What's On: March 11 - 17
From the Time of the Writer Festival to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Jo’burg, we round up this week's hot-ticket events.
- Time of the Writer Festival, the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal. In its 19th year, the festival, which begins in Durban on March 14, is responding to the country’s social and political atmosphere with the theme, Decolonising the Book. This year’s festival, curated by writer Thando Mgqolozana, is about sparking a nationwide conversation on inclusiveness in the South African literature landscape, with discussion panels and talks taking place in various places around Durban, including Umlazi, Inanda, Cato Manor, KwaMashu and the university. Visit www.ukzn.ac.za or call 031?260?2506
- Jabulani Dhlamini, Goodman Gallery Cape Town, 176 Lowry Street, March 10 to April 6. In Recapture, photographer Jabulani Dhlamini documents the township of Sharpeville, ruminating on the its recovery and memorial in post-apartheid South Africa. The decision to photograph it and its people came from his need to engage physically with a place that looms so large in South Africa’s past. In the three years it took to produce the Sharpeville series, Dhlamini’s interviews revealed how victims constructed informal memorials to the massacre. Visit goodman-gallery.com
- Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Jo’burg, Sandton City, Rivonia Road and 5th Street, Sandton, until March??11. This year’s fashion week will feature autumn and winter collections by internationally acclaimed designers David Tlale, Stefania Morland and Leigh Schubert. Some of the fashion shows will be held at the Nelson Mandela Square. Visit afi.za.com
- Festival of Fame, Joburg Theatre, Loveday Street, Johannesburg, and the National School of the Arts, until March 13. This youth arts festival is a platform to showcase emerging and established entertainers on the same stage. The festival programme includes dance, music, drama, poetry, puppetry and art exhibitions. The Tony award-winning Broadway musical Once on This Island and the dance show Dance Spectrum are some of the highlights on the line-up. Visit festivaloffame.co.za
- RapidLion 2016, Market Theatre, corner Rahima Moosa and Miriam Makeba streets, Newtown, Johannesburg, March 12 to 19. Celebrating the best of local and international film, the RapidLion film festival begins this weekend with the much-anticipated biopic on anti-apartheid activist Solomon Mahlangu, Kalushi, directed by Mandla Dube. Other African films premiering include Richard Finn Gregory’s The Boers at the End of the World, the award-winning Mauritanian film Timbuktu and several films from the Brics countries. The week-long festival is open to the public and tickets are priced from R35 for students and retirees to R55 for standard tickets. Visit rapidlion.co.za