From Ultra South Africa to the ¡KHO! theatre puppet festival in Durban, we round up this week's hot-ticket events.
- Ultra South Africa, Nasrec Expo Centre, Johannesburg, on February 26 and 27; West Coast Ostrich Ranch, Cape Town, on February 27 and 28. Dubbed Africa’s biggest electronic music event, this is now a three-day, two-city, multistage extravaganza featuring an array of dance talent. Skrillex and Billboard chart-topper Zedd take headline duties at both events, supported by Ultra stalwarts Tiësto and Afrojack. Others include the “King of the Chipotle Gang”, Carnage, and Los Angeles-based producer Mr Carmack (his first Ultra appearance), plus local heroes Goldfish, TiMO ODV, and Fresh and Euphonik. One-day tickets start at R690 and range from R1?000 for a two-day pass. Visit ultrasouthafrica.com for details.
- Delphine Colin, Alliance Française, 22 Sutton Crescent, Morningside, Durban, until March 9. Colin has travelled through Africa over the past four years, documenting people and places using black-and-white photos, digital images and digital drawings. Wanting to depict ordinary people, she “spent time with communities to discover their daily conditions of life, and to photograph them in the intimacy of their homes”. Visit alliance.org.za for information.
- Minette Vári, Standard Bank Gallery, corner of Simmonds and Frederick streets, Johannesburg, until March 26. A mid-career retrospective titled Of Darkness and Light shows 20 years’ worth of work by one of South Africa’s pioneers in digital and videographic media. Visit the Standard Bank Arts Facebook page for details.
- ¡KHO! Festival, Seabrooke’s Theatre, Durban High School, 255 St Thomas Road, Musgrave, from February 26 to 28. This is Durban’s “very first family theatre puppet festival”, featuring six productions over the three days: Sunshine Babies (suitable for children aged two and older) and Drip Drop Drop, about water conservation, play on Friday. Lucky Strike (a grade seven setwork) and free pop-up theatre piece Chippi and the Gang, about waste disposal, play on Saturday. Sunday sees two performances of Blue Boy, featuring life-size puppets in the Japanese bunraku tradition and “inspired by the mystic stories of India”. Visit durbanhighschool.co.za for more information.