The Melrose Gallery is proud to introduce the 4th instalment of SculptX, the largest annual sculpture fair in South Africa. Over 90 artists are presenting more than 200 sculptures in Melrose Arch and Sandton City’s Diamond Walk between 3 September and 24 October 2021. These will be presented in several indoor and outdoor public spaces throughout the precincts, and many are hugely impressive.
The Melrose Gallery has taken a massive chance in agreeing to host SculptX 2021 considering that most of the art fairs and large exhibitions have been cancelled due to the pandemic. However, the gallery feels that these artists need their support at this point more than ever and felt that it was important for them, the arts sector and the public to see something positive during these challenging times.
SculptX 2021 Participating Artists
Ade Kipades, Alexander von Klitzing, Allen Laing, Amorous Maswanganyi, Andre Prinsloo, Andre Stead, Anita Finken, Andries Visser, Andries Botha, Arno Morland, Anton Smit, Ben Tuge, Bridget Modema, Carl Roberts, Cecilia Wilmot Ballam, Chuma Maweni, Claudia Raff, Collen Maswanganyi, Cornelia Stoop, Cobus Haupt, Christiaan Diedericks, David Griesel, Di Miller, Dora Prevost, Ela Cronje, Elizabeth Balcomb, Esther Mahlangu, Francois Coertze, Francois Visser, Gordon Froud, Izanne Wiid, Jacques Dhont, James Cook, Jessica Bothma, Johannes Maswanganyi, Jonathan van der Walt, Joseph Nabste, Keith Calder, Kenneth Shandu, Kgotso Pati, Karin Lijnes, Kobus Le Grange, Kunye Collab, Larissa Matthews, Ledelle Moe, Leon Witthuhn, Lothar Bottcher, Louis Chanu, Malose Pete, Mandy Johnston, Mark Chapman, Mark Swart, Marieke Prinsloo, Marius Jansen Van Vuuren, Mine Kleynhans, Monica van den Berg, Nanette Ranger, Nicola Roos, Nindya Bucktowar, Ndabuko Ntuli, Noria Mabasa, Otto du Plessis, Oupavusi Mokwena, Paul du Toit, Phahlo Mtangai, Pitika Ntuli, Rirhandzu Makhubele, Ronald Muchatuta, Ruhan Janse van Vuuren, Sandile Radebe, Sandro Trapani, Sarah Richards, Sarel Petrus, Sifiso Shange, Simon Zitha, Siyabulele Ndodana, Sophia van Wyk, Stian Deetlefs, Strijdom van der Merwe, Talita Steyn, Theophelus Rikhatso, Tumelo Mphela, Tzung-Hui Lauren Lee, Wessel van Huyssteen, William Sweetlove, Willie Bester, Wilma Cruise, Xanthe Jackson and Zanoxolo Sylvester Mqeku.
Celebrate Women's Month In Johannesburg
We celebrate National Women's Day annually on 9 August to commemorate the bravery and tenacity of 20 000 women. Marching in 1956 as a united front, undeterred by race or class differences, these women defied an oppressive system led by a staunch patriarchy. They traveled from around the country to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the legislation of pass laws for both men and women.
This August, in spirit of the strong, beautiful, independent, powerful, beloved and resilient women in our lives and the heroines that came before them, here's how you can celebrate Women's Month. Spoil all of those remarkable women in your life and let them know just how much you love and appreciate them and everything they do for you!
Looking to treat yourself and the ladies to a delicious spread in celebration of Women's Day? Then be sure to take a look and book your seat/table at one of these Women's Day Lunch & high Tea events in Joburg for 09 August 2021. Booking is absolutely essential as spacing is limited, so be sure to book now to avoid disappointment!
For the ultimate spoil, why not treat those special women in your life to some aromatic tea, robust coffee and plenty of decadent and savoury treats that's sure to hit the spot? A high tea is the perfect way to surprise and treat the remarkable superwomen you know, love and cherish. And if you're wondering where you can treat the ladies this Women's Month? Then take a look at these lovely high tea spots within the city.
How will you be celebrating Women's Day? Not to sure yet? Then why not gather the girls and book a day of indulgence and experiences at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa. On Monday, 09 August 2021, they will be hosting an array of Women's Day celebrations, ranging from yoga on their beautiful lawns to a decadent high tea with a twist. To find out more about what you can expect on the day, click here. Please note, booking is absolutely essential as space is extremely limited. Book now!
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Whether you're looking to find the perfect Women's Day gift for those incredible ladies in your life, or want to treat them to a shopping spree, Cresta Shopping Centre has just the thing! From 30 July until 29 August 2021, don't miss their exciting Sidewalk Sale, where you'll find a wide selection of the centre's stores running not-to-miss sales and offers. Plus, if you spend R350 or more at these stores, you can stand the chance of winning a Cresta voucher to the value of R1 500. Click here to find out more.
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Looking to a selection of gift ideas that'll have the superwomen in your life feeling spoilt and appreciated? Then why not take a look at our list of Women's Day gift idea suggestions here? From customised jewellery and decadent treats from Belle's Patisserie to Jo Malone goodies and more, you're sure to find the perfect gift for those incredible ladies you truly appreciate and adore. Be sure to arrange your gifts ASAP!
Is she into all things beauty? Think international beauty brands, makeup, fragrances, skincare, bath and body, accessories and more? If yes, then why not shop for her gift at ARC Store? Or better yet, why not take her to the store at Sandton City so she can pick out the perfect Women's Day gift that she'll absolutely love. Not keen on leaving home just yet? Then why not do some online shopping at their online store and have it delivered right to your or her door?
One can never go wrong with a brand-new handbag to complete their wardrobe. And best of all, you can find some gorgeous, luxurious, one-of-a-kind, genuine leather handbags and accessories perfect for any style and taste, at Via La Moda. Either dhop their store online or pay them a visit to find the ideal addition to her collection. These handbags are classic, timeless and always on trend.
Who doesn't like unexpectedly receiving a bouquet of beautiful flowers? If this sounds like just the thing to spoil that special woman, then take a look at these flower delivery services throughout the city. You're sure to find the perfect bouquet, no matter the size or budget. You'll be spoilt for choice with the wide selection of flowers, wrappings and arrangements.
With everything moms, wives, sisters, aunts and grandmothers do for us, why not give her the day off and send her away for a well-deserved pamper? August is full of Women's Month Spa Specials, all you have to do is book your sessions and let the ladies enjoy. What a treat! Wondering where to find some relaxing and rejuvenating spa specials to spoil them with? Take a look at our list here, which we will be adding to as we find more!
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Women's Month Getaways
Women's Month Getaway Offers
How about gathering all the ladies and enjoying a well-deserved escape where you can just relax? Sounds good? Then take a look at these Women's Month getaway offers across the city. There's bound to be something perfect for all tastes, distances and budgets. From something close to home to an adventure out in the countryside, you'll find the ideal place to celebrate here. Be sure to book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Keep an eye out for this offers, coming soon!
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Explore The History Of Mankind At The WITS Origins Centre
The Origins Centre is located at the entrance to WITS University's west campus. The museum was opened in 2006 and celebrates the history of modern mankind. The museum is home to a number of displays, including collections of rock art from the Rock Art Research Institute (RARI) at WITS. The Origins Centre also houses significant artefacts and tools from San culture, documenting its history and advancements, as well as evidence of resistance against colonial domination. The Origins Centre offers school tours, workshops and public exhibitions. Bring the whole family along for a fun and educational day out. Here's what you can expect to find at the Origins Centre:
Museum Tour & Workshops
The Origins Centre offers school tours and is open to the public for workshops and seminars. The Origins Experience includes a guided tour of the museum's African Origin, Khoisan and Rock Art, and Early Iron Age Art exhibitions. Their workshops cover the use of ochre in the Middle Stone Age in South Africa and provide an insightful look into the ancient Hunter Gatherer way of life. The Origins Centre strives to promote indigenous knowledge and to foster a love of history, archeology and paleontology in their visitors, both young and old. The museum also offers a series of lectures designed in correlation with the school Social Sciences, Life Sciences and History curriculum. If you are a teacher or parent, book a tour as soon as possible to help bring those textbooks to life! Admission costs just *R45 per learner, so it's well worth your while.
The Origins Centre is currently hosting the "Geology Through a Lens" photographic exhibition. The exhibition is being hosted in collaboration with the Geological Museums Association, the Faculty of Science and the newly established “Earth Sciences Cluster”. The exhibit includes rare and historically significant photographs taken by geoscientists over many years. There are also displays of special fossil, gem and mineral specimens.
The more adventurous types can get involved in some hands-on activities while the kids will be entertained by life-sized dinosaur and mammal ancestor reconstructions from the Evolutionary Studies Institute. These animals lived in Africa hundreds of millions of years ago and include, for the first-time ever, the only reconstruction of the carnivorous dinosaur Dracovenator or “dragon hunter”. This dinosaur lived in South Africa about 200 million years ago and its remains were discovered near the Drakensberg. How exciting?
The exhibition will run from 4 May 2021 - 30 September 2021. You can find more information about the exhibit here.
While the Origins Centre celebrates the past, they are looking to the future to bring the world of ancient man to you at home. The Centre recently launched its very own AR app. How it works is that the user points their mobile device towards a specific image in the Origins Centre – in the Rock Engraving Archive (REA) or in the Spirit World. A few seconds later they will be able to see the animal come to life on the screen. You can also download the Origins Centre AR App with your friends and family and see how many animals you can find. If you have the label, this can be done from home. The next phase of the app development will include dinosaurs. We can't wait!
Address: Yale Road, University of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
Theatres In Johannesburg
Whether you're interested in watching a graceful ballet, experiencing a breathtaking opera performance, laughing yourself silly at a hilarious stand-up comedy, or are eager to see a popular production live on stage, Johannesburg is sure to have a show for you at one of its many theatres.
The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City Casino & Theme Park
Located within the Gold Reef City Casino in Ormonde, is the luxurious 1 100-seater Lyric Theatre. This theatre will give visitors the feeling of the opulence, luxury and grace in Johannesburg with its plush fittings and rich atmosphere. The Lyric Theatre presents guests with top notch entertainment live from their stage, including world-class theatre, performances from local and international musicians, ballet, comedy shows and much more.
In the vibrant cultural precinct of Jabulani, the Soweto Theatre provide a platform for up-and coming talent to showcase their arts to the public and grow confidence in their craft. The theatre boasts modern technology and ample room, making it the perfect venue to hire. A lot of shows and events are hosted, so be sure to keep an eye on their social media and website for the latest news and lineup.
The Teatro at Montecasino has played host to many world-class shows and performances from some of the best in the theatrical industry. A few worth mentioning includes the internationally acclaimed St Peterburg Ballet, Chicago, The Rocky Horror Show, Katherine Jenkins, and Chris De Burgh. At full capacity, this theatre can accommodate 1 870 people and is considered to be one of the 10 largest Lyric theatres in the world. Be sure to keep an eye out on their websites and social media platforms for upcoming productions.
The Pieter Toerien Theatre & Studio at Montecasino
Accommodating up to 390 people, this small and intimate theatre in Montecasino is the ideal destination for top-notch comedy and live music. Walk into the foyer, and they first thing you'll notice is the glorious old chandelier from the Alhambra Theatre, which has been salvaged and now showcased as you enter the Pieter Toerien. As for entertainment, talented performers that have graced the Pieter Toerien stage includes Tim Plewman, Alan Committie, Pieter-Dirk Uys, Marc Lottering, Moira Lister and Bill Flynn, just t name a few.
Image from the Pieter Toerien Theatre & Studio via Facebook.
The Theatre on the Square at Nelson Mandela Square
Within the Nelson Mandela Square, between The Butcher Shop And Grill and the Sandton Library, you'll find the Theatre on the Square. This vibrant 200-seater adds another dimension, as well as cultural enrichment, to the entertainment industry. And what's lovely about its location, is that you can enjoy your choice from a range of fine restaurants with international cuisine on the square or at the Michelangelo Hotel.
Image from the Theatre on the Square via Facebook.
Theatres in Joburg East
The Big Top Arena at Carnival City
Known to host amazing concerts featuring international and local stars, sporting events, and even conference dinners and commercial launches, the Big Top Arena at Carnival City in Brakpan knows how to bring entertainment to the East Rand! Their Festival Lawns also offer the ideal location for exciting must-attend events. The casino has brought big-name family fun to Brakpan, including the Great Moscow Circus and the Aussie Circus.
The Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace is a 17 tiered auditorium, offering theatre-goers a lavish theatrical entertainment experience. Many international acts and local talents have graced their stage. To ensure that the theatre continues to showcase nothing short of spectacular, a R6-million renovation was done to guarantee that this world-class theatre remains one of Gauteng’s finest.
Founded in 1980, the Roodepoort Theatre is the largest theatre venue in the West Rand, and presents plenty of well-known and popular family-friendly and mainstream productions. These productions normally include hilarious comedies, dance shows, drama and theatrical performances, as well as musical tribute shows.
For a unique theatre experience like no other, Barnyard Theatre Silverstar is sure to have just the thing. Most of their shows are energetic, exciting, and love to get their guests involved by dancing or even singing along. There are shows regularly showing at this theatre, all you have to do is visit their website and take a look. Plus, they have a selection of specials to ensure you get more bang for you buck. Barnyard Theatre Silverstar also makes for a fun year-end function idea.
Everyone who has visited Braamfontein knows of the popular Joburg Theatre. This theatre offers visitors and theatre goers an exciting lineup of shows that's sure to delight audiences of all ages. Every year, their festive season pantomime productions, written and directed by Janice Honeyman, have become a highlight of the country’s theatrical calendar. The Joburg Theatre is also the permanent home to Joburg Ballet, Jill Girard and Keith Smith’s Peoples Theatre Company.
The Market Theatre in Newtown celebrates our heritage and our past, while also confidently looking and moving forward by playing a major cultural role for the African continent. This theatre remains at the forefront of producing and presenting amazing theatrical artworks complete with an authentic African artistic voice and African diversity.
From an exciting cinema experience to plenty of art galleries and more, Parkhurst is just the place if you're looking to enjoy something unique and out of the ordinary. There's sure to be something for all ages, all you have to do is pop in for a visit and explore this suburb for your self.
In the mood for a movie but don't want to visit one of the overcrowded cinemas in the city? Then why not enjoy a unique movie viewing experience at the brand-new Egrek Cinema? Located on 4th Avenue in Parkhurst, Egrek is an independent 30-seat cinema offering high quality projection, surround sound and comfortable seats, perfect for screening the latest movies. This is an interesting and a beautiful cinema experience you don't want to miss. Visit Egrek Cinema's website to see what's currently showing on their big screen.
Whether you're looking to enjoy some fresh air, walk the dogs, or get in some exercise after a long day at the office, guests and residents can visit Verity Park on 6th Avenue. This is a little green space where you can just escape the rush of everyday life and reconnect with nature for a little bit. Other than being a lovely outdoor area to take the dogs, get active and socialise with family and friends, it also offers a playground equipment to keep the kids entertained and some benches if you just want to relax and take in all the sights and sounds of the park.
You'll find the Parkhurst Recreation Centre on 5th Avenue. Here, you'll also find the Parkhurst Clinic and the library, as well as a garden. And just across the street, you'll be able to walk the dogs and enjoy some fresh air at Verity Park, complete with a playground for the kids (which has a spinning wheel, swings and slide) and benches if you're keen on relaxing during your stroll. There are classes and lesson held at this centre from time to time, as well as support groups. Recreational activities include art and drama classes, ballet, bridge, senior exercises, samba lessons and even holiday programs for children.
If you have no idea where to start, be sure to make your way to 4th Avenue in Parkhurst and explore your way through the suburb from there! This bustling and ever-popular strip is filled with many shops, restaurants, antiques and more, ready for you to enjoy. It's just the place if you're looking to shop for something unique and exclusive, grab a bite to eat or a refreshing cocktail with your friends, or if you're in need of a night out on the town. There's sure to be something for all tastes on 4th Avenue.
For contemporary fine art, visit the Guns & Rain Art Gallery on 12th Street. Here, visitors will get the opportunity to explore and admire exquisite works of art by emerging artists from seven African countries (namely South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland and Nigeria) with a focus on social and political issues. Artists include Bev Butkow, Thina Dube, Ann Gollifer, Ayobola Kekere-Ekun and Nicky Marais, just to name a few. Guns & Rain is committed to fair, mindful and ethical trade. Visits are by appointment only, but if you can’t visit in person, you can also view and order art online and have it delivered anywhere in the world.
The Art Room, corner 4th Avenue and 7th Street, is a vibrant venue that plays host to art exhibitions, performance art, auctions, poets, musicians and even wine tastings. The Art Room produces exhibitions throughout the year and also offer unframed artworks available from the Editions Box. So, if you're in need of some inspiration, or simply just want to appease your inner artist, feel free to visit the gallery and view and browse the exhibitions, or have a little chat about art.
Since 2014, the Henry George Gallery on 6th Street has been devoted to showcasing profound works of art from artists from all over the country, whose personal visual interpretations and approaches resonate authenticity and break new ground in art. This gallery seeks out emerging South African talent for collectors and those who are looking for some beautiful local art for their homes.
In recent years, Braamfontein has undergone massive regeneration. As such, this former hub of sports, leisure and business, has regained its status as one of the best entertainment hotspots in the city. Whether you're after the quiet refinement of an art gallery, a soothing jazz session or a nightclub rave, Braamfontein is sure to have a place for you to hang out. So, let's get busy exploring all that this quirky suburb has to offer.
Republic of 94 is one of the largest bars and event venues in Braamfontein. With a 20m long bar and ample space to dance the night away, this is the place to be on a Friday night in Braam. Republic of 94 regularly hosts popular DJs over weekends, drawing in the student crowds and fun seekers from around Joburg. Give their Elderflower and Cucumber G&T a try the next time you visit. Or, sample an imported beer paired with their famous sticky ribs. It's an absolute must.
Kitchener's Carvery Bar at the Milner Park Hotel is Joburg's second oldest operational bar. This rich history, combined with its notoriety for hosting all night parties, makes it one of the top destinations for a Friday night jol in Braamfontein. Kitchener's prides itself on having an incredibly progressive and varied music policy. This applies to their admissions policy, too. Anyone and everyone is welcome here, so bring your friends along for an epic night out.
The Milner Park Hotel is also home to one of Braamfontein's party landmarks, Great Dane. Famed for its gourmet hotdogs, open air courtyard and awesome late night events, Great Dane transforms itself from a casual daytime restaurant to a pulsating nightclub by nightfall. Stop by for a leisurely lunch or get all dolled up and visit under the cover of darkness. Either way, you're sure to have a great time.
How about an art gallery, restaurant, bar, live music venue and coffee shop all in one? Artivist and Untitled Basement offers a space for creatives to meet, chat and chill. Come through to enjoy impromptu jazz performances, great food and beer on tap. Artivist and Untitled Basement represents what Braam is all about - an amalgamation of cultures, styles, cuisines and people coming together to celebrate the best that life has to offer.
The Joburg Theatre complexstands as an icon of the Braamfontein arts and culture scene. Formerly known as the Civic Theatre, this is one of Joburg's largest theatre houses. The main venue at Joburg Theatre seats up to 1000 audience members, and hosts the quarterly Joburg Ballet productions, large scale operas and Janice Honeyman's annual pantomime. The Peoples Theatrealso forms part of the Joburg Theatre complex. For over 20 years, this dedicated children's theatre has delighted little ones with its whimsical stage productions. If you've never visited the Joburg Theatre complex, do so as soon as possible. It's an experience you don't want to miss out on.
The Alexander Theatre was built in the early 1950s, Braamfontein's original heyday. It later fell into disrepair, as the suburb faced mass dilapidation. However, thanks to the clever innovation of local developers, Play Braamfontein, the Alexander has been restored to its former glory in recent times. The theatre celebrated its grand re-opening with a production of RENT, welcoming back audiences to its pristine Broadway-esqe 550-seater auditorium. The Alexander Theatre is now a leading multi-dimensional event venue, hosting concerts, award ceremonies, talent shows, exhibitions, weddings and conferences.
An art gallery located with a shopping centre? That's right. The Kalashnikovv Gallery is situated within the popular 70 Juta Street retail precinct. Here, you will find a stunning collection of contemporary art by some of the country's brightest upcoming painters, sculptors and photographers. This is the perfect spot to unwind after a marathon shopping trip around Braam or in between lunch dates. The gallery also hosts regular events in collaboration with the WITS School of Digital Arts and the WITS Art Museum, so be on the lookout for happenings on their Facebook page.
The WITS Art Museum boasts one of the largest curated displays of fine art and sculpture from the African continent and the diaspora. The museum also recently unveiled the Jack Ginsberg Centre for Book Arts - an exciting display of Ginsberg's astounding collection of artworks in the form of books, rather than books about art. The WITS Art Museum runs school tours and is open to the public between 10:00 - 16:00 from Tuesday to Saturday.
Constitution Hill is one of the most important historical sites in Johannesburg. As a former holding block for political prisoners and now the seat of the Constitutional Court, this is definitely one of Braamfontein's best attractions. You can take a quick one-hour highlights tour or a full two-hour tour, guided by the museum's curators. There are also numerous special tours on offer, including the night tour, time travel tour, walk with Madiba tour, art and justice tour and a tour of the Constitutional Court. Bookings can be made on Webtickets.
Braamfontein is well known for being the graffiti capital of Johannesburg. But this is so much more than paint on walls. Braam's urban art scene is as intriguing as anything you would find hung on a wall in a gallery or museum. Come and experience Braam like you never have before with Past Experiences tour company. Their Braam Urban Art Tour takes you on a foot journey through the suburb to see a number of commissioned public artworks and the lesser appreciated street art murals and graffiti walls. It's certainly an awakening experience, so don't miss out.
The City of Johannesburg introduced bicycle lanes to Braamfontein's streets a few years ago, welcoming in a new bike culture never seen in this part of the city before. But, if you're weary of going for a ride on your own, join Once Travel for their Braam by Bike tour experience. This 5-hour bike tour takes you on a journey through old and new Braamfontein, to uncover the public street art, local cuisine and history of the precinct, among other jewels. It's an intense adventure, but well worth the effort.