Don’t Miss This: May 29 – June 4


  • Hip-hop artist iFani, born in Mthatha, Jaojoby from Madagagascar and Joana Serrat i Tarré from Spain are some of the acts that will be performing at the Bassline Africa Day Concert along with artists from Africa and the diaspora. The concert is in celebration of the continent’s diverse music and culture. WHEN May?29. TIME 10pm. COST R100 INFO Visit
  • *Win 1 of 2 double tickets to Friday’s Bassline Africa Day Concert in Newtown. Just name one of the acts on the line-up, and email your answer to [email protected]
    Winners will be announced at noon on Friday, May 29. *This competition is for tickets only, and excludes transport.
  • Presenter, entertainer, actor, singer, musician, writer, director and TV presenter Ian von Memerty and his partner, Vivienne Lawrence, are celebrating turning 50 on stage with dance and song in their production Fantastic 50. The pair will share their life story with audiences – a story of how they overcame challenges and how they continue to celebrate life. WHEN Until June 7. WHERE Pieter Toerien Theatre, Montecasino. TIME 8pm. TICKETS R100 to R170 from Computicket. INFO Email [email protected] or visit montecasino 

Ian von Memerty and Vivienne Lawrence
  • Known for its line-up of seven music acts from diverse musical genres, the Seven Sounds music festival is back this month. This time the line-up features Dave Baudains, Yo Grapes, the Urban Village Music, Toya Delazy, Arno Carstens, Moonchild and Go Barefoot. Seven Sounds is a day filled with music, food vendors and a curated bar. WHEN May 30. WHERE Common Ground in Ma-boneng precinct. TIME 10am to 5pm. TICKETS R190 online or R250 at the gate. No food, drinks or pets will be allowed through the gate. INFO Visit 

The Bioscope Independent Cinema in partnership with the Goethe Institut is hosting a new LGBTI film festival, Not Gay As In Happy, Queer As In Fuck, which will feature documentaries and feature films from around the world. The main focus of the content will be on “early and classic gay and lesbian cinema”. The programme includes films, Stud Life, which is “a light take on the darker side of queer street life in London” and Regarding Susan Sontag, which “is an intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century”. WHEN 28 May – 3 June  WHERE The Bioscope COST R45 & R120 tickets are available online INFO Visit

  • Africa Month has come to a close and the Afr[WE]ka poetry festival is closing the month-long programme with the aim of answering the question “Who and what is Africa?” The festival features poets from all over Africa including Professor Keorapetse Kgositsile, Leshie Lovesong, Nova Masango, Dikson, Kojo Baffoe, Tereska Muishond, Vuyelwa Maluleke and Lebo Mashile. WHEN May 31. WHERE Wits Theatre, Braamfontein. TIME 1pm to 6pm. TICKETS The show is free but you will need to collect your tickets from Computicket prior to your arrival at the theatre. INFO Visit


  • International music act Les Nubians are headlining the 2015 MTN Bushfire music festival that features musicians such as Turkish indie pop band 123, Banda Kakana, Freshlyground, Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC) and many more. The three-day festival includes cultural and family-oriented activities such as the Barn, an interactive art, dialogue and performance space, the global food village, the handcraft and design marketplace and the Kidzone. WHEN May 29 – 31. WHERE House on Fire, Swaziland. COST R120 to R600. TICKETS Available online and at the door. INFO Visit

Les Nubians

Cape Town

  • The 1960s Tony award-winning Broadway musical Cabaret, featuring music by John Kander and Fred Ebb and based on stories by Christopher Isherwood, has made a comeback. The Cape Town show is directed by Matthew Wild and features Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and Claire Taylor. The story is set in pre-World War II Berlin and follows the life of Sally Bowles, a singer in the underground Kit Kat Klub, where she and her ensemble take the stage nightly to encourage the crowd to forget their troubles. WHEN Until June 13. WHERE The Fugard Theatre. COST R100 to R280. INFO Visit
  • Another Broadway classic, Little Shop of Horrors, is being staged with a cast that includes Alan Committie as Seymour Krelborn and Michael Richard as Mr Mushnik, directed by Steven Stead, with design by Greg King. Krelborn works and lives in a “rundown flower shop on Skid Row” and looks for ways to make his shop a success. He decides to buy “an exotic plant” that eventually attracts customers. But in the end the plant becomes more of a headache for Krelborn. WHEN Until June 6. WHERE Theatre on the Bay. TIME 8pm from Monday to Friday and Sunday; 4.30pm on Saturdays. COST R225?to R300. INFO Call 021?438?3300 or visit

Port Elizabeth

  • One of South Africa’s most successful gospel ensembles, Joyous Celebration, is touring the country with their latest recording, Joyous Celebration 19. The group will perform familiar hymns and new material. The tour runs nationally from the end May until the beginning of August, but is in Port Elizabeth this weekend. WHEN May 29 and May 30. WHERE Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Indoor Sports Centre. TIME Friday at 8pm and on Saturday at 7.30pm. COST R190 to R280. TICKETS Available at Checkers, Shoprite and House and Home stores. INFO Visit for more tour venues and dates.

    MTN Joyous Celebration

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