The Weekend Guide

What’s on: John Kani and Anthony Sher in Kunene and the King. (Ellie Kurttz)

What’s on: John Kani and Anthony Sher in Kunene and the King. (Ellie Kurttz)

Seeking Love: The Durban Art Gallery and Alliance Française present a series of watercolour portraits by the 2017 Gerard Sekoto award winner, Banele Khoza, which reflect on the complex nature of love and the importance of acknowledging one’s desires while doing so. Details: The exhibition is on until June 21 at Alliance Française de Durban, 22 Sutton Crescent, Morningside, Berea. For more information phone 031 312 9582 or contact general inquiries on

Secret Sunrise: Start your Saturday morning with a dance session. Details: The event takes place on May 25, near Durban’s upper highway area. Ticket holders will be informed of the exact venue 24 hours before the session.
Tickets cost R75 to R120 and can be purchased from Quicket. For more information email

Prawn Festival: Tuck into a seafood harvest at Hilton Durban’s Vasco Restaurant. Patrons can expect fresh prawns, calamari and seafood curries. Details: The festival is on May 24 at the Hilton, Walnut Road, Durban Central. Tickets cost R325 and can be purchased from the hotel. For more information or to book tickets visit their website

Zakifo Music Festival: Celebrate and witness the power and prowess of Sho Madjozi, Moonchild Sanelly, Dope Saint Jude and at least 23 other musicians. Details: The festival takes place on May 24, 25 and 31 and on June 1 at the Durban Botanic Gardens, The Werehouse, The Winston, The Rainbow, Origin Nightclub, Ascend Rooftop in Umhlanga and Curiocity Hotel. Tickets cost R300 to R400 and can be purchased from Howler. For more information visit their website

Moonchild Sanelly at Zakifo festival (Getty Images)

Kunene and the King: Just after completing its world premiere at The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in the United Kingdom, John Kani’s play is now being showcased in local theatres. Set in 2019, 25 years into democracy, Kunene and the King brings two men from different walks of life together to reflect on how far South Africa has come. Directed by Janice Honeyman, the play is funny and moving. Kani stars as Lunga, a nurse who is looking after Jack, a bad-tempered actor dying of cancer, played by the celebrated Antony Sher. Details: The play runs until May 25 at The Fugard Theatre, corner Caledon and Lower Buitenkant Street, District Six, Cape Town. Tickets cost R190 to R340. For more information or to book a ticket visit their website

And Counting: Curated by South Africa’s Tšhegofatso Mabaso & Zambia’s Julia Taonga Kaseka Johannesburg Art Gallery brings the 8th edition of the annual Africa Month exhibition, And Counting. This group show engages with archival material — from and outside of institutional archives — as a means to confront Africa’s collective histories. Details: The exhibition takes place until July 14 at Johannesburg Art Gallery, King George street, Joubert Park, Johannesburg. Entry is free. For more information visit their website

Implement: This is a new collection of hand-forged metal furniture and sculpture by blacksmith Conrad Hicks. Details: The exhibition takes place from May 25 to July 17 at Southern Guild, Silo 5, Unit 5B, South Arm Road, Silo District, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. For more information visit their website

Works from Implement, an exhibition by Conrad Hicks (Southern Guild) 

Sea Ghosts: Bruce Clark pays tribute to migrants and victims of trans-Mediterranean trafficking. Using water screens to remove the audience from the subject matter, while still being able to see them, Clark places the viewer in the positions of complicit witnesses to their suffering. Details: The exhibition takes place until June 1 at Alliance Française in Parkview, Johannesburg. For more information visit their website

Africa Day Groove: In commemoration of Africa Liberation Day, first celebrated in Ethiopia in 1963, Africa Day Groove gathers people to break bread over music, art and literature from across the continent. Details: The festival takes place on May 25 at the Soweto Theatre Complex, corner of Bolani Link and Bolani Road, Jabulani, Soweto. Tickets cost R100 and can be purchased from Webtickets. Visit  their website.

Instruction: Using etchings, woodcuts, music and sound, João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga takes the viewer on a visual and sonic exploration of his unique musical language. Details: The exhibition takes place until June 14 at David Krut Projects, 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg. For more information visit their website.

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