South Africa

AUGUST 2017

30 JULY – 30 AUGUST FOOTPRINTS, JOHANNESBURG

This exhibition is a two-men show by artists Michael Selekane and Victor Kuster.

Each artist discusses the influence of external factors on different subjects. Selekane looks at location and environment as influencing factors in migration.

Kuster, on the other hand, turns the concept into a personal discussion, examining physiological marks people leave on his personality, scrutinising his exploration for his identity versus the identity culture and society pressure him to embrace.

3-6 AUGUST MZANSI WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL (MWFF), JOHANNESBURG

The fourth annual MWFF’s features short and feature films and documentaries made by women around the world. “We create platforms for women filmmakers to showcase their work, as the traditional mainstream spaces tend to favour work created by men,” says Palesa Mazamisa, one of the festival organisers. A highlight will be a retrospective on the work of Shelley Barry, an award-winning SA filmmaker who makes thought-provoking films and teach filmmaking despite being wheelchair-bound. Her ground-breaking work, which is studied at universities in SA, the USA and Europe, will be screened throughout the festival. A daily ticket costs R10 and a weekend pass costs R25. All tickets provide unlimited access to all films.

5 AUGUST DULLSTROOM COUNTRY FESTIVAL, MPUMALANGA

Celebrating fine country living, this festival’s held on the Dunkeld Equestrian Estate in one of SA’s most idyllic provinces – Mpumalanga. Festival-goers can sample some of the best whiskies, wines and craft beers and enjoy a variety of the finest local food as they listen to a selection of South Africa’s top music acts in a convivial atmosphere.

Alex Torrao, the event director, says the festival has been long in the making: “Dullstroom, a mere two-and-a-half hours from Gauteng, is always popular with Gauteng residents as it offers a perfect escape from the city.” Tickets cost R425 for adults, R325 for teenagers, and R325 for kids under 12.

8 AUGUST SA ON TAP CRAFT BEER & MUSIC FESTIVAL, DURBAN

SA’s biggest craft brew specTAPular heads to the golden coast with a craft brew theatre of excellence. Expect more than 200 of our country’s finest brews alongside a stellar line-up of top local bands. Food lovers will also be spoilt for choice, with food trucks offering some of the yummiest cuisine. Tickets are R130 online or R150 at the door if available.

8-20 AUGUST GONE NATIVE: THE LIFE & TIMES OF REGINA BROOKS, SOWETO

The play focuses on how two young South Africans fell in love against a racial divide in ‘50s. The production also shows the power of love, the strength and resilience of youth, and complexity of life in SA at that time. It offers encouragement to today’s young South Africans to follow their hearts beyond political boundaries and to persevere against all odds. Tickets cost R120.

9-13 AUGUST DECOREX JOBURG, JOHANNESBURG

A vibrant selection of inspired trends will be showcased at Africa’s premier decor, design and lifestyle exhibition. Themed “Make your space your living dream”, visitors will have access to a variety of globally influenced designs and trends that have been localised to suit the African home. Tickets cost R120 for adults, R100 for students and pensioners and R20 for under-12s.

10-12 AUGUST JOHNNY CLEGG: THE FINAL JOURNEY WORLD TOUR – RETURN SEASON, SOUTH AFRICA

Due to exceptional public demand and sold-out shows in the first phase of the world tour, legendary musician Johnny Clegg has added additional South African shows to his Final Journey World Tour. The tour will be built around Clegg’s unparalleled repertoire of songs which began with the release of Juluka’s Universal Men in 1979 and continued through the Savuka years and his more recent solo work.

Clegg’s many different hits and live favourites will be brought to life by the biggest production ever created for a Clegg live show, supported by his world-class live band. A highlight of the shows will be the different styles of dance that have been integral to Clegg’s life and work, ever since he learnt the fundamentals of Zulu music and traditional Zulu dancing while a teenager.

20 AUGUST INANDA AFRICAN CUP, JOHANNESBURG

This annual, world-class polo championship offers an action-packed day with a display of exceptional horsemanship between teams from countries such as Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. It will be a day of fast-paced chukkas, complemented by an infusion of chic fashion, delectable food and the finest champagne. “Each year the Africa Cup grows with leaps bounds attracting high quality teams and players as well as more aficionados. We are pleased with its continued success,” says Craig James, Inanda Club Polo Manager. “The combination of pony and player adrenalin is always unequivocal.”

21-22 AUGUST INFRASTRUCTURE AFRICA, SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG

This is the event where infrastructure connects people places and opportunities. Stakeholders will have an opportunity to unpack the enormous growth potential in addressing Africa’s infrastructure needs and network to boost their own and the continent’s investment and growth.

26 AUGUST AN EVENING WITH LINDIWE MAXOLO, JOHANNESBURG

For this not-be-missed show, award-winning jazz vocalist Lindiwe Maxolo will be joined by celebrated musicians Sibongile Khumalo, Gloria Bosman and Lwanda Gogwana for an unforgettable evening of sound. Cost: R150 – R200.

31 AUGUST -2 SEPTEMBER THE SMALL BUSINESS EXPO, JOHANNESBURG

This expo is focused on the development of small- and medium-sized enterprises. It provides an invaluable platform for such businesses to market their products and services and network with business leaders and big corporates. It’s the ideal platform to stimulate business growth and motivate current and aspiring entrepreneurs. Register free of charge online.