The Weekend Guide

John Kani stars in Congo: The Trial of King Leopold. Photo: Gallo

John Kani stars in Congo: The Trial of King Leopold. Photo: Gallo

Publik Wine Fair: This fair is a platform for independent winemakers to showcase their product while introducing the public to otherwise lesser known artisan wine producers. Details: October 21 at the Turbine Hall, 65 Ntemi Piliso Street, downtown Johannesburg. Tickets cost R200 per person and can be booked from
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The Safest Place is the Knife’s Edge by Christo Coetzee: This exhibition sees 120 artworks, dating from 1947 - 2000, by the artist being showcased in one venue to represent the various frameworks that Coetzee’s work exist within. Details: The exhibition is taking place until December 1 at the Standard Bank Art Gallery, corner Simmonds and Frederick Streets, Marshalltown. Entry is free to the public during gallery hours. For more information visit

Congo: The Trial of King Leopold: Directed by Lesedi Job, this play uses satire to respond to the encounters between a missionary and trader in Congo Free State during the reign of King Léopold II who used slavery to make fortunes from ivory and rubber in the Congo and oversaw the deaths of 10 million people in Congo. The play features Dr John Kani and Robert Whitehead. Details: The play is running until November 11 at the Market Theatre, 56 Margaret Mcingana Street. Tickets cost R90 per person and can be purchased from or at the theatre’s box office. For more information visit

Dillon Marsh exhibition: From suburban to desolate scenes, Dillon Marsh’s work focuses on the relationship that humankind has with the space they occupy. A selection of the Cape Town based photographer’s works are being showcased at Gallery MOMO Cape Town. Details: The exhibition will run until October 30 at Gallery Momo, 170 Buitengracht Street, Oro Africa Building, Cape Town CBD. Admission is free. For more information visit

Poetry Africa: In its 22nd year, the poetry festival theme is praise poetry this year. In addition to performances by poets from across the world, the programme also features readings, book launches and poetry workshops. Details: The festival takes place until October 19 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Howard College Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal on Mazisi Kunene Road. Tickets cost R60 per person and can be purchased from For more information visit and for the festival’s full programme visit

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