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To avoid a big dose of Festival #FOMO, it’s time to start planning for a trip to the country’s biggest bucket-list cultural and social celebration, The National Arts Festival. This year’s Festival takes place from the 29th June till 9th July.

Spanning eleven days, the Festival is held in the Eastern Cape city of Grahamstown, the population of which is boosted by tens of thousands of visitors who buy around 220 000 tickets. For many it’s an annual pilgrimage and with so many artists, crews and journalists in town, visitors are advised to beat the crowds and make bookings now.

The National Arts Festival’s website is packed with information on how to navigate the experience, and there is an active community of experienced Festival-goers on Twitter and on the Festival’s Facebook page. Follow these channels for tips on getting to the Festival, booking your accommodation and getting around once you are there.

Here are some ideas to get the planning into gear:

FLY OR DRIVE

South Africa’s major airports all service airlines who fly to Port Elizabeth and East London. After touching down in either of these destinations, the trip to Grahamstown is about 130km. Hire a car or jump on board a shuttle. There are various tour and bus companies that provide airport shuttles and transport in and around Grahamstown, see the details in the National Arts Festival’s Hospitality Brochure. Continue reading

Heroes will be made as another exciting season of T20 cricket culminates.  Now in its 5th year, the tournament sees over 7300 players from 665 schools around the country participating and with the likes of Quinton De Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Theunis De Bruyn, Lungi Ngidi and Andile Phehlekwayo having already progressed through its ranks, it is fast becoming synonymous as a platform for showcasing some of the best in South African youth cricketing talent.

The Schools that have qualified are defending champions St Stithians (Lions), Wynberg Boys High School (Cobras), St Andrews College (Knights), Selborne College (Warriors), Glenwood (Dolphins), Hoerskool Centurion (Titans), Hudson Park (Coastal Focus School), Prestige College (Inland Focus School).

Come join us and watch our future stars in action.

Where: University of Stellenbosch

When: Friday 24 March until Sunday 26 March

Time: daily from 9am – 5pm

unnamed (9)For this year’s Air Max Day “Vote Forward” campaign, Nike invited a dozen creatives from all over the world — dubbed “Revolutionairs” — to Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. These artists, designers, DJs, and retailers were tasked with reimagining Nike Air Max styles; the Revolutionair’s shoe with the most votes will have his or her Nike Air model released.

The twelve Revolutionairs are Alexandra Hackett (London), Artemy Lebedev (Moscow), Bunyamin Aydin (Istanbul), Celement Balvoine (Amsterdam), Fabikr (Seoul), Kyle Ng (Los Angeles), Lourdes Villagómez (Mexico City), Naotaka Konno (Tokyo), Sean Wotherspoon (Los Angeles), Shangguan Zhe (Shanghai), Tianzhou Chen (Beijing), and Venus X (New York).

Springbok centre Jan Serfontein returns to the Vodacom Bulls side as one of several changes to the line-up for their first home match of the season, on Friday evening at Loftus Versfeld against the Sunwolves. The Pretoria clash is the first of three local Vodacom Super Rugby matches scheduled for this weekend.

The Vodacom Bulls, back at their familiar surroundings in Pretoria, are looking to register their first win of the campaign after suffering two away defeats, against the DHL Stormers and Toyota Cheetahs respectively, before last weekend’s bye.

Former Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss is another major inclusion in the Vodacom Bulls’ match 23 against the Far East visitors. Strauss is set to make his first playing appearance since his last outing for the Springboks against Wales in November last year. He has now fully recovered from a back operation and is set to get first taste of action this year should he take the field as replacement.

The Sunwolves are playing in their second successive away game on South African soil and the Japanese side will seek to repeat their competitive performance of last weekend in Bloemfontein, when they pushed the Free State side right until the end.

On Saturday the Emirates Lions host the Reds at 17h15 in Johannesburg. A much-changed Joburg side came unstuck against a resolute Jaguares outfit last week in Buenos Aires, however, coach Johan Ackermann has selected a more familiar looking side for the Reds encounter. Continue reading

TOP DJS & MUSICIANS JOIN MAFIKIZOLO & CASSPER NYOVEST FOR NICKELODEON’S AWESOME WEEKEND OF FAMILY FUN, SUN, SLIME & MUSIC AT USHAKA MARINE WORLD 

Durban, 16 March 2017: Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305) and uShaka Marine World just pumped up the volume on the first Africa edition of SlimeFest, due to take place at Durban’s uShaka Marine World on  8 & 9 April, adding Emtee, K.O, The Kiffness, Twins On Decks and Timo ODV to the concert line-up.

The Kiffness, Twins on Decks, Emtee, Timo ODV and K.O join previously announced artists Cassper Nyovest and Mafikizolo for a spectacular family-friendly jamboree of music, Nickelodeon TV characters, and lots and lots of slime – as uShaka Marine World is transformed into a icky, sticky, squelchy green and orange paradise for all the family to enjoy. 

Older kids will delight in a host of games and day-long activities: head for the interactive Slime Zone for an epic Slime Blaster Battle: take a relaxing Slime Shower, slither around on the Zorb Ball Slime Pool; or get to grips with your arch-enemy during a bout of Slime Sumo.  For the younger kids, there’ll be singalongs from their favourite Nickelodeon characters including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora & Friends, Chase & Marshall from Paw Patrol, and those green amphibious heroes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. A dedicated Pre School Zone for very young children will be hosted in the Kids’ Corner.   Continue reading

SHOW TO AIR MONDAY 8 MAY AT 21:00 ON MTV & MTV BASE

Johannesburg, 16 March: After 25 years, MTV announced it is flipping the script with the newly reimagined “MTV Movie & TV Awards,” the ultimate celebration of young Hollywood’s best WTF to WOW performances across film and TV. The expanded show will air LIVE from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

Tune into MTV (DStv Channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) on Monday 8 May at 21:00 CAT.

“We’re living in a golden age of content, and great storytelling and characters resonate regardless of whether you’re watching it in a theater or on TV,” said Chris McCarthy, President of MTV. “The new ‘MTV Movie & TV Awards’ will celebrate even more of the brightest, bravest, funniest and most shared films and TV shows resonating across youth culture.”

Host, nominations, performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.

For her second consecutive year, Casey Patterson will serve as Executive Producer with MTV’s Garrett English for the “2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards.”

For more information on the MTV Movie & TV Awards, follow @MTVAfrica on Twitter using the hashtag #MTVMovieTVAwards

Hailing from Tokyo, Japan, what some call the global epicenter of sneaker collecting, atmos has had a long standing relationship with Nike. Working on their first collaboration back in 2001, one of atmos most revered collaborations was the elephant print and jade accented Air Max 1 released in 2007.

Nearly ten years later, the design would go on to win Nike’s Vote Back campaign during Air Max Day 2016 for a return as part of this year’s Air Max Day celebration. Thanks to the collective voice of the community, the Air Max 1 atmos elephant was voted back amongst 100 other Air Max icons. But, how did the “Chosen 1” come to life? How did it become so iconic and revered by many?

For atmos’ Creative Director, the inspiration was simple and straight forward. Coupling elephant print with vibrant jade accents, the combo was born from the atmos team’s love for the Air Jordan III and this idea of an elephant showering in the wild. Adding to the idea’s organic appeal, bringing elephant print to an Air Max was something Koji had longed to do before ever working on the 2007 collaboration.

Now a decade later, the design is back on shelves thanks to the countless votes from all over the globe, complete with all the classic elements, and most importantly, a stamp of approval from the legendary atmos team that made it all possible.

The Air Max 1 atmos elephant will be released in South Africa this coming weekend on Nike.com and select stores.

GRAHAMSTOWN – Grahamstown will reinforce its reputation as ‘the City that sings’ this weekend as the fourth annual Masicule concert, presented by the National Arts Festival, takes to the stage.

“We started this project in 2014 with support from the European Union under our ‘Creative City’ banner,” Festival CEO Tony Lankester said. “It has now become an annual tradition that helps bring Grahamstown together, and lets some amazing creative talent shine on our stages outside of the traditional Festival period.”

Fourteen choirs, a resident Masicule orchestra and guest artist Asanda Mqiki have been working hard to prepare the 90-minute spectacle, which will combine small ensemble performances and a few massed choir songs.

“The centerpiece will be sections of Handel’s Messiah, around which we’ve packed a number of works that will showcase the talents, diversity and breathtaking talent of our local choirs,” co-Musical Director Priscilla Glover said. She and her counterpart, Access Music Project’s Gareth Walwyn, have been working with singers from city schools Graeme College, Kingswood College, St Andrew’s College, Victoria Girls High School, Nombulelo High School, Ntsika Secondary School, Kutliso Daniels High School and Nathaniel Nyaluza High School. Those choirs will be joined by smaller ensembles and adult choirs Signature Sound, Abancedisi and Sakhuluntu Adult Choirs, Vox, Pro Carmine and Leopard’s Voice. Continue reading

SOUTH AFRICAN FUNNYMAN TAKES HOME THE TROPHY AT THE 2017 NICKELODEON

Johannesburg, 12 March 2017:  South African funnyman, late night TV host, author and global comedy phenomenon Trevor Noah has won big at the 2017 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California, taking home the trophy for Favourite African Star.

Tune in to see Trevor collecting his award during the African TV premiere on Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305) and NickToons (DStv channel 308) at 15:40 CAT on Wednesday 15 March.

Daily Show host Trevor beat fellow South Africans Pearl Thusi and Wayde Van Niekerk, Nigerians Yemi Alade and Funke Akindele Bello and Kenyan Lupita Nyong’o to take home the coveted orange ‘blimp’ after kids across Africa voted for the “Born a Crime” star.

The news follows hot on the heels of Noah’s latest triumph when he was chosen as one of 10 “Next Generation Leaders” by Time Magazine, who praised him as “the master of the eloquent Trump-takedown”. Continue reading

Host John Cena gets slimed onstage at Nickelodeon’s 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

KCA Host John Cena, Kevin Hart, Demi Lovato, Chris Pratt Among Celebs Doused with Slime

Johannesburg, 12 March 2017– Ellen DeGeneres, Fifth Harmony, The Ghostbusters, Kevin Hart, Chris Hemsworth, Jace Norman, Zendaya and more were among those who won coveted orange blimps at Nickelodeon’s 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday, March 11, 8-9:30 p.m. (ET/tape delayed for West Coast).  Hosted by WWE Superstar John Cena, the unpredictable celebrity mess-fest was broadcast live from USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles, where kids celebrated the best of everything they love in pop culture.

This year’s festivities kicked off with Henry Danger star Jace Norman transporting himself from the set of Henry Danger to the orange carpet, where he ran into Kel Mitchell, JoJo Siwa, and Black-ish cast members Miles Brown and Marsai Martin, before spotting Cena. Cena then made his way to the show stage through a maze of cheering kids, slime and music.

During the show, musical performers Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello took the KCA stage to perform their platinum-selling number-one single, “Bad Things,” against the backdrop of a lighting and projection spectacle. International music sensation Little Mix performed a medley of their hit singles, “Touch” and “Shout Out to My Ex,” right before taking home the blimp for Favorite Global Music Star.   Continue reading

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