Don’t Miss This: October 16 – 22


  • Swedish electric soul band ­Little Dragon are returning to South Africa for the first time since their acclaimed 2012 performances. The band, which consists of Erik Bodin, Fredrik Källgren Wallin, Håkan Wirenstrand and irrepressible frontwoman Yukimi Nagano, present a staple of cerebral lyrics, progressive music and an unforgettable live show. For their two South African shows, the band will be supported by King Bruce, Nonku Phiri, Bokani Dyer, Card on Spokes featuring Bonj Mpanza, as well as Leeu and Lazarusman. WHEN: October 16 and 17. WHERE: Founders Garden (behind Artscape), Cape Town, and Carfax, Johannesburg. TIME: From 8pm.
  • This year, the Tri-Continental Film Festival has been stepping out of malls and shopping centres to screen films in nine of the country’s urban centres. Over the next week, screenings will take place in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban. As the festival focuses on youth and politics, the screenings will be at youth clubs, schools, universities and independent cinemas. WHEN: October 16-24. WHERE: Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban.

Cape Town

  • Durban-based ceramicist Sbonelo Tau Luthuli exhibits works collectively titled Ihubo Lengabadi (Song of the Soil). Luthuli takes a philosophical and spiritual approach to ceramic work, drawing inspiration from artists such as Nesta Nala, Ian Garrett and Clive Sithole. The work is being presented by the Arts and Ubuntu Trust Travelling Arts Institute and will be showcased in Johannesburg in early 2016. On October 17, the artist will conduct a walkabout at the gallery and he will also participate in a panel discussion on traditional symbols, patterns and their meanings in ceramic art. WHEN: Until October 24. WHERE: Irma Stern Museum, Rosebank, Cape Town. INFO:
  • A collaboration tagged the VOMO Motorcycle Orchestra is to stage an experimental show that will include a punk opera singer, a string quartet, a makhoyane bow player, a drummer and a motorcycle crew. Vocalist Juliana Venter will front the performance, alongside Shh. Art Ensemble (a string quartet specialising in new music), Cara Stacey (who will play makhoyane and umrhubhe) and drummer Andrea Dicò (trash and toys). WHEN: October 20. WHERE: Detroit Vintage Garage, Woodstock. TIME: 8pm. INFO:


  • American jazz saxophonist and post-bop proponent Ernest Dawkins plays with a local quintet, comprising Mlungisi Mhlongo, Thuto Motsemme, Mzamo Bhengu and Bonolo Nkoane. Chicago-based Dawkins first began learning the saxophone as a child from members of avant-gardist collective the Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians, an organisation he would, decades later, go on to chair. WHEN: October 16. WHERE: The Orbit, Braamfontein.
  • A City Refracted is the body of work created by Graeme Williams after he won the Ernest Cole award in 2014. The award gives a photographer the opportunity to produce an exhibition and publish a book. Williams has chosen to focus on the “social polarisation” taking place in Johannesburg that has resulted in him “being an outsider in a neighborhood that is less than 10 minutes drive from my home”. His approach to the project “could be seen as approximating a tourist’s response to visiting a foreign country”. WHEN Until January 2016. WHERE Wits Art Museum, Braamfontein. INFO
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