University Of Johannesburg Arts & Culture

UJ Arts & Culture is a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA). The division, which is located at the university's Kingsway and Bunting Road campuses in Auckland Park, produces and presents world-class student and professional arts programmes. Students, alumni and staff make up the bulk of their audiences, but the centre is also open to the general public.

The UJ Arts & Culture centre boasts three formal interdisciplinary art venues, as well as a number of informal venues across UJ campuses. Promoting the work of Pan-African artists, local and abroad, this platform is vital to keeping the spirit of art alive in the city.

As far as independent performing and visual arts centres in the city go, this is one of the best. The architecture is contemporary and clean, giving visitors a sense of African pride in its design. The varsity vibe also adds to the experience as under normal circumstances students mull around the centre enticing audiences into the theatres and galleries.

Before COVID-19, shows were hosted here year-round, featuring the UJ Choir, student performers and professional actors and singers. Once lockdown is over, this is definitely one of the first places we'll be heading out to. If you've never attended an event here, make sure you do, too! It's sure to be a great introduction back out into the real world.

UJ Arts & Culture

What's On

Just because we're still cooped up inside and staying very far away from each other, doesn't mean we shouldn't enjoy world-class entertainment. In lieu of their usual autumn/winter showcases, the UJ Arts Centre will be presenting a series of virtual shows to raise funds for their students in need. Check out the awesome lineup below:

Theatre

In recent months, the arts community has faced a multitude of challenges, including but not limited to adapting to producing work for online platforms, loss of income and a general sense of uncertainty. In response to these challenges, UJ Arts & Culture has pioneered their first ever digital 'unfestival'. A week long series of unevents and non-happenings, this is a festival experience unlike any other (mostly because nothing much is happening at all). The UJ Arts & Culture UNFESTIVAL is hosted in aid of the Dean's Bursary Fund and BASA's artist relief efforts. Buy your tickets here, but please don't show up.
Dates: Tuesday, 26 May 2020 – Saturday, 06 June 2020.
Venue: The Theatre of Nothing.
Ticket price: Tickets cost between R100 - R300 per show.
Click here for more information.
UJ Arts & Culture

Art

If you're after actual digital content to keep you entertained during lockdown, tune in for UJ Arts & Culture's latest exhibition titled 'The Pandemic Project'. Featuring a number of visual artists including Ronél de Jager, Diane Victor, Allen Liang, Fana Tshabalala, Lothar Bötcher and Khaya Ndlovu, this brand-new digital exhibition is the first of its kind for the UJ Arts Centre. Each artist will present a series of work reacting to or reflecting on their experiences during lockdown. The exhibition will be available online for one day only, so don't miss it!

Dates: Friday, 31 July 2020 at 13:00 - 18:00.

Venue: UJ Arts & Culture's YouTube channel.

Ticket price: Viewing is free, but please RSVP your attendance to the exhibitions here.

Diane Victor

For More Information

Visit the UJ Arts & Culture website for more information, or follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/UJArtsCentre

Twitter - twitter.com/UJArtsCentre

Contact them on 011 559 4674 or via email at [email protected].

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice By Marriott Johannesburg Melrose Arch

There are few places offering as decadent milkshakes as Protea Hotel Fire & Ice at Melrose Arch. With more than 30 milkshakes gracing their menu, you'll be spoiled for choice. Options come in crazy and interesting flavours and include alcoholic options. Some of our favourite options include Ouma en Oupa (carrot cake and rooibos) and the Bee's Knees (dark chocolate, orange and honeycomb). For an alcoholic option, try the Russian Roulette with a dash of caramel vodka.

Details: 011 218 4000 | Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Melrose Arch, 22 Whitley Street, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg | www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/jnbmr-protea-hotel-fire-and-ice-johannesburg-melrose-arch/

Craft

For a yummy Freak Shake that is worth every calorie, head to Craft in Parkhurst. Available in four decadent flavours, these are a must-try. Sip on the Candy Carnival, Turkish Delight, Chocolate Overload and Salted Caramel Delight, all piled high with desserts, sweets, chocolate and sprinkles. If these are a little too over the top and sugar loaded for you, worry not. Craft also has a selection of 'regular' milkshakes, such as the Oreo Cookie and the Rolo Shake.

Details: 011 788 7111 | 33 4th Avenue, Corner 13th Street, Parkhurst, Johannesburg | [email protected] | www.craftrestaurant.co.za

Kota Joe Roadhouse

This roadhouse has always been famous for their fabulous and interesting milkshakes. Having recently launched a new menu, they'll definitely have something to keep your sweet tooth coming back for more. Popular options on their milkshake menu include Nutella, Cookies & Cream, Ferrero Roche and Oreo & Peanutbutter. But their newer menu items include such gems as Black Forest, Peppermint Oreo, Top Deck, Milk Tart and Custard Crunchie.

Details: Branches can be found in Boksburg, Edenvale and Auckland Park | [email protected] | www.kotajoe.co.za

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Hudsons The Burger Joint

If you're close by, do yourself a favour and stop by Hudsons and order one of their magnificent milkshakes. Their milkshake selection features varieties such as the Chocolate Brownie, Salted Caramel Popcorn, Cookie Monster, Nutella Waffle and Strawberry Candyfloss. Pair this with any one of their gourmet burgers and you're in for a treat. And, if you're vegan, you can delight in the yummy Vegan Oreo Shake with a delectable side of vegan Panko Crumbed Wings.

Details: Branches can be found in Parkhurst and Bedfordview | theburgerjoint.co.za

Brooklyn Brothers

Another burger spot makes it onto this list in the form of Brooklyn Brothers. Milkshakes and burgers has got to be one of the best combos of all time, wouldn't you agree? Crazy Shakes on offer include the Brooklyn Heights (topped with choc fudge icing, whipped cream, a Kit Kat finger and a toasted doughnut), the Harlem Split (caramel and custard blend, choc icing rim, whipped cream, banana, cherries and sprinkles) and the Red Hook (berries, cream cheese icing, candy coated mini chocolates, whipped cream and a sour belt skewer).

Details: 011 615 0536 | Bedford Centre, Corner of Smith Road and Van der Linde Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg | [email protected] | brooklynbrothers.co.za

Dukes

Dukes is yet another spot on this list that pairs burgers and milkshakes. Their range of milkshakes include regular options like Vanilla, Bubblegum and Strawberry as well as gourmet milkshakes like Strawberry Cheese Cake, Nutella & Pretzel and Chocolate Ganache. If it's been a rough week, you can also opt for the alcoholic concoctions, which include the James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne.

Details: Branches can be found in Greenside and Melville | dukesburgers.co.za

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Burgerack

There are four mouthwatering Monster Shake options to choose from at Burgerack – The Waffle Shake (waffle, peanut butter, honey and banana), The Candyfloss & Bubblegum Shake (candyfloss, bubblegum and Astros), The Caramel Popcorn Shake (caramel popcorn and chocolate sauce) and The Choc Crunchy Shake (honeycomb, Astros and chocolate sauce). Apart from these, they also offer eight regular milkshake flavours.

Details: Branches can be found in Klerksdorp, Rosebank, Alberton, Sandton, Benoni and Johannesburg South | [email protected] | www.burgerack.co.za

Walnut Grove

Walnut Grove has been a go-to destination at Sandton City for many years, and for good reason. Their shakes are made with real Italian gelato and comes in nine flavours - Strawberry Cheesecake, Milk Tart, Walnut Brownie, Malva Pudding, Black Forest, Choc Mint, Iced Coffee, Chocoholic and Snowball. If this isn't enough to get you into a sugar coma, then order a decadent cake slice to pair with your drink.

Details: 011 783 6111 | Sandton City Shopping Centre, Corner 5th and Maude Streets, Sandton, Johannesburg | [email protected] | walnutgrove.co.za

Mike's Kitchen 

Mike's Kitchen may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of decadent and indulgent milkshakes. But all that is about to change. Mike's Kitchen offers eight Original Milkshakes, four Supreme Milkshakes and four Over 18 Shakes. Little ones will delight in the Peppermint Crisp Caramel shake (vanilla shake loaded with crushed Peppermint Crisp and caramel sauce) while the adults sip on the Springbok Penalty (vanilla ice cream, mint liqueur and a double tot of Amarula).

Details: 010 492 3793 | Branches can be found in Boksburg, Bryanston, Florida Glen and Parktown, among others | mikeskitchen.co.za

Milkshake

Want more? Check out our vegan milkshake article to find the most delectable vegan shakes in the city.

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

What is your favourite spot to grab a milkshake? Let us know in the comments section below!

What Is It?

Visit the View Boutique Hotel in Auckland Park this March for a delicious high tea in the garden! Come and enjoy an array of sweet and savoury treats paired with fragrant teas. It's the ideal way to celebrate the last days of the summer season. Don't miss it!

When Is It?

Saturday, 28 March 2020 from 14:00 - 17:00

*High tea in the garden is due to take place monthly. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.

Where Is It?

The View Boutique Hotel, 19 Molesey Avenue, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Please contact the hotel to confirm prices for the event. You can call them on 011 482 6897 or RSVP via email at [email protected]

For More Information

Visit their website for more information or follow them on Facebook.

What Is It?

The Ampersand Foundation has had an immense impact on the country’s fine art landscape. Over the last 21 years they have afforded visual arts practitioners exposure to the wider international arts landscape of New York.

This September, the Ampersand Foundation presents their third ever Ampersand Fellows exhibition featuring works from Diane Victor, Paul Emmanuel, Gabrielle Goliath, Mbongeni Buthelezi, Penny Siopis, Nicholas Hlobo, Senzeni Marasela, Stephen Hobbes, Alan Laing and Heidi Fourie. 

The Ampersand Foundation 21 Years Celebration Exhibition will be held at the UJ Art Gallery. This extensive show, curated by Gordon Froud, senior lecturer at UJ, is set to shine a light on the depth of South Africa’s artistic talent. Don't miss it!

When Is It?

The exhibition opens on Wednesday, 11 September 2019. It will run until Wednesday, 09 October 2019 at the UJ Art Gallery.

**Curator Gordon Froud will conduct gallery walkabouts on Saturday, 22 and Saturday, 29 September  2019 at 11:30 and on Wednesday, 25 September 2019 at 13:00.

Where Is It?

UJ Art Gallery, UJ Kingsway Campus, Corner of Kingsway Ave and University Rd, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance to the gallery is free.

For more information

Visit their website for more information, or follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/UJArtsCentre

Twitter -  twitter.com/UJArtsCentre

Contact them on 011 559 2099 or via email at [email protected]

What Is It?

The UJ Youth Arts Festival is a grand showcase of young talent. Featuring eight unique shows and productions, this festival is a must-attend for arts fanatics.

The line-up for the 2019 UJ Youth Arts Festival includes an Adult Ballet Showcase in which you will see re-imagined classics, as well as new works in classical ballet, hip-hop and contemporary dance. Moving Into Dance and the Tribhangi Dance Theatre will also perform highly anticipated new dance works.

Music lovers, the UJ Youth Arts Festival has a little something for you too. Come and see the UJ Choir perform a medley of songs in preparation for their year end concerts. Or, catch the JHB Youth Big Band live, paying tribute to jazz Masters like, Glen Miller, Sammy Nestico and many more.

Of course, the UJ Youth Arts Festival also pays adage to drama and theatre. Their line-up of shows is stellar and should definitely be on your to-see list. Our Stories, Induku and Lord of the Flies will grace the UJ Arts Centre stage during the festival. Don't miss this awesome theatre bill!

When Is It?

Wednesday, 28 August 2019 - Saturday, 14 September 2019.

Where Is It?

UJ Arts Centre, Kingsway Campus, Corner of Kingsway Ave and University Rd, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets range from R30 - R120 per person. Get yours here.

**The UJ Choir Lunch Time Concert is free. This event takes place on Friday, 30 August 2019 at 12:30 in the Arts Centre Theatre.

For more information

Visit the UJ Arts & Culture website for more information about the festival. Also give them a follow on social media to keep up to date with the latest events:

Facebook - facebook.com/UJArtsCentre

Twitter - twitter.com/UJArtsCentre

Contact them on 011 559 4674 or via email at [email protected]

What Is It?

The annual UJ Weekend of Jazz returns to the UJ Arts Centre this May. Curated with the young and young-at-heart in mind, the programme nods to the ‘nostalgia’ of the jazz genre and the Auckland Park/Melville area, while offering new ways to experience the magic of the music. Don't miss it!

When Is It?

Thursday, 28 May 2020 -  Sunday, 30 May 2020.

Where Is It?

University of Johannesburg Art and Culture, corner Kingsway and University Road, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R80 - R150 per person. Click here to get yours.

For More Information. 

Visit their website for more information, or follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/UJArtsCentre

Twitter - twitter.com/UJArtsCentre

Contact them on 011 559 4674 or [email protected].

What Is It?

A Dancers Mind - a moving dance tribute inspired by world renowned Russian choreographer, George Balanchine. Watch in awe as a cast of 15 young dancers (ranging from age 10 to 18) from the Youth Ballet Theatre take to the stage.  They will bring alive not only George Balanchine inspired ballet pieces, but also full length contemporary works by Ipeleng Merafe, Samantha Hood and Shenell Petterson.

This ballet takes the audience through works inspired by some of George Balanchines' most famous ballets. It promises to be a show to remember and one to inspire the youth. So, come with the dancers on this journey through the history and wonder of the world of ballet, as they creep into the mind of a true artistic legend.

A Dancers Mind will be staged at the UJ Arts Centre Theatre for one night only! Get your tickets ASAP to avoid missing out.

When Is It?

Sunday, 04 August 2019 at 15:00 - 16:30.

Where Is It?

UJ Arts Centre Theatre, UJ Kingsway Campus, Corner of Kingsway Ave and University Rd, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R150 per person. Book yours here!

For more information

Visit the UJ Arts Centre website for more information. Or, follow their social media pages for event updates:

Facebook -facebook.com/youthballettheatre

Contact them on 011 559 4674 or via email at [email protected]

What Is It?

The annual AFDA Experimental Festival returns this June. This highly sough-after school for creatives has been at the forefront of higher education in television, film, theatre and arts business administration since 1994. This year's AFDA Experimental Festival is even bigger than previous editions. With over 60 experimental films and documentaries on show, it is an all out art lovers paradise. In addition, there will be 30 live theatre performances and live music acts to keep you enthralled.

AFDA is at the cutting edge of business innovation and technology. They encourage students to think outside the box to develop new ways of thinking and making in art. If you or your child has an interest in studying a higher degree in the arts or technology, visit AFDA for the campus experience. However, the college welcomes all art and film enthusiasts to their festival. We'll see you there!

When Is It?

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 - Saturday, 15 June 2019.

To see the full festival schedule, click here.

Where Is It?

AFDA, 41 Frost Avenue, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Ticket information has not been communicated.

For more information

For more information, visit AFDA's website. Follow them on social media for further updates:

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

Contact them on +27 (0) 11 482 8345 or via email at [email protected]

What Is It?

Metamorphosis returns to the UJ Arts & Culture Centre this July. Kafka's masterpiece Metamorphosis, is a story of a young man who is transformed overnight into a giant beetle like insect. He thus becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home and a quintessentially alienated man.

This is Kafka's harrowing, yet absurdly comic, meditation on human feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and isolation. Metamorphosis has undoubtedly become one of the most widely read and influential works of twentieth-century fiction.

The UJ Arts & Culture Centre first presented their theatrical adaptation of Metamorphosis  in 2018. The show then went on to tour at the Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) National Arts Festival, where it received great ciritcal acclaim. Starring the notable Craig Morris, Khutjo Green, Ameera Patel and William Harding, this is one theatre show you won't want to miss.

When Is It?

Thursday, 11 July - Saturday, 20 July 2019.

Show times:

Thursday, 11 July at 11:00 and 19:30

Friday, 12 July at 11:00 and 19:30

Saturday, 13 July at 19:30

Monday, 15 July at 11:00

Wednesday, 17 July - Friday, 19 July at 19:30

Saturday, 20 July at 19:30

Where Is It?

UJ Arts Centre Theatre, UJ Kingsway Campus, Corner of Kingsway Ave and University Rd, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R30 per person for students and pensioners, or R100 per person. Book your tickets here.

For More Information

For more information, visit the UJ Arts & Culture Centre's website or their Facebook page.

Lindfield House has to be one of Joburg’s best-kept secrets and a must-visit if you're looking to do a little time travelling! Ever wondered what it would be like to sip tea and live like those classy ladies back in the Victorian era? Well, who could possibly imagine that an authentic Victorian House exists right underneath our noses, not to mention the world’s best tour guide and a lovely afternoon tea? It's definitely worth a visit if you're in the area!

The Lindfield House Victorian Museum is fascinating and captivating from start to finish and will intrigue guests of all ages. Situated just a few blocks from the SABC building in Auckland Park (near UJ), this stunning Herbert Baker house has been lovingly restored and beautifully decorated by owner, Katharine Love, who actually lives in this treasure trove of Victoriana.

Lindfield House Victorian Museum

From the moment you step inside the front door and are greeted by Katharine dressed as a Victorian parlour maid, you're immediately swept back into the past when men visited with calling cards, women squeezed themselves into corsets,rand servants slept in the kitchen on a fold out bed with a rifle, guarding the family's silver in the pantry! Goodness, how things have changed over the years!

One of my favourite parts of the house is the children’s nursery, with the most amazing doll’s house, rather odd museum room (where the children collected items from their travels and various other odd creatures preserved in formaldehyde), and the school room where the children would do their schoolwork with a nanny and eat their meals. The library is also quite phenomenal, as is the bedroom (with the man of the house having a separate room leading outside so he could pop in and out at will!)

Lindfield House Victorian Museum

And as if the tour of this 'time capsule' isn't amazing enough, the tea is the cherry on top! You'll get to enjoy delicious sausage rolls, fluffy scones with jam and cream, and scrumptious cake. I loved every moment from start to finish – you can bank on about an hour and a half for the whole tour and another half an hour for tea. Booking is essential, so make sure you make an appointment soon! This experience is highly recommended for those who are looking for something personal and unique.

Admission costs are as follows:

Single or groups:

Lindfield House Victorian Museum

Specialised tours:
Book an intimate behind-the-scenes, specialised tour of the Lindfield Victorian House Museum. Katharine will take you on a private tour, sharing stories and information not included on regular tours and allowing you to explore areas or objects that are not open to the general public. Available by prior appointment only.

For More Information

For more information about this historic gem, visit www.lindfield.wixsite.com. You can also call them on 011 726 2932 or email [email protected].

Don't forget to check them out on Facebook.

Address: 72 Richmond Avenue, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

Pictures by the Lindfield House Victorian Museum

Written by Shelli NT

Whether you do know the custom of heading to a roadhouse or whether you don't, read on...

The beauty of this foodie joint is that you don’t need to leave the comfort of your car to place your order or eat. Yup, you can order from your car. All you have to do is pull into the parking lot, check out what delights they have on their menus (either handed to you or on their boards), place your order with the waiters that come to your car, and voila! There you have it. How technology has advanced right?

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From Roadhouse classics such as superdogs to pizza, wraps, and toasted sarmies, Kota Joe has it all. So, be sure to arrive with a hearty appetite! The Kotas are definite winners! In addition, you can take your pick from a number of different ‘stuffings’. Those including the likes of Chourico, Breakfast, Boerie, Curry, Rib, Shawarma, and plenty more. Not to mention, if you feel healthy, you can again add a salad to your meal, convenient isn't it?

Moreover, if there is one thing you need to experience at Kota Joe, it has to be their amazing milkshakes. These things are massive! Plus you can get them in a variety of flavours. Expect to see Ferrero & Oreo, Oreo & Peanut Butter, Horlicks & Fudge, Zoo Biscuit, Diddle Daddle, Toblerone, and of course all of the other classic flavours from vanilla to bubblegum.

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There are four branches around the city, including one in Pretoria. So, the next time you drive through Auckland Park, Gandhi Square, Edenvale, or Boksburg, be sure to make a quick stop at these venues. Do not miss out on this amazing treat and experience! Click here to find addresses for each branch. Enjoy the experience and tell us all about it!

By Kim Brown

Have you visited Kota Joe? What did you think? Leave you comments below!