This might be a short week but it’s jam packed with creative events to keep you busy and hopping across the city. From intimate theatre productions to free large-scale music festivals, art openings, film screenings, music recitals and more. Here’s what’s on our agenda in Jourg this week.
Monday 13 – Wednesday 15 June 2016
Re-imagine Urbanism conference
The Urban Design Institute of South Africa is proud to present the Urban Debate Series entitled RE-IMAGINE URBANISM. The first instalment of the series will address “URBAN+TRANS+FORMATION: Considering a Vision for African inner-cities”. This international conference will see urban design practitioners; municipal, provincial and other government officials; students and interested professionals from South Africa, Africa and across the globe coming together to explore the potential of Gauteng Inner-cities as part of a multi-disciplinary approach. More info on the Facebook event page.
Freedom Park, Pretoria
Tuesday 14 June 2016
40/40 Politics of photography exhibition
A photography exhibition commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 1976 June16th Soweto Youth Uprisings and the role that Township based photojournalists played in witnessing and documenting youth activism in these 40 years. More info on Facebook.
Market Photo Workshop, 2 Helen Joseph Street, (Bus Factory entrance) Newtown // 6pm
Wednesday 15 June 2016
Performative! A journey into performance, art and theatre
Forming part of Basha Uhuru Festival, Performative! Is a platform designed to showcase a wide variety of artforms ranging from theatre, performance art, spoken word poetry, animation and many in between. Taking the shape of a night tour through the infamous cell blocks of Constitution Hill, the viewer will experience a selection of installations, interventions and interactive experiences that will challenge perceptions of what the performing arts are and what they can be. More info on Facebook.
Consitution Hill, 11 Kotze Street, Braamfontein // 6:30pm
The Music Shall Govern:Amandla Freedom Ensemble with Strings
The Amandla Freedom Ensemble, The Resonance String Quartet together with critically acclaimed pianist and arranger Afrika Mkhize will observe a musical night vigil in honour of the momentous acts of the Youth of ’76 in fighting the repressive system of Apartheid and laying the foundations for a free and democratic society. More info on Facebook.
The Orbit, 81 de Korte Street, Braamfontein // 7pm
Soul Kitchen – film screening
Soul Kitchen is a 2009 German comedy directed by Fatih Akın, with a screenplay by Akın and Adam Bousdoukos. Bousdoukos based the script on his own experiences as the owner of a Greek tavern named Taverna where Akın was a regular customer. The story is based in Hamburg where German-Greek chef Zinos unknowingly disturbs the peace in his locals-only restaurant by hiring a more talented chef. More info about the screening on Facebook.
Goethe-Institut, 119 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood // 6:30pm
HABASHWE, a group exhibition
Opens on the eve of Youth Day in South Africa which this year marks the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Student protests in Soweto and other parts of the country. In commemorating this historic moment, HABASHWE features a generation of artists and art in South Africa spanning over the past forty years and whose works reflect on the real lived experiences of South African youth. More info on Facebook.
Sosesame, Cnr 4th Avenue & 7th Street Melville // 6pm
Thursday 16 June 2016
Raffle draw for 1st edition framed print by Zelé Angelides
Zelé Angelides is raising funds to attend a two week residency in Toronto Canada followed by a month residency in New York. She says that: “New experience and perspectives are one of the most important things as an artist that we need to grow and expand….This experience will give me the opportunity to engage with like-minded creative individuals across the globe who are on the frontiers of their fields. To gain a range of support and engagement from a foreign environment, in order to broaden my conceptual and perceptual horizon.” Help Zelé raise funds by buying a raffle entry to win one of her framed 1st edition prints. All the info on Facebook.
The People vs. The Rainbow Nation – free screening
A free youth day screening of Lebogang Rasethaba and Allison Swank’s documentary. Drawing parallels from the 1976 Sharpville massacre, the 2015 student protests were (and continue to be) a desperate plea for the implementation of updated policies within the discourse of education. More info on Facebook.
Workshop Room, JAG Basement, King George street, Joubert Park // 12 noon
Dance, if you want to enter my country!
Initiated by Vienna-based artist Michikazu Matsune, this project comprises of Matsune’s solo performance and a group exhibition and performance programme GLOBAL CITIZEN. Dance, if you want to enter my country! is a live performance that focuses on the story of African-American professional dancer, Abdur Rahim Jackson, who was forced to dance by passport control officers at an international airport in 2008. Utilizing dance, objects and video projection, Matsune tells this bizarre yet true story through a very personal approach. More info about the project as well as show times on Facebook.
GoetheonMan,245 Main Street, Maboneng // 6pm
Thursday 16 – Saturday 19 June 2016
INGRID is a tribute production, celebrating the life and work of acclaimed poet Ingrid Jonker. The piece serves as a visual and physical response to her oeuvre: a reaction to her as provocation. A devised imagistic theatre production drawn from texts such as Ontvlugting, Mamma and Waterval van mos en son. More info on Facebook.
POP Art, 286 Fox Street, Maboneng // 8pm
Saturday 18 June 2016
Fête de La Musique
The Alliance Française of Johannesburg, the French Institute of South Africa and Bassline are proud to announce the 5th edition of the Fête de La Musique, taking place in the Newtown Precinct. During the whole day, enjoy free music, performances, entertainment for kids, arts and craft. More info and full artist lineup on Facebook.
Newtown Junction, Miriam Makeba and President Streets // All day
Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 June 2016
Back to the Fyucha!
Time Travel BACK TO THE FYUCHA with 3 Intriguing Sets in 2 Earth Days. On the 18th Travel BACK with Masello Motana’s retrospective song book performance NTYILO NTYILO-A VOCAL MUSEUM. On the 19th Travel to the FYUCHA with MTHWAKAZI and URBAN VILLAGE. Pilots in Charge Mma Tseleng (18th) and Satori (19th). More info on Facebook.
Nothing Gets Organised (NGO), 127 Albert Street, 28 Nugget Square // 6pm
Sunday 19 June 2016
Guy Buttery solo guitar performance
World-celebrated guitar virtuoso Guy Buttery will be visiting Johannesburg for a one off solo performance in support of his 6th studio album, simply entitled Guy Buttery. This marks a brand new approach to South African musical landscapes – seamlessly merging traditional musical genres with ambient and groove driven psychedelia. More info on Facebook.
The Orbit, 81 de Korte Street, Braamfontein // 6pm