UJ Arts & Culture - UNFESTIVAL

UJ Arts & Culture present the UNFESTIVAL - a week-long series of "un-events, non-happenings, non-workshops and a smorgasbord of nothing." Hosted in aid of the UJ FADA Dean's Bursary Fund and BASA's COVID-19 artist relief measures, the UNFESTIVAL promises to be deliriously funny and intentionally ironic in its non-existence. The festival calls attention to the plight of students and artists during these dire times, critiquing the sudden turn to digital media to reach audiences. Nevertheless, UJ Arts & Culture is asking their loyal patrons and lovers of the arts to donate to the Dean's Bursary Fund by purchasing tickets to these non-shows. Check out the full 'lineup' of performances, exhibitions and workshops here. We'll (not) see you there!

Dates: Tuesday, 26 May 2020 – Saturday, 06 June 2020.

Details: Contact UJ Arts & Culture on 011 559 4674 or via email at [email protected].

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The Clanstival Music & Digital Interactive Festival

The KZN Midlands Art Festival draws in hundreds of visitors from across the country. This family-orientated festival usually takes place in September each year. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown, things are set to change in 2020. Cue the Clanstival Music and Digital Interactive Festival - a full weekend of online content to enjoy with the whole family. The Clanstival Music and Digital Interactive Festival will welcome local and global audiences for daily performances from musicians, actors, students and digital exhibitors. Come and see the likes of Kevin Fraser, Elvis Blue, The Parlotones and The Gugulethu Tenors perform out of Hilton College to your home this June. Don't miss it!

Dates: Thursday, 25 June 2020 – Monday, 29 June 2020 between 17:00 – 20:00 daily.

Ticket price: Tickets cost R20 per family for full weekend viewing. Get yours here.

Details: Visit the Clanstival Music Festival website for more information.

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The National Arts Festival 

With just 100 days to go until the annual Makhanda National Arts Festival, organisers announced that the festival would be going fully digital for the first time ever! This was to protect not only the thousands of expected visitors, but to ensure that the artists would still be able to make a profit and have their work seen by their peers, critics and you, the audience.

The 2020 National Arts Festival is set to take place over 11 days, bringing you an array of cutting-edge digital content to indulge in from the safety of your own home. You can expect some live performances, a few pre-recorded events and tons of innovation at this year's festival. Digital visitors will also be able to support the local tradespeople who would've exhibited their crafts at the Standard Bank Village Green market with their new virtual market feature.

For more information about how the 2020 National Arts Festival will unfold online, click here.

Dates: Thursday, 25 June 2020 - Sunday, 5 July 2020.

Details: Visit the NAF website for more information or contact them via email at [email protected]

Sirqus Alfon’s I Am Somebody at the 2019 National Arts Festival / Mark Wessels

Do you know of any other local arts festivals happening online? Let us know about them in the comments section below! 

What Is It?

The Market Theatre in Newtown presents the Dare 2 Dream Performing Arts Festival. Celebrating excellence in the performing arts by young learners from participating schools. The Dare 2 Dream Frestival has three objectives: to recognize passion where it exists, to encourage collaboration and to provide young performers with an opportunity to perform on stage.

So, come and show your support for young talent.

When Is It?

Saturday, 21 September 2019 at 12:30 - 15:30.

Where Is It?

The Market Theatre, 56 Margaret McIngana St, Newtown, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Email [email protected] for ticket information.

For more information

Follow them on Facebook for more information and event updates - facebook.com/events/2461876024091714

Details: 011 832 1641

What Is It?

Come and celebrate the iconic past, present and future of Sophiatown at this three day arts festival. Showcasing art, music, literature, magic and archival footage never seen before, the Sophiatown Arts Festival is a must-visit.

The first annual festival of its kind, the Sophiatown Arts Festival is a community-driven initiative. Aiming to bring back archival knowledge and the vibrancy of art once felt in every vein of this suburb. This is an awesome opportunity for the residents of Sophiatown to showcase their talents. There will be photo exhibits, food stalls, storytelling, mapping exercises, collective curation and live music! 

So, come and enjoy the history of this eclectic place with friends, family and neighbours. We'll see you there!

When Is It?

Friday, 29 November 2019 - Sunday, 01 December 2019. 

Where Is It?

Venue TBC.

How Much Is It?

Ticket prices will be announced soon. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.

For more information

Visit their website for more information, or follow them on Instagram.

Contact them via email at [email protected]

What Is It?

Spring is almost here! With the season comes joy, celebration and of course, Heritage Month. Come out and celebrate our unique and diverse cultures at the 2019 Johannesburg Arts Alive International Festival. Kicking off September with the ever popular Jazz on the Lake, the Arts Alive International Festival has loads in store for you. From music, to dance, theatre and visual art, there is something for everyone. So, don't miss it!

Here's what to expect at the 2019 Johannesburg Arts Alive Festival:

Inner-City High Schools Drama Festival 

The 15th annual Inner-City High Schools Drama Festival welcomes in the start of Arts Alive 2019. Facilitated by the Outreach Foundation and Hillbrow Theatre. This festival is vital in encouraging young people living in the inner city to explore their hardships and triumphs through the arts. The theme for this year is Gender and Sexuality. Shows will take place from Friday, 30 August to Saturday, 07 September 2019. 

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Jazz on the Lake 

This annual concert at Zoo Lake celebrates 27 years on the Joburg social calendar in 2019. The line-up includes, Sjava, Vusi Nova, TRC Africa Mkhize, Bucie, as well as guest performer Michel Herrera, Cuba's rising star. Jazz on the Lake takes place on Sunday, 01 September 2019 at 10:00. 

Beat Makers Market

The Beat Makers Market is where technology, networking and music meet. Hosted at Fox Junction and The Good Luck Bar. This event is geared towards artists and producers meeting to build successful business relationships. Come and mingle with industry big-wigs like Riky Rick, Zwai Bala and Tweezy on Sunday, 08 September 2019.

FNB Art Joburg

The FNB Art Joburg fair has been re-imagined. Bringing you even more fantastic exhibitions and engagement with the Joburg art scene. The fair aims to highlight the strengths of South African and African art galleries, spaces and institutions. There will also be a books section, lifestyle entertainment, food and wine to enjoy. Visit the FNB Art Joburg fair at Sandton Convention Centre from Friday, 13 September to Sunday, 15 September 2019.

Soweto Art Week

Arts Alive bring you the sixth edition of Soweto Art Week this September. The theme for 2019 is “The Revolution will be Televised”, as Soweto Art Week seeks to promote and celebrate township art. Participating venues include, Soweto Theatre, June 16 Memorial Acre, Eyethu Art Space and Native Rebels Restaurant. Soweto Art Week takes place from Wednesday, 25 September to Sunday, 29 September 2019. 

When Is It?

The Arts Alive International Festival takes place throughout the month of September. Click here to see the full programme, with dates and times.

Where Is It?

Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Ticket prices are available at https://www.arts-alive.co.za/index.html

For more information

Follow them on social media for event updates, the latest news and more:

Facebook -facebook.com/JoburgArtsAlive

Twitter - twitter.com/Arts_Alive

Instagram - instagram.com/Joburg_ArtsAlive

Contact them on 011 482 3580.

What Is It?

The fourth annual RedFest is almost upon us! This family-fun day is a must-attend for theatre and art lovers of all ages. Redhill School in Morningside invite you to a two-day festival, celebrating all things art. You and the kids can enjoy a number of highly acclaimed theatre productions, live music, a children's inflatable entertainment area, fringe performances, lectures, workshops, food trucks, a gin bar and beer tent! All of these fun activities then culminate in a not-to-be missed live music festival on the Saturday night.

Redfest is the perfect day out for families and those wanting to see a number of sellout shows under one roof. So, don't miss it or you'll be missing out!

When Is It?

Friday, 04 October 2019 - Saturday, 05 October 2019.

Where Is It?

Redhill School, 20 Summit Rd, Morningside, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Ticket prices will be announced soon. Keep an eye on their Facebook events page for updates and early bird specials.

For more information

Visit their website for further details, or follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/redhillschoolsa

Twitter - twitter.com/RedhillSchool

Instagram - instagram.com/redhillschoolsa

Contact them on +27 11 783 4707 or via email at [email protected]

What Is It?

Rock The City Festival 2019 will be hosted at the Blu Flame bar in Johannesburg city central. The festival honours the LGBTI community, aiming to create awareness and promote creative expression for the community in the arts. The Blu Flame bar will be set up as a safe space for the LGBTI community to share their art and engage in social conversation. All are welcome to come and enjoy a day of music, art and friendship at this first indoor/outdoor LGBTI festival in the City. There will be live performances, DJ’s, food and drinks and good vibes all day until late.

When Is It?

Saturday, 6 April - Sunday, 7 April 2019 at 12:00 - 04:00.

Where Is It?

The Blu Flame Bar, 1 Eloff Street, Johannesburg. 

How Much Is It?

Tickets are priced at:

R80 for Early Bird 

 R100 for Pre-sale 

R120 on the day of the event

Kids 8+ enter for R50 (Kids 7 and younger enter free of charge)

Tickets may be purchased from Ticketpros.

For More Information

For more information contact the organisers on 078 333 8286, or visit their Facebook events page.

As a veteran of 4 Aardklop festivals and the only Afrikaans journalist on the editorial team, I figured it'd be worth writing the ultimate Aardklop survival guide aimed at first-timers and veterans alike. You might want to cable tie your trousers on because this is going to be an exciting ride.

There are two sides to Aardklop. There is the varsity party vibe and the artsy Afrikaans folks clique. I'll delve into both of these as they are equally entertaining... the one is just more inebriated than the other. The one thing you should know about Aardklop is that the whole of Potchefstroom turns into the festival grounds of this long-running arts festival. Different restaurants and school halls turn into theatres, and entire streets are blocked off to make way for beer tents and general debauchery.

Where To Stop On Your Way To Aardklop

On the way you will be driving through the world's introduction to the great North Western province. Welcome to coal mining country. In between open patches of dry land, you will find hamlets of civilisation – add a couple of hours to your travel time and stop over at some of these interesting spots.

Vredefort Crater

Marked as a UNESCO heritage site and the largest crater on earth, the Vredefort dome can be seen from space. Joburgers travelling from the south of the city will have the opportunity to take a detour through Parys and check out this magnificent place. Go for a walk through the reserve and appreciate the hills and valleys created by such a destructive force.

Details: http://www.vredefortdome.org/ | [email protected]

Aardklop

Parys

At the risk of sounding trite... we're not talking about Paris in France but the one in the Free State. Yup, it's a roundabout route to take to Potchefstroom but so worth it. This little town is filled with quirky art galleries, coffee shops and pubs. Explore a bit and check out the art deco architecture that decorates that side of the world. The town is situated along the Vaal River and there are quite a few picnic spots to take advantage of. Parys is also a popular destination for weekend bikers who enjoy riding through from Joburg and Pretoria for brunch.

aardklop

Where To Stay At Aardklop

Oudewerf

My aunt has a friend who's named Saartjie Scholtz. Now, Saartjie runs Oudewerf Guest House on Oudebrug Street. Enjoy the open space and fresh air coupled with tranquillity and smothered in hospitality. Oudewerf is a popular stay-over for parents visiting their children at varsity, and Aardklop festival goers alike. The rooms run colonial and Victorian themes and make for an excellent and cool retreat after your day out in this pretty dorp. Note that bookings should be done way in advance as Oudewerf is a popular accommodation space – especially during festival time.

Details: http://www.oudewerfpotch.co.za/

Aardklop

Michael-Angelo Guest house

This self-proclaimed double-storey "grand dame" is situated a stone's throw away from the main festival grounds, giving you an excuse to party up a storm without having to worry about travelling (you should try and cut out driving as much as possible anyway during Aardklop because traffic grinds the entire town to a halt). The Michael-Angelo Guest House boasts a pool to relax in, beautifully made-up rooms fit for royalty, and excellent service all round. The venue is also a great spot to host intimate weddings or special gatherings.

Details: http://www.michael-angelo.co.za/

Aardklop

What To Enjoy At Aardklop

Aardklop Langtafel

You can not end the festival without getting... festive. Under the quiet shade of giant trees, a long table is tastefully decorated, while serving a delicious five-course meal. The price includes beverages. Bring your family and friends and come and experience something special in true Aardklop style.

Detail: https://www.ticketpros.co.za/portal/web/index.php/event/ed81ff6e-8f93-215f-8323-5b36689e8c08

Aardklop

Strauss & Co Art Valuation Panel

Are you a budding artist or own artworks that may be worth a small fortune? Have them valued at the Strauss & Co Art Valuation. This once-off event will take place on Tuesday, 02 October 2018 from 09:00 to 16:00 at the NWU Art Gallery. Bring your artwork along; who knows, maybe you're sitting on a R600 000 Pierneef!

Details: https://aardklop.co.za/2018/09/25/strauss-co-kunswaardasie/

Aardklop

My Seuns

Follow this fiery family feud that starts at grandma's birthday party and ends with a household divided. Renowned South African actors Sandra Prinsloo, Andre Odendaal and Sandi Schultz portray a tale inspired by Arthur Miller 's All My Sons.

Details: https://aardklop.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Feesgids2018_Toneel.pdf

There is, of course, much, much, much more than this to the beautiful beast known as Aardklop but this is for newcomers to cut their teeth on the good stuff from the get-go. For more information, head over to the Aardklop website for a completed list of activities. There will also be book launches, art exhibitions and live music all over the show.

By Shawn Greyling

As a veteran of 4 Aardklop festivals and the only Afrikaans journalist on the editorial team, I figured it'd be worth writing the ultimate Aardklop survival guide aimed at first-timers and veterans alike. You might want to cable tie your trousers on because this is going to be an exciting ride.

There are two sides to Aardklop. There is the varsity party vibe and the artsy Afrikaans folks clique. I'll delve into both of these as they are equally entertaining... the one is just more inebriated than the other. The one thing you should know about Aardklop is that the whole of Potchefstroom turns into the festival grounds of this long-running arts festival. Different restaurants and school halls turn into theatres, and entire streets are blocked off to make way for beer tents and general debauchery.

Where To Stop On Your Way To Aardklop

On the way you will be driving through the world's introduction to the great North Western province. Welcome to coal mining country. In between open patches of dry land, you will find hamlets of civilisation – add a couple of hours to your travel time and stop over at some of these interesting spots.

Vredefort Crater

Marked as a UNESCO heritage site and the largest crater on earth, the Vredefort dome can be seen from space. Joburgers travelling from the south of the city will have the opportunity to take a detour through Parys and check out this magnificent place. Go for a walk through the reserve and appreciate the hills and valleys created by such a destructive force.

Details: http://www.vredefortdome.org/ | [email protected]

Aardklop

Parys

At the risk of sounding trite... we're not talking about Paris in France but the one in the Free State. Yup, it's a roundabout route to take to Potchefstroom but so worth it. This little town is filled with quirky art galleries, coffee shops and pubs. Explore a bit and check out the art deco architecture that decorates that side of the world. The town is situated along the Vaal River and there are quite a few picnic spots to take advantage of. Parys is also a popular destination for weekend bikers who enjoy riding through from Joburg and Pretoria for brunch.

aardklop

Where To Stay At Aardklop

Oudewerf

My aunt has a friend who's named Saartjie Scholtz. Now, Saartjie runs Oudewerf Guest House on Oudebrug Street. Enjoy the open space and fresh air coupled with tranquillity and smothered in hospitality. Oudewerf is a popular stay-over for parents visiting their children at varsity, and Aardklop festival goers alike. The rooms run colonial and Victorian themes and make for an excellent and cool retreat after your day out in this pretty dorp. Note that bookings should be done way in advance as Oudewerf is a popular accommodation space – especially during festival time.

Details: http://www.oudewerfpotch.co.za/

Aardklop

Michael-Angelo Guest house

This self-proclaimed double-storey "grand dame" is situated a stone's throw away from the main festival grounds, giving you an excuse to party up a storm without having to worry about travelling (you should try and cut out driving as much as possible anyway during Aardklop because traffic grinds the entire town to a halt). The Michael-Angelo Guest House boasts a pool to relax in, beautifully made-up rooms fit for royalty, and excellent service all round. The venue is also a great spot to host intimate weddings or special gatherings.

Details: http://www.michael-angelo.co.za/

Aardklop

What To Enjoy At Aardklop

Aardklop Langtafel

You can not end the festival without getting... festive. Under the quiet shade of giant trees, a long table is tastefully decorated, while serving a delicious five-course meal. The price includes beverages. Bring your family and friends and come and experience something special in true Aardklop style.

Detail: https://www.ticketpros.co.za/portal/web/index.php/event/ed81ff6e-8f93-215f-8323-5b36689e8c08

Aardklop

Strauss & Co Art Valuation Panel

Are you a budding artist or own artworks that may be worth a small fortune? Have them valued at the Strauss & Co Art Valuation. This once-off event will take place on Tuesday, 02 October 2018 from 09:00 to 16:00 at the NWU Art Gallery. Bring your artwork along; who knows, maybe you're sitting on a R600 000 Pierneef!

Details: https://aardklop.co.za/2018/09/25/strauss-co-kunswaardasie/

Aardklop

My Seuns

Follow this fiery family feud that starts at grandma's birthday party and ends with a household divided. Renowned South African actors Sandra Prinsloo, Andre Odendaal and Sandi Schultz portray a tale inspired by Arthur Miller 's All My Sons.

Details: https://aardklop.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Feesgids2018_Toneel.pdf

There is, of course, much, much, much more than this to the beautiful beast known as Aardklop but this is for newcomers to cut their teeth on the good stuff from the get-go. For more information, head over to the Aardklop website for a completed list of activities. There will also be book launches, art exhibitions and live music all over the show.

By Shawn Greyling