Chinese New Year is a truly spectacular event that is celebrated all over the world. This Saturday, 9 February, marks the beginning of the year of the snake in the Chinese Calendar; a year that will be welcomed in with the exciting party, great food and dazzling pyrotechnics that only Chinese New Year celebrations can inspire. One of the main New Years celebrations in Joburg this year is taking place at the site of the city’s very first Chinatown on Commissioner Street, right in the city itself. The event gets going from 7pm, with delicious snacks, music, Kung Fu, lion and dragon dances and- the highlight of the night- a computer controlled musical fireworks display at 9pm. This Chinese New Years Celebration is suitable for the
Even though those New Year’s Eve parties of a few weeks ago now feel like historical events, the beginning of next month will give you the perfect excuse to celebrate all over again. On February 2nd 2013 you are invited to welcome in the Chinese New Year at Brightwater Commons. The coming year is the year of the water snake and will be celebrated at the venue with an impressive selection of entertainment, food, drinks and activities. From the spectacular opening ceremony to the diverse cultural variety shows, the event will not only act as a celebration of Chinese culture but also a showcase for South African-themed performances. The headlining act for the day is the internationally renowned China National Acrobatics troupe.
Hartbeespoort Dam and its surrounds do not naturally conjure up images of artistic expression. Rather, this region is associated with jet skis, golf, speedboats and a stop on the way to Sun City. How wrong we are. Until January 4th 2013, Edwards Fine Art is presenting an exhibition that features the work of some of the best local artists, just around the corner from the famous dam itself. Edwards Fine Art is situated at Hartbeespoort’s popular Xanadu Crossing Shopping Centre. The gallery currently boasts a thrilling exhibition that features the work of some of South Africa’s most respected artists. These include William Kentridge, Marlene Dumas, Cecil Skotnes, Robert Hodgins and Anton Smit. With such excellent work on show, the
Music is something that we readily consume yet often also manage to underestimate as a powerful form of expression and communication. This power is clearly present in one of India’s devotional traditions called Kirtan. This month several of the finest classical, world and spiritual artists will be performing this distinctive music in Johannesburg at The Linder Auditorium. On the evening of 12 December, you are invited to discover the uplifting power of Kirtan as the SKCON Knights of Kirtan take you on a fascinating journey. The internationally renowned performers for that night are Govinda Maharaj, Jahnavi Harrison and Gaura Vani. The evening is hosted by The Krsna Balarma (KBYG) which is the youth organisation linked to the
Big cities are synonymous with industry, survival and an inimitable blend of cultures and expression. Till the end of this month, you have the chance to visit an art exhibition like no other- one that reflects the unique urban environment of Johannesburg. It’s the fantastic I Art Joburg. I Art Joburg is presented by Adidas Originals and brings together five world-renowned artists in a totally unique, urban setting. The artists have produced six large, outdoor murals, which adorn the buildings, walls and streets of the city’s popular Maboneng Precinct. The artists on show include the international flavours of New York’s Steve ‘ ESPO’ Powers, Spain’s Remed, Belgium’s Roa and the local talents of Durban’s Cameron Platter and Cape
The Wits Art Museum, better known as WAM, is a striking space, perfectly positioned on the corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and Jorissen Street. The museum works so well in its current context that it's hard to believe that, just a short times ago, it was a bustling Braamfontein petrol station. Now that the taxis, petrol fumes and oil stains have gone, what is left is an exciting exhibition venue, perched right at the gateway of the city. The Wits Art Museum is currently home to two exhibitions, running until October 14th. The first is the Wits 90 Treasures Exhibition. This collection is presented in honour of Wits University’s 90th birthday and includes many of the treasures that the institution boasts. These include fascinating
Joburg’s hottest festival is back Johannesburg is over 8000 kilometres from Lisbon, but from April 19 to May 1, you would never guess this. Over these days, a small area to the south of the city will explode with all things Portuguese at the annual Lusito Land Festival. Lusito Land is an institution on the Jozi festival calendar. It is a complete festival experience, sporting great entertainment, an impressive variety of live music, excellent shopping and a buzzing festival atmosphere. Perhaps the most vaunted item on the festival agenda is the amazing Portuguese cuisine on offer, giving you the chance to indulge in the finest dishes, from sizzling peri-peri chicken to garlic prawns, espetada, prego
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