This week is jammed packed with creative events happening in Joburg. From theatre shows to exhibition openings, drawing sessions and music festivals, there’s something happening across the board to keep everyone busy and engaged.
Wednesday 25 May 2016
Being and Becoming: Complexities of the African Identity
Currently in its 5th year, the project continues to promote cultural diversity and stimulate discourse in Africa and internationally about issues affecting the continent using contemporary visual arts as a medium of engagement. Curated by Paula Nascimento (Angola) and Raphael Chikukwa (Zimbabwe), the project includes public programming in Johannesburg and Pretoria. More info on Facebook.
UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria // 6pm
Imbawula is a monthly storytelling initiative which brings together four storytellers from different walks of life to share their experiences – whether inspiring, humorous, touching or thought provoking – with a view to exposing a shared human experience. More info on Facebook.
Bassline, 10 Henry Nxumalo Street, Newtown // 7-10pm
Wednesday 25 – Sunday 29 May 2016
From the writer of The Epicene Butcher & El Blanco: Tales of the Mariachi comes Unfair Lady, 12 hysterical new stories in a hilarious and sometimes scathing attack on the women’s magazine industry with all it’s fallacies, inconsistencies and general nonsense. More info on Facebook.
POPArt Theatre, 286 Fox Street, Maboneng // 8pm
Thursday 26 May 2016
Charity photography exhibition by Ludmila Tolentino
Ludmila Tolentino is a Cape Verdean photographer and life enthusiast. All the profits from I see them blossom will be donated to “The Little Rose Centre” in Kliptown, Soweto, where the photographer has been volunteering and capturing the children’s daily activities and emotions.
The Artist’s Room at Ants, Parkhurst // 6:30pm
Ghosts, a solo exhibition by James Delaney
James Delaney’s latest exhibition consists of three different series: Johannesburg/Beginnings, Ghosts and Footprints. The Johannesburg/Beginnings lithographs explore the historical architectural landscape of the city of Johannesburg and what remains of it today. Find more about the other series and show details on Facebook.
In Toto Gallery, 6 Birdhaven Centre, 66 St. Andrew Street // 6pm
The Brother Moves On, Estère, Cold Specks, Nonku Phiri & Bongeziwe Mabandla
A Southern African Music Festival Circuit sideshow featuring two amazing contemporary African diaspora musicians: Cold Specks will bring her doom soul from Canada and Estère her Electric Blue Witch Hop. Both artists are touring the Southern African Music Festival Circuit with shows at AZGO festival in Mozambique, MTN BUSHFIRE in Swaziland,Zakifo Musik Festival in Durban and SAKIFO Musik Festival in Reunion Island. Also on the line-up will be the incredible The Brother Moves On, the enchanting Nonku Phirii and Xhosa folk artist bongeziwe mabandla making sure that Jozi’s finest talent is repping for what will be an amazing night of music. More info on Facebook.
The Good Luck Bar, 14 Alexander Street, Ferreirastown // 7pm
Friday 27 May 2016
CreativeMornings: Gareth Pon
This month’s speaker is Instagram star Gareth Pon, one of those people you see online but have no idea what he actually does for a living. This month, CM is delving deeper into those circumstances and defining our realities. Reality, on the surface, feels so tangible; so concrete. But (to, perhaps cheaply, use a turn of phrase), in reality, it isn’t quite so simple. Our existence is made of several truths, always shifting under our feet. More info on Facebook.
The Market Theatre, 56 Margaret McIngana St, Newtown // 8:30 – 10:30am
Hello New Beginnings! Launch of the new Assemblage space
Assemblage is excited to announce the launch of its new artist hub at 1 Marshall St, Ferreirarsdorp. The triple-volume space, which now houses the organisation, was built in 1904, is a registered heritage building and used to be a cinema. Assemblage is excited to be part of the 1 Fox Precinct, with many exciting neighbours launching soon. more info on Facebook.
Assemblage, 1 Marshall St, Ferreirarsdo
Saturday 28 May 2016
Joburg-Tehran Open Studio/Potluck
Open Studio/Potluck is an opportunity to engage with Iran – South Africa residency participants, Naadira Patel, Jenna Bass, Seyed Amin and Janan Nozari. Join them from 11am for an open studio and artists in conversation about work they have produced during their residency at the Bag Factory. More info on Facebook.
Bag Factory, 10 Mahlatini Street, Forsburg // 11am
Convoy grand opening and designer meet-up
An open day of shopping, an opportunity to meet all 6 designers and sip on complimentary cocktails. More info on Facebook.
Convoy,The Bamboo Centre, Melville // all day
Africa Day Concert
Africa’s biggest celebration of cultural heritage returns to Newtown on May 28th, with a star-studded celebration that will see some of the continents biggest acts take to the stage to celebrate diversity through unity. For the full concert lineup and all the event details go to Facebook.
Newtown Park, Newtown // from 4pm
Writers on Main Presents: Metropolar Meets The Children (of the Wind)
Metropolar meets the Children is a show that puts side by side the two phenomenal shows of Metropolar and Children of the Wind. Metropolar is a multi-media show birthed from a collaboration between spoken-word artist Modise Sekgothe and visual artist Jotam Schoeman, portraying the beauty and the beastliness that exists as polarities in the metropolitan city of Johannesburg. The Children features other worldly master musician and poet Itai Hakim side by side with Modise Sekgothe. More info on Facebook.
Keleketla! Library, 6 Verwey Street, Troyeville // 7:30pm
Sunday 29 May 2016
Imagine That, Drink and draw
For the second instalment of Drink & Draw Joburg the theme is Imagine That. Bring your own drawing tools and draw anything you want as long as it doesn’t exist in the real world. More info on Facebook.
The Artisan, 12 Gleneagles Road, Greenside // 2-6pm