Don't Miss This: August 14 - 20
- The Durban Playhouse Company celebrates women with drama, dance, dialogue and music during its Women’s Arts Festival. One of the plays is Fishers of Hope, written by Fleur du Cap award-winning director Lara Foot.
It explores the meaning of hope in Africa.
Poet Lebo Mashile will facilitate a discussion on: Why sexual violence and violence against women and girls are so prevalent on stage, television and movies. There will be a concert featuring Thandiswa Mazwai, Mahotella Queens, Vumile Mngoma, Xolisa Dlamini, Khanyo Maphumulo, Sally Silver, the Playhouse Chorale, the Playhouse Band and the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic. WHEN August 14–22. WHERE Playhouse Drama Theatre. TICKETS From Computicket. INFO Visit playhousecompany.com or call 031 369 9555
- Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble features young instrumentalists from townships around South Africa. It is a music initiative that aims to help children from impoverished backgrounds to unlock their talents through playing classical stringed instruments and it trains them to become professional string teachers. They will play classic pop songs and new kwela arrangements by the ensemble, as well as a violin solo and orchestral work by Saint-Saëns – the Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso – in which the soloist is Simiso Radebe. WHEN August 15. WHERE Linder Auditorium, University of the Witwatersrand. TIME 7:30pm. COST R140 to R200. TICKETS From Computicket. INFO Visit buskaid.org.za
- The dance production Siva explores the idea of completeness by playing on the number seven. Siva, which premiered at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, is the brainchild of Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance (2015) and choreographer Luyanda Sidiya.It features 10 dancers from Vuyani Dancer Theatre and musicians Phosho Lebese, Mpumi Nhlapo and Teboho Mokoena. WHEN Until August 16. WHERE The Market Theatre. TIME 8pm. COST R90. TICKETS From Computicket. INFO Visit markettheatre.co.za
The cast of Siva
- Bassist and composer Bheka Mthethwa is recording his live DVD, Supernal Sounds, which fuses gospel with jazz, rock and fusion. The Empangeni-born musician has worked with Sibongile Khumalo, Khaya Mthethwa, Judith Sephuma, Nqubeko Mbatha, Steve Dyer and Joyous Celebration. WHEN August 15. WHERE Soweto Theatre. TIME 6pm. COST R150 to R200. TICKETS From Computicket. INFO Visit supernal.co.za
- Jazz vocalist Kevin Maduna is a young local talent to look out for. He will perform with his ensemble, Kevin and the Love World Sextet, in an intimate set-up where art meets music. Maduna has worked with artists Margaret Motsage, Donnie McClurkin, Juanita Bynum and Lebo Sekgobela. WHEN August 15. WHERE Afrikan Freedom Station, Westdene. TIME 7pm. COST R50 at the door. INFO Visit facebook.com/AfrikanFreedomStation
- The Tshwane Youth Arts Festival showcases talent from primary and high schools. The festival includes an art exhibition, choir performances, drama and musical performances by orchestras. WHEN Until September 5. WHERE The South African State Theatre. COST R70. TICKETS From Computicket. INFO Visit tyaf.co.za
The Tshwane Leadership Foundation (TLF) is hosting Feast of the Clowns, which is an inner-city community festival that aims to lead urban transformation. The Feast of the Clowns programme includes: March of the Clowns, a colorful street parade, fun sports and games for children and adults, and a food court. The artist line-up features Dr Malinga, Kwesta, Lady Zamar, Junior Taurus, and many more. WHEN Until August 16. WHERE Burgerspark. TIME 9am - 8pm. COST Free entry. INFO Visit facebook.com/feastoftheclowns.
- Former Elle magazine editor, Jackie Burger, is hosting Salon 58’s spring/summer soirée to celebrate Women’s Month. The soirée, which was curated by various women, will include a champagne brunch, beauty and fashion trend discussions and a fashion show by local designers. WHEN August 15. WHERE P.J Olivier Art Centre. TIME 9:30am. COST R550. TICKETS Available from Webtickets.co.za INFO Visit Salon58.co.za.
Jackie Burger (Pic: Niquita Bento)
- Good Hope FM is hosting the 5.0 Exclusive party which will feature two dance floors. The line-up includes DJ Loyd, Dino Michael, LuWayne Wonder, Doc Jules, DJ Willy and Nigel Pierce. The dress code is the colour gold. WHEN August??14. WHERE The Cape Town Club. TIME 8pm. COST R150. TICKETS From webtickets.co.za INFO Visit facebook.com/goodhopefm
- The oldest independent art-movie house in South Africa, the Labia Theatre, is celebrating Women’s Month with food and movies. It is hosting What Women Want, which is described as an “edible cinema experience”. Each guest will be given a tray of numbered mystery gourmet boxes containing a bite-sized tasting menu tailored to specific moments in the film. Men are welcome if they are accompanied by a woman. WHEN August 14. WHERE Labia Theatre. TIME 17:30pm. COST R195. TICKETS From webtickets.co.za INFO Visit thelabia.co.za