Don’t Miss This: March 27 – April 2


  • The Rise & Shine Festival is back with a line-up that includes Tidal Waves, Gangs of Ballet, Desmond & The Tutus and Naming James, to name a few. The Festival “raises trees to be planted in underprivileged areas and has contributed 260 trees to southern Africa to date”. The music event will begin with a light Yoga session on the lawn before the music acts perform and there will be crafted bars and food available. WHEN March 28 from 8am – 6pm WHERE Sandton Central Park COST R180 – R300 INFO buy tickets from 

  • Hot from her performance at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, urban chanteuse Amel Larrieux of Groove Theory fame will be treating Johannesburg audiences to a two-day tour. The event will be supported by local DJs. The opening live act had not been named at the time of going to print. There will also be an afterparty. WHEN April 2 and 3 from 8pm. WHERE Carfax, 39 Gwigwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown. COST R350 for early bird tickets or R400 at the door.
  • The Drumbeat Concert features three outdoor stages and a line-up that includes Jonas Gwangwa, Paul Hamner, Mi Casa, Cassper Nyovest, Tresor Riziki, Afrotraction, Toya Delazy, AKA and more. WHEN March 28 from 3pm. WHERE Soweto Theatre. INFO Tickets cost R130 from or at the gate. Visit
  • Inner Circle Entertainment presents Raga Ecstasy, a concert of Indian classical and fusion music featuring sitarist Purbayan Chatterjee from India and tabla player and producer Talvin Singh from Britain. Singh released his debut album, the Mercury prize-winning album OK, in 1999 and has worked with a variety of acts, including Madonna and Massive Attack. He has also collaborated with Michael Brook on a remix of the works of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. WHEN March 29. WHERE The Lyric. INFO Tickets range from R200 to R350 from, the Lyric box office (phone 011?248?5000), or
  • Globe to Globe Hamlet “was created with the aim of performing Hamlet to as many people as possible, in as diverse a range of places as possible”, says Dominic Dromgoole, artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe and the director of the play. In October 2014, the Globe to Globe Hamlet tour earned Unesco patronage in recognition of its promotion of cultural education. So far, the show has been performed in almost 80 countries in the Americas, Europe and Africa to more than 70?000 people, with more than a third of the tour complete. Now the production is heading for South Africa. WHEN March 28 and 29. WHERE Market Laboratory, Market Theatre.
  • Choreographed by Naledi award-winner Lulu Mlangeni, the Market Theatre presents Page 27 in association with Vuyani Dance Theatre. The piece was inspired by everyday social issues and memories and desires that deny one a sense of belonging. The work investigates our actions regarding inequality and gender equity. WHEN March 31 to April 5. WHERE John Kani Theatre, Market Theatre. INFO Tickets cost R83. Performance times are Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm and Sunday 3pm.

Choreographer, Lulu Mlangeni


  • Catch Carlo Mombelli and the Stories Ensemble with Mbuso Khoza (vocals), Adrian Mears (trombone), Dejan Terzic (drums), Kyle Shepherd (piano) and Daniel Pezzotti (cello). WHEN and WHERE March 28, Cape Town International Jazz Festival; March 31, South African Association for Jazz Education conference, University of Cape Town, at 10.30am; April 1, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, at 6pm; April?2, Centro Cultural Franco Moçambicano, Maputo, at 7pm; April 4, University of the Witwatersrand Great Hall, Johannesburg, at 8pm. BOOKINGS
  • The Noordhoek Crush is a showcase of 18 wine farms and more than 80 wines and includes food, live music and activities for children. The Foodbarn, the Foodbarn Deli, Café Roux, the Toad in the Village and Village Sushi will be open for business and hosting pop-up stands. WHEN March 28, from 11am to 6pm. WHERE Noordhoek Village. COST Festival entry is free and R75 for wine tasting (including a tasting glass). A liquor licence is in place so wine can be bought at cellar-door prices to consume on or off the premises.
  • Chicago-based Zimbabwean artist Grace Cross presents her first solo exhibition of paintings titled Pleasuring Ground, giving glimpses into a “subliminal fragmented territory of her own making”, using personal and historic symbols she has gathered. WHEN March 31 to April 30. WHERE Smith, 56 Church Street. INFO Visit

Girls of Eden by Grace Cross 


  • When My Eyes Are Open is a one-weekend-only exhibition by Grace Kotze Projects exploring “the individual artist’s vision of the intriguing and captivating world in which we reside”, using bronze sculptures, ceramic works, paintings, collage, printmaking, woodwork, stencil art and drawings. The featured artists include Jenny Parsons, Megan Bonnetard, Pamela Benporath, Vuli Nyoni, Melody French, Alex Hamilton, Sarah Richards, Dane Stops, Louise Jennings, Jeannie Kinsler, Marlene de Beer, Grace Kotze, Karen Bradtke, Deidre Maree, Ashley Viljoen, Pascale Chandler and Kim Longhurst. WHEN March 27 to 29 at 11am. WHERE Breathing Space, 191 Bulwer Road, Glenwood. INFO Email [email protected]
  • This year marks the 11th anniversary of the annual Salt March aimed at commemorating the struggles of Mahatma Gandhi and Nkosi Albert Luthuli for peace and equality. The original salt march (salt satyagraha) took place from March to April 1930 in India. It was an act of civil disobedience led by Gandhi to protest against British rule. WHEN March 29. WHERE The march departs from the Phoenix Settlement and ends at the KZN Athletics Stadium in Walter Gilbert Road, a distance of 18km. INFO To join the walk, register at


Now in its 26th year, Splashy Fen is hosting new and established artists. Audiences can look forward to Howie Combrink, who bagged two 2015 South African Music award nominations, Die Wolwedans, Moonchild Sanelly, Matthew Mole, Shortstraw, aKING, The Muffinz, Taxi Violence, Kahn (frontman for The Parlotones), Nakhane Toure, Majozi and 5FM DJ Catherine Grenfell, among many others. 

Singer/songwriter Howie Combrink 

Festival organiser Pedro Carlo says: “It’s great to have top established artists in the line-up but it’s often the lesser-known names that make the biggest impression and become the ‘finds’ of the festival.” WHEN April 2 to 6. WHERE Splashy Fen Farm, near Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal. INFO Tickets are available at Visit or phone 031?563?0824.

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