The Weekend Guide

Balancing act: 'Trade Winds' by Yinka Shonibare is on exhibition at the Norval Foundation. (Courtesy of Norval Foundation)

Balancing act: 'Trade Winds' by Yinka Shonibare is on exhibition at the Norval Foundation. (Courtesy of Norval Foundation)

Simon: Simon Tseko Nkoli was an anti-apartheid student activist and one of the founders of the black gay movement. Performed by dancer and choreographer Thami Tshabalala, Simon pays homage to Nkoli while detailing the fruitful journey of his struggles and triumphs. Details: The show runs until May 19 at the South African State Theatre in Pretoria.
Tickets cost R80 and can be purchased from Webtickets. For more information visit their website

Thami Tshabalala performs in Simon at the State Theatre. (Courtesy of the State Theatre)

Jozi Walks: This guided city walk, initiated and sponsored by the Johannesburg Development Agency, takes places annually. Led by Harry Nakeng, the Alexandra leg of the walkabout includes the creative district and the Alex heritage precinct. Details: The walkabout is on May 18 and 19, starting at 9am from the Alex Shopping Centre at The Establishment, London Road, Far East Bank, Sandton. Entry is free and can be booked on Quicket. For more information email walkmyjozi@gmail.com

Talitha Cumi: Taken from a biblical Aramaic phrase meaning “little girl, arise”, Portia Zvavahera’s new works are concerned with a longing for spiritual transcendence that will free the subject from the ongoing cycle of human suffering. Details: The exhibition opens on May 18 at Stevenson, Parktown North, Johannesburg. For more information visit their website

Tshwane Book Picnic: The City of Tshwane has arranged a day of African literature, music and poetry under the theme The Year of Indigenous Languages. Details: The picnic will take place on May 19 at SixViews Mountain Activities, 6797 Setiloane Street, Ga-Rankuwa Unit 6, Ga-Rankuwa, Pretoria. Tickets cost R30 to R50 and can be purchased at the door. For more information call 060 945 2052 or email tk.rabotho@gmail.com

To Be Like This Rock: Written by Neil Coppen and Umsindo Theatre Projects, this play is about human trafficking and involves five women who work in a quarry making bricks. Details: The play will be shown on May 17 and 18 at the Playhouse Company in Durban. Tickets cost R20 and can be purchased from Webtickets. For more information visit their website

Ikhono LaseNatali: Zanele Muholi has commissioned 25 emerging artists to interpret the photographic images from their ongoing self-portrait series, Somnyama Ngonyama, using their medium of choice. Details: The exhibition opening will take place on May 17 at the KwaZulu-Natal Society of the Arts gallery. For more information visit kznsagallery.co.za

A One Night Stand With Yommy: Tune into the smooth sounds at a once-off show by band leader and saxophonist Yommy Sax. Details: The show will take place on May 18 at the Jazzy Rainbow in Morningside, Durban. Tickets cost R70 to R100. For more information or to book tickets phone 031 303 8398 or email jazzyrainbow@mweb.co.za

Trade Winds: Curated by Portia Malatjie and Owen Martin, this exhibition of Yinka Shonibare’s works, created between 2008 and 2018, include sculptures, photographs and installations that are connected through the artist’s use of Dutch wax fabric. Details: The exhibition is on until August 26 at Norval Foundation, Steenberg Estate, Cape Town. Entry costs R160. For more information or to book a pass, visit their website

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