Art, Band, Graffiti and a Dinosaur Smash Together at Sci-Bono for  The Night of a 1000Drawings 2013
Oct21

Art, Band, Graffiti and a Dinosaur Smash Together at Sci-Bono for The Night of a 1000Drawings 2013

The venue for this year’s Night of a 1000Drawings has been announced! This mass art exhibition for charity will take place on Thursday 7 November 2013 at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg. Sci-Bono began life as the Electric Workshop. The building was initially the First President Street Power Station, commissioned in 1906 to power the new electric tram system. During Newtown’s years of decline as an industrial centre in the mid-1970s, the building stood derelict. In the 1990s, the building was often used as a music venue particularly after the elections of 1994. In 2004, the Gauteng Department of Education and the private sector initiated plans to develop a major interactive science centre. The new Sci-Bono Discovery Centre was to become the largest science centre in Southern Africa. Doors open at 6pm with the artwork on view until 8pm. Then the race to get a sticker on your coveted A5 masterpiece begins! At 9pm the artwork is taken down and collected by its new owners, and then the party begins. Four live bands will take to the stage, followed by DJ’s. A live Doodle Battle will take place in amongst the crowd, and party-goers can also expect to see Jozi’s hottest graffiti artists battle it out on the night. Partners Converse, Adobe and Red Bull have generously donated some great prizes for the artists participating in the battles, as well as those that have created artwork for the exhibition. Over 1000 pieces of artwork have been collected to date, and we’re still collecting! Join the 1000Drawings team at the regular Doodle events held around Jozi where A5 paper and drawing implements are supplied at the city’s hippest venues in a fun and chilled atmosphere. The public can also drop-off their A5 creations at any one of the partner coffee shops around town. For a list of these venues, go to the Drop-Off Points page on the website. The Night of a 1000Drawings is all about uplifting the inner-city and while things have improved since 2006 when 1000Drawings began, there are still many people who live extremely hard lives on the streets of Johannesburg. Paballo, our main charity, continues to feed and support homeless people living in the inner-city every week. Entirely run and funded by volunteers and donors, they need all the help they can get. These volunteers will be working at the Night of a 1000Drawings. Our second charity, Mmabana began when one of Paballo’s success stories – Nosiku Kalonga returned to her home in Zambia and decided to create an organisation that would do for the children of Choma, what Paballo had done for her...

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WE ARE ONE Colour Festival moves to March 2014.
Oct18

WE ARE ONE Colour Festival moves to March 2014.

Sad yet comforting, the 23 November scheduled Colour festival has been moved to the  end of the 1st quarter 2014. Full announcement after the jump. The Joburg WE ARE ONE Colour Festival, originally scheduled for 23 November 2013, will move to the new date of 22 March 2014 so that award-winning event organiser, Seed Experiences, can deliver festival-goers the best colour festival experience in the country. “We recognise that there have been a lot of copycat colour festivals across South Africa this year, with very little to differentiate one from the other,” says Seed Experiences managing director, Brian Little. “To reaffirm WE ARE ONE as the original colour festival in the country, maintain our credibility as top event organisers, and deliver even better colour festivals, we have taken the proactive decision to move the Joburg event to March 2014.” Brian adds that the move will mean the Joburg event can join Cape Town on 21 March 2014 as part of an annual WE ARE ONE Series. Being like everyone else is not the WE ARE ONE vibe. Our fans expect only the best from South Africa’s original colour festival, so we plan to give it to them. The date change means Seed Experiences will be maximising and distinguishing the WE ARE ONE experience, in contrast to all other colour festivals. Seed Experiences will deliver a production that is bigger and better by securing a top international and local line-up, ensuring venue exclusivity, superior colour powder quality and overall entertainment. All existing tickets for the Joburg event will automatically be changed to the new March 2014 date. All fans who hold onto their tickets for the new date will be offered one free bag of colour powder, which can be collected from the powder and merchandise tents on the day, using a voucher issued by Webtickets. If a refund is required, ticket holders can email info@webtickets.co.za and include their reference numbers. For all EFT/ cash deposit payments, please include your bank details. All refund requests must be sent before 23 November 2013. WE ARE ONE is another Seed Experiences event. Tickets Available through Webtickets Johannesburg 22 March 2014: TBC Cape Town 21 March 2014: https://www.webticket.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=405981571 Ticket prices: Entrance ticket: R190 (no powder) Entrance ticket (with 5 bags of colour powder): R290 Links Facebook: WE ARE ONE Cape Town https://www.facebook.com/CapeTownWEAREONE?ref=hl Facebook: WE ARE ONE Johannesburg https://www.facebook.com/JoburgWEAREONE Twitter: @WEAREONESA...

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Khanyi Mbau shares the spotlight.
Oct14

Khanyi Mbau shares the spotlight.

Actress and socialite Khanyi Mbau will host a brand new Kasi based talk show, Katch It With Khanyi, starting on the 18 October, 2013 at 5:30pm on eKasi+ channel 105 on Open View HD. In a new twist, Mbau will forego the spotlight and focus her attention on local celebrities, their thrills and frills; fashion fails, and ultimately their career triumphs. The show is filmed at Nambitha Restaurant situated at the famous Vilakazi Street in Soweto. Each week Khanyi will invite two famous Mzansi personalities to her kasi studio for an inspirational and sometimes quirky look into their lives. Guests are not limited to actors, singers, fashion designers there will also be an array of controversial politicians and even entertainment bloggers. The first five episodes will feature singer Kelly Khumalo, Mshoza, award winning singer Donald, actress Laurraine “Lolo” M, choreographer Lorcia Cooper, theatre actor Athandwa Kani, Reality Check stars Babalwa Mneno and Nonhle Thema, and the country’s most celebrated choreographer Somizi Mhlongo, among others. The show is scheduled to screen for 26 episodes of candid, exclusive and never seen and heard before footage. Katch It with Khanyi, Fridays at 5.30pm only on the eKasi+ channel...

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Hansa says Cheers to Green Robot Design, the Dreamers.
Oct11

Hansa says Cheers to Green Robot Design, the Dreamers.

Hansa Pilsener salutes Green Robot Design for being dreamers who work hard and make things happen in their latest TV and Radio campaign “Cheers to Dreamers”. We had the opportunity to interview Kgomotso Mautloa the Creative Director of  GRD during these exciting times for them at Green Robot Design. Read the interview after the jump. 1.Hi Kgomotso, I remember hearing you speak about GRD at “I create we create” conference, how do you stay focus as a young person? For the most part I keep focused by never losing focus of the dream that made me start Green Robot Design. It’s always hard to stay focused and not give up, but with enough will power, tenacity and most of all passion it’s easier to take on the day to day challenges. 2.Owning a business as a young person (of colour) seems a big of a step, how have you managed the set-backs and doors being closed on you? I’ve never used or looked at them as set-backs, every experience is a stepping stone. You need to have a positive outlook on everything that you do. A person of colour, it means that you possibly might have a longer journey, but you will get there. I look at where we started and we are. We’re not were we’ve envisioned but we’re not stopping either, we just have to push and break boundaries while we do that. 3.If you were given a chance to speak at 2 lecture venues, one of drop outs and one of graduates-to-be. What would your advice be to each class? Uhm… This is a tricky question as I admire both parties and my advice would be different to both of them. I originally come from the school of the drop-outs but I admire the latter for keeping the focus with their studies. With that said, I think common lesson would be to keep working hard, hard work always pays off, whether it be monetary, experience, meeting people. Just do what you set out to do. 4.Do you still do flyers and do they still pay the bills? Hahahahaha, why would we stop? It’s what we’ve become famous for, they definitely still keep the lights on. It keeps us relevant in those circles. But yes, we still do… 5.After the Hansa campaign ends, where is GRD heading to in 2014 and beyond? 2014 should be an interesting year, we have a lot planned both internally and service offering that we want to offer to our clients. It’s important for us to stay relevant and to stay ahead with the work we do. The ever-changing landscape of the design world keeps us thinking...

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Stephan Erasmus | Reconstruct at NIROXprojects.
Oct08

Stephan Erasmus | Reconstruct at NIROXprojects.

re·con·struct tr.v. re·con·struct·ed, re·con·struct·ing, re·con·structs 1. To construct again; rebuild. 2. To assemble or build again mentally; re-create: reconstructed the sequence of events from the evidence. 3. To cause to adopt a new attitude or outlook: a diehard traditionalist who could not be reconstructed. In Stephan Erasmus’s work structure plays an important role with particular focus on the encryption process. In preceding exhibitions he has used encryption systems as structures to turn the selected text into visual love letters addressed to an ever changing muse. In these exhibitions the focus was placed on the final structure as it relates to the muse this can clearly be seen in works from ‘Hartland’ where the final image in some way referenced the manifestation of the muse: the landscape, creating a direct link between the muse as Gaia. In ‘Hartland’ Gaia manifests as South Africa and the exhibition explores the artists relationship with the country as muse, sometimes as a lover and at other times as a rejected and ridiculed lover. ‘Reconstruct’ departs from the muse as the main character as seen in the previous exhibitions. In this exhibition Erasmus continues exploring the act of writing love letters through the sampling of existing text and transforming the text into two dimensional and three dimensional objects. The act of writing love letters into artworks remains a central point around which Erasmus constructs his work. However, the focus moves away from the muse as the intended reader of the love letters, in a form that resembles the muse, and focus of his production is shifting to the act of writing and the encryption of the love letters, where the letter becomes a pattern, an object that entraps the reader/muse. It has been suggested by Nick Cave at a series of lectures that the act of writing love letters can be equated to the binding of the recipient to the writer. Cave speaks of the act of writing as a ‘magical act’ of weaving a web and trapping the beloved in the web, binding the recipient to the writer. In ‘Reconstruct’ Erasmus continues to encrypt selected sections of existing text taken from love songs and poetry. In this body of work the text becomes an incantation to bind the muse to the words. For Erasmus the act of writing/weaving/reconstruction of the text becomes the focus. The process of encryption becomes in a very physical sense the weaving or the building of a web that would entangle the reader. Stephan Erasmus is a Johannesburg based artist. Contact: Neil Nieuwoudt T: +27 72 350 4326 E: neil.nieuwoudt@gmail.com Stephan Erasmus, entitled Reconstruct (20 October – 06 November). Reconstruct opens on...

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