We came across this company years ago and love what they have to offer couples who are looking for a unique at-home date night experience. Date Factory makes date night easy by planning, packing and shipping a complete date night in a discreet box, right to your doorstep. There's a wide selection of date night boxes to choose from, ranging from themed date nights and digital dates, to specialty boxes and something a little more sexy, if you get what we mean! To find out more about these date-in-a-box experiences, click here.
What's better than cuddling up on the couch to watch your favourite movies together? You don't need much to pull off this sweet date night idea besides a few warm blankets, comfy pillows and a hoard of snacks. If you've watched your must-see list of movies together a thousand times, turn the volume down and see if you can remember the dialogue from memory. Or, make it more of a challenge by rewriting the script together. Come up with the most ridiculous lines you can think of. The aim of the game is to make each other laugh, so get as silly as you can with it.
When last did you take the time to look up at the stars with your special someone? Lay out a cozy blanket in the garden and get snuggled up together for this ultimate free date night experience. If you happen to have a bottle or two of bubbly, bring it along to amp up the romance factor. Alternatively, try your hand at making a few refreshing mocktails. If you really want to impress your sweetheart, whip up a tasty picnic feast to enjoy together under the moonlight. Ooh la la!
There are a mass of online cooking classes happening at the moment. Sign up for one with your partner and get cooking! This is not only a great way to learn a new skill together, but there are bound to be a couple of laughable moments as you learn together. Don't be afraid to make a mess either. There is nothing quite as satisfying as smearing a dollop of brownie batter on your partner's nose when they aren't looking.
Put your new cooking or baking skills to the test by organising a romantic candlelit dinner for two in your living or dining room. While you may not be able to surprise your significant other (because they're always around!), you can nevertheless make this date night one to remember. Throw on your best outfit and serenade them with their favourite songs or a playlist dedicated to your relationship. Get them up and dancing with you after dinner or just spend time talking.
When you've been together for a long time, a certain rivalry may start to emerge between you. It's harmless fun, but it's the perfect way to keep entertained while keeping safe indoors. Pull out the board games and let the competition begin! Whether it's good old card games, Monopoly or online multiplayer games, this date night is likely to show you a whole other side of your partner. Artsy couples, get out your felt markers to play the doodle challenge. Basically, your partner draws something against your back and you have to guess what it is. Hint: if you've never said 'I love you' before, this is a super sweet way to do it.
Have fun, lovebirds!
The RMB Turbine Art Fair is a unique South African art fair that brings together exhibitors from around the country to present, sell and celebrate art. This August commemorates the 8th annual RMB TAF. However, things are set to be somewhat different this year. Due to COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions, the physical fair cannot take place. As such the 2020 RMB Turbine Art Fair will be held totally online! A first of its kind in South Africa, this week long fair is breaking new ground and bringing together visionaries to build a new way forward.
"Due to COVID-19 and lockdown safety precautions across the country, a physical fair is not possible. But a fair is most definitely required to offer support and a platform for galleries and artists alike," says Glynis Hyslop, Founder of RMB TAF.
The arts industry has been one of the hardest hit as a result of lockdown restrictions. This is why the organisers and sponsors of the RMB TAF are determined to offer their support and solidarity with artists during these trying times. "As the proud headline sponsor of RMB TAF we are able to co-create a powerful platform to showcase artistic talent, which is needed now more than ever. The virtual fair will give galleries and artists access to a broader and more diverse audience, while appealing to both existing and new collectors," says Chief Marketing Officer at RMB, Alison Badenhorst.
The virtual RMB Turbine Art Fair will take place from 27 August – 2 September 2020. Each participating gallery will have a dedicated virtual viewing room where they will display their artworks. These display rooms will also feature interactive messaging, behind the scenes profiling of artists, and video content. Visitors to the virtual RMB TAF will be able to search for their favourite artists, exhibitors, or medium, allowing a user-friendly and convenient experience for all. The virtual fair will be free to enter for all visitors.
The featured artist for this year's Fair is Jake Michael Singer. His work, along with a number of exciting new installations and sculptures by young, talented artists will be presented as part of the 'Looking Out' exhibition. You can also look forward to Strauss & Co's curated exhibition profiling the works of two South African female artists, Maggie Laubser and Gladys Mgudlandlu. This exhibition forms part of the 'Looking Back' showcase - a reflective look at artists who have and continue to be showcased and exhibited within the contemporary art landscape.
In another first for the RMB TAF, ordinary South Africans have been asked to submit photographic work as part of the 'Stilled Life' project. A community photographic project, this exhibition seeks to document 'life in the time of COVID-19'. Entrants may submit their work under one of these three categories: #YourStory, #NewNormal, #HelpingHands. The top 100 photos will be selected by a panel of four judges and exhibited online at the RMB Turbine Art Fair. The selected photos will then go on to be auctioned by Strauss & Co in August, with all proceeds going to the BASA Artists Relief Fund.
Check out the full showcase for the 2020 RMB Turbine Art Fair here.
Thursday, 27 August 2020 - Wednesday, 02 September 2020.
The 2020 RMB TAF will be available to view on at www.turbineartfair.co.za.
The fair is free to view.
Follow the RMB Turbine Art Fair's social media pages for more information:
Details: (Tel) +27 (0)11 575 3888 | [email protected]
The Market Theatre has been at the forefront of contemporary South African theatre since the 1970s. Now in response to the call from audiences and artists for live online content, they've announced their first ever digital storytelling festival. Over the coming nine weeks, the Market Theatre will present the Ditshomo Story Time Season via live streaming on their social media platforms. After months of closure due to the COVID-19 crisis, this comes as a welcome directive into the world of digital theatre and recorded performance. Here's how the idea for a digital storytelling festival came about at the Market Theatre.
Since the start of the national lockdown period, the Market Theatre has been active on their social media platforms, staying engaged with their artists and audience. The theatre quickly debuted the #TheatreWillRiseAgain monologue series - a daily snippet series of one-minute monologues, delivered by some of South Africa's finest actors from their homes. Throughout lockdown, they've posted these snippets to help keep you entertained and engaged with South African theatre. The Market Theatre has also hosted a number of artist seminars, as well as a virtual career expo during this time.
The evolution of the #TheatreWillRiseAgain campaingn has now culminated in the Market's Artistic Director James Ngcobo commissioning new works to premiere online. Embracing this new sense of theatrical experimentation and innovation, the Market Theatre firmly moves itself into the 21st Century while maintaining is homegrown essence. While the theatre is taking a massive leap forward, it still thrives on telling stories that depict the diverse experiences of people from all walks of life. This is precisely what the Ditshomo Story Time Season hopes to achieve over its nine week run.
"We are completely committed to the idea that sees us programming and staying in touch with our patrons and at the same time celebrating those who have always gifted us with stories to tell. It also presents an opportunity for our work to be accessible to global audiences," says James Ngcobo.
The Market Theatre will be releasing a new production online each week from Thursday, 18 June 2020. Filmed at the Market Theatre with high definition cameras, these productions invoke a real theatrical experience for viewers at home. Here's a sneak peak at what's on the bill:
The Market Theatre debuted the Ditshomo Story Time Season with Vincent Mantsoe's Cut. This 13-minute long dance film was created in collaboration by three artists over email. Grappling with the emotions, tensions and confusion caused by the worldwide pandemic scare, Cut reaches deep into the viewers imagination. It is both frightening and comforting, as Mantsoe whips around the frame, battling his own inner conflict.
Cut is a definite must-see and the ideal kick start to the Ditshomo Story Time Season. The film will be available to stream on the Market Theatre's Facebook page until Thursday, 2 July 2020. Don't miss it!
Director Themba Mbui's Dark Cell draws its inspiration from imagery of political prisoners on Robben Island. This 20-minute theatrical dance work uses the concept of a prison cell as a metaphor for mental imprisonment. While celebrating and commemorating South African history, the piece also acts as a mirror to contemporary society and and reflection of postcolonial interiorities. Dark Cell premieres on Thursday, 2 July 2020.
Follow the Market Theatre's social media pages to watch the Ditshomo Story Time Season live and to keep up to date with upcoming shows:
Contact details: (Tel) 072 367 7867 | [email protected]
With just 100 days to go until the start of the 2020 Makhanda National Arts Festival, the organisers announced that the festival would be undergoing a massive shift. This was not only to accommodate social distancing measures, but to protect their artists from sacrificing their hard work. In a bid to keep you entertained from the comfort and safety of your home, while still helping theatre makers, musicians, visual artists and digital wizards from around the country make an income from their art, the National Arts Festival has gone fully digital. For the first time ever, the NAF will be presented fully online, bringing you 11 days of entertainment.
As always, the National Arts Festival is expected to present a celebration of all art forms - from theatre to dance, visual art, film, animation, digital art, music and much more. Naturally, the format of the festival is somewhat different this year. There will be no main programme, but rather a daily programme of events to enjoy. The fringe programme looks to be slightly different too, featuring a number of virtual art galleries and live performances. There will be a selection of showcases, webinars and workshops held over the 11 day festival as well. Here are our top picks of what's on at the 2020 National Arts Festival:
The National Arts Festival awards one artist each year with their Featured Artist nod. This year's artist was to be indigenous musician, Madosini Latozi Mpahleni. When it became evident that the NAF could not continue as it usually would due to the outbreak of COVID-19, it was expected that Madosini would record a series of performances to stream as part of the digital festival. However this was not to be, as the musician fell ill and was hospitalised for five weeks.
Instead, the festival curators compiled a tribute to her work using archival footage. This tribute will be aired in 11 parts, over each day of the festival. Offering snapshots of Madosini performing in varied settings – from grand stages to intimate rooms, solo and in conversation with other musicians, these clips reflect Madosini's powers as a musician, stage performer, storyteller and icon of an extraordinary cultural tradition. You can purchase a day pass for as little as R80 per day to watch these video tributes.
The annual Standard Bank Jazz Festival is now in its 33rd year. A place where artists meet and challenge audiences to expand their expectations of the art form, this is undoubtedly one of the most important music events of the year. The 2020 Standard Bank Jazz Festival is a celebration of South African jazz, bringing together musicians from around the country to engage and entertain audiences from a safe distance. Headlined by British multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier, this looks to be one of the programme highlights for the National Arts Festival. Click here to find the full list of participating artists.
Jazz enthusiasts, get yourself a full Standard Bank Jazz Festival pass for R500. This includes access to all shows that are part of the Jazz Festival over the full 11 days. Get yours here.
The Melrose Gallery, in partnership with the National Arts Festival, presents Pitika Ntuli's latest body of work. Titled Azibuyele Emasisweni (Return to the Source), the exhibition of sculptures is made up almost entirely of bones. The exhibition will be showcased on the Melrose Gallery website, as well as the NAF's online platform for the duration of the festival. Each sculpture will be accompanied by a voice note from the artist and various other contemporaries, including poets, sculptors, writers and philosophers. This is one of the many free exhibitions and events to be held as part of the 2020 NAF, so don't miss it!
Brett Bailey and Third World Bunfight's adaptation of Verdi's Macbeth has been pegged as the theatre highlight of this year's NAF. Set in a modern-day Democratic Republic of Congo, this one-of-a-kind opera brings together "a complete integration of music, text, drama, and politics". Bailey has reconstructed this work three times over in the last two decades. This iteration is expected to reach its largest audience, as the NAF broadcasts it to the world. Tune in on Wednesday, 1 July 2020.
Details: (Tel) 0860 002 004 | [email protected]
Sculptor, poet, healer, academic and philosopher, Pitika Ntuli wears many a hat. Born in the early 1940s, Ntuli's life and career spans over decades, bringing with it many trials, tribulations and triumphs. His work is dark, witty and contradictory, often positioning the contemporary with the ancient. He works in an array of mediums, including metal, wood, stone and even bone, to produce breathtaking sculptures. As one of the principal artists at the Melrose Gallery, you may be familiar with his work, which can be seen around the Melrose Arch precinct and at the gallery.
Needless to say, it comes as no surprise that Ntuli's latest body of work will be showcased as part of the first ever virtual National Arts Festival in June. The exhibition, which is curated by Ruzy Rusike, will be opened officially by Minister of International Relations, Naledi Pandor, on 25 June 2020.
Piktia Ntuli has been working on this upcoming exhibition of work for the past three years. Titled Azibuyele Emasisweni (translated as Return to the Source), this body of work is constructed predominantly from the bones of elephant, rhino, giraffe and horses, as well as beads, shells, chains, computer circuit boards, pins, animal skins and marbles. Creating the impression of 'picking up' found objects and cultural symbols, this amalgamation of materials relays an underlying message by the artist - that there is a wealth of untapped knowledge within African spirituality and creative traditions which should be 'picked up' to foster healing in the modern age.
"In indigenous communities, diviners identify fault lines in the community, families, and/ or in people. To do this, they use bones. In Nguni culture specifically, to ‘throw bones’ means to divine the state of things, to help in the healing process. Izangoma (African healers) are central to African spirituality and bones are major agents in the carrying out of their duties in the community. Bones are vital to healing as well as to the process of divination. I am a healer. I throw bones to divine the State of the Nation in the season of anomie! As a sangoma/ healer, I see divination bones as sculptures imbued with multiple meanings. I believe that bones have spirits and consciousness, and it is that, that I seek to reveal in this exhibition," Pitika Ntuli says.
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the annual National Arts Festival has had to undergo a major reconstruction. With only 100 days till the kickoff of the 2020 festival, the organisers made the announcement that this year the NAF would be going digital! For the first time ever, the NAF will take place entirely online, bringing audiences throughout South Africa and the world 11 days of amazing theatre, music, dance, sculpture, visual art and poetry showcases.
The Melrose Gallery has also jumped on board, finding unique and interactive ways to be part of this historic virtual festival. As the sponsors for Ntuli's latest exhibition, the Melrose Gallery will present his work in a virtual viewing room on its website for the duration of the National Arts Festival and beyond. However, this will be more than just a series of snapshots of the exhibition. Ntuli has written and recited poems for each photographed artwork, thus creating a truly immersive and interactive experience for the viewers.
Ntuli has also invited 30 high-profile and respected artists, poets, singers, writers, curators and academics to engage with him on each work. Each of the collaborators will submit a poem, song, essay or thought as an audio note which will also accompany each piece. The artist will also be conducting online chats about the exhibition, life, African spirituality and the impacts of COVID-19 on our times, in collaboration with other academics, artists and spiritual philosophers. These pre-recorded chats and all other content will be available for viewing in the exhibition viewing room and will be broadcast on the National Arts Festival platform. Come and engage with the content and conversations via likes, shares, messages and comments online.
The exhibition runs from Thursday, 25 June 2020 to Sunday, 02 August 2020.
The exhibition is free to view.
Details: (Tel) +27 (0)837 776 644 | [email protected]
If you and the little ones haven’t gotten around to watching Disney’s Frozen II, what better time than while under lockdown? Follow the adventures of royal sisters, Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel), as well as their band of buddies, including Olaf and Sven the Reindeer, in this epic sequel. You can rent or buy Frozen II from the iTunes store or on Google Play.
Speaking of Disney releases, the company's latest release, Onward, is also available to stream online. Go on a magical adventure with elf siblings, Ian and Barley Lightfoot (voiced by Chris Pratt and Tom Holland), as they go on a quest to spend one last day with their late father. Onward is available to stream on Google Play.
Treat yourself and the kids to a live-action version of a beloved children's video game and television animation. Sonic the Hedgehog comes to life in this 2020 adaptation starring Ben Schwartz (as Sonic), Jim Carrey and James Marsden. Sonic embraces his new home on Earth. That is, until he accidentally knocks out the power grid and sparks the attention of the evil genius, Dr Robotnik. Now, as the world's unlikely hero, Sonic must face up against evil and stop Robotnik's schemes for world domination. Sonic The Hedgehog is available to stream on Google Play.
Were your kids looking forward to the release of Trolls World Tour at cinemas? You're in luck because Universal Studios has made the film available to stream from the comfort of your home. Join Poppy, Queen of the Trolls, as she tries to unite the seven Troll tribes through their common love of music. Keep an eye out on the Google Play Store for its digital release in South Africa.
Are you parent to a kid who's in that stage between child and full-blown teenager? Disney's adaptation of Eoin Colfer's beloved novel is sure to delight bored tweens in lockdown. The film follows the journey of 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he seeks to find his father who has mysteriously disappeared into a magical world of fairies. Artmeis Fowl was intended to debut at cinemas at the end of May, but will instead go straight to digital on Google Play.
Looking for more ways to keep the kids entertained in lockdown? Check out our list of the best movies to help kids through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learning the art of pairing food and wine can be exceptionally tricky. If you are a complete novice, you may want to start out slowly with only a few pairings. But if you are a more seasoned wine taster, try experimenting a little with your food and wine combinations. Remember that it's all about finding balance between the sweet, salty, tangy and acidic flavours, as well as the tannins in the wine.
It's important that you balance the weight of the wine and the food you are pairing it with. No, this doesn't mean getting out your kitchen scale. Weight is the way the wine coats the inside of your mouth, whether it's light and fleeting or heavy and lingering. The general rule of thumb is that if you are eating something sweet, pair it with a sweet wine. Salty flavours and rich foods on the other hand pair better with full bodied reds.
Pairing wines with cheese is an art of sorts. Bold, pungent cheeses can be incredibly difficult to balance out. To help you navigate this minefield of tastes, we've scoured our resources for the most commonly paired wines and cheeses. Check out this comprehensive list by Top Wine SA to get on the right track. Once you've got an idea of the wines and cheeses you would like to pair together, you can begin setting up your wine tasting evening. Our personal choice would be a selection of hard and soft cheeses and a variety of white wines to pair them with, but it's totally up to you.
You don't want to invite your friends to a virtual box wine and mouldy Gouda tasting, so it's best to prepare in advance. Thankfully under level 3 lockdown, we are allowed to purchase alcohol again, so either head out to the bottle store (mask on, please) or get shopping online. We recommend the Good Wine Shop for premium Cape wines at affordable prices. It may take a few weeks for your order to arrive, so best not schedule your wine pairing evening before you have your stock on hand. Of course if you simply can't wait to have a wine tasting season, you can order good quality wines from Takealot.com.
Now, for the cheese. You shouldn't have to go too far to find a few good cheeses (Checkers, anyone?), but if you really want to go all out, check out these top Italian delis in the city. Most of these delis should be operating in level 3 lockdown, so you can pop in for a quick look around and some helpful advice. Pick up a few packets of crunchy crackers or crisp white bread while you're out and you'll be set for a fabulous tasting.
There are wine lovers and there are wine lovers. If you fall into the latter category, you may want to spend some time this winter getting more clued up about your favourite tipple. There are many online courses you can do in between work and those epic Netflix binge runs. Sign up for one or two to keep entertained and well informed about your wines. You never know, you may just catapult yourself into a brand-new career as a sommelier. Here are three of the best online wine courses you can sign up for this winter:
The Tops at Spar Wine Show was unfortunately cancelled due to the outbreak of COVID-19. However, Tops has since introduced two online courses that you can take free of charge. Hosted by acclaimed wine educator, Cathy Marston, these courses cover all the basics of wine tasting in a fun and interactive way. Each session includes 30 minutes of theory, followed by an interactive practical 15 minute tasting session to get you swirling, sniffing and sipping your way through your wine collection!
New course dates are expected to be announced soon. Sign up here to avoid missing out.
If you simply can't get enough of Cathy, sign up for the Wines of South Africa online wine course. This six module course is slightly more intense and studious, offering you a certificate of completion at the end of the course. You must score at least 80% on each module to pass, but you can go back and retake the module if you don't get it right the first time round. The course material is downloadable and it should only take an hour or two to complete each module, so you can easily fit it into your schedule.
For those of you seriously looking to get into the wine business, check out the Cape Wine Academy's online course packages. They offer both short courses and certificate wine courses, so whether you're simply interested in learning about wine for personal pleasure or for career opportunities, there should be a course for you. The Cape Wine Academy offers evening classes and one-day weekend classes to suit your schedule.
Find out more about the Cape Wine Academy's 2020 course offerings here.
Happy wine tasting!
Birthday parties as a child just wouldn't have been complete without a tray of Rice Krispies Treats. These sticky and sweet treats are the perfect introduction to baking for kids. While there is no actual baking involved, it's sure to get them interested in the kitchen. Plus, it's super fun and all kinds of messy, so you can all have a good laugh.
What kid doesn't adore peanut butter? Incorporate this much-loved sandwich spread into a scrumptious biscuit batter and watch their eyes light up. This recipe is also great for teaching little ones to knead and press dough, which is wonderful for their fine motor skills. So, rope in those tiny hands and get busy baking.
Childhood memories are made of flapjack stacks served lovingly by Granny on Sunday mornings. Put a twist on the classic flapjacks and syrup breakfast by creating this adorable mini flapjack cereal bowl. This recipe is perfect for lactose-intolerant tummies too, so everyone can enjoy the results.
Need more easy recipes for miniature bakers? Check out our guide on baking for beginners.
The Fugard Theatre is the namesake of internationally-acclaimed playwright, Athol Fugard. With over 30 plays under his belt, Fugard is one of South Africa's most successful playwrights. His contribution to the South African theatre canon, in particular protest theatre against apartheid, is near unrivaled. In 2011 he received a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre, not only proving his achievements in South Africa, but across the world.
The Fugard Theatre is located in District Six in Cape Town. Located within the historic Sacks Futeran building, the theatre seats 320 guests at its two venues. However, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, all operations at The Fugard have been put on hold since March 2020.
In response to the global pandemic, the Fugard has endeavored to embrace digital technology and online streaming solutions. Throughout lockdown, their team has been hard at work developing their own online platform - The Fugard At Home. As of Monday, 01 June 2020, this platform will go live bringing faithful Friends of the Fugard a variety of online content. Here's just some of what's on the lineup for the Fugard At Home streaming series this June:
Shortly before government declared the COVID-19 virus outbreak a national disaster, The Fugard opened their special 10th anniversary season of "Master Harold"...and the Boys. One of Athol Fugard's best known plays, "Master Harold", explores themes of South African identity, common humanity and the journey from boy to man. Thankfully, The Fugard recorded the production shortly before government implemented the national lockdown period. You can now stream the show from The Fugard At Home platform for free. However, if you would like to make a donation towards The Fugard Theatre, you may do so here.
This production of Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca was filmed in 2018 in honour of the playwright's 85th birthday. One of Fugard's only plays to feature two female characters at the centre of the action, The Road to Mecca was inspired by Helen Martins, a woman who lived in Nieu-Bethesda and created the now famous Owl House. The Road to Mecca is the story of "a woman’s desire for personal and artistic freedom within the narrow confines of a conservative and highly religious community in the Karoo in early seventies apartheid South Africa." This is a definite must-watch starring Sandra Prinsloo, Marius Weyers and Emily Child. Stream The Road to Mecca on The Fugard At Home platform now.
Due to COVID-19 regulations, The Fugard will not be able to host any live gatherings until further notice. However, they have come up with an innovative solution to continue with their planned production schedule and to help support the performers who are without an income at present. Cue The Performer Series! Due to launch in coming weeks, this live streaming series will include productions of Hamlet, Night Mother, A German Life and Pieter Dirk Uys, as well as some new curated works covering dance, live music and poetry from The Fugard Theatre's original 2020 lineup. The theatre will record these shows under stringent health and safety protocols before broadcasting them directly to you at home!
All Performer Series shows will be free to stream, but The Fugard does ask that you make a donation towards the artists featured in the series. All donations will go directly to the performer. Keep an eye out for announcements about The Performer Series here.
Follow The Fugard Theatre on social media to stay up to date with their work during lockdown:
Details: (Tel) 021 461 4554 | [email protected]
Theatres have been shut since mid-March as South Africa battles the novel coronavirus. In response, the arts community at large has turned to online platforms to share their work with theatre lovers in lockdown. &Scene is one such platform - a new live streaming series, created for the entertainment industry by the entertainment industry. Described as a "watering hole" for creatives, this platform provides a much-needed virtual space for performers, directors, writers and producers to engage with each other. However, you do not need to be an industry big-wig to join in on the fun. &Scene is a place where artists and amateurs meet to chat, share and reminiscence about all things theatre.
Since April 2020, &Scene has been streaming the weekly Together Again series, bringing together the casts and crews of some of South Africa's most successful stage productions over the last two decades. So far we've tuned in for the 20th anniversary celebration of African Footprint, the 2007 productions of Rent and Hairspray, and the 10th anniversary edition of Mamma Mia! Each Saturday in lockdown, a new Together Again live streaming showcase has gone live from &Scene's Facebook Live page and YouTube channel. Now to celebrate the end of its first season, &Scene is ending things with a bang, hosting the cast and crew of the 2013 production of Jersey Boys!
Jersey Boys tells the real-life story of how four poverty-line kids from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records globally – all before they were thirty! The unique sounds of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have been covered by many of today's pop artists, proving the diverse appeal and appreciation of this music as it lives on through the generations.
Jersey Boys weaves a tale about friendships, hardships, fights and the success resulting from a New Jersey "handshake". Members of the creative team and cast of the 2013 South African hit production will reunite in studio for a night of fun, memories and a nostalgic reminder of those unforgettable Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons hits. Joining the host, David Bloch, in the virtual studio will be Richard Hester, Jonathan Smith and Maye-E Wong, live from New York, while Danny Austin joins from Alberta, Canada. South African producer, Hazel Feldman will be in studio as well. Cast members will include Grant Almirall, Daniel Buys, Emmanuel Castis, Kenneth Meyer, Jaco Van Rensburg, Taryn Hudson, Carmen Pretorius and Kirsten Murphy.
Following the run-away success of &Scene's Together Again series, the platform debuted their 'Spotlight On' feature. Hosted by award-winning actress and theatre veteran, Kate Normington, Spotlight On shines a light on South African performers living abroad and "making it big". If you've ever been interested in what it takes to carve out an international career in the performing arts, this series is for you. It offers insightful industry tips and tricks, as well as deeply personal stories from some of the country's most successful performers.
Spotlight On episodes go live on Wednesdays on &Scene's Facebook Live page and YouTube Channel. You can send in questions for each week's guest on http://www.andscene.live/spotlighton.
&Scene is run totally off of your donations, which goes towards helping artists in need and keeping the industry alive until theatres can reopen. While their online content is free to watch, you can donate to Waiting In The Wings SA - an initiative which provides immediate support to freelance entertainers who have fallen on hard times due to the current crisis. Even the smallest contribution goes a long way, so please consider giving back a little to those who have been keeping us entertained and enlightened with their creative work during lockdown. Make your donation via the &Scene website.
&Scene also presents live morning yoga and zen pilates classes to help keep you fit in lockdown, plus a number of children's entertainment shows and workshops throughout the day. If your little one is a budding performer, let them join in on the fun. It's a great way to keep them entertained and out of your hair while you attend to work or household chores. Find the full &Scene weekly streaming schedule here.
Visit www.andscene.live for more information and updates on &Scene's weekly live streaming schedule. You can also follow them on social media for the latest news:
Don't forget to subscribe to their YouTube channel as well!
Details: [email protected]
With the kids being off school for near on two months, cabin fever and boredom must be setting in. If your little ones won't be returning to school during the winter months, pick up these exciting new reads to keep them entertained.
Introduce your little ones to the magic of poetry with this picture-poem collection by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Writing in the voices of very different, but all beautifully unique little girls, Brantley-Newton explores themes of identity, community and the simple pleasures of a child's life. The mixed-media illustrations will capture the attention of even the most impatient young reader. Suitable for ages four to eight.
Bestselling children's author, David Walliams is back with another delightfully witty storybook. Slime is a "fantastically funny tale", set on the Isle of Mulch. Here live a large number of incredibly horrible adults who like nothing more than making children miserable. Who could be brave enough to stop them? Meet Ned - an extraordinary boy with a special power - Slimepower! This book is perfect for bedtime reading with the kids. But don't blame us if you get slimed!
Tween readers exist in that awkward stage between little kid and full blown teen. Appeal to their childlike sense of adventure and their more grown up sensibility about the way the world works with these top reads.
This one is for kids who loved the humour of Wall-E, the action-adventure of Star Wars and the emotion of ET. Twelve-year-old Tammy disappears, rocking her small village in the wilds of Northumberland. Only her twin brother, Ethan, knows she is safe – and the extraordinary truth of where she is. It is a secret he must keep, or risk never seeing her again. This remarkable story of sibling bonds and intergalactic adventure is ideal for readers aged ten and older.
If your tween hasn't gotten themselves stuck into the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series yet, get them started with this latest release from number one bestselling author, Jeff Kinney. This spin-off from the original series will have your tween rolling with laughter, as Greg's best friend and sidekick, Rowley Jefferson, tells his side of the story. But will Rowley's recollection of events reveal secrets Greg never meant to share with the world?
The pressures of online schooling and keeping up with their friends in lockdown is surely weighing on your teens' mind. Help them escape the 'real' world for awhile by investing in these awesome new reads from two of the literary world's best loved authors.
The Hunger Games books are hailed as some of the most prolific young adult reads over the last decade. Let your teen (or yourself) enter the world of epic violence, corruption and courage in this prequel to the series. A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is set 64 years before the events of The Hunger Games trilogy. Centred around the adventures of a teenage Coriolanus Snow, who would go on to become the illustrious President Snow of Panem. This action thriller is an absolute must-read this winter.
Growing up is hard. Falling in love for the first time is harder. Jacqueline Wilson's new teen novel delves into the ups and downs of teenage life, love and coming out. Frankie is fourteen and growing up fast. When she begins to develop feelings for her friend, Sally, she wonders if she may be in love. She also wonders if Sally may feel the same way. Love Frankie is relevant, poignant and perfect for teens experiencing a whole bunch of scary firsts. This book is expected to release in August 2020.
If you've ever complained about a lack of time for reading, now's your chance to get stuck into a few new books. It's cold outside and you aren't allowed out except for essentials or work anyway, so get busy!
A story about greed and guilt, fantasy and delusion, art and the ghosts of our pasts - what more could you ask for in a book? The Glass Hotel comes to you from the award-winning author of Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel. Taking place between the deck of a mysterious ship, the skyscrapers of Manhattan, and the wilderness of northern Vancouver Island, this book will take you on a journey to other worlds (which we imagine is exactly what you need right now!)
English novelist, Hilary Mantel is the verified queen of historical fiction. Pick up her latest master work, The Mirror and the Light, this winter. This book is the final installment in Mantel's trilogy charting the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, the powerful minister in the court of King Henry VIII. If you haven't read the two previous installments, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, get stuck in! You really have no excuse not to.
Not sure where to purchase books in lockdown? Find out here!
Living in lockdown feels a bit like the December holidays, doesn't it? We're not sure what day it is and time seems to alternate between being excruciatingly drawn out or rapidly flying by. Your kiddies may be feeling this too, as they have missed out on school and normal routines. Get yourselves back on schedule by setting clear bed times, wake up routines and study or play time throughout the day. Not only will this bring you and the kids back to some sense of normal, but it allows you time for yourself.
Mark out an allotted time per day dedicated to your own self-care. Whether this includes a 15-minute workout in the morning, meditation or reading time, is up to you. Your 'me time' should not involve answering work emails, checking Facebook notifications or watching videos sent on Whatsapp groups. These activities may help you escape for awhile, but they will not refresh your body or mind. Make your time alone about working through your thoughts and feelings instead. Even if you only practice 10 minutes of mindful thinking a day, you'll be a calmer and less aggravated mommy or daddy.
This is a hard one to master, but it's pertinent to your well-being and mental health. When you feel yourself ready to snap, remove yourself from the situation and take a breather. Don't allow your children or spouse to follow you into your quiet place. Lock the door and let yourself unwind. Scream into a pillow if you must! This 'me time' rule applies to bathroom visits as well. So long as you have someone else to watch over your little ones while you are busy, you should lock the door. Sing in the shower, let your hair down and just be you for a few minutes.
If you don't have the luxury of a spouse or caregiver at home in lockdown, treat yourself to a luxurious bath once the kids are down for the night. This will relax you and help get you some good, restorative sleep as well. Remember that sleep counts as 'me time' too, so make it a priority to get at least seven hours of rest a night if you can.
Let's face it, as parents we have very little time to pursue hobbies and learn new skills, even in lockdown. If you have been feeling left out watching all your childless friends or family baking up a storm in lockdown, taking on new fitness challenges or knitting mounds of winter hats and gloves, you're not alone. But don't fret. Even if you don't have time to start a side hustle or become the next Nigella Lawson, you can still feed your soul with the little things. This could be as insignificant as planting herbs in your garden or tidying up that closet you eye with shame each morning. Do these kinds of activities when the kids are busy with school work or occupied with the latest dance trend on TikTok.
Your children need time to themselves too, even if they aren't able to articulate it. In learning to tackle challenges on their own, they grow and become well-adjusted little people. Give each other the space you need to flourish in these tough times.
It's alright to ask for help when you need it. Reach out to family and friends when you feel overwhelmed. They may not be able to rush over to help out, but they can have a chat with the kids while you prepare dinner or do some breathing exercises to centre yourself. It's important to grant yourself time for adult conversation, as well. A person can only stand a certain amount of Peppa Pig and Disney replays before they go mad!
Organise a girls' night in over Zoom on a Friday night or work on your online dating profile if you are a single parent. Alternatively, treat your spouse to a date night at home. Parents are multifaceted beings, remember that. You are mom, dad, sister, daughter, spouse, professional, creative, DIY expert and master chef all rolled into one. You must nurture all these facets to avoid losing yourself in the job of being a parent.
How do you find time for yourself as a parent? Share your tips and tricks with us and other moms and dads in need!
Joburg City Theatres comprise of Joburg Theatre, Roodepoort Theatre and Soweto Theatre. As three of the largest and most popular theatre venues in Gauteng, they bring audiences the very best in family-friendly, big-budget theatre year round. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the national lockdown, these world-class venues have had to temporarily close their doors. While this is disappointing for ticket holders and regular patrons, it may prove devastating for the theatre's staff, artists and crew. Nevertheless, Joburg City Theatres have stepped up to the plate, bringing you a selection of their best loved productions online during lockdown!
At the start of lockdown, Joburg City Theatres debuted the #JCTSoloCreativeChallenge, calling on artists, theatre makers and directors to deliver content online, just for you. The theatres then dug into their archives to find live recordings of their best shows to stream online. So far we've seen Janice Honeyman's Snow White the Pantomime, The KZN Heritage Ensemble, Joburg Ballet's Carmen, Verdi's La Traviata and the National School of the Arts production of Gibson Kente's Too Late.
Joburg City Theatres have committed to bringing you weekly shows in lockdown. In honour of Youth Month, they've got a jam-packed online schedule lined up. In partnership with the National School of the Arts, Current State of Poetry, the Indie Foundation and Art Twenty Four Academy, Joburg City Theatres will be celebrating young artists all throughout Youth Month. You can expect a fantastic showcase of theatre, dance, poetry, stand up comedy and much more. Here's what's on the lineup:
Kicking things off, Joburg Theatre presents their Youth Month Special in collaboration with Art Twenty Four Academy and the Indie Foundation. Featuring performances from young and upcoming poets, musicians and comedians, this 45-minute show is a must-see. Stream it on Joburg Theatre's YouTube channel from 21 June 2020.
Up next on the bill is Soweto Theatre's Poetic Thursdays. This event usually draws in audiences from all around Joburg for the best in spoken word performances. Now Soweto Theatre's Poetic Thursdays has gone online for an open mic night unlike any other. The online event takes place on Thursday, 25 June 2020 at 20:00 on Joburg City Theatre's website and YouTube channel.
The NSA in collaboration with the Johannesburg Youth Ballet and Moving Into Dance present The Ruby Suite. Directed by JYB's Mark Hawkins, The Ruby Suite is an eclectic synthesis of neo-classical, flamenco, hip-hop and contemporary dance. Showcasing the versatility of the young dancers from the NSA, Moving Into Dance and the JYB, The Ruby Suite is one of the highlights of Joburg City Theatre's Youth Month lineup. The show will go live online daily between Thursday, 25 June - Sunday, 28 June 2020 at 16:00.
Another one of the National School of the Art's pre-recorded shows, Amanda rounds off the Joburg City Theatre's Youth Month celebrations. Amanda is in Grade 11 and has a major crush on Katy, a white Afrikaans girl. In this sensitive and amusing play, Amanda shares a day in her school-girl life. The play reveals the complexities of the South African socio-political landscape and touches on relevant topics of racism, sexism, gender-based violence and prejudice. The winner of the 2019 Original Works Festival, this play is not to be missed. Stream it online between Thursday, 25 June - Sunday, 28 June 2020 at 16:00 daily.
Joburg City Theatres' online programming is free to watch, but you can help keep them alive and thriving by starting online conversations about your favourite shows. And if you simply cannot wait to settle into those classic red theatre seats again, purchase a Joburg City Theatres voucher from Webtickets to use after lockdown has ended!
Keep an eye on their social media pages to stay up to date with their lockdown entertainment schedule while you stay safe at home:
Details: (Tel) 0861 670 670 | [email protected]
In its heyday, the SA State Theatre was the go-to venue for classical ballet, opera and dramas. While it faced massive decline in the 2000s, it has since reinvented itself to become the home of Afro-centric theatre in Pretoria. Producing award-winning musicals reflecting the everyday stories of the people, the SA State Theatre holds a special place in the hearts of many theatre lovers.
In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the SA State Theatre (like performing arts venues across the globe) has faced many obstacles. Without revenue from ticket sales, they have been unable to support the artists and craftspeople that have worked tirelessly to ready their productions for the stage. In a bid to assist these artists, and bring you world-class entertainment at home, the State Theatre has turned to digital streaming solutions. Again, like theatres around the world, this step into the virtual world is both necessary and intimidating. It presents a massive shift in the way we consume, critique and enjoy our art, as well as how artists present their work to us.
SA State Theatre Artist Director, Aubrey Sekhabi explained, "Since 2014, we have been experimenting with bringing theatre online and on television. This led to my presentation at the African Union in Addis Ababa, where I intended to invite artists in the continent to be part of this initiative. With the lockdown, we are presented with an opportunity to experiment on this format. We are ready to launch, whilst providing relief for our artists to earn income. We also intend to solidify the online platform as an alternative or secondary platform for our artistic offering."
Since Sunday, 24 May 2020, the SAST Online Theatre has been up and running via the theatre’s YouTube channel. Their second online season opens on Monday, 15 June 2020 with new content posted daily for your at-home enjoyment.
The SA State Theatre online presented their first virtual season from 24 May 2020 - 13 June 2020. Now, in honour of Youth Month, the theatre will debut a brand-new season, filled with a variety of world-class content for you to enjoy at home. Here's a sneak peek at what's on offer:
The Fall is one of the most vital pieces of workshop theatre to emerge in recent years. The production took South African audiences by storm when it debuted at the State Theatre. This stellar showcase sheds light on the experiences of seven UCT students who were part of the 2015 and 2016 #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall movements. It explores a multitude of student voices, offering perspectives from all walks of life. This is a definite must-watch.
Dates: The show debuts at 10:00 on 16 June 2020 and will be available online until 30 June 2020.
Freedom tells the story of Phindile (Zimkitha Kumbaca), a Tshwane University of Technology student and leader of the Fees Must Fall movement. With the odds stacked against her, Phindile must fight against all forms of injustice to win her freedom and the freedom of the students who fall under her leadership. But her life takes a sharp turn after the student protest at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Freedom is another shining example of the world-class youth theatre produced by the SA State Theatre and is the perfect entertainment to commemorate Youth Month at home.
Dates: The show debuts at 15:00 on 16 June 2020 and will be available online until 05 July 2020.
This is something a little different - a virtual art exhibition presented by Elpee Nkanyuza, honouring his journey as a self-taught artist. Artdiction explores the artist's transition from pencil to paint, rural boy to city dweller and his addiction to creating messages through his art.
Dates: The exhibition opens online at 18:00 on 15 June 2020 and will be available until 28 June 2020.
Poetry and music is the stuff that souls are made of. Help your soul grow this Youth Month by joining the SA State Theatre Online for this extraordinary spoken word performance. Supported by a live band, the poet's voice soars to share his life-time experiences. The production is described as an emotional journey of awareness, so prepare to get in touch with your inner self.
Dates: The show debuts at 18:00 on 16 June 2020 and will be available online until 05 July 2020.
A new coffee trend seems to pop up as often as we need a refill on our skinny almond lattes. This year's internet coffee sensation is dalgona coffee - a whipped blend of instant coffee, sugar and hot water that has a honeycomb toffee flavour and super frothy texture. If you've been keen to try your hand at making this coffee concoction at home, check out this recipe for dalgona coffee three ways by the Foodies of SA blog. We would probably go for the classic Nescafé version, but it's totally up to you!
Don't spend your afternoons in lockdown aimlessly daydreaming about all those cappuccino dates you took for granted. Whip up a delicious coffee cake to serve with your 4 o'clock cuppa instead.
We have an ongoing debate at the Joburg.co.za headquarters - to dunk or not to dunk. Some of us love nothing more than dipping our rusks and biscuits into our coffee, while others squeal at the mere thought of it. Whether you are on team dunk or not, these classic koffiekoekies will surely delight your senses:
Do you have any coffee-inspired recipes to share? Let us know about them in the comments below!
The Metropolitan Opera was founded in 1883 in New York. When its first home on Broadway and 39th Street became too small to accommodate its grand productions, the Met relocated to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Since 1966, this has been the opera's home in New York, equipped with the finest technical facilities. It is these facilities combined with the Met's ever enduring spirit which has allowed it to continue to thrive even as the popularity of opera has seen rapid decline. The Met stages over 200 productions per year, welcoming over 800 000 visitors each season.
In 2006, the Metropolitan Opera introduced their Live in HD series to audiences around the world - a series of performance transmissions shown live in high definition in movie theaters around the globe. Today, this series reaches more than 2000 venues in 73 countries across six continents. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and worldwide movie theatre closures, the Met's live shows and transmission broadcasts look likely to be halted until December 2020.
In response to the global pandemic crisis, the Metropolitan Opera has yet again turned to technological advances to bring their shows to the world. Since late March, they have been offering free nightly live streams of their most popular productions via their website. The streams are also available through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TV.
The nightly Met Opera streams kick off at 19:30 EDT, until 18:30 the following day. Seeing that Johannesburg is six hours ahead of New York, this translates to 01:30 in the morning for us! Of course, if you are still awake at that time, go right ahead. But, for those of us working from home or with young children, it may be best to get your fill of world-class opera later on in the day. Click here to watch last night's stream before it ends!
The Met enters it's thirteenth week of live online streaming from Monday, 08 June 2020. With its physical theatre facing closure for another few months, they will be continuing with the Live in HD series throughout June 2020. Here's what's on the Met: Live in HD programme for the next few weeks:
Visit the Metropolitan Opera website for more information. You can also follow their social media pages to keep up to date with the latest news:
Click here for the Met's weekly guide to their Live in HD shows, complete with original playbills and insightful 'behind-the-curtain' pieces.
Looking for more live streaming events and online arts festivals? Click here!
If you're an EB Fanatics member, you've most likely heard the good news. Exclusive Books has partnered with Uber Eats to bring good reads direct to your door! All you have to do is download the Uber Eats app, enter your address and get clicking away to find the latest local and international bestsellers on offer. Exclusive Books stores are also open, so you can pop by if you prefer to do your book hunting in person. Alternatively, browse through their website and order online. Delivery is free on orders over *R450.
Bridge Books is an independent bookstore located in downtown Johannesburg. If it's local fiction, biographies or unique titles you're after, this is the place to go. Under level 4 lockdown, Bridge Books will be offering contactless collection at their Maboneng store, as well as delivery across Johannesburg. If you would like to visit their store in person, please contact them on 079 708 4461 to book an appointment, as only two customers will be allowed into the store at a time to facilitate physical distancing. If you prefer to shop online, click here.
Do you love books? So do Love Books! This community bookstore offers rare gems that you aren't likely to find anywhere else. Their passion for good literature, good wine and great conversation (about books, of course), is exemplified in every aspect of their business. During level 4 lockdown, Love Books will be open to a limited number of customers, with the strictest hygiene procedures in place to protect both you and their staff. You can also order books by emailing them on [email protected]
Are good quality, second-hand books and collectibles your cup of tea? Visit any one of the Bookdealers stores around Johannesburg to find the very best in rare editions, signed copies of your favourite books and the latest bestsellers. If you aren't quite ready to venture out into the big, wide and scary world just yet, order online for collection or delivery. Bookdealers is offering vouchers redeemable in store, as well as 20% discount on online orders for the remainder of the lockdown. Click here to get shopping.
Students attending online classes and parents homeschooling their kids will be delighted to know that Loot.co.za is back up and selling children's readers, textbooks and fiction reads under level 4 lockdown. Browse through their online selection to find all you need to ace those assignments or simply keep the kiddies entertained. Delivery is free on orders over *R350, so get busy buying!
We understand that times are tough right now and that buying books may not be on your list of essentials. However, if you would still like to get stuck into some good reads while at home, visit the Gauteng Virtual Library to borrow books for free!
London's West End theatres will remain closed until the end of June due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many of these venues have now begun live streaming pre-recorded performances to their loyal audiences from around the world. This coming Wednesday, the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre will stream Tanika Gupta's adaptaion of Henrik Ibsen's realist classic A Doll's House. Filmed at the Lyric in 2019, this production pays homage to the original text, while giving it new relevance for 21st Century audiences.
This new take on Ibsen's classic text explores gender politics, ownership and race in 1879, Calcutta. The role of Niru – Nora in the original – was played by Anjana Vasan (Rutherford and Son/ Summer and Smoke) who was nominated for Best Actress at the Evening Standard Awards for the role.
A Doll's House will be available on the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre's YouTube channel for one day only, so don't miss it!
Wednesday, 20 May 2020 at 14:30 - 00:00.
Visit the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre's website for more information.
Seeing that live theatre shows are on hold for the considerable future, POPArt Theatre brings you their new live, online format to enjoy at home! Join them for their first ever online open stage night this Friday. Featuring musicians, actors, comics, beat boxers, poets and dancers from all around Joburg (and even the world!) Each performer will be given five minutes to make you laugh, cry or dance in your living room. Some performances will be pre-recorded while others will happen live. Ultimately, it's a night of good entertainment brought direct to your home by the theatre wizards of #ChooseLive movement. Don't miss it!
Friday, 15 May 2020 at 20:00.
Free, however, POPArt is accepting donations to help keep themselves afloat during lockdown. Make your donation here.
You can book on their website to receive comprehensive instructions on how to join the virtual viewing. Book here.
Italian musician Luca Ciarla, has performed in over 50 countries around the world during his illustrious career. Now, he will perform a live online concert in support for South Africa as we face the COVID-19 pandemic. Produced by Violipiano Music in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Culture in Pretoria and the Italian Consulate of Cape Town. Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind experience!
Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 16:00 - 17:00.
Online, Live on mArs TV.
Click here for more information.