A Social Distancing Experiment

Titled “Wet Paint”, the artists’ ambition is to bring the social distancing message to life in their unique artistic styles, based on the idea that social distancing does not mean anti-social.

In the experiment, eight locally-made Houtlander Interdependence II benches have been installed in busy public spaces in and around Johannesburg. The two artists then painted murals directly onto the middle of the benches and then left “wet paint” signs, encouraging people to sit alongside yet apart from each other.

Artists, Baba Tjeko (left) and Curious Lauren (right).

I was inspired to create a beautiful and happy artwork that would draw people’s attention and get them excited to sit next to it and practice social distancing. To me, social distancing means respect for human life. I’m not only protecting myself from being infected with Covid-19, but I’m doing the same for fellow human beings,”says multi-disciplinary artist Baba Tjeko.

Artist and designer, Tjeko portrays African ideas and perspectives through his Litema artwork, a form of Basotho mural art composed of decorative geometric patterns, mostly in black and white with hints of mainly blue, yellow and red in some pieces. In the installation, he used red as the dominant colour and chose to merge his signature patterns, lines and colours with symbols that include the chalice and star.

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Artist, Baba Tjeko.

Speaking to the times we live in, art director, designer and illustrator Curious Lauren’s style contrasts sometimes serious messages with a bright, bold and inviting execution style that is friendly and easy to consume, regardless of the juxtaposition.

I wanted to create something that would stand out, draw the viewer in and tell a smart and charming story. I was excited and a little nervous to see how people would interact with these pieces and have an aha moment. I do hope the artworks gave people a little smile under their masks that they carried with them throughout the rest of their day,” says the Joburg-based artist, whose work typically contains strong messages of empowerment, equality, self-care and inclusivity.

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Artist, Curious Lauren.

The benches are in easy to spot locations around Gauteng, including Menlyn on Main in Pretoria; Mall of Africa Waterfall Park in Midrand; and Sandton Gautrain forecourt. By leaving hand-written “wet paint” signs in place (long after the paint had in fact dried), the levels of social distancing compliance actually improved dramatically, as shown in a short film produced around the installation and reveal.

Says Marsha Kumire, Brand Director: High-End Africa: “The Wet Paint bench installations show us that social distancing doesn't have to be anti-social. The reality is that being over a pandemic does not mean it is over. As lockdown starts to ease, we need to be careful not to slip back into old habits too quickly. We wanted to propose that life is to be savoured when we come together, even if slightly apart.

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Bench art by Baba Tjeko.

As South Africa heads into the festive summer season and lockdown restrictions in the country continue to relax, initiatives like these might just help to keep us from slipping back into old social habits too quickly and, in so doing, play a small but significant role in preventing a second wave of infections.

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Bench art by Curious Lauren.

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No matter whether you're young or young at heart, Johannesburg is sure to have something to delight and entertain. There's plenty of animal sanctuaries and menageries to visit, perfect for a fun-filled day that's not only exciting but educational too. There's also lots of interesting museums to explore as well as loads of fun indoor venues and more. Keep reading to find out more about where to go.

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Animal Sanctuaries
Museums
Arts & Crafts
Indoor Fun

Animal Sanctuaries

Johannesburg Zoo

Get a little fresh air and sunshine by taking a stroll through and visiting the animals at the Johannesburg Zoo in Parkview. 54 hectares big and housing over 320 species of animals, this internationally accredited menagerie is highly respected for its high standard of maintenance, animal welfare, nutrition and ethical conduct. The Joburg Zoo is open 364 days a year including Christmas, New Years and Easter holidays. And to keep the kids entertained, they do host school holiday programmes that's sure to keep them busy.

Visit the Joburg Zoo.

Montecasino Bird Gardens

For a thrilling day out, why not head to Montecasino in Fourways? Not only do they have plenty of entertainment within the complex, ideal for all ages, but they also have the exciting Montecasino Bird Gardens just outside! Here, families can enjoy viewing a wide variety of bird species as well as reptiles, amphibians, small animals and even the local Ring-Tailed Lemurs that roam freely in one of the enclosures.  There are also interesting bird shows held in the amphitheatre.

Visit the Montecasino Bird Gardens.

Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park

Have a fondness for the critters that are scaly,cold blooded, and even slither and crawl? Then be sure to visit Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park in Chartwell. This is just the place if you're looking to do something daring (like holding a baby crocodile or touching an exotic snake) and different, like also learning about the creatures that call this venue home. There's also a Croc FlyOver Experience designed for the brave at heart. The zip line is an thrilling adventure that allows visitors to fly 5m above the ground over the crocodiles!

Visit Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park. 

Lory Park Animal & Owl Sanctuary

Helping in creating awareness of conservation, Lory Park Animal & Owl Sanctuary is a must visit if you're looking to spend an afternoon out and about , admiring and enjoying all the beautiful animals that reside here. Lory Park have an ethical, fun and interactive programme at the zoo. Also, educating the public on conservation has always been the forefront of what they do.

Visit Lory Park Animal & Owl Sanctuary.

Benoni Monkey and Bird Park

Looking for a relaxing day out with the family, enjoying the sights and sounds of nature, surrounded by various different bird species, wildlife and monkeys? Then visit the Benoni Monkey & Bird Park. Also, they have a Tea Garden that overlooks a large kids play area, perfect for a lazy Saturday afternoon outing. they also offer party packages if you're looking for a unique birthday party idea for the kids.

Visit Benoni Monkey and Bird Park. 

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Museums

James Hall Museum of Transport

Looking to take a journey into the past? Then be sure to visit the James Hall Museum of Transport, the largest and most comprehensive museum of land transport in the country. Housing thematic displays and exhibits in the various halls, the museum will take visitors on an interesting and rare glimpse into Joburg's transport history, dating back more than a century. There's also an impressive collection of memorabilia, artefacts, special interest vehicles and an extremely rare and exciting steam vehicle collection.

Visit the James Hall Museum of Transport.

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

Dabble with science is a fun and exciting way at the world-class, award-winning Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Southern Africa’s largest science centre. This is an edutainment destination offering a broad variety of science and technology related events, activities and programmes for the general public as well as the school community.

Visit Sci-Bono Discovery Centre.

Maropeng

Take an adventure back to where is all began! Where humankind started all those thousands of years ago. Maropeng is the official visitor's centre for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, that presents powerful evidence of this is where our existence began. Other than the unique heritage museum that houses thousands of artefacts and fossils that date back millennia, visitors can also take a tour through the incredible Sterkfontein Caves, that's more than 4-million years old. This is where famous archaeological finds including the 2.1-million-year-old Australopithecus skull of "Mrs Ples" and the 3-million year old almost complete Australopithecus skeleton of "Little Foot" was discovered.

Visit Maropeng. 

Ditsong National Museum of Military History

The Ditsong National Museum of Military History is the only museum of its kind in the country. This military history memorial is one of eight world-class museums situated in Gauteng. This one is Joburg’s only Ditsong Museum – the remaining seven are located in Pretoria. The museum boasts a vast collection of more than 44 000 items, all divided into 37 separate categories, including the official South African war art and photograph collections. The aviation collection contains some of the rarest aircrafts in the world.

Visit the Ditsong National Museum of Military History. 

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Arts & Crafts

Artjamming™

For paintertainment perfect for the whole family, Artjamming™ is the place to be! Located at various branches throughout the country, Artjamming™ offers guests with an activity where they can play, paint, sponge or spray all over a blank canvas, unleashing all of their inner creativity. Take your pick from 12 different size canvases, a choice of non-toxic acrylic paints on tap, various brushes and tools and get painting!

Visit Artjamming™.

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Indoor Fun

iJump

For a massive jump arena complete with trampoline dodgeball, foam pits, slam dunk tracks, extreme jumping, fitness classes and much more, iJump is an absolute must visit if you're looking for a thrilling day out for all ages. And for younger children, the exciting iKIDZ arena houses over 400 square meters of trampoline and playground reserved exclusively for them. And if you're feeling hungry after jumping around, visit their gourmet in-house eatery, Sliders, for some of the best speciality mini burgers in town.

Visit iJump.

BOUNCE Inc

It's time to jump around! And what better place to do this than at BOUNCE Inc. Here, visitors can enjoy springing here, there and everywhere on more than 100 interconnected trampolines housed within huge, colourful spaces. Also at this urban playground, all of the hard surfaces have been replaced with circus-grade sponge, giant air bags and springs to ensuring less injuries and more fun.

Visit BOUCE Inc.

The Playhouse

Looking to treat the kids to a fun day out? Want to join them and have a blast together? The Playhouse is an indoor play centre in Alberton, offering both children and adults of all ages and abilities a great way to have some fun and get some exercise. They offer guests a four level indoor play structure, a one-of-a-kind indoor Electric Train, a 16m signature Rainbow slide, tons of soft toys, three ball ponds, a foam pit, and a trampoline to play in and on!

Visit The Playhouse.

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.

What Are Your Looking For?

Movies
Parks
Recreational Activities
Art Galleries

Movies

Egrek Cinema

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.

Visit Egrek Cinema.

Parks

Verity Park

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.

Visit Verity Park.

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Recreational Activities

Parkhurst Recreation Centre

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.

Contact the Parkhurst Recreation Centre on 011 442 6717.

4th Avenue

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.

Visit 4th Avenue Parkhurst.

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Art Galleries

Guns & Rain Art Gallery

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.

Visit Guns & Rain Art Gallery.

The Art Room

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.

Visit The Art Room.

The Henry George Gallery

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.

Visit the Henry George Gallery.

Other than all the incredible restaurants and cafés 4th Avenue has to offer, there's also a plethora of interesting shops to visit if you feel like a little bit of a retail spoil. From antiques and exclusive fashion, Parkhurst offers an unique retail experience like no other suburb. Keep reading to find out more.

What Are You Looking For?

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4th Avenue

There is only one place to start your shopping spree in Parkhurst, and that's 4th Avenue! From unique yet trendy couture to interesting eateries and lots of art and design in between, 4th Avenue is a lovely place to visit over the weekend if you're looking for something slower and different to the usual bustling malls and crowds. Here are a few stores you'll be able to browse through when you visit 4th Avenue.

Desray

For unique and beautiful high-end fashion for ladies, Desray Designs is just the store you should visit while strolling down 4th Avenue in Parkhurst. Here, they make their own clothing patterns, do their own cutting and sew together 95% of their ranges themselves. All of Desray's items of clothing are made with love and attention to detail, as they believe in giving ladies variety and exclusivity, along with amazing quality. You can either visit their store on 4th Avenue to see what ranges and clothing they have in-store or you can shop online. There's sure to be something stunning to suit your style and preference.

Visit Desray.

Ri.Ch Factory

Looking for vibrant and oh-so beautiful African contemporary fashion to add a splash of colour to your wardrobe? Then be sure to visit Ri.Ch Factory, founded by Rina Chunga Kutama. Either visit their store on 4th Avenue or visit their online store to see what gorgeous designs they have to offer, ranging from brightly coloured infinity dresses and Bali crop tops and pants to stunning skirts, hats, kimonos and more.

Visit Ri.Ch Factory.

Parooz Fashions

Get cool, trendy and exclusive fashion at affordable prices at Parooz Fashions. Here, their aim is to dress fashion-forward, unconventional, non-conformist, avant-garde, unique and trendy women with fresh and unique clothing. To see what fashion they have available, visit their online store and browse through their selection of dresses, body suits, rompers, swimwear, shoes and outwear. Their ensembles are slicker than the average. And if you're looking for some inspiration, parooz through their lookbooks online.

Visit Parooz Fashions.

Partisan

Established in 2018, Partisan believe that quality and sustainability combined with comfort and style is the winning formula to every man's wardrobe. Visit their online store or the physical shop on 4th Avenue and take a look at their collection of eco-friendly, vegan sneakers; smart yet fresh dress shirts; suave and cool fedoras; and variety of comfy tees. No matter what your style, Partisan is sure to have just the thing to add to your wardrobe.

Visit Partisan. 

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Green Grass Design Shop

For a unique gifting idea that's sustainably produced, visit Green Grass Design Shop on 4th Avenue. They design, create and make delightful things that you're sure to love using laser cutting! Green Grass Design has also created a unique environment for their designers and those in their upskilling workshops to create beautiful products. Visit their online store and browse through their selection of intricate boxes, coasters, dominoes, bunting banners and much more. They are proudly South African and their products reflect an eclectic mix of our different cultural roots.

Visit Green Grass Design Shop.

MØDERNIST

Looking for trendy couches to furnish your living room? Then be sure to visit MØDERNIST. They manufacture their own range of couches and stock contemporary retail products from local designers. They specialise in imported Danish mid-century furniture as well as international pieces that are from the same period. Other than stunning furniture, they provide restoration and re-upholstery services for your well-loved yet falling-apart furniture items. They also stock a variety of  retail products including lighting by Hoi P'loy and MOS, as well as paintings by Allan Barnsley.

Visit MØDERNIST.

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Tshirt Terrorist

T-shirt culture is a thing, which is why Tshirt Terrorist is just the store to visit if you're looking for the coolest, trendiest and most unique t-shirts to add to your collection. They stock their own brand, as well as guest labels and smaller, independent designers whose work they treasure and want their shoppers to discover. You can expect to find ballsy, intelligent, niche t-shirt designs for bold, outspoken, self-styled individuals.

Visit Tshirt Terrorist.

Santos

From storage related products to décor items for you home, Santos on the corner of 4th Avenue and 7th Street is just the place to visit and browse through. Take a look at their range of lifestyle furniture, storage solutions, home accessories, lighting and more. There's sure to be something to suit your home, style, budget and needs. Their factory also allows for custom-made designs if you're looking for something specific.

Visit Santos.

Cloud+Co

Moms and dads and parents-to-be, if you're looking to spoil your little bundle of joy with new toys, stylish clothing and other cute accessories or need to prepare with some newborn essentials, Cloud+Co on 4th Avenue is a must-visit. This lifestyle store for children aims to provide parents with only the best products that are organic and ethically made and sourced, both locally and internationally.

Visit Cloud+Co.

Antigone Art & Antiques

Antigone Art & Antiques buy and sell unusual and rare antique pieces on 4th Avenue in Parkhurst. This spot is well worth the visit if you love antiques and would like to take an interesting journey back into the past. The store is filled with unique items. To name a few that's on their website at the moment (August 2020):  a Vintage Vampire Kit circa 1880; a Carousel Horse circa 1940; Herman Moll Map of the World (1719); and a fine Stinkwood Rusbank circa 1860.

Visit Antigone Art & Antiques.

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From unique and interesting art galleries and museums filled with history, to fun-filled Sunday markets, the latest blockbusters and hot nightlife destinations offering some of the best cocktails in the city, the suburb of Rosebank has something that'll tickle everyone's fancy when it comes entertainment.

What Are Your Looking For?

Movies
Recreational Activities
Bars & Nightlife

Movies

The Rosebank Mall Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau

For all the latest blockbusters on the circuit, visit Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau at Rosebank Mall. This is just the spot to drop off the kids if you're looking to do some retail therapy at the mall without them pining about being bored. There's always something exciting on the big screen, just don't forget to grab a few snacks and slushies from the kiosk before your movie starts.

Visit the Rosebank Mall Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau. 

The Zone @ Rosebank

After shopping up a storm at The Zone @ Rosebank, why not visit their Ster-Kinekor, choose a movie, grab a few movie viewing treats and put your feet up for a little bit? This is the ideal spot for an impromptu date night – the latest movies, great selection of restaurants and The Fun Company all within the same vicinity, what more do you need? Visit this cinema to see what they have screening on the big screen. There's sure to be something for any kind of genre you're in the mood for – romance, animation, action, drama, comedy, you name it.

Visit The Zone @ Rosebank Ster-Kinekor.

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Recreational Activities

Goodman Gallery

The distinguished and longest-standing Goodman Gallery is an international contemporary art gallery with three venues that can be found in Johannesburg, Cape Town and London. The Goodman Gallery has been pivotal in shaping contemporary South African art, working with prominent and emerging international artists whose work engages with African and post-colonial contexts. Some of these artists include Ghada Amer, El Anatsui, Candice Breitz, Alfredo Jaar, Kapwani Kiwanga, Shirin Neshat, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Mikhael Subotzky and Hank Willis Thomas.

Visit the Goodman Gallery.

Rosebank Sunday Market

The ever-popular Rosebank Sunday Market offers visitors a true expression of South Africa’s vibrancy, diversity and culture. The market has something for everyone, from a large selection of arts and crafts, antiques, live music, kids entertainment and gourmet delights. This is also a great spot to see stunning views of the Johannesburg skyline and sunsets which compliment the traditional African market experience. Expect to see an array of delicious cuisines and food products, interesting bric-a-brac, original clothing and an eclectic assortment of handmade and creative goodies. Be sure to visit their Facebook page to see when the next market will be taking place.

Visit the Rosebank Sunday Market.

CIRCA On Jellicoe

CIRCA is a beautiful small art gallery that's, in fact, a work of art itself. Pay this gallery a visit and take a wander through their stunning exhibitions. CIRCA showcases highly important contemporary artworks. CIRCA’s curators also arrange installations concerned with technology. Other than the interesting works of art, musical events and lectures are also held at the gallery, so be sure to keep an eye out on their website and social media platforms to stay informed! Also, along side CIRCA On Jellicoe is the Everard Read Gallery, which is Africa's oldest commercial art gallery. The gallery is only a short walk away from Rosebank's diverse array of shopping malls, craft markets, hotels and restaurants.

Visit CIRCA On Jellicoe.

The South African National War Museum

Take a step back in time and visit the South African National War Museum. Only 7 minutes away from the centre of Rosebank, this museum is a must-visit if you're looking to enjoy interesting historical entertainment. Here, visitors will get the opportunity to view and study an array of relevant artefacts on display, take a guided tour through the museum which is available on request during the week, and even use their extensive library and photographic facilities for research purposes. The museum is a memorial for all South Africans who have died in or as a result of military actions and preserves our nation’s military history.

Visit the South African National War Museum. 

The Keyes Art Mile

If you have a love for on-trend local and international art and design, artisan eateries, vibrant shops and spaces, and unique cafés, then the Keyes Art Mile is just the place to visit when you're in the area. New to the Johannesburg scene, the Keyes Art Mile offers visitors an art-focused experience. Talk a leisurely stroll through its unique collection of features, including the Everard Read Gallery, the trendy Marble Restaurant, Mix Cocktail Bar, Akrikoa Cafe and much more entertainment.

Visit the Keyes Art Mile.

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Bars & Nightlife

Katzy's Live Rosebank

Looking for a fun night on the town with friends? Or want to meet up with your colleagues for after work drinks?  Katzy’s Live at The Firs is Rosebank's premier music, dining and entertainment venue, offering just the space to have fun and unwind. It boasts resident bands, performing five nights a week, a wonderful wine and cocktail list, and more than 100 different whiskeys, cognacs and bourbons to choose from! And if you're looking to grab a bite to eat, you can order from their sister restaurant, The Grillhouse, right next door. Be sure to arrive dressed to the nines (dress code is smart casual), and enjoy a fun evening out.

Visit Katzy's Live Rosebank.

Mix Cocktail Bar

Situated in the Keyes Art Mile, Mix Cocktail Bar is just the place if you're looking for fantastic Jamaican / African inspired cuisine, excellent cocktails and stunning sunset views. This is the ideal destination for after work hangouts, sundowners with your mates and even a Saturday brunch. This bar is located within the Keyes Art Mile, complete with exquisite art and design, unique eateries, great music and dance spaces. To keep up to date with the latest events, news and information regarding Mix Cocktail Bar, like them on Facebook.

Visit Mix Cocktail Bar.

Sin+Tax

Sin+Tax offers visitors a world-class cocktail experience that's sure to delight all of their senses. Upping the ante for South Africa’s cocktail scene and pushing the boundaries of innovation and imagination, Sin+Tax is the only bar in African to make it into the World’s 50 Best Bars’ top 100 in 2019. Kick off your weekend with a visit to this speakeasy style cocktail bar in Rosebank.

Visit Sin+Tax.

Saigon Suzy Parkwood

Looking for one of the most authentic Asian experiences in the city? Then be sure to make a stop at Saigon Suzy PArkwood near Rosebank! This popular spot offers visitors only the best in Asian-inspired cocktails and street food accompanied by top notch, classic rock ‘n roll hits. Delight your sense with authentic flavours straight from their menu. Also, sip on your choice of specially imported Asian beers, sake, gins and whiskeys. And if you’re feeling a little brave, why not head to their No Tell Motel Karaoke when you can sing along to your favourite tunes! It's exciting entertainment you don't want to miss.

Visit Saigon Suzy Parkwood. 

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What Is It?

Innibos Laeveld Nasionale Kunstefees is a well-known and loved Afrikaans festival filled with top artists and actors alike. This winter, it's not possible for the big event to take place in Nelspruit, so they decided to go digital. Relive big concerts or enjoy new ones, a theatre piece or even the art exhibitions as the Innibos Laeveld Nasionale Kunstefees comes to you.

When Is It?

Friday, 26 June 2020 from 18:00.

Where Is It?

Online, be sure to visit the Innibos Digitaal Facebook Group for further details on this event.

How Much Is It?

Tickets range from R40 to R100, depending on the concert and production.

For More Information

For more information about the online event, visit the Innibos Website.

Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

What Is It?

Artist, Gideon Busquét-Craucamp, AKA Gideonslight, is doing a virtual public art exhibition of some of his latest works. He is a self-taught artist and has a passion for using watercolour and gouache. The 'Blooming from the Core' series of artworks and some of his other works will be available for viewing.

When Is It?

Saturday, 30 May 2020 at 12:00 to Monday, 1 June 2020 at 12:00.

Where Is It?

Online. Visit the event for more information.

How Much Is It?

This event is free, however, if you would like to bid on his artworks, be sure to RSVP on the Facebook event.

For More Information

For more information about the online event, visit the Facebook event page.

Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

According to SADAG, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is estimated to affect half a million people every winter. The symptoms include depression, anxiety, lethargy, social withdrawal, overeating, oversleeping, weight gain and difficulty concentrating, among others. Although this disorder is only diagnosed in 2 - 3% of the population, many of us experience one or more of its symptoms during the winter season.

Of course, it is important to practice self-care and mental health awareness all year round. But, keeping track of your moods and behaviour in winter can help combat symptoms of SAD and other mental health illnesses. After nearly two months in lockdown, your mental health may be taking a toll. As we enter a new and unpredictable phase of lockdown, you may face increased anxiety. We are constantly having to adapt to the world around us in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is not always easy.

Upping your self-care in lockdown can not only help prepare you to enter the real world again, but it's a good time to make caring for yourself a regular habit. Here are a few self-care routines to try out this winter whether you are in lockdown or taking on the world, hand sanitiser at the ready:

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Mind & Soul

Journalling

Writing in your journal need not always be feelings orientated. If your personality type is logic centred, consider making to-do lists or setting goals for yourself in your journal. Laying out your responsibilities in a practical way to curb anxiety, as your mind is able to process the information in a more logical way. Set realistic goals for yourself - you should know your limits and capabilities better than anyone else. Remember to keep focused on your progress rather than the grand outcome of your goals - taking it one day at a time is far more productive than trying to conquer it all at once.

Bullet journals are a great tool for keeping track of your eating habits, moods and to-do lists. Draw up your own mood tracker to find out what may be triggering your negative thought patterns or self-destructive behaviours. Becoming more self-aware allows you to feel in control of your emotions, boosting your confidence and helping you tackle your anxieties. You can find bullet journals at almost any stationery store these days. We found ours online at loot.co.za.

Get Creative

How often do you find yourself wishing you had more time to do the things you love? Now you have the perfect opportunity to get started! So many of us prioritise work or family commitments over ourselves and our well-being, even in lockdown. Make time to do something creative just for yourself. It could be anything, from cooking your favourite meal, to attending an online art class or knitting yourself a colourful winter scarf. If you are more handy than artsy, start a new DIY project. But, be sure to follow through with it - there is nothing more demoralising to the spirit than an unfinished project.

Find A Greater Purpose

Connecting yourself with a higher power, whatever that may mean to you, is a good way to gain perspective and empathy for others. Even if you aren't spiritually inclined, practicing a few minutes of meditation and mindful thinking a day can do wonders for your mental health. Become present in the moment and rather than focusing solely on yourself, look outwards to find how you can help those in need during lockdown. If you are fit and healthy, consider volunteering to bring food parcels and medication to the needy. There are lots of community drives and initiatives you can join to help make that small difference.

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Body

Get Moving & Spend Time Outdoors

A good dose of sunshine is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to alleviate symptoms of SAD! Get yourself outside this winter, whether it's for an early morning run around the block or an at-home yoga session in the garden. While you may have to face the morning chill, the fresh air and boost of natural endorphins released while exercising makes it all worth it. If you are working from home, make sure to schedule in time for outdoor activities. Run around with your dog, lay out in the sun or get busy gardening. It's about taking a break from the confines of your home (and your mind) and engaging your body instead.

Food, Food, Food

One of the symptoms of SAD is an increased appetite for starchy foods and sugar. Studies show that these food groups may increase allergy sensitivity, inflammation and even anxiety. Curb your cravings by enjoying more legumes and pulses, slow releasing proteins and vegetables in winter. A great way to pack in the nutrients is by conjuring up a hearty pot of soup. But, steer clear of soups laden with cream. Rather use grated carrot or tomato puree to thicken up your brew. Adding natural anti-inflammatory ingredients such as ginger or turmeric may also aid the fight against seasonal depression.

Naturally, the perfect accompaniment to any soup is bread. Don't reach for the ciabatta or french loaf - sourdough and rye bread are healthier alternatives, as they are slow releasing and have a high glycemic index. However, we know that baking your own sourdough loaf can be tedious and confusing. Woolworths stocks 100% rye bread which is also wheat free. Alternatively, order online from Mrs Bread Care - a local stallholder at the Bryanston Organic & Natural Market. This family run bakery specialise in all kinds of delicious, nourishing breads.

Sweet Dreams 

Lastly, but definitely not least on the list of self-care tips is sleep. We all know how important it is to get seven to nine hours of sleep a night. But, how many of us actually achieve this? Make your bedroom a paradise by ensuring there is enough ventilation in the room. Also try to eliminate any bright light nearby. If you struggle with seasonal allergies, your breathing may be affected during sleep, causing you to be restless. Get yourself a humidifier or air purifier. Dis-Chem has a great range of inexpensive Elektra water steam humidifiers available for delivery.

Also, check out @home's winter sleep sanctuary guide. The guide includes tips on picking your perfect bed linen, mattress and pillow for the ultimate good rest. @home is open for online shopping and deliveries on all winter essentials during lockdown.

mental health - sleep

Stay safe and keep well!

What Is It?

The PICA Livestream Event is bringing you three days of nothing but art. The event will be showcasing work from some fresh talent and it is going to be amazing.

You don't want to miss it!

When Is It?

Thursday, 14 May 2020 - Saturday, 16 May 2020 at 22:00.

Where Is It?

Online, click here.

How Much Is It?

Free. 

For More Information

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Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

What Is It?

Join Centrala Online as they present talented artist, Barbara Mihályi, for an Artist Talk. Barbara will be discussing film making, photography, body consciousness and nature.

It is going to be an insightful talk that you don't want to miss.

When Is It?

Thursday, 14 May 2020 at 19:00.

Where Is It?

Online, click here.

How Much Is It?

Free.

For More Information

For more information, click here.

Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

Why not use this free time to find and start a brand-new hobby? This is a great alternative to wasting time in front of a TV screen, watching repeats of Friends, Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory and being totally unproductive. Here are a few suggestions to get you started!

Start Doing Needlework

Since we are about to walk into winter, pick up some knitting needles and a skein of wool, and try your hand at needlework. Knitting and crocheting are a lot easier than you think, all you have to do is spend a little time practicing to perfect different types of stitches and techniques. The best part about this hobby is you can craft personalised accessories for yourself and loved ones! There's nothing better than wearing or gifting something that you made yourself. Click here to take a look at a few beginner-friendly knit projects to try.

woman knitting with blue wool

Zen Out With Meditation

We are dealing with a pandemic and it can be overwhelming, worrying and even saddening. During this time, focus on your well-being and mental health by doing daily meditation sessions. Not only is it great for helping you zen out during these tense and uncertain times, but it's good for your health. Meditation has proven to decrease stress, increase focus, control anxiety, regulate emotions and enhance self-awareness. If you're eager to incorporate meditation into your daily routine but don't know where to start, visit YouTube for beginner tutorials and guides. Namaste.

woman meditating on a yellow blanket on green grass in her garden

Pick Up A Paintbrush

Unleash your inner Picasso and get creative with painting. This is a fairly easy hobby to start, just get a few supplies, pick up a paintbrush and let your imagination run wild! However, if you're looking to take painting more seriously, learn from the professionals and get more in-depth theory on art, take a look at these online art courses. There's a course or class for all ages.

paint on a canvas with a paintbrush

Become A Baker

Bored and have a pantry full of staple ingredients? Throw on your apron, take a look at our list of beginner-friendly recipes and get baking! Not only will you end up with a dozen sweet treats to enjoy when you're feeling peckish, but you'll also find that baking can be quite a soothing and relaxing hobby! And as you get more confident and comfortable with the baking basics, you can move onto baking more difficult delights, like a croquembouche!

Baking butter, rolling pin, flour and a cookie cutter

How About Photography? 

Always wanted to learn how to take beautiful pictures? Or discover what all of the different buttons on your camera are used for? Why not improve your photography skills during lockdown? There are various tutorial videos on YouTube to help you cover the basics. And for some inspiration, tips and tricks from the industry professionals, visit Canon Connected. It's a free-to-access content hub designed to educate, inspire and entertain photography enthusiasts and videographers across the world.

black camera on a wooden table with a phone and laptop in the background

Grow A Green Thumb

Get your hands dirty and spend some time outside! Enjoy your afternoons weeding, pruning, planting your own veggie patch and getting some vitamin D while gardening. It might not seem like it, but gardening can be rather relaxing. Enjoy growing your own fresh produce, reconnecting with nature and unwinding with some digging!

gardening and planting

Master The Art Of Makeup

The more you practice and play with makeup, the better you get at it! So, why not make it a hobby and master the art and application of makeup? Instagram and YouTube have thousands of tutorials to help you learn various techniques, tips, tricks and best practices to include in your application. Before you know it, you'll be a makeup pro! And if you need inspiration and ideas to get practicing and trying different looks, check out a few of South Africa's very own beauty gurus.

woman wearing fuzzy pink jersey holding a makeup kit

What Is It?

Join in on the fun with sculptor, feminist, artistic missionary and activist, Iwona Demko. This live performative talk is presented by Centrala Gallery.

Don't miss it!

When Is It?

Thursday, 28 May 2020 at 14:00.

Where Is It?

Online, click here.

How Much Is It?

Free. 

For More Information

For more information, click here.

Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

What Is It?

Be part of the conversation about art with Sylwia Narbutt. This artist is going to be discussing art, amazing projects and more.

This is a must experience.

When Is It?

Thursday, 11 June 2020 at 19:00.

Where Is It?

Online, click here.

How Much Is It?

Free. 

For More Information

For more information, click here.

Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

What Is It?

Experience a virtual exhibition that will be presenting work by indigenous artists currently in or recently released from prisons in Victoria.

The show will have over 300 artworks, so prepare to be wowed.

Don't miss it.

When Is It?

Thursday, 14 May 2020 - Sunday, 07 June 2020 at 19:00 EST.

Where Is It?

Online, click here.

How Much Is It?

Free. 

For More Information

For more information, click here.

Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

What Is It?

Your Fridays are about to become a day to look forward to as The Westchester Arts & Music Block Party introduces some fresh talent.

This is a great time to support these up and coming artists, so stay tuned to the weekly live streams.

When Is It?

Friday, 08 May 2020 - Friday, 29 May 2020 at 18:00 PDT.

Where Is It?

Online, click here.

How Much Is It?

Free. 

For More Information

For more information, click here.

Please Note: Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

What Is It?

Art In The Time Of COVID is a discussion that focuses on appreciating and exploring the arts in the time of this pandemic. The event also speaks about how much the world values art and artists who are making lovely art.

When Is It?

Wednesday, 29 April 2020 at 14:00 EST. 

Where Is It?

Online, click here.

How Much Is It?

Free. 

For More Information

For more information, click here.

Please Note: Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

What Is It?

Don't miss Australia's best with a concert featuring Tod Mckenney, Ben Mingay, Lucy Maunder and many more talented artists.

This is a must see.

When Is It?

Monday, 11 May 2020 at 19:00 (Australian Time).

Where Is It?

Online, click here.

How Much Is It?

Free. 

For More Information

For more information, click here.

Please Note: Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

What Is It?

Have all of your career related questions answered with this amazing expo. The Virtual Career Expo is going to be focusing on art career choices and assisting with applications.

The expo is for primary school students as well as high school students.

When Is It?

Tuesday, 28 April 2020 - Thursday, 30 April 2020. (Time not specified - keep an eye out on their Facebook page.)

Where Is It?

Online, click here.

How Much Is It?

Free.

For More Information

For more information, click here.

Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

What Is It?

Enjoy the powerful poetry and spoken word session by Ryan J and Nate Mask. Nobody Likes Us, But We're Here Anyway has been performed in over 45 cities, so this is definitely not to be missed. 

When Is It?

Thursday, 23 April 2020.

Where Is It?

Online at MOAD. Register by clicking here.

How Much Is It?

Free. 

For More Information

For more information, click here.

Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

What Is It?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bag Factory Artists Studio's Autumn Open Studios will now go ahead as a virtual event. The precautions and restrictions put in place by governments around the world to curb the spread of the coronavirus has had an immense impact on the Bag Factory's operations and residency programme. Due to travel restrictions, their visiting artists anxiously returned to their home countries before borders closed and they are continuing their residencies remotely.

Similarly, while the Bag Factory is closed during the national lockdown, their studio artists are researching and producing work from the confines of their home. This virtual open studio event will include videos, virtual studio visits, and an online panel discussion with the Bag Factory's residency artists. This virtual event offers visitors a unique opportunity to see, hear about and discuss the research and work-in-progress that the artists have been developing during these strange and uncertain times.

To close off the event, there will be a panel discussion with the three international artists in residence, moderated by Sharlene Khan. The artists are Andreas Andersson (Sweden), Erla Haraldsdóttir (Iceland) and Georgina Maxim (Zimbabwe). Don't miss it!

When Is It?

Saturday, 25 April 2020. Virtual Open Studios 12:00 - 17:00 / Residency artists panel discussion at 16:00. 

Where Is It?

You can join the conversation via Zoom. 

How Much Is It?

Free.

For More Information

Follow the Bag Factory Artists Studio on Facebook for more information.