Start An Online Course While In Isolation

Why not upskill by enrolling for an online short course at GetSmarter while you're in isolation? They offer courses for 15 different faculties, ranging from Art & Design, Education and Business Management to Writing, Marketing, Health and Law. Click here to take a look at what courses they have during the month of April 2020. For more insight into other courses that they have lined up for 2020, visit their website at www.getsmarter.com.

working from home with laptop, coffee, phone and headphone on a wooden desk with a shelf in the background

YouTube Tutorials

YouTube has thousands of videos uploaded for your viewing pleasure. It's the perfect platform to find a new hobby or learn a new skill. Visit the website and explore, you're bound to find something to suit your tastes and interests. Need a few suggestions? Think along the lines of dance instructors, knitting tutorials, makeup application videos, cooking classes and more.

Joburg YouTubers Meetup

Do Some Gardening

Get outside, enjoy a little bit of fresh air and get your hands dirty in the garden. Since you have some spare time on your hands, why not prepare your garden for autumn and winter, or get started organising, planning and planting your own veggie garden? Need a few ideas? Click here for a few tips.

Go On A Virtual Museum & Art Gallery Tour

You don't need to purchase a plane ticket and travel abroad in order to see some of the world's renowned art galleries and museums. With the advancements in technology, you can view these remarkable places from the comfort of your own home. Think along the lines of the Natural History Museum in London; the Vatican Museums in Rome; the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in South Korea; and The Met Gallery in New York. Here are other ways to support the arts while you're in self-isolation.

Johannesburg Art Gallery JAG

Start Bullet Journaling

There's a new craze that has taken the world by storm – bullet journaling! Now, this isn't just a bunch of squiggles and scribbles, it's actually quite therapeutic. And it comes along with a number of benefits, such as helping you stay organised, inspiring fresh ideas, boosting your creativity, encouraging you to reach your goals, and most importantly, it gives you a little escape from all the negativity to give you some peace of mind.

journaling on block paper with colourful page dividers

Listen To Podcasts

Whether you need a little inspiration, motivation or a spot of happiness, there's definitely a podcast that'll lift your spirits or pique your interest during isolation. There are many topics and genres to choose from, all you have to do is explore the world of podcasts. But, if you're just looking for something to lighten the mood, check out these inspiring podcasts that we handpicked ourselves.

podcasts ipod on a wooden table with earphones attached

Attend A Lockdown Livestream Concert

In case you missed it, Global Citizen and the World Health Organization have teamed up to bring the world Together, At Home. This is a virtual music experience to bring people around the world together as everyone practices self-isolation and social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Keep an eye on Global Citizen’s FacebookInstagram and Twitter pages to keep in the loop with the schedule of artists who will be streaming and when. Concerts are performed in Pacific Time, so add nine hours to the scheduled time to convert it to SA time.

Learn A Language During Isolation

Since you'll have some free time on your hands, why not be productive and learn a language? There are many tutorial videos on YouTube as well as language apps that you can try. And if you want to make learning more entertaining, why not try Duolingo.com? This site is free to use and offers more than 100 languages for you to choose from. What makes this site fun is the fact that you'll learn while playing an online game. Lose a 'life' for every incorrect answer and score points and progress for correct answers. This is the perfect opportunity to teach yourself how to read, write, understand and speak a brand-new taal. Try it!

learning a new language from colourful books

Workout With YouTube

Gyms are closing their doors during #LockdownSA, so why not keep yourself active with these workouts from fitness enthusiasts on YouTube? There's no excuse to not get our butts off the couch and break a sweat. If we're going to be snacking and binge watching series for 21 days, we need to counteract the laziness with a great workout.

blue balance ball, blue weights, in a lounge, on the floor, beige rug

Create The Ultimate Zen Zone For Mental Well-being

With all the stress and uncertainty going on, surely you need a space where you can meditate, calm down and zen out to ensure mental well-being during the lockdown. Click here for inspiration to create your own zen zone at home, in your car and at work (for when you return after the 21-day self-isolation period). It's important to keep calm, in good spirits and focused during this time.

50% Off All Frost Popsicles!

With the national lockdown fast approaching as well as all the stress and worry that comes along with the COVID-19 pandemic, Frost Popsicles want to lift the spirits and treat everyone to a little spoil during these challenging times.

From today until Friday, 24 April 2020, Frost Popsicles are offering 50% off all of their popsicles ordered from their online shop at www.frostpopsicles.com. You don't need to leave the comfort and safety of your home to stock up on refreshing Frost Popsicles. Ordering is easy, and free, efficient and direct home delivery is available.

frost popsicles half price sale banner with popsicles sitting in ice

Frost Popsicles are South Africa’s first and only premium range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic popsicles, with nine delicious options to choose from. There is a pop for every palate.

Their entire range is made using all-natural ingredients only, is low in calories, and contains no artificial flavourants, colourants, sweeteners or preservatives. And with the exception of the Vanilla Coffee Popsicle, all other Frost Popsicles are dairy-free and vegan-friendly.

Frost Popsicles - Peach, Strawberry & Banana Popsicle

Order Yours Online Now

Browse the online shop at www.frostpopsicles.com for non-alcoholic cartons of four; alcoholic and non-alcoholic boxes of 25; or build your own Perfect 10 Box with any popsicle choice you like!

Delivery Ts & Cs apply.

Offer available until Friday, 24 April 2020.

Frost Popsicles Non-Alcoholic range surrounded by colourful plates and doughnuts

For More Information

For more information, visit frostpopsicles.com.

You can contact them on [email protected].

Also, follow and like them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with the latest news, offers, flavours and more.

Do You Love Clarins? 

How much do you love Clarins and their stunning range of skincare products and beauty must-haves? Which ones are your favourites? Let us know and you could win yourself a R5 000 Clarins online voucher to spend at www.clarins.co.za!

How To Enter

To stand the chance of winning this Clarins online voucher, complete your details below. Also, for entering, you'll receive 15% off your first online order at clarins.co.za!

Win a R 5000 Clarins Voucher.

For More Information

For more information about Clarins and their wide range of skincare and beauty products, visit www.clarins.co.za.

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

What Is It?

Painting Sunday yellow with The Maslow Sandton and Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label this March. Here, guests will get the opportunity to savour a sumptuous picnic fare,while sipping on champagne and lazing on the sprawling lawns, listening to live music.

At this installment of The Maslow’s famous Social Sunday, guests will receive a picnic basket filled with treats and will also be able tuck into an array of beautifully prepared hot dishes and snacks from the Harvest Table.

Maslow garden with water feature and green garden

In the basket, there are chicken wraps with pineapple and pesto cheese, as well as a selection of Cape cheeses with fig preserves and Melba toast.

The Harvest Table is decked with sticky pork ribs, grilled fish goujons, crispy onion rings, mini pies and mine wors rolls amongst other delights.

For dessert, there are churros dipped in chocolate and mini red velvet doughnuts.

MAS Picnic on the lawn on green grass with marquees in the background

When Is It?

Sunday, 29 March 2020 from 12:00 to 18:00.

Where Is It?

The Maslow Sandton, corner Rivonia Road and Grayston Drive, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

The price per basket, serving two people each, is R850. This includes welcome drink of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label on arrival.

Please note: Booking is essential.

For More Information

To book or find out more, email [email protected] or call 010 226 4647.

Also, visit www.suninternational.com or their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to keep up to date with the latest events, offers and news.

Montecasino, Gauteng’s premier entertainment destination, is delighted to share its spectacular line up with you so that you don’t miss out! From musicians to motocross, from comedy to blockbuster movies – there’s something for everyone!

Lighthouse Family in SA 

British musical duo, Lighthouse Family, will be touring South Africa in March for the very first time – catch them at the Teatro from Friday, 20 March to Sunday, 22 March 2020! Take a trip down Memory Lane with all their smash hits including Raincloud, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be, High, Lifted and many more! Tickets are from R595 per person excluding your Rewards discount. Saturday, 21 March is already sold out so there’s no time to waste! Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime concert!

lighthouse family with navy background

Anyone Can Win at Montecasino!

You CAN win loads of cash, a trip to Italy or a favolosa Ferrari in the Anyone Can Win a Ferrari promotion! The next draw, set for Sunday 29 March 2020, will see one lucky winner leave Montecasino with a magnificent trip to Italy for four! The following draw is scheduled for Sunday 26 April 2020 – where you can win a stash of cash. Simply accumulate receipts to the value of R500 at any of Montecasino’s restaurants, stores, bars, theatres, movies, hotels or entertainment facilities to get one entry into the draws.

A Brat Pack with a Big Band

Reminisce with A Brat Pack with a Big Band. The original Brat Pack, which included icons such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr, created the most memorable music of our time. For one night only at Montecasino, their legacy will be honoured by modern day musical icons such as Ard Matthews (Just Jinjer), Arno Carstens (Springbok Nude Girls), Loyiso Bala and Ross Learmonth (Prime Circle), in an unforgettable collaboration with the 17-piece ‘Johannesburg Big Band’, conducted by Adam Howard. A Brat Pack with a Big Band will perform some of the biggest swing classics such as New York, New York, I’ve Gotta Be Me, Mack the Knife, Mr Bojangles, My Way and more, for one night only on Friday 27 March 2020!

brat pack big band

Alice in Wonderland

Experience Lewis Carroll's much-loved classic – Alice in Wonderland – come to life in this spectacular new production, devised and directed by Neka da Costa. Follow the white rabbit and come face to face with the blue caterpillar and the grinning Cheshire cat. Have tea with the maddening Mad Hatter and play croquet with the tricky Queen of Hearts. Watch the impossible come to life from Thursday 27 February 2020 to Sunday 22 March 2020 at the Pieter Torien Theatre!

alice in wonderland

The Producers

Based on the hilarious 1967 film, Mel Brooks’ The Producers is a laugh out-loud, outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical-comedy that has been a smash-hit since its 2001 debut. The central plot sees fading Broadway producer, Max Bialystok (played by Alan Committie), desperate to get to the top of his profession again, and finds an unlikely ally in mousy accountant, Leo Bloom (played by Richard White), who predicts that one could make far more money with a flop of a show than with a hit. Together, the two set out to produce the worst musical ever to hit Broadway. With no shortage of show-stopping musical numbers, and Brooks’ signature humour keeping audiences in stitches, The Producers is definitely far from a flop. The Producers runs at the Pieter Toerien Theatre from Friday 03 April 2020 until Sunday 31 May 2020.

For Two Shows Only, Christina Bianco Comes to Montecasino

This talented singer, performer, entertainer and impressionist – Christina Bianco – has performed on Ellen DeGeneres and other major US and British television talk shows. Dubbed ‘the girl of a thousand voices’, her singular voice and comedic charm have brought audiences around the world to their feet. Bianco captured international acclaim as a YouTube sensation with her “diva” impression videos, gaining over 25 million views. And for the first time, she is coming to Montecasino for two shows only on Saturday 11 April 2020.

Me, Myself & Everyone Else is a highly entertaining unique solo show featuring great songs, musical comedy and impressions of pop culture personalities and iconic vocalists such as Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Adele, Ariana Grande and many more. Don’t miss powerhouse entertainer, Christina Bianco, live on stage at the Teatro with special guest artist, Craig Urbani.

christina bianco sitting on a brown armchair

Movies Galore!

Check out the list of nail-biting, heart-wrenching, thought-provoking, hilariously funny blockbusters releasing at [email protected] Montecasino during March and April:

kids movies

A Feast of Fun for Easter!

Easter is all about chocolate eggs and family fun. Why not take your little ones to Montecasino to enjoy a colourful assortment of exciting inflatables daily from Friday 10 April 2020 to Monday 13 April 2020. Gates open at 09:30 and close at 18:30.

Easter

3SIXTY – Where The Vibe Is

This trendy nightspot brings local live music to the stage every Friday and Saturday night, served along with 3SIXTY’s now-famous bespoke cocktail menu, exceptional selection of meals and sharing options, dancing, beautiful people and more.

Montecasino

King of the Whip

The adrenaline-fuelled action sports event, King of the Whip, will be moving to its new home and taking over Montecasino’s Outdoor Event Area on Saturday 18 April 2020. Top motocross and freestyle motocross athletes from SA will be battling it out for a share of the prize purse and the thrill of being crowned King of the Whip! Gates open at 14:00 with proceedings set to kick off at 16:00 and continue into the evening as the final showdown takes place under the night lights. Tickets are available for R50 (standing) and R80 (grandstand seating) at Quicket.co.za. Food and beverages will be on sale at the event.

For More Information

For more information on the above promotions and Montecasino, visit www.tsogosun.com/montecasino or their Facebook page.

You can also contact them on 011 510 7000.

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What Is It?

Not sure what to get up to this Human Rights Day? Bring the family along to the Right 2 Unite Festival at Cradle Boutique Hotel. It's going to be a day of epic fun, food and family entertainment, with a range of activities for all ages to enjoy. There is also an awesome lineup of artists to keep you dancing throughout the day, including the Ndlovu Youth Choir, Majozi, Bad Peter, Easy Freak and Apple Gule. 

Come and experience the magic of our diverse country on this Human Rights Day. It's a must!

When Is It?

Saturday, 21 March 2020 at 10:00 - 19:00.

Where Is It?

Cradle Boutique Hotel, Route T9 Kromdraai Road, 1747 Mogale City, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R150 for adults and kids over the age of 12. Get yours online via Howler.

For More Information 

Visit the Right 2 Unite festival website for more information or follow the event on Facebook for updates.

Details: [email protected]

Anyone Can Win at Montecasino!

Don’t miss the Anyone Can Win monthly cash draw on Sunday, 01 March 2020 and the draw for the magnificent trip to Italy valued at R200 000 on Sunday, 29 March 2020.

The latest draw saw three lucky winners go home with a fabulous R15 000 each! Just imagine – this could’ve been you! Get into the running by simply accumulating receipts to the value of R500 at any of Montecasino’s restaurants, stores, bars, theatres, movies, hotels or entertainment facilities. Each R500 will get you one entry into the monthly cash draws! Yes, you too CAN win cash, a trip to Italy or a Ferrari in the Anyone Can Win promotion!

Montecasino

The Rocky Horror Show is Back by Popular Demand

Pieter Toerien and Howard Panter present Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show from Friday, 17 January 2020 to Sunday, 01 March 2020! It’s a guaranteed party, which famously combines science-fiction, horror, comedy and music while encouraging audience participation which means, of course, getting dressed in the most outrageous fancy dress! Let’s do the time warp again! Tickets are from R100 - R500 excluding your Rewards discount.

Rocky Horror Show

Let André Hypnotise You 

Feel like laughing until your sides hurt? Montecasino has the perfect answer! After an unprecedented 28 years in the industry, this will be the last time Joburg audiences will be able to enjoy André in action as he presents his André The Hilarious Hypnotist Farewell Tour until Sunday, 23 February 2020. Catch him live at Pieter Toerien’s Main Theatre – don’t miss out!

Andre The Hilarious Hypnotist

Here’s To Simon & Garfunkel

Fall in love with Simon & Garfunkel all over again in this dynamic and uplifting musical journey through more than 20 classic hits! That’s right, Here’s to You, The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook, is back by popular demand until Sunday, 08 March 2020. Catch the eight talented musicians who all play musical instruments at the Pieter Toerien Theatre!

Montecasino

[email protected] Montecasino

Check out the list of nail-biting, heart-wrenching, thought-provoking, hilariously funny blockbusters releasing at [email protected] Montecasino during February and March:

kids movies

Lighthouse Family in SA for the First Time

British musical duo, Lighthouse Family will be touring South Africa in March for the very first time – catch them at the Teatro from Friday, 20 March 2020 to Saturday, 21 March 2020! Take a trip down Memory Lane with their smash hits Raincloud, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be, High, Lifted and many more! Tickets are from R630 to R970 per person, excluding your Rewards discount. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime concert!

Montecasino

3SIXTY Is Where The Vibe Is

This trendy night spot in the heart of the action in Gauteng’s premier entertainment destination brings local live music to the stage every Friday and Saturday night, served along with 3SIXTY’s now-famous bespoke cocktail menu, exceptional selection of meals and sharing options, dancing, beautiful people and more.

Montecasino

For More Information

For more information about all the festivities at Montecasino, visit www.tsogosun.com/montecasino.

You can also contact them on 011 510 7000 or [email protected].

Don’t forget to like and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news, offers, events and more.

What Is It?

The Pick n Pay Good Food Studio on Nicol invite you to their annual Wine Festival this March. Come along to enjoy a variety of red and white South African wines, as well as the company of fellow wine connoisseurs. Your ticket will allow you the opportunity to meet representatives from the wine estates and taste all their wines on the day. Plus, you can tuck into an array of delicious street food prepared by The Good Food Studio chefs. So, get your wine loving buddies together and hang out with the Good Food Studio for the evening. We'll see you there!

When Is It?

Thursday, 12 March 2020 at 17:30.

Where Is It?

PnP Good Food Studio, Cnr William Nicol Dr & Republic Rd, Pick n Pay on Nicol Shopping Centre, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R180 per person on Webtickets.

For More Information

Visit this website for more information.

The National School of the Arts (NSA) stands as a beacon of theatre, music and artistic excellence. Their students often go on to have successful careers in their field of expertise, as the school dedicates themselves to honing the talents of each of their students.

Each year during the first school term, the NSA presents their Festival of The Arts, in partnership with Joburg Theatre. Five days of pure entertainment for young and old, the Festival of the Arts is more than just a school showcase. Students not only get to perform and exhibit their work to their parents and peers, but to industry professionals as well. This means that the quality of their work is perfected to highlight their greatest talents. Across the board, from musical theatre to visual art, choral music and even fashion design, the NSA students bring their very best to offer you amazing entertainment.

NSA Festival of the Arts

Why Should You Attend?

Whether your child is a performer themselves or simply interested in engaging with their school setworks in a fun, interactive way, this is the perfect family-fun outing. Teachers are also welcomed to bring their classes to the festival at discount block prices. For more information about this, please contact Charmaine Stander on 011 399-6539 ext 208 or via email at [email protected].

What's On

This year, the NSA Festival of the Arts commemorates 19 years of bringing Joburg audiences the best youth arts festival in the city. The lineup for 2020 is astounding, with a wide variety of shows on offer. Here are our top picks for the season:

Theatre

Hip Hop Hamlet

Shakespeare's great tragedy, Hamlet, is the Grade 12 setwork for 2020. Often difficult to understand for students unfamiliar with Elizabethan English and the great existential question "to be, or not to be", Hamlet is a challenging literary mountain to tackle for matriculants. Thankfully, the NSA have reworked this classic masterpiece for the Festival of the Arts 2020 showcase, bringing you Hip Hop Hamlet on stage at the Mandela Theatre. Masterfully weaving Shakespeare's iambic pentameter into a rhythmic hip hop beat, a team of NSA directors and their students bring Hamlet straight into the 21st century.

Hip Hop Hamlet will be staged at Joburg Theatre for the duration of the festival. Click here for more information on dates, times and pricing for this show.

Hidden Language 

Hidden Language is the flagship production for the 2020 NSA Festival of the Arts. An immersive dance piece, Hidden Language delves into the biographies of the performers, asking what dance means to them. Choreographed by Sean Bovim and Mandla Sunnyboy Motau Ntuli, with the collaboration of NSA teachers and star pupils.

See Hidden Language on stage at Joburg Theatre between Wednesday, 04 March 2020 - Sunday, 08 March 2020. Click here to book your tickets.

Evil

The critically acclaimed stage adaptation of Jean Guillou's semi-autobiographical novel, Evil, will be presented as part of the NSA Festival of the Arts. Hot off their season at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square, the creative team behind this gripping drama will set up shop at Joburg Theatre. Ready to thrill audiences with a tale about the abusive and oppressive world of institutionalised bullying, Jaques De Silva plays the lead character, Erik, who heads up a teenage gang after suffering years of abuse at the hands of his step-father.

Evil is an intense work, but its message is deeply poignant, especially in the age of cyber bullying. Bring your teens along to see it between Thursday, 05 March 2020 - Sunday, 08 March 2020 at Joburg Theatre. Click here for more information.

NSA Festival of the Arts

Music

"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams."

The NSA music department presents Music Makers at the 2020 Festival of the Arts on stage at the Lesedi Theatre. Featuring top NSA music students and guest alumni, this musical soirée is set to be an unforgettable experience. This is not to be missed.

Click here for ticket information.

Art

Elements 4IR

The fourth Industrial Revolution is the buzz word of the moment. Parents, bring your older kids to the Elements 4IR exhibition at the NSA Festival of the Arts to get a taste of their future. Featuring an alternate reality exhibition, as well as VR and robotics displays, this is a must-see for kids with an interest in the bridge between technology and art.

Click here for more information.

Guest appearance: Sophie Labelle

Sophie Labelle is an internationally renowned visual artist and author from Montréal. She is the transgender cartoonist behind Assigned Male, a webcomic about a group of queer and trans teenagers that has been running since 2014 and has already touched millions of readers. During this special event, Sophie will share anecdotes and stories related to her work and experience. Don't miss it!

Sophie Labelle will visit NSA on Friday, 06 March 2020 at 11:30. Catch her talk in the NSA Main Hall.

Click here for more information.

NSA Festival of the Arts

Film

The NSA welcomes two of Joburg's most renowned film schools of the Festival of the Arts in 2020. Both AFDA and the Animation School will exhibit during the festival. If your child is thinking of pursuing a career in film after high school, bring them along to see the fine work produced by these institutions.

For More Information

Visit the NSA Festival of the Arts website for more information about schedules, workshops and ticket prices. You can also follow them on social media:

Facebook - www.facebook.com/festivaloffame

Twitter - twitter.com/NsaArt

Details: 011 399-6539 EXT 208 | [email protected]

Address: NSA - 17 Hoofd Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg | Joburg Theatre - 163 Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

What Is It?

Have you always wanted to learn how to paint with oil paints? Join the Lillian Gray Art School for an oil painting masterclass this March. An intense, but rewarding class, this one-day event will teach you all the basics of oil painting. From portraits to landscapes, the class will have you painting up a storm. There will also be elements of art history thrown into the lesson, so you can impress all your new friends with your knowledge on paints, techniques and famous artists. Don't miss out on acquiring this exciting new skill!

When Is It?

Sunday, 1 March 2020 from 09:00-15:00.

Where Is It?

Lillian Gray Art School, 82 Kessel Street, Fairlands, Roodepoorrt, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R870 per person (excluding art materials). Get yours here.

For more information

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

Details: 076 828 2448 | [email protected]

What Is It?

Crafters and hobbyists, it's that time of year again. Hobby-X makes its return to the Ticketpro Dome this March, bringing along with it all you could ever need to get creative, from mosaic to paper craft, decoupage, scrapbooking, card-making, journaling, woodwork and so much more! You can also get expert advice from vendors or try your hand at a new hobby craft. This is the 22nd annual Hobby-X event, so be sure not to miss out.

When Is It?

Thursday, 05 March 2020 - Sunday, 08 March 2020.

Where Is It?

Ticketpro Dome, Northumberland Rd & Olievenhout Ave, North Riding, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R100 at the door.

For More Information

Visit the Hobby-X website for more information or follow them on Facebook.

Details: +27 72 364 7809 / + 27 11 478 3686 | [email protected]

1. All Your Wedding Planning Needs, Under One Roof

Who says weddings need to be stressful? If your wedding is meant to be the best day of your life, The Wedding Expo believes the build-up and planning of this special occasion should be part of the fun. The Wedding Expo, in partnership with Old Mutual, is all about bringing your wedding day dreams to life and taking the frustration out of planning. Tick stationery, flowers, table decor, photographers, caterers, financial and legal advice off your wedding to-do list, all under one roof. Oh, and did you hear? The award-winning Sandton Convention Centre is the new home of the Wedding Expo!

This event is the perfect opportunity to peruse the dreamy wedding gowns, sit down with talented jewellery designers and design your engagement ring or wedding finery. You can also find your perfect honeymoon destination at the expo and get discounts on the day.

Wedding Expo

2. It's A Fun Day Out For You, Your Bridesmaids & Loved Ones

This is the time to get together with the people who are dreaming about your wedding day with you – your partner, your besties, your bridesmaids, your mum and family members. It's an exciting time for you and those you love dear. They've been there through it all, from the moment you announced your engagement to stalking wedding-inspired Instagram accounts for ideas! Why not make a day of it by inviting your bridal party (the gents included) and loved ones to explore the Wedding Expo with you?

3. You Could Win A Wedding 

Other than all the amazing and unmissable deals, promotions and specials available at this exciting event, couples stand the chance of winning their dream wedding! This includes the venue, the wedding dress, the flowers, the cake, the honeymoon and much more! Be sure to follow them on their social media platforms to get the competition's full details.

Wedding Expo 2019

4. Wedding Advice Galore!

Do you have a few questions that need to be answered? Or just want to get professional advice from the industry's experts? The Wedding Expo will also be hosting Old Mutual ‘WED’ talks on everything wedding. This is a great opportunity to get some insight, knowledge and industry tips and tricks while you plan your special day.

5. It's The Perfect Place For Inspiration

The Wedding Expo prides itself on staying on top of the latest wedding trends, ideas and the best vendors in the country to ensure that you not only have the ease and luxury of a one-stop experience, but you also get to meet to the best that the South African wedding industry has to offer. With this in mind, don't miss out on the daily fashion shows, showcasing some of the most beautiful bridal trends from local and international designers. There'll also be table inspiration displays created by top wedding planners, as well as beautiful biscuit decorating courses if you're looking for some decorative fun.

wedding dresses

When Is It?

Saturday, 14 March 2020 to Sunday, 15 March 2020 from 10:00 to 17:00 daily.

Where Is It?

Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude Street, Sandown, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R145 per person and are available from www.wedding-expo.co.za, Quicket.co.za or at the door.

Children under the age of 10 attend for FREE.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit www.wedding-expo.co.za.

You can contact them on [email protected] or on 086 111 3997 or 011 431 4126.

Don't forget to follow or like them on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed about the latest news, events and information.

Be sure to tag them on social media using the hashtags #OldMutual #22seven #TheWeddingExpo.

WIN

WIN Double Tickets To The Wedding Expo In Partnership With Old Mutual

What Is It?

The Alex Cookout and Beer Garden experience is a family orientated event, perfect for the last days of the summer season. Centered around an amazing culinary experience, this event is not to be missed. So, bring the whole family along for some fun, food and sunshine out in Alex.

When Is It?

Sunday, 15 March 2020 at 11:00.

Where Is It?

Kwabhekilanga Sports Ground, Alexandra, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R30 - R80 per person on Webtickets.

For more information 

Follow the Alex Cookout on Facebook for more information.

What Is It?

The 19th annual National School of the Arts Festival takes place this March at Joburg Theatre. Kicking off the festival is the riveting Hip Hop Hamlet directed by NSA duo Laine Butler and Johan Anker.  Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, Hamlet is the Grade 12 setwork for 2020, so this production provides an excellent opportunity for learners to engage with the work up close. With the added flair of hip hop beats and clever lyrical sonnets, Hip Hop Hamlet is a must-see for young people. Don't let your kids miss out!

When Is It?

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 - Sunday, 08 March 2020.

Where Is It?

Joburg Theatre, 163 Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R80 - R100 per person on Webtickets.

For more information 

Visit www.joburgtheatre.com for more information about this show, or follow the NSA on social media:

Facebook - www.facebook.com/festivaloffame

Details: (+27) 11 339 6539 | [email protected]

What Is It?

Paul Slabolepszy's Suddenly The Storm thunders into the Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino this March. This highly acclaimed award-winning play, returns for a limited three-week season in Joburg after its world premiere at the Market Theatre in 2016. 

Suddenly The Storm has been described as one of the most powerful South African plays since the birth of democracy. Set in contemporary South Africa, on Johannesburg's East Rand, the play poses the question of whether the wounds of the past can ever really be healed.

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The Story

The action takes place at the home of an ageing ex-cop (Dwayne) and his much younger wife (Shanell). Combative, volatile, constantly on the verge of exploding, they are two halves of a white South African working-class couple, living an uneasy truce as they struggle with the day-to-day trials of scraping together a living and dreaming competing dreams.

Beneath Dwayne's angry, violent exterior lies the heartbreak that governs his attitude to life. He is a man in mourning. Shanell believes his current level of despair was sparked by the death of his childhood friend and recent work partner, Jonas, but the source of his mourning and anger lies much further back.

When suddenly, a storm approaches, it's not Dwayne or Shanell expect. Enter the elegant Namhla Gumede, born on 16 June 1976. Seeking answers to questions that have remained buried for 40 long years, her arrival reveals long hidden truths.

Suddenly The Storm was initially launched to coincide with the 40th Anniversary of the 1976 Soweto Uprisings. What begins as a smoldering dark comedy, suddenly turns into a roller-coaster ride of startling revelations, of rage and recrimination, before the storm finally breaks.

Suddenly the storm

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Who is Paul Slabolepszy?

Paul Slabolepszy needs no introduction; having written more than thirty-five plays as well as radio, television and film scripts over a 50 year career. His many plays include Saturday Night at the Palace; Mooi Street Moves, Boo to the Moon, Making like America, Smallholding, Braait Laaities, Pale Natives, My Low-Fat Almost Italian Wedding, the multi-award-winning The Return of Elvis du Pisanie and Heel Against the Head (with the inimitable Bill Flynn as Tjokkie). 

Slabolepszy's theatre is the kind that throws up a whirlwind of mixed emotions - greed, love, loss and healing. Touching on distinctly South African topics that make this country so rich and rewarding for those who can brave its storms. Suddenly the Storm is directed by Bobby Heaney and features Renate Stuurman (as Namhla), Charmaine Weir-Smith (as Shanell) and Paul Slabolepszy (as Dwayne). Expect powerful acting, inspired writing and incisive direction, promising to make this production a truly memorable event.

It’s a terribly moving play and the message of optimism comes at a time when we are all foundering. While it’s a very real play, so utterly real, it’s highly entertaining.

- Director Bobby Heaney

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When Is It?

Thursday, 12 March 2020 - Sunday, 29 March 2020.

Where Is It?

Pieter Toerien Main Theatre, Montecasino, 1 Montecasino Blvd, Fourways, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R100 - R240 per person. Book yours online via Computicket.

For more information 

Visit the Pieter Toerien Productions website for more information.

Details: 011 511 1988 | [email protected]

What is Inktober?

Artist, Jake Parker pioneered the global Inktober initiative in 2009. Ten years on, it has become a worldwide phenomenon, with thousands of artists participating each October. Thirty days of drawing prompts are posted at the start of the month, encouraging artists to enhance their skills and confidence by drawing something based on each day's prompt. You can take it day by day, a week at a time or only do as many as you have time for. The ultimate goal of Inktober is to encourage positive drawing habits. So, stop making those excuses and get drawing! After all, practice makes perfect.

The Rules

While Inktober is a creative challenge, there are a couple of guidelines you must follow:

Here is the official list of prompts for Inktober 2019, to get you on your way to doodle mastery:

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Now, remember that these prompts need not be taken literally. You may interpret them however you wish. All drawing styles are encouraged too, so whether you have an MFA in illustration or are an amateur doodler, anything goes. It's all about unleashing your creativity.

Inktober

Inner City Inspiration

Where better to find artistic inspiration than Johannesburg? The city is filled with interesting characters, eclectic architecture and the beauty of nature interwoven with man-made elements. If the Inktober 2019 prompt list isn't enough to get your creative juices flowing, check out these awesome events happening in the city.

Using Art To Share Stories: Drop-In Drawing with Bronwen Findlay

How can we use art to share our stories? While an artist might use a pencil or paintbrush, a photographer shares what they see through a camera. WITS Art Museum hosts monthly Drop-In Drawing events themed around the current exhibitions on show at the gallery. This month's Drop-In Drawing event explores techniques used by Daylin Paul to share the stories in the Broken Land exhibition, which will be exhibited until the end of October. In this Drop-In Drawing session, you will use Daylon's techniques to tell your stories and create your own artwork.

When Is It?

Tuesday, 08 October 2019 - Sunday, 27 October 2019.

Where Is It?

WITS Arts Museum, Cnr Jorissen & Bertha Streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Free.

Click here for more information.

YayMakers Paint Nite

YayMakers are the official hosts of Paint Nite Johannesburg. These events take place throughout the city at restaurants, bars and art schools. Piza ē Vino is a regular host of Paint Nite events at their various outlets across Joburg. This October, their Melrose Arch branch brings you the Hot, Cold, Wet and Falling challenge - all Paint Nite participants must paint their own tree with representations of the four seasons. Your host and instructor, Annalize Carstens, will guide you through various techniques and tricks to create your very own masterpiece!

When Is It?

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 at 19:00.

Where Is It?

Piza ē Vino Melrose Arch, The Piazza, Birnam, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R610 per person. Get yours here.

Click here for more information.

Inktober

Mid-Week Evening Figure Study

Have you ever wanted to learn the art of figure drawing? Join the mid-week evening figure study group in Sandton to practice your skills at drawing from real life. Basic materials are supplied, so you need not lug your easel all the way to class. This is an open space, with sharing and encouragement abound. Hosted by artist and photographer, André Clements, these classes involve Self Directed Teaching, with guidance offered from André and your fellow artists.

When Is It?

The next class takes place on Wednesday, 16 October 2019 at 18:30.

Where Is It?

Westway Street, Sandton, Johannesburg.

**Contact André on 082 812 0549 or [email protected] to receive the full address.

How Much Is It?

Classes cost R275 per person. Please RSVP as soon as possible.

Click here for more information.

Night of 1000 Drawings

The 2020 Night of 1000 Drawings exhibition is only six months away! So you better get started on those doodles. Night of 1000 Drawings is the largest inner city A-5 art exhibition. Taking place in March 2020, this weekend event promises to be even bigger and better than previous years.

You can host your own doodle event or participate as an individual. All you need to do is gather up a bunch of friends, grab a few sheets of A5 paper and get doodling! Submit your artworks to any participating coffee shop, college, gallery or tattoo shop where you’ll find a 1000 Drawings drop-off box

Why not dedicate this Inktober to starting your doodle collection? If you manage all 30 days of prompts, you'll have more than enough to submit by next March!

When Is It?

Friday, 27 March 2020 - Sunday, 29 March 2020.

Where Is It?

Victoria Yards, 16 Viljoen St, Lorentzville, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R100 per person. And you may purchase art pieces for R150 each. Proceeds go towards worthy non-profit organisations.

Click here for more information.

Happy drawing!

What Is It?

You don't have to wait for April for your Easter treat, Killarney Mall has got your chocoholic desires covered at their decadent Chocolate Fair.

Make it a family activity by experiencing all things chocolate including everyone’s favourites - Easter eggs and Easter bunnies. Take the family, colleagues and friends and get ready to unleash your inner chocoholic on Saturday the 28th of March 2020 at their FIRST-EVER chocolate fair from 10:00 to 17:00.

Imagine chocolate fountains, milkshakes, crêpe, waffles, ganache cakes, popcorn, churros, chocolate wine and vegan chocolate.

If chocolate is not your thing, they'll still have all of your Final Friday Foodie market stall favourites from Nana’s Kitchen, Sharon’s Delights, Contessa’s Greek cuisine and Nosheen’s traditional Pakistani dishes.

Do not miss the SASKO brand activation by Wimpy, where Sasko Sam will make a guest appearance for the kiddies from 12:00 to 13:00.

killarney mall final friday foodie market poster with chocolate treats

When Is It?

Saturday, 28 March 2020 from 10:00 to 17:00.

Where Is It?

Killarney Mall, 60 Riviera Road, Killarney, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance to the market is FREE, just remember to take cash for parking and nibbles.

More Information

Web: https://killarneymall.co.za

Facebook: @KillarneyMall

Twitter: KillarneyMall

Instagram: killarneymall

What Is It?

Take a trip down to Sherwood Forest to meet the legendary Robin Hood and his merry bunch of friends. Reckless Haven and Andre Stolz Productions present the Adventures of Robin Hood at the Mardi Gras Theatre at Carnival City this March. But, this time there is a twist in the tale! Forget what you know about the Sheriff of Nottingham – he is really a misunderstood character who falls victim to Robin’s trickery. Told from the Sheriff’s perspective, this new spin on the classic tale is full of unexpected turns and surprise heroes. Expect everything from archery competitions, to schemes, trickery and fate-altering decisions (made by you, the audience members nonetheless!)

Starring Rowlen von Gericke, Danielle Retief, Wenzel Grobler, Deànré Reiners, Jay Wright-Lombard, Jesse Fourie and Tivan de Villiers. Directed by André Stolz, with music by Jaco van der Merwe and Casper Labuschagne.

When Is It?

Thursday, 26 March 2020 - Sunday, 29 March 2020.

Where Is It?

Carnival City Mardi Gras Theatre, Century Road, Elsburg Road, Brakpan, Boksburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R80 per adult and R60 per children under 12. Book yours online via Computicket.

For More Information

For more information, click here.

Looking to study abroad but need guidance and assistance to set you in the right direction? Then don't miss the Global Education Study Abroad Expo, taking place at various venues across the country between 15 and 23 March 2020. Here are the Gauteng dates!

Study And Travel!

Deciding which international university to apply to is an important decision, made harder if you are unfamiliar with the processes, which is why you need guidance.

Global Education's Study Abroad Expo 2020 is the leading international education event that helps provide an opportunity for South African students to meet international universities that they represent, in person. Whether you wish to study for a diploma, undergraduate or postgraduate degree, this expo will help you find the right international university or college.

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Over 45 international universities will be represented under one roof. All the events are FREE, simply pre-register on the Global Education website to avoid the registration queues on the day.

All local high school students, or postgraduate students and their parents are welcome to attend. All events, irrespective of venue, are open to the public.

Global Education has consistently sent students overseas for the last 14 years, which is why they are considered the professionals with a number of agency awards. They're the official authorised representative of over 250 universities and colleges around the world in countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Mauritius and the Netherlands.

They assist self-funded students to study overseas by handling the application and student visa process. They also help counsel students in making the best decisions and where necessary, assist students secure on-campus accommodation and airport pick-up. Their offices are IELTS booking centres and are also a registered UCAS centre for all UK university applications.

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Global Education's services include:

When And Where Is It?

The Global Education's Study Abroad Expo 2020 will take place at the following venues at these set times:

How Much Is It?

Entry is FREE, just be sure to pre-book online at your preferred venue. Click on the links below to pre-book.

For More Information

For more information about the Global Education's Study Abroad Expo 2020, visit www.globaleducation.co.za.

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