Not to worry, KAMERS/Makers Joburg Autumn Market has not only been postponed to July 2020, BUT they'll also be taking their market digital! From Thursday, 23 April to Monday, 27 April 2020, you can shop for all your stunning artisan products at their online market. You'll find all things fashion, decor, body, kids, stationery, deli, garden and jewellery at this ever-popular market. It's the perfect opportunity to shop amazing specials, win fabulous prizes and support hundreds of proudly local small businesses during the COVID-19 lockdown. Visit their Facebook event page to be notified of special offers, news and information.
Thursday, 23 April 2020 to Monday, 27 April 2020.
Online at www.kamers.co.za.
Entrance is FREE.
For more information about KAMERS/Makers and their online market, visit www.kamers.co.za.
You can also contact them on [email protected].
Savanna Premium Cider will be showing its continued support for the SA comedy industry over the next few months with the launch of its #SavannaVirtualComedyBar. These comedy sessions will be guaranteed to administer the medicine of laughter to the people of South Africa when they need it the most, while also giving paid comedians a virtual stage to showcase their talent.
It’s always been Savanna’s mission to support and nurture comedic talent, but now they’re ramping up their efforts in response to the times. The #SavannaVirtualComedyBar will consist of two facets – the weekly Bar Nights and Comedy Specials.
The weekly Bar Night events, which will be hosted on Zoom, will allow people to connect with their friends and have a drink, while interacting with two comedian hosts or ‘barmen’. Comedy Specials will be run every two weeks and will star nine different comedians. These will be shown on Savanna’s YouTube channel and will be streamed on their social channels, Savanna Cider.
The first Weekly Bar Night will be held on Thursday, 09 April 2020 and will feature David Kau and Nik Rabinowitz, with Coconut Kelz as host.
The first Comedy Special event will start on Saturday, 18 April 2020 and will star nine of SA’s comedic talents to be announced soon.
For more information about Savanna Cider and their Savanna Virtual Comedy Bar, visit savannacider.com.
Or, visit the Savanna Cider Facebook page.
Why not upskill by enrolling for an online short course at GetSmarter while you're in isolation? They offer courses for 15 different faculties, ranging from Art & Design, Education and Business Management to Writing, Marketing, Health and Law. Click here to take a look at what courses they have during the month of April 2020. For more insight into other courses that they have lined up for 2020, visit their website at www.getsmarter.com.
YouTube has thousands of videos uploaded for your viewing pleasure. It's the perfect platform to find a new hobby or learn a new skill. Visit the website and explore, you're bound to find something to suit your tastes and interests. Need a few suggestions? Think along the lines of dance instructors, knitting tutorials, makeup application videos, cooking classes and more.
Get outside, enjoy a little bit of fresh air and get your hands dirty in the garden. Since you have some spare time on your hands, why not prepare your garden for autumn and winter, or get started organising, planning and planting your own veggie garden? Need a few ideas? Click here for a few tips.
You don't need to purchase a plane ticket and travel abroad in order to see some of the world's renowned art galleries and museums. With the advancements in technology, you can view these remarkable places from the comfort of your own home. Think along the lines of the Natural History Museum in London; the Vatican Museums in Rome; the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in South Korea; and The Met Gallery in New York. Here are other ways to support the arts while you're in self-isolation.
There's a new craze that has taken the world by storm – bullet journaling! Now, this isn't just a bunch of squiggles and scribbles, it's actually quite therapeutic. And it comes along with a number of benefits, such as helping you stay organised, inspiring fresh ideas, boosting your creativity, encouraging you to reach your goals, and most importantly, it gives you a little escape from all the negativity to give you some peace of mind.
Whether you need a little inspiration, motivation or a spot of happiness, there's definitely a podcast that'll lift your spirits or pique your interest during isolation. There are many topics and genres to choose from, all you have to do is explore the world of podcasts. But, if you're just looking for something to lighten the mood, check out these inspiring podcasts that we handpicked ourselves.
In case you missed it, Global Citizen and the World Health Organization have teamed up to bring the world Together, At Home. This is a virtual music experience to bring people around the world together as everyone practices self-isolation and social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Keep an eye on Global Citizen’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages to keep in the loop with the schedule of artists who will be streaming and when. Concerts are performed in Pacific Time, so add nine hours to the scheduled time to convert it to SA time.
Since you'll have some free time on your hands, why not be productive and learn a language? There are many tutorial videos on YouTube as well as language apps that you can try. And if you want to make learning more entertaining, why not try Duolingo.com? This site is free to use and offers more than 100 languages for you to choose from. What makes this site fun is the fact that you'll learn while playing an online game. Lose a 'life' for every incorrect answer and score points and progress for correct answers. This is the perfect opportunity to teach yourself how to read, write, understand and speak a brand-new taal. Try it!
Gyms are closing their doors during #LockdownSA, so why not keep yourself active with these workouts from fitness enthusiasts on YouTube? There's no excuse to not get our butts off the couch and break a sweat. If we're going to be snacking and binge watching series for 21 days, we need to counteract the laziness with a great workout.
With all the stress and uncertainty going on, surely you need a space where you can meditate, calm down and zen out to ensure mental well-being during the lockdown. Click here for inspiration to create your own zen zone at home, in your car and at work (for when you return after the 21-day self-isolation period). It's important to keep calm, in good spirits and focused during this time.
With the national lockdown fast approaching as well as all the stress and worry that comes along with the COVID-19 pandemic, Frost Popsicles want to lift the spirits and treat everyone to a little spoil during these challenging times.
From today until Friday, 24 April 2020, Frost Popsicles are offering 50% off all of their popsicles ordered from their online shop at www.frostpopsicles.com. You don't need to leave the comfort and safety of your home to stock up on refreshing Frost Popsicles. Ordering is easy, and free, efficient and direct home delivery is available.
Frost Popsicles are South Africa’s first and only premium range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic popsicles, with nine delicious options to choose from. There is a pop for every palate.
Their entire range is made using all-natural ingredients only, is low in calories, and contains no artificial flavourants, colourants, sweeteners or preservatives. And with the exception of the Vanilla Coffee Popsicle, all other Frost Popsicles are dairy-free and vegan-friendly.
Browse the online shop at www.frostpopsicles.com for non-alcoholic cartons of four; alcoholic and non-alcoholic boxes of 25; or build your own Perfect 10 Box with any popsicle choice you like!
Delivery Ts & Cs apply.
Offer available until Friday, 24 April 2020.
For more information, visit frostpopsicles.com.
You can contact them on [email protected].
Montecasino, Gauteng’s premier entertainment destination, is delighted to share its spectacular line up with you so that you don’t miss out! From musicians to motocross, from comedy to blockbuster movies – there’s something for everyone!
British musical duo, Lighthouse Family, will be touring South Africa in March for the very first time – catch them at the Teatro from Friday, 20 March to Sunday, 22 March 2020! Take a trip down Memory Lane with all their smash hits including Raincloud, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be, High, Lifted and many more! Tickets are from R595 per person excluding your Rewards discount. Saturday, 21 March is already sold out so there’s no time to waste! Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime concert!
You CAN win loads of cash, a trip to Italy or a favolosa Ferrari in the Anyone Can Win a Ferrari promotion! The next draw, set for Sunday 29 March 2020, will see one lucky winner leave Montecasino with a magnificent trip to Italy for four! The following draw is scheduled for Sunday 26 April 2020 – where you can win a stash of cash. Simply accumulate receipts to the value of R500 at any of Montecasino’s restaurants, stores, bars, theatres, movies, hotels or entertainment facilities to get one entry into the draws.
Reminisce with A Brat Pack with a Big Band. The original Brat Pack, which included icons such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr, created the most memorable music of our time. For one night only at Montecasino, their legacy will be honoured by modern day musical icons such as Ard Matthews (Just Jinjer), Arno Carstens (Springbok Nude Girls), Loyiso Bala and Ross Learmonth (Prime Circle), in an unforgettable collaboration with the 17-piece ‘Johannesburg Big Band’, conducted by Adam Howard. A Brat Pack with a Big Band will perform some of the biggest swing classics such as New York, New York, I’ve Gotta Be Me, Mack the Knife, Mr Bojangles, My Way and more, for one night only on Friday 27 March 2020!
Experience Lewis Carroll's much-loved classic – Alice in Wonderland – come to life in this spectacular new production, devised and directed by Neka da Costa. Follow the white rabbit and come face to face with the blue caterpillar and the grinning Cheshire cat. Have tea with the maddening Mad Hatter and play croquet with the tricky Queen of Hearts. Watch the impossible come to life from Thursday 27 February 2020 to Sunday 22 March 2020 at the Pieter Torien Theatre!
Based on the hilarious 1967 film, Mel Brooks’ The Producers is a laugh out-loud, outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical-comedy that has been a smash-hit since its 2001 debut. The central plot sees fading Broadway producer, Max Bialystok (played by Alan Committie), desperate to get to the top of his profession again, and finds an unlikely ally in mousy accountant, Leo Bloom (played by Richard White), who predicts that one could make far more money with a flop of a show than with a hit. Together, the two set out to produce the worst musical ever to hit Broadway. With no shortage of show-stopping musical numbers, and Brooks’ signature humour keeping audiences in stitches, The Producers is definitely far from a flop. The Producers runs at the Pieter Toerien Theatre from Friday 03 April 2020 until Sunday 31 May 2020.
This talented singer, performer, entertainer and impressionist – Christina Bianco – has performed on Ellen DeGeneres and other major US and British television talk shows. Dubbed ‘the girl of a thousand voices’, her singular voice and comedic charm have brought audiences around the world to their feet. Bianco captured international acclaim as a YouTube sensation with her “diva” impression videos, gaining over 25 million views. And for the first time, she is coming to Montecasino for two shows only on Saturday 11 April 2020.
Me, Myself & Everyone Else is a highly entertaining unique solo show featuring great songs, musical comedy and impressions of pop culture personalities and iconic vocalists such as Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Adele, Ariana Grande and many more. Don’t miss powerhouse entertainer, Christina Bianco, live on stage at the Teatro with special guest artist, Craig Urbani.
Check out the list of nail-biting, heart-wrenching, thought-provoking, hilariously funny blockbusters releasing at [email protected] Montecasino during March and April:
Easter is all about chocolate eggs and family fun. Why not take your little ones to Montecasino to enjoy a colourful assortment of exciting inflatables daily from Friday 10 April 2020 to Monday 13 April 2020. Gates open at 09:30 and close at 18:30.
This trendy nightspot brings local live music to the stage every Friday and Saturday night, served along with 3SIXTY’s now-famous bespoke cocktail menu, exceptional selection of meals and sharing options, dancing, beautiful people and more.
The adrenaline-fuelled action sports event, King of the Whip, will be moving to its new home and taking over Montecasino’s Outdoor Event Area on Saturday 18 April 2020. Top motocross and freestyle motocross athletes from SA will be battling it out for a share of the prize purse and the thrill of being crowned King of the Whip! Gates open at 14:00 with proceedings set to kick off at 16:00 and continue into the evening as the final showdown takes place under the night lights. Tickets are available for R50 (standing) and R80 (grandstand seating) at Quicket.co.za. Food and beverages will be on sale at the event.
You can also contact them on 011 510 7000.
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Breakout Events is excited to announce The Waterboys live in South Africa. Catch them live in Cape Town at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens on Friday 03 April 2020, and in Johannesburg at Casalinga on Sunday 05 April 2020.
The 2020 version of the band features the established core of Mike Scott (vocals, guitar, piano), Steve Wickham (electric fiddle), Memphis keyboard great "Brother" Paul Brown, ace British drummer Ralph Salmins and funky Irish bassman Aongus Ralston.
Meanwhile, the relevance and popular reach of The Waterboys has never been greater. Their songs have been used in key shows such as Ray Donovan and The Affair, as well as being performed by artists as varied as U2, War on Drugs and Ellie Goulding, who scored a top 3 UK hit with “How Long Will I Love You”; Prince and U2, who sang The Whole Of The Moon onstage; Fiona Apple, who recorded it last year and classic singers Tom Jones and Rod Stewart. Irish magazine, Hot Press also listed The Waterboys as the best rock ‘n’ roll band in the world.
The Waterboys’ music shows no sign of fading, and the very best place to experience it is live.
Sunday, 05 April 2020.
Gates open at 11:00 on the day and the event will end by 18:00.
Casalinga, Rocky Ridge Road, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg.
Tickets cost R495 per person (excluding booking fee).
**Kids 12 years old and under get in for free.
Tickets are on sale now from breakout.howler.co.za.
For more information about The Waterboys, visit the Breakout Events Facebook event page.
What Is It?
Have you ever wanted to experience a real drive-in movie event? Then take a trip into Bedfordview this April for the Drive-In Movie Experience. Bring the kids along for a fun family night out. One of the films screened must be a kid-friendly film, so you can be sure that the little ones will be kept entertained. It's not about the film though, it's about the experience of watching a movie from the comfort of your car with the ones you love. Bring the popcorn, because this is going to be a night worth remembering!
When Is It?
Saturday, 18 April 2020 from 18:00-23:30
Where Is It?
Bedfordview Primary School, School Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg East.
How Much Is It?
Ticket price is charged per vehicle:
One vehicle with two adults is one ticket valued at R250
A four seater vehicle with four adults costs R300
A six seater vehicle with six adults costs R350
*Children enter free
For more information
Follow Drive.in.co on Facebook for more information about this event and upcoming Drive-In movie night experiences across Johannesburg.
What Is It?
Experience a world of jazz at Nelson Mandela Square this April with the JazzOnTheSquare event. Celebrating art, culture and heritage in the heart of Sandton, the richest square mile in Johannesburg. This event is the perfect way to welcome in the cooler autumn weather while still enjoying the fresh outdoors. Get your tickets now!
Follow Jazz on the Square on Facebook for updates on who will be performing at the event.
When Is It?
Saturday, 11 April 2020 - Sunday, 12 April 2020.
Where Is It?
Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, Cnr Sandton Drive and Rivonia Rd, Sandton, Johannesburg.
How Much Is It?
Ticket prices to be confirmed.
For more information
Contact [email protected] for more information
Spekboom (Portulacaria Afra), also known as the Pork Bush or Elephant's Food, is an indigenous South African plant making big waves on the local conservation scene. An incredibly hardy plant, Spekboom is mainly found in the Eastern Cape. Flourishing in semi-arid conditions, this plant can live for up to 200 years and grow as tall as five metres.
However, the most exciting attribute of this leafy succulent is its ability to gobble up carbon dioxide to an extent that far surpasses any other plant species yet seen. In fact, Spekboom thicket is thought to be up to 10 times more effective at carbon fixing than tropical rain forests. Absorbing up to 10 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare per year, Spekboom is undoubtedly the wonder plant of the year.
In late 2019, the #Spekboom challenge overtook social media. Championed by farmers in the Eastern Cape, the challenge encourages all South Africans to grow their own Spekboom plants. Whether you uproot water guzzling plants from your garden in favour of the water-wise Spekboom or decorate your home with a few potted plants, the purpose of the #Spekboom challenge is to decrease carbon emissions across the country.
Fun fact: The Spekboom plant only requires 250 - 350ml of water per year to survive!
Growing your own Spekboom is as easy as breaking off a shoot of the plant and potting it in some well-drained soil. Ensure that your plant gets enough sunshine and it should maintain its bright green appearance for years to come.
However, even if you have a black thumb, this plant is almost impossible to kill. Spekboom can easily adapt to changing weather conditions, perfect for the unpredictable Joburg climate. In cool conditions, Spekboom photosynthesises like other plants, opening its stomata during the day to absorb carbon dioxide. During drier times, the plant has the ability to open its stomata at night, preventing water loss during the heat of the day. It is this nifty ability to absorb carbon dioxide even during the evenings that makes this plant so very special.
On Sunday, 02 February 2020, the City of Cape Town announced that it would commit to planting 5000 Spekboom in April of this year to coincide with National Climate Change Month and World Earth Day (22 April). Partnering with the Newlands Nursery, the city has pledged to plant shoots of the wonder plant at various spaces across Cape Town, hopefully encouraging residents to take up the #Spekboom challenge themselves.
Now, we wouldn't be good Joburgers if we didn't aim to outdo our Cape competitors. Let's band together in the run up to World Earth Day and take on the #Spekboom challenge. Here's where you can get your hands on this green gem in the city:
Two of Joburg's most popular shopping destinations, Sandton City and Eastgate Shopping Centre, will be hosting the 'Plant Your Love' activation in February. This initiative is all about taking on the #Spekboom challenge and showing the earth a little love during Valentine's month. Visit either of these malls for an informative talk by WWF on the wonders of the Spekboom plant between 13 - 15 February 2020. Plus, when you spend R350 or more at these malls you will receive your own Spekboom plant to take home.
Pop into your nearest Woolworths to get yourself a cute Spekboom pot plant. These are the perfect decor item for your home or city apartment, adding both a pop of natural colour and brain-boosting oxygen to your home.
Did you know that Spekboom is edible? A favourite snack of elephants, the leaves of this plant taste similar to zesty lemon and can be eaten by humans, too. Check out this mouthwatering Tomato and Spekboom Salad recipe to get started.
So there you have it, all you need to know about the humble Spekboom and its many fantastic properties. Are you ready to take on the #Spekboom challenge, Joburg?
And, if you are serious about transforming your garden into an eco-conscious ecosystem, check out our article on the best water-wise plants to add to your garden.
Amanda Black is headed out on tour across the country in 2020. Off the back of her sophomore album, Power, this siren songstress is bringing you a tour experience unlike any other. Take a trip to the Sun Arena Time Square to see her perform live this April. It's a must-see, so book your tickets ASAP!
Sunday, 19 April 2020 at 19:00.
Sun Arena Time Square, Waterkloof Glen, Pretoria, Gauteng.
Tickets cost R180 - R280 per person on Webtickets.
Click here for more information.
In line with the latest advice from the South African government on the prevention of the spread of COVID-19, the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre's seasons of Swan Lake at the Artscape Opera House and the Teatro at Montecasino cannot go ahead in April/May 2020.
But, we're happy to announce that the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre's Swan Lake will still be coming to Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Swan Lake will now be playing at the Teatro at Montecasino and at the Artscape Opera House in April/May 2021. If you have already purchased your tickets, your tickets will automatically be transferred to new dates. They have carefully planned the new dates so that most of you can still have your same seat(s), on the same day of the week, and at the same performance time!
Additionally, to say thank you for your patience during this time and for your valued support, they will give you one exclusive St Petersburg Ballet Theatre South African tour souvenir programme for you and your guests to share and enjoy.
There is a little bit of work to do behind the scenes to coordinate this smooth changeover, but rest assured your seats for your new performance date will be held for you while they make the necessary preparations. Your patience during this period is greatly appreciated.
You will receive more detailed information via email from Computicket, so watch your inbox for that communication.
The South African season has been postponed to April/May 2021. April 2020 to Friday, 01 May 2020.
The Teatro at Montecasino, Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg.
For more information about the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre and Swan Lake, visit their Facebook page.
The Rand Show is one of the most iconic events on the annual entertainment and exhibition calendar in Joburg. And to ensure they continue to deliver even more exciting offerings, they have announced that not only will they be sporting a new look and feel for next year's event, but also a brand new, thrilling experience with something for everyone.
“In 2020, we aim to surprise people with a brand-new journey. While we will always celebrate what has made The Rand Show one of the most loved events of the year, added variety will mean each visitor can discover something unique, or of value to them. This positioning also makes the event the ideal platform for exhibitors to showcase and participate, and we are already seeing good uptake from a wide and new range of brands with everything from furniture to perfumes and beauty products, to crafts, services and more. With something for everyone, a day at The Rand Show will be an extraordinary day - creating a great memory,” says Craig Newman, CEO Johannesburg Expo Centre.
Diarise Wednesday, 08 April 2020 - Monday, 13 April 2020.
Wondering what to expect next year when it comes to new features? The exciting new additions include:
A significant attraction for visitors in 2019 was the incredible competitions and prizes available, something that will be repeated and made even bigger and better in 2020.
“The refresh of the brand identity and positioning also demonstrates our desire to make the Rand Show experience a personal one for every visitor. Bright, bold, fun colours and happy people – discovering something meaningful, unique and impactful at the show,” concludes Newman.
This is one super-sized event that you definitely don’t want to miss. With an entire day’s worth of out-of-this-world entertainment and retail packed into each and every ticket, make the 2020 event #myrandshow!
For more information about The Rand Show 2020, visit randshow.co.za.