The Adventure is back! WOODSTOCK
Oct23

The Adventure is back! WOODSTOCK

Rockers unite at the awesome Woodstock festival – kick off summer bunny season in Harrismith (only 270 km’s from Jozi) with this growing festival that offers everything a festival junkie could wish for.  Get there from Thurs 29 November to Monday 2nd December 2007 – http://www.woodstock.co.za/ Woodstock is the only music and lifestyle festival in South Africa which makes us unique and fun for all fun loving people. You will find several stages with over 70 different bands throughout the weekend.  These bands will range in styles from rock to pop to hard rock to punk to acoustic rock to hip hop and reggae. From some of the biggest bands in the country to some of the best kept secrets and some international surprises along the way. There are also many different arenas with different deejays through out the weekend playing everything from hip hop to house to rock to indie. You will find sporting activities including extreme motor-cross from the Ride Authority team, The Riot BMX Team and the Converse Skate Park.  You will find human pac man, PS3, unplugged arenas, comedy, poets, break-dancers, beat-boxing, and many wondrous types of foods and creative stalls.  Woodstock provides an overall view of most pop culture aspects. Cassette, Crossing Point, Farryl Purkiss, Fevertree, HiKaToRi, His Dying Wish, Jo Day, Josie Field, Just About Done, Lonehill Estate, Niemand, Namuh, One Day Remains, Prime Circle, Redhouse, Running With Scissors, Sheepdown, The Hellphones, The Uncut, Underbelly, Unlisted, Van Coke Cartel, Walt, Japan and I, Bloodline, Kidofdoom, Desmond and the Tutu’s, Submachine, Vendetta Cartel, The Kiff, New Born Fire, Harris Tweed (and many more still to be announced.) Full weekend ticket from Computicket – R295 Half weekend ticket available at the gate on Saturday morning, cash only – R200. Call 011 646 6467 for more information. Woodstock falls over the world’s weekend for AIDS awareness. There will be pamphlets and consultants on hand to discuss the virus with you. Please be responsible. Durex has provided us with ten thousand complimentary condoms which you will find in the over eighteen’s bar areas. Please join us on Stage 3 for the Music Saved My Life initiative on Saturday the 1st.  They’re also looking for street teams to promote the festival in return for tickets – We are looking for twenty street teams in JHB, PTA, DBN, PMB and Bloem. A Street Team should consist of two people. You are given Woodstock merchandise and flyers and you choose an area close to you to promote the festival (varsity/shopping centres/night spots etc.). You help us distribute flyers and posters and we reward you with two tickets and merchandise completely...

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Catch the NW film fest now!
Sep18

Catch the NW film fest now!

It’s certainly the North West’s moment as festivals, parties, events and celebrations continuously draw Jozi peeps to the platinum province.  One of the South African film industry’s most anticipated events, the 5th North West Film Festival (NWFF), is taking place from the 14th to the 23rd September 2007 across the North West Province. The theme of the festival is Ke Ya Rona (Setswana for “It is Ours”) and its primary objective is to encourage people to take ownership of the industry either as active audiences or film makers. The Festival aims to ‘edutain’ using film as a medium.   The Festival takes place within National Heritage month, and it will showcase films with a Proudly South African focus to celebrate the country’s heritage. These films include; Karen Slater’s From Nkoko with Love, Vincent Moloi’s A Pair of Boots and a Bicycle, Jioty Mystry’s I Mike what I Like, Rudi Steyn’s Baas van die Plaas, Khulile Nxumalo’s The House of Credo Mutwa and Teboho Mahlatsi’s Sekalli sa Meokgo. Eight young aspirant filmmakers from around the North West Province have been undergoing rigorous training and development as part of the Festival’s 7 week filmmaking workshop. Here they developed and produced 4 ‘Proudly North West’ short films which will be showcased at this year’s Festival.   In addition, over 60 South African and international films comprising of documentaries, shorts and feature films will be screened in Mafikeng, the capital of the North West Province. Other screenings will spread to the rest of Ngaka Modiri Molema, Bojanala, Bophirima and the Southern districts as part of the Festival’s community outreach project. The programme offers an exciting range of films which fall under the following genres: Films from the African continent. This package features films from the Nigerian film industry – Nollywood as well as a taste of the best of Fespaco (Pan African Film Festival of Ougadougou) – Africa’s biggest festival. The Festival will also pay homage to the father of African cinema Ousemane Sembene who passed away this year by screening his award winning film, Moolade. Well known Nigerian director Chico Ejiro, known as Mr. Prolific in Nollywood will show a film entitled 100 Days in the Jungle. The Festival will also hold an open discussion on the Nigerian film industry. The second focus lends itself to films that celebrate young South African directors. These include Karabo Lediga (Black Sunday) and Lindiwe Nkutha (Joburg Rising),Khalo Matabane (Conversations on a Sunday Afternon), John Barker (Bunny Chow), Robin Kleindsmidt (Ongeriewe), Norman Maake (Soldiers of the Rock), Omelga Mthiyane (Different Pigment) With 2010 around the corner, the Festival has prepared a football package to wet the...

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Call for Dancers for Tunisia 2008
Sep18

Call for Dancers for Tunisia 2008

This is a very exciting call for local choreographers and dancers to get their work into Dance! Africa Dance! a Dance festival to be held in Tunisia next May.  Go Go GO and bonne chance! Dance is magic, its lucky colour is ebony. With its qualities of innovation, freedom and creativity, it opens up the paths of the future. It is dance that anticipates and indicates the changing trends in society and the world.  Syhem Belkhodja (Artistic Director/Choreographer) Culturesfrance and Association Ness el Fen are calling for applications for the special edition of ‘Danse L’afrique Danse’ the 7th Choreographic encounters of the Africa and Indian Ocean Region that will take place from the 1st to the 10th May 2008 in Tunis, Tunisia. The competition is aimed at promoting African dancers and choreographers and providing access to the international stage for budding dance professionals. The competition has two types of entries: – Solo piece,  interpreted by the choreographer – A joint piece, presented by the choreographer The Sybel Ballet Theatre artistic director and choreographer, Syhem Belkhodja will chair the artistic committee that will sit in Paris in Dec 2007 to select the winning entries.  The committee will be looking for innovation and originality in the choreography entries. They will also assess how choreographers use the theatrical space, the quality and force of their interpretation, whether the music they use is suited to the dance, be it live or recorded and also their development of the changing choreographic language. Costumes, hair styles and make-up will also be assessed. These will be judged from the videos/DVDs of staged shows that applicants are expected to submit in their application packs. The French Institute will receive hard copies of the applications in South Africa. Applicants must also send electronic copies of the applications to nesselfen@gnet.tn, danseafriquedance@culturesfrance.com Applications should be sent on or before 30 November and be clearly marked Dance Competition The Director French Institute of South Africa, 66 Margaret Mcingana St, P. O. Box 542, Newtown Precint., Johannesburg,  2113 For more information contact comm.culture@ifas.org.za...

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Get to Maftown for the Golden Stars
Aug07

Get to Maftown for the Golden Stars

Oh it’s gonna be a jam-packed Spring… let’s hope it’s a Sprummer again. Just focus on Sept and don’t let this crappy weather bring you down.  There’s only one place to be on the 21, 22 and 23 September and that’s Maftown in the North West Province for the Golden Stars Awards weekend, celebrating the success of arts and business in Mafikeng and by Maftownians.  So go out there and enjoy.  Click on the flyer for the full line up.  We’ll tell you more as we get...

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Arts Alive brings on Spring
Jul30

Arts Alive brings on Spring

Spring is definitely on it’s way as more and more events fill the September calender.  Arts Alive announces a hot line-up for this years festival including the electro maestro Frederik Galliano, world music heavyweights Mory Kante and Hermeto Pascoal and a dance and film segment for some flavour on the side. Here’s more: Newtown, Johannesburg is set to come alive with the sounds and sights of the annual Arts Alive September Festival, which boasts an array of compelling artistic offerings for Joburg residents to indulge in! Kicking off on August 31st, the festivities will continue throughout the month of September, and include artistic programmes from a diverse set of disciplines – theatre, dance, film, comedy, music and the visual arts will all be part of the Arts Alive programme this year. The annual festival, hosted by the City of Joburg, has become synonymous with an exceptional, accessible and engaging artistic programme that harnesses artistic talent from various parts of the world to create an incredible smorgasbord of cultural events. Arts Alive is housed in the Community Development Department of the Joburg City. The Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) responsible for Community Development Nandi Mayathula-Khoza said: “Arts Alive is making a meaningful contribution towards the City’s vision where community development, personal growth and social mobility are enhanced so that challenges of poverty, vulnerability, inequality and social exclusion can be fundamentally addressed”. True to tradition, this years Arts Alive September Festival 2007 has secured the services of musical giants such as Cuba’s Omar Sosa, Frederic Galliano, from France, the world-renowned balafon playing genius Mory Kante, Vieux Farka Toure, son of the late, great Ali Farka Toure and Brazilian, Hermeto Pascaol amongst others.                                                                                                                                 “Once again, the City of Johannesburg will be home to the crème of the world’s cultural and artistic talent over an entire month period, comments Steven Sack Director for Arts and Culture. “ From Newtown right through to Soweto, Arts Alive will be providing Joburg residents an incredible array of arts and culture offerings.  We’re bringing Brazil, Mali, France, Guinea, Cuba, India, the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe right to Joburg’s doorstep in the form of an incredible artistic line-up, and really encourage Joburger’s to shake off the winter blues and enjoy the festivities brought to you courtesy of Arts Alive. The programme includes a must-see visual arts tribute to Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, which will be hosted at the Hector Pieterson Museum throughout the month of September. Also on the visual arts programme is the highly acclaimed Africa Remix exhibition and the Sasol Wax Art Award held at Johannesburg Art Gallery.                                                                          Arts 02 The dance element of Arts is an exemplar...

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