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Explore the museums of the V&A Waterfront in a new light, after dark.

After a successful pilot event in July 2016, Museum Night V&A Waterfront returns with two events scheduled for 2017, the first taking place on the night of Wednesday 28 June, with a spring edition on 25 October 2017. The event allows the public to access a diverse programme of museums until late, while also experiencing a curated programme of performances throughout the night.

About Museum Night

Museum Night is an initiative that aims to make the city’s cultural institutions more accessible, while developing local audiences for museums, and fostering higher engagement with art and culture. It is also a lively public experience that injects life into the city’s public spaces after hours. Museum Night V&A Waterfront is an initiative of Thursdays Projects, the team behind Cape Town’s popular First Thursdays, and the V&A Waterfront, with Iziko Museums of South Africa as a founding partner of the Museum Night project.

Museum Night at the V&A Waterfront – 28 June 2017 Continue reading

Opening event: Saturday 8 July at 11h00.

We are all entwined by our desires. It’s part of being human, of being a physical being.

In this body of work Floris van Zyl focuses on untwining, on taking known shapes apart by painting outside of the lines we draw for ourselves and those drawn by society. To let go and detach from outcomes, to allow paint to happen rather than trying to control it.

Van Zyl explains: “I feel that when thoughts, feelings, and actions are untied and translated into art, it has the power to affect the spiritual climate of society and in this way, make a positive impact. My work ranges through stages of abstraction, letting the paint and material guide the process along with my heart and eye. I don’t think about the marks I’m making, I let the marks happen. The mind becomes a tool in the bigger process and has to stand back for heart and eye to flow. I let the eye look at it and the hand just does what the eye and heart wants, and I simply respond to it because I feel I want to do it. Continue reading

The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival in September is not only about music.

It is also about giving back to the community, with business workshops designed to help emerging talent gain invaluable help from music experts.

Geleza Kleva & Learn are free Music Business Workshops, which form part of the Joy of Jazz initiative, and these take place in July all around Gauteng. These workshops are especially designed to show how the music industry works, and help would-be artists gain a foothold.

Under the banner of Youth Development in the Arts, these Music Business Workshops have been an integral part of the broader Standard Bank Joy of Jazz initiative for the past three years and are highly successful enterprises.

Concord Nkabinde, mentor and well-known South African musician and composer, has been running these initiatives with remarkable success.

The project was started in 2014 when organisers, T Musicman, saw a need to educate emerging artists. A programme was developed that would help them. Continue reading

The SA Rugby National Girls U18 Week will again add a female touch to the SA Rugby Youth Weeks Series from 3 to 7 July at the HT Pelatona Projects Stadium in Welkom, with several high-profile battles lined up for the opening day’s play.

Border, who held off a strong challenge from arch-rivals Western Province in the final match of the tournament last season in Kimberley, will take on the Blue Bulls, while the Capetonians will meet KZN in two of the main games when the competition kicks off.

The eight matches on day one will be split between two fields, with Boland and the Limpopo Blue Bulls, and the Free State and Golden Lions respectively, getting the tournament underway. African neighbours Zimbabwe will make their fourth consecutive appearance in the competition, with their first match being against Griquas.

The teams will play matches on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Similarly to the SA Rugby Youth Weeks for boys, sponsored by Coca-Cola, the teams that display the best rugby during the opening three days play will meet in the final match of the tournament on Friday.

National Girls U18 Week day-one fixtures (Monday, 3 July):

10h00 – Boland v Limpopo Blue Bulls (A field)

10h00 – Free State v Golden Lions (B field)

11h10 – Griquas v Zimbabwe (A field)

11h10 – Pumas v Border Country Districts (B field)

12h20 – Griffons v Leopards (A field)

12h20 – Eastern Province v SWD (B field)

14h10 – Western Province v KZN (A field)

15h20 – Border v Blue Bulls (A field)

Programme:   2017 BET Awards
Channel:         BET (DStv Channel 129)
Premiere:       Tuesday 27 June 2017
Time:               20:00 CAT

Tune-in to BET for the not-to-be-missed #BETAwards17 hitting our local screens on Tuesday 27 June on BET (DStv Channel 129) at 20:00 CAT. Hosted by the hilarious SNL star Leslie Jones, viewers can expect a star-studded line-up featuring; Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Future, Big Sean, Migos, Trey Songs, Tamar Braxton, DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne and this year’s Lifetime Achievement Honourees New Edition.

Our very own Trevor Noah will be presenting an award on the evening, alongside other well-known and celebrated stars such as Issa Rae, Yara Rashid, Jamie Foxx and many more.

This year Mam Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s philanthropy will be awarded for the Global Good Award along with Somalian’s social activist Ilwad Elman. AKA celebrates his third nomination for Best International Act: Africa along first-time nominees; Nasty C, Babes Wodumo, Tekno, Davido , Mr Eazi and previous category winner Wizkid. Amanda Black and Tanzanian performer Ray Vanny hope for a win in their nominated category, Viewer’s Choice: Best International Act.

Set your reminders for an epic television experience next week Tuesday
For more information on the BET Awards, visit www.betafrica.tv, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BETinAfrica, or join the conversation about the channel on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa using the hashtag #BETAwards17.

Featuring: Alistair Izobell, Karen Kortje, Nur Abrahams, Sasha Lee Davids, Loukmaan Adams & Austin Rose

One Night Only, 1 July 2017

Boardwalk ICC, Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth has waited long enough…. and now it’s finally here! Alistair Izobell Productions and Marmalade Productions are teaming up again to bring you the best show to hit PE in years. The finest Cape Town artists on one stage including: Alistair Izobell, Karen Kortje, Nur Abrahams, Sasha Lee Davids, Loukmaan Adams and Austin Rose. These amazing artists will be supported by a six-piece band comprising of the best musicians from the mother city.

Alistair Izobell – has become widely regarded as one of Cape Town`s best champions of local music and entertainment and has created many opportunities for young artists. He is one of South Africa`s foremost artists, producers and musical directors, having started his career at age seven, and later went on to perform in David Kramer and Taliep Petersen`s Kat and the Kings, which earned him and the cast the Laurence Olivier Best Actor in a Musical award. His recent successes include; Kaapse Stoep Stories, Remembering the Lux, Kaapse Jol, Music Alla Kaap and writing the theme song for the Kyknet soap opera Suidooster. Alistair is working on a variety of new and exciting projects this year. The first of many will be creating a NPO which will benefit young emerging talent who need assistance in the Western Cape. Continue reading

Powerade, the official hydration partner of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and the Cape Town Cycle Tour, has signed-up some of South Africa’s foremost running, cycling and training experts to challenge athletes to beat their best in 2017.

In 2015, Caroline Wöstmann became the second woman in history to win both the Comrades Marathon and Two Oceans Marathon in the same year – just 7 years after she began running around the block in an effort to lose some post-pregnancy weight and has provided some insightful tips on how to improve your speed, see below:

How to improve your speed?

How you train to build speed really depends on what level you are running at and what you are trying to achieve. Caroline shares tips on improving your speed for major races: Continue reading

Proposals for the second Kunste Onbeperk Teksmark (Script Market) can now be submitted. All playwrights are encouraged to submit their scripts or script ideas by 3 July 2017.

The first Teksmark was presented at the Baxter Theatre Centre last year. This initiative provides an opportunity for playwrights to introduce their script ideas to arts festivals, theatres and other investors for possible further development. The aim of Teksmark, presented in collaboration with the Nasionale Afrikaanse Teaterinisiatief (NATi) and the Baxter Theatre Centre, is to develop new South African scrips for the stage.

“Teksmark is not a competition, but rather a market for new theatre scripts; one where playwrights can discuss their work. We hope that this will result in representatives of festivals, theatres, producers and sponsors investing in the development of playwrights whose scripts can be presented as productions in future,” says Hugo Theart, Creative Head of Kunste Onbeperk. Continue reading

TATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

The following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the opening of the Mayor’s Portfolio of Urban Sustainability exhibition at the Civic Centre today.

Good afternoon, goeie middag, molweni, as-salaamu alaikum, shalom.

It is my pleasure to join you all today to reflect on the very important relationship between ourselves and our environment.

Our planet is fragile and as cities we deal with the impacts which the environmental factors have on our residents every day.

It is here as a City that we have to lead the way in not only protecting our residents, but most importantly all of us need to work together to protect and save our planet because after all, we only have one planet. Continue reading

#BETAWARDS17

Johannesburg, 13 June 2017: BET Africa announced today that music heavyweights Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, Big Sean, Post Malone, Roman Gian Arthur and Jessie Reyez will perform at the 2017 “BET Awards” as well as Lifetime Achievement Award recipients New Edition. The iconic annual show will also have performances from previously announced hit makers including Bruno Mars, Future, Migos, Trey Songz and Tamar Braxton. The 2017 “BET Awards” has set the standard for one of the most intently unconventional, news-provoking broadcasts. Hosted by stand-up comedian Leslie Jones, the 2017 “BET Awards” is sure to include unforgettable moments, appearances and performances you won’t want to miss! The 2017 “BET Awards” will air across Africa on BET (DStv channel 129) on Tuesday 27 June at 20:00 CAT.

In addition, leading entertainers across television, film, sports, comedy and music join as presenters at the 2017 “BET Awards” including Trevor Noah, Yara Shahidi, Cardi B, Issa Rae, Jamie Foxx, La La Anthony, the cast of Universal Pictures’ “Girls Trip” (Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, with Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah), Robin Thede, Cari Champion and Demetrius Shipp Jr.. These names represent some of the most accomplished talent and rising stars in the industry today.

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