This week in Cape Town we’re listening to folk music, watching a play about a ninja superhero, and viewing multidisciplinary exhibitions at the STEVENSON and AVA galleries.
Tuesday 19 July – 3 August 2016
“Niqabi Ninja is an avenging superhero, born on the streets of Cairo, who is ready to seek out and avenge every single act of harassment she has experienced at the hands of men. She has a list, a record of injuries and a variety of punishments to mete out. Watch out men of Cairo. Niqabi Ninja has a score to settle, and she is coming after you”. This new play is written by emerging playwright Sara Shaarawi, directed by Megan Furniss, and performed by Bianca Flanders and Loren Loubser. Visit here to book tickets.
Alexander Bar, 76 Strand St // 7pm
Wednesday 20 July 2016
Taxi Hand Signs
This installation and artwork exhibition by Susan Woolf started nine years ago when she began to explore the nature of the taxi hand signal as symbol of South Africa’s cultural landscape. “Woolf’s observation led to an intense new focus for her work – the invention of a ‘simple, tactile, shape language’. The resultant 14 graphic and tactile forms devised by Woolf, form a pictorial language that provides an easily learned tool for people who are blind, enabling them to accurately gesture their desired taxi sign to signal to taxi drivers their desired destination,” reads the exhibition write-up. Visit here for more info on her beautiful and functional work.
88 Hatfield Street, Gardens // 10am – 5pm
Thursday 21 July 2016
The Unspoken Glory 1974
This multidisciplinary exhibition celebrates the golden era of Zaire. Photographs, documentary screenings, spoken word and music performances are all part of the programme. Visit Facebook for more.
The AVA Gallery, 35 Church Street // 6pm – 8pm
Open Design Night #04 – Imagination
This week an interior designer, immunologist and fabric and trims buyer are sharing their different viewpoints on collective passion, challenges and general wisdom they’ve amassed working in their respective industries. Listen to Cara Janse van Rensburg, Liam Mooney and Toinette Labuschagne chat about their chosen professions at Cliffs Optique. Visit Facebook for details.
Cliffs Optique, Wembley Square // 7pm – 10pm
Friday 22 July 2016
Creative Mornings with Lady Skollie
If you haven’t yet attended a breakfast lecture series at Friends of Design and have some time this Friday, then head on over and be entertained by Laura Windwogel AKA Lady Skollie. She’s wrapping up this month’s theme of Love by giving insights into her work which explores gender and sexuality. Go to Facebook for more.
186 Bree Street // 8:30 – 10am
Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival
Friday and Saturday is the annual Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival. Catch 22 artists over the course of the weekend playing unplugged.“If you remember bands like Z-Astaire, Ella Mental, The Usual, Delta Blue, Sweatband, HAMMAK, Springbok Nude Girls, Just Jinjer, Zen What, and renowned SA guitar duo Steve Newman and Tony Cox, then this year`s festival is going to be a treat for you,” says event organiser Gavin Minter. Check out Facebook for more.
The Baxter Theatre, Main Road Rondebosch // 8:15 -10:15pm
Monday 25 June 2016
The Quiet Violence of Dreams
This group exhibition, developed by Joost Bosland in conversation with Moshekwa Langa, pays tribute to the seminal K Sello Duiker novel The Quiet Violence of Dreams, published in 2001. The collection of work paints a portrait of the inner city life of Cape Town. Themes of madness, history, mysticism, mystery sex and power are found across multiple works and reflect many of metaphysical and literal landscapes described in the novel. Click here for more.
STEVENSON, 160 Sir Lowry Road // 9am – 5pm