Don't Miss This: May 22 - 28

Turkish Film Festival: 'Sivas' is one of five films being screened over four weekends at Cinema Nouveau theatres.

Turkish Film Festival: 'Sivas' is one of five films being screened over four weekends at Cinema Nouveau theatres.


  • Kingsmead College is hosting its fourth annual Kingsmead Book Fair. It promises to be a day of discussions, debates and dialogue for family and friends. WHEN May?23 from 9am to 8pm. WHERE Kingsmead College, 132 Oxford Road.
    INFO Visit, bookings at
  • Join Yoga Works and DJ Emma?X for a Rooftop Yoga session – 90 minutes of slow Vinyasa Flow for all levels – combined with a sound experience and views of the city. WHEN May 23, 9am to 10.30am. WHERE Shine Studios, 115 Smit Street, corner of Henri Street, Braamfontein. COST R100 a person. INFO Visit or call Steven on 072?835?2525
  • Whiskey and Cigarettes is a dark comedy divided into five parts “to be taken with a pinch of salt and lime”. It’s described as a fast-paced, sexy, gritty and slightly perverted show with a bare stage, two characters and no tricks or gimmicks. The show is written by Carla Fonseca, Edward Kgosidintsi, Bryan van Niekerk, Asher Stoltz and Nicholas Pauling and directed by André Odendaal. WHEN May 28-31. WHERE Popart Theatre, 286 Fox Street, Ma-boneng Precinct. COST R95 at the door or R80 pre-booking. INFO Visit
  • Hosted by the University of Johannesburg, The Crucible by Arthur Miller is directed by Alby Michaels. WHEN May?26 to June?6. WHERE Corner of Kingsway Avenue and University Road. COST Tickets are R50 for students and pensioners, R60 for pupils and R80 for everyone else, INFO Call 011?559?3058 or email
  • Supported by the department of arts and culture, Vuyani Dance Theatre presents Rain Dance, conceived and directed by Gregory Maqoma and choreographed by Maqoma and Luyanda Sidiya. The show combines storytelling, music and dance to tell the tale of a search to find the Rain Queen in a time of famine, disease and war. Rain Dance features narrator Napo Masheane, 16 dancers led by senior company member Lulu Mlangeni and choreographers and dancers Qudus Onikeku from Nigeria and Ndiaye “Kaolack” Paper Ebrahima from Senegal. WHEN May 28-30. WHERE John Kani Theatre, Market Theatre complex in Newtown. INFO Tickets are available from Computicket
  • The Heavyweights in rap, house and hip-hop include DJ Fresh, Cassper Nyovest, AKA, Euphonik and Black Motion who come together for a music festival in Ekurhuleni. The show involves stage performances and dance. WHEN May?23 from 5pm. WHERE Carnival City, the Big Top Arena. INFO Tickets cost R100 from
  • The Mzanzi International Culinary Festival 2015 focuses on uniting Africa through food. Seven leading female chefs from across the continent descend on South Africa to showcase their skills. The festival includes local delicacies from Limpopo as well as Tswana cuisine and Afro-Asian food from KwaZulu-Natal. WHEN May 23-24. WHERE Tintswalo, Waterfall Estate, Midrand.


A large collection of art, ceramics, furniture and silver, valued at nearly R3-million, from the estate of the late Basil and Sue Robinson, will be sold as part of Stephan Welz & Co’s Fine Arts and Collectables auction. The collection, built up over five decades by the Robinsons, owners of Ashbeys Galleries in Cape Town, contains 182 valuable works including South Africa’s most prominent painters, such as Stanley Pinker, Freida Lock, Wolf Kibel and Cecil Skotnes. WHEN May 26 and 27. WHERE The Great Cellar, Alphen Estate, Alphen Drive, Constantia. INFO Pre-auction viewing is open to the public until May 24, 10am to 5pm. Visit


Made possible by the Turkish Embassy, the third Turkish Film Festival features five films that will be screened over four weekends. The festival opens with Sivas, a drama that was awarded a special jury prize at the Venice Film Festival. WHEN & WHERE Cinema Nouveau theatres: Brooklyn Mall, Pretoria, May 23-24; V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, May 30-31; Gateway Mall, Durban, June 6-7; Rosebank Mall, June 13-14. INFO Free to the public; tickets can only be collected at the participating cinema’s box offices before each film is screened.


The inaugural Smoking Dragon Adrenalin Festival combines music and adrenalin-packed activities such as skydiving, rock climbing, paragliding, abseiling, mountain biking, trail running, microlighting and hot air ballooning. Music on offer includes reggae, folk and Afro-funk from The Lumineers’s Stelth Ulvang, Shortstraw, The Tidal Waves, Champions of the Sonarverse, Veranda Panda, Fools of Fate, The Accidentals, the Gus Brown Band, Gavin Ferguson, Hezron Chetty, The Meditators, Inkhonjane No Bheseni, DJ Invizable and DJ Dubmasta China. WHEN May?22 and 24. WHERE Amphitheatre Backpackers, Northern Drakensberg. INFO Tickets cost R600 for a three-day pass that includes two nights of camping, three days of music, a free lucky draw to win another full ticket and festival vouchers. Visit or email

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