Arts and Culture

Don't Miss This: August 28 - 31

Staff Reporter

The Mail & Guardian's weekly round-up of the country's hot-ticket events.

The Neon Run hits Durban this weekend. Participants run, walk, cycle or skate a 5km route at night covered in neon accessories and body paint. (Supplied)

Johannesburg

  • In celebrating Women’s Month, Constitution Hill will be hosting Bars: The Price of Freedom Dialogue as part of the Colours of a Woman portfolio. The event will showcase women who were previously incarcerated at the Old Fort Women’s Gaol at Constitution Hill. In contrast, wardresses who worked at different points in the history of the Women’s Gaol will give their version of their experience on the other side of the prison bars, creating a dual retelling of memories. These women have not seen each other in over 30 years and will face each other for the first time since their time on both sides of the prison bars. The dialogue seeks to interrogate what the struggle meant to each of them. WHEN Sunday August 31 from 11am to 3pm (registration at 10.30am) WHERE Constitutional Square, Constitution Hill, 11 Kotze Street, Braamfontein INFO Tickets cost R500 a person, R4?500 for a table of 10. For bookings email [email protected] 
  • For one day only the Artists’ Press Limited Edition Print Pop-Up Shop comes to Johannesburg to promote a wide variety of artists including Diane Victor, Willem Boshoff, Conrad Botes, Sibonelo Chiliza, Sam Nhlengethwa, Nandipha Mntambo, Kim Berman, Sara Cao, Thami Jali, Espoir Kennedy, Mmakgabo Sebidi and Penny Siopis. Director and printer Mark Attwood explains: “Print collaboration is when a skilled artist works with a skilled printer to create a print that neither could make on his or her own. The artist has their own concepts and style of working, that is uniquely theirs, but their grasp of the technical aspects of printmaking and lithography may be thin. Collaboration allows the artist to focus on the image while the printer makes sure that it is technically possible.” WHEN Saturday August 30 from 9am to 5pm WHERE Pop Up on 4th, 67 4th Avenue, Linden INFO facebook.com/Popupon4th and artprintsa.com
  • Tshwane is undergoing an artistic revival to celebrate the city’s creative and cultural wealth with the Cool Capital Biennale from August?19 to November 16. The Biennale encourages all citizens of the capital city to creatively reimagine their city and to rediscover its treasures. WHEN The launch event takes place on Friday August 29 from 5pm WHERE Open Window’s campus in Centurion INFO Tickets range from R50 to R195. For more information openwindow.co.za 

Cape Town 

  • I Was Born Yesterday by Michael Taylor follows the events of stereotyped male tribes coming together in a spectacular staged race. It’s an eccentric romp, fictionalising a battle of the male egos and parodying masculine attitudes. WHEN September 3 to October?4 WHERE Whatiftheworld, 1 Argyle Street Woodstock INFO 0214472376
  • Linking creativity to a celebration of comestibles, the McGregor Festival brings together galleries and gastronomy, entertainment and eateries. Local wineries and food producers offer tastings in the main marketplace, but you can also visit other venues in a plentiful programme. WHEN August 29 to 31 WHERE NG Church Hall and Garden, McGregor INFO Entrance fee is R75 (includes a tasting glass and wine tastings) Visit tourismmcgregor.co.za 

Durban 

  • The Neon Run hits Durban this weekend. Participants run, walk, cycle or skate a 5km route at night covered in neon accessories and body paint. Performances by 5FM DJs Roger Goode, Poppy and Rob Forbes as well as Matthew Mole and Shortstraw. There will be a beer tent and food stalls. WHEN Saturday August 30. Gates open at 2pm and the race kicks off at 6.30pm WHERE Kings Park Stadium INFO R230 a person, children under 11 pay R90, group bookings of four or more people pay R190 a person. Tickets are available at quicket.co.za and Wakaberry Stores. Visit neonrun.co.za for more info.

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