Your weekly guide to all the things to do and see to celebrate the final week of January is here. From art exhibitions and a market for local goods, to some of Joburg’s best musical and comedic acts and so much more, keep scrolling to see what the golden city has in store for you this week.
Wednesday, 27 January:
Melville Night Market
This event promises all the best that Joburg has to offer in terms of gourmet food and local goods. Expect delicious food, cocktails and craft beer, kids activities, and happy beats. The market is on every Wednesday from 5-10pm. Click here to find out more.
Thursday, 28 January:
The Flight of the WU by Agord Lean
As the culmination of his month-long residency with the Bubblegum Club, Agord Lean’s The Flight of the WU launches at Work Shop New Town this week. On the opening night Agord (aka Mandisi Msingaphantsi) will exhibit a series of prints, zines and video projection together with a performance. Dr Spizee and UnclePartyTime will be playing on the night to get you grooving. After the opening, the space will operate as an open studio in which all musicians, artists and spectators in the audience are invited to join Agord in developing music and visuals which will be shown and performed at the closing of the residency on 26 February, 2016. Get more information about the artist and the event here.
“D’Zair, Art and Craft A Johannesburg”: Algerian Design
MOAD’s first exhibit of 2016 is a unique and first-time exploration of contemporary Algerian design. Curated by Hellal Zoubir and supported by the AARC, “D’Zair, Art and Craft A Johannesburg” explores the work of 13 Algerians, and how Algeria’s lack of manufacturing prototypes has merged traditional artisanal practice with contemporary designers. There will also live music, Maboneng DJs and food and drinks (provided by Poolside Café). Visit the Facebook event page for more information.
Colbert Mashile, Man’s Duality (Unearthed) and Antoinette Murdoch, Gratuitous Cocking
This Thursday two unique and exciting exhibitions by Colbert Mashile and Antoinette Murdoch are opening at Circa on Jellicoe. Man’s Duality (Unearthed) is a purposefully ambiguous title. The beauty of this body of work by Colbert is that it makes no particular reference to specific events or people, which leaves room for the viewer to interpret the art how they see it. On the other hand, Antoinette’s exhibition Gratuitous Cocking (which can be loosely translated as unnecessary drama) is based on her daily experiences which are filled with puzzling requests, accusations and criticism. Find more details here.
Friday, 29 January:
A Lawn Games Tournament for Creatives!
We at 10and5 are excited to host the first ever lawn games tournament for creatives at Pirates Sports Club in Greenside from 12pm this Friday. The event is intended as a fun filled welcome back to everyone in (or interested in) the creative industry. Create a team with four friends (R60pp) or simply sign-up for yourself (R75pp) and we’ll place you in a team on the day. Buy tickets here, and for more details go here.
P.S. There will be prizes!
Language, a talk by Fiona Ramsey
CreativeMornings Johannesburg are starting their year with the alluring force of nature that is Fiona Ramsey. Fiona is no stranger in the world of art and is a well-known figure on stage, television and on the big screen. As stated on the CreativeMornings site, Fiona has fashioned and developed her own technique focusing on vocal coaching, dialect training as well as day to day communication empowerment. Her talk will embody the axiom ‘You are what you speak!’ and encourages everyone, be it in the business, arts, corporate or sports arenas, to speak with ease. The event takes place at The Market Theatre from 8am on Friday morning. Read more and join the waitlist here.
Saturday, 30 January:
A walking tour of Braamfontein’s public art
The Braamfontein art tour, hosted by Past Experiences, will be taking place this Saturday starting at Velo (85 Juta Street). This tour will include community art, street art as well as graffiti. Attendees will also learn about the redevelopment of the whole area and some of the rich history around it. The first event starts at 10am and a second, identical tour begins at 12:30pm. If you’d like to attend, call 011 678 3905 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your ticket (R150 each). For more information see the event page.
Joao Orecchia presents his MA Digital Art Exhibition
Joao Orecchia is an artist, composer and performer who makes things using sound. For this show, titled Towards a Definition of Sound as Vibrant Matter, he incorporates immersive sound installations to ask a variety of questions as to whether bodies, human and non-human alike, might be reconsidered in constant ongoing creation rather than defined by physical unchanging shape. The exhibition opens at 5:30pm at the Old Fort building at Constitution Hill. More details this way.
Sunday, 31 January:
In association with Jack Daniels, the first Park Acoustics of the year is here and will be taking place on Sunday for all you music lovers. Expect a performance from singer/songwriter Matthew Mole, the soulful pop music sensation MonArk, and many more. To tickle your funny bone there will be sunset comedy performances from Dusty Rich, Loyiso Madinga and Lazola Gola. What else is on offer? A bar (of course), food stalls, a market and art expo, nearby nature trails for hiking and mountain biking, a tour of the Voortrekker Monument (pay separately), as well as braai facilities with BraaiBoy himself there to give you a helping hand. Bring your picnic blankets and rally your friends for a fun-filled day. Tickets are R150 and are available online or at the gate. For more information click right here.