means limited, but for some reason if I had to describe my reaction to Inamba Namba in two words, it would be – in the famous words of a former colleague – “JUST WOOOOOW!” 2. You WANT to see it: I’m one of those people who (mostly) watches S.A films out of an ag-shame responsibility to support local art. I think that’s the attitude I had when I walked into the theatre. Imagine my surprise when I found myself having the rollercoaster ride of my life enjoying the action packed film. 3. It’s nothing like I’VE ever seen locally: I don’t claim to have seen every South African film, but I don’t think I’m off the mark when I say a bulk of our productions are based on the struggle, apartheid, the atrocities of the past, sadness & tears. As important as I feel these films are, I also feel that there is more to our country & to our stories. 4. It doesn’t take itself too seriously: The self-deprecation in the script had the crowd in stitches. I can’t reveal what it was about, but all I can say is if you were an avid old-school Backstage fan, you’ll know what I’m on about. 5. You will LOOOVE the cast: Literally, as each cast member appeared, there was hooting & hollering. The enthusiastic First Wednesdays Club crowd at Atlas studios, where the movie premiered, couldn’t contain their excitement. 6. Eye candy for the ladies: The ‘starring’ Sdumo Mtshali … ooooooh … is it appropriate to say ‘he can get it’ on this platform? lol 7. Already has a nod from Universal Studios for a remake in the States: Not that we need American approval, but those Americans ‘have been having it’ (they’ve been doing this for a while), so an acknowledgement from them is a very good look. 8. Vernac all the way: Initially I thought the style of creating movies in local languages was a fad. I’m glad to see that it has endured. Inamba namba reps street languages from all over & the result is an authentic, raw & real script that makes you feel like “maaan! those people are speaking my taal ek se.”...

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