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Press release: Pieces fall into place for reimagined festival

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-06-08

The festival’s website is readying itself to become a virtual stage: all events will be accessed through the website portal – both curated work and un-selected "fringe" events. The curated programme is a schedule of events that will be released each day from 25 June to 5 July. 

Press release: BR Concerts presents Concerts Connect

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-06-08

Concerts Connect is proud to present the second concert in a premier series of three concerts on 14 June 2020 at 15:30. From the magnificent Casa Labia in Muizenberg, Nina Schumann will present a solo piano recital featuring an eclectic programme of works by Bach, Haydn, Debussy and Rachmaninoff.

Press release: The Baxter's Zabalaza Theatre Festival is calling for play script applications for the 2021 season

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-06-04

The Zabalaza team has come up with a new and exciting model for applications with the introduction of a Script Writing Programme, which came about in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and its effects.

Press release: Live stream concert – R&B night with Lana Crowster & friends

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-06-04

Join Lana Crowster in a one-hour performance with Shaun Johannes (bass), Amanda Tiffin (keys), Marc de Kock (sax) and Unity Mzi (drums) on Saturday, 6 June at 18:00 for an evening of Rhythm, Blues, Soul and Funk.

Press release: Connect with The Fugard Theatre online from 1 June with The Fugard at Home

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-06-02

The Fugard Theatre’s new digital platform The Fugard at Home launched on 1 June, presenting a unique opportunity to access a range of theatrical content on The Fugard Theatre’s website.

Press release: The 7th South African International Ballet Competition to pivot online

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-05-25

The South African International Ballet Competition (SAIBC) is pivoting! The highly anticipated event that was scheduled to take place at the Artscape Opera House from 13 to 18 July 2020 has taken a leap into the online space and will now be held virtually.

Press release: The Fugard Theatre’s hit Kinky Boots takes home six Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-05-20

With a Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper and book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein, The Fugard Theatre’s South African premiere production of Kinky Boots was seen by a staggering 58 000 people over an incredible eight months to sold-out houses and rave reviews. 

Press release: 55th Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards winners announced

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-05-19

The winners of the 55th Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards for the Performing Arts have been announced! The winners of this year’s Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards reflected a dynamic, healthy mix of emergent and established local talent, in the view of panel judging chair Africa Melane.

Press release: Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards 2020 – notice regarding the announcement of winners

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-05-15

After careful consideration, a decision was taken to replace this year’s awards ceremony with a digital announcement of winners in all award categories on Monday, 18 May at 18:00, via the Facebook and Twitter pages of the sponsor, Distell.

BUSQR – a new way for artists to generate income through livestreaming

Marli van Eeden, Jon Savage Interviews 2020-05-11

"It may just be the world’s first live donations platform that allows artists, performers, comedians, chefs, etc to earn from their fans while they livestream – from anywhere in the world. Also, we’ve seen incredible fundraisers being curated around BUSQR. Musician Dan Green managed to raise R120 000 in one hour for a township in Noordhoek."

Press release: The Fugard at Home – The Fugard Theatre’s digital platform coming soon

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-05-11

"With the 'new normal' now upon us, The Fugard at Home will present engaging and compelling content on an online portal that champions the arts and once again connects our loyal Fugard audiences and artists in a meaningful way," says Lamees Albertus, general manager and producer of The Fugard Theatre.  

Woordfees dance production brings light to the issue of pollution

Marli van Eeden Toyota US Woordfees 2020-05-11

"With the current coronavirus crisis, and people across the world having to self-isolate, for once the earth is getting a chance to breathe due to fewer people moving around and polluting the earth."

A secret love (Netflix) – great story, but below average film

Reney Warrington Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-05-06

"It represents a certain group of people and a story worth telling, but it does so in a superficial, monotone manner that skims over possible interesting angles. It comes across as a pet project.

COVID-19 and violin lessons for township children: an interview

Naomi Meyer, Maria Botha Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-05-06

"I believe that when those violins 'ring' outside and through the empty streets, even more than only these families can 'escape' this rude reality and feel comforted by music for a few magical moments!"

Lockdown: Streaming content, part 2

Reney Warrington Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-05-06

"Most of us are under lockdown and turning to online entertainment ... So, I thought it would help for me to sift through the jumble by compiling a list of every title that a) I have ever reviewed positively and b) is available online. This is Part II of II."

"The world is in flux. And this is where creativity lives."

Cliffordene Norton, Hennie van Greunen Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-05-05

"Any stressful time of change comes with gifts. These divergent experiences in our lives knock us all off-centre, and for creativity, off-centre is a very good place to be. We expect especially our fine arts and writing learners to engage actively with the pandemic with their daily situations."

Press release: The Baxter Theatre Centre launches Baxter Radio during lockdown

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-04-28

In response to the impact of coronavirus and the nation-wide lockdown, the Baxter Theatre Centre has launched a brand new initiative called Baxter Radio, aimed at recording school setworks, children’s books, new South African works and classics. These will be made directly accessible to The Baxter’s subscriber database and to community radio stations.

Lockdown: Streaming content, part 1

Reney Warrington Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-04-20

"Most of us are under lockdown and turning to online entertainment. Some nights I don’t even know what to watch, and I write about film and series for a living. So, I thought it would help sift through the jumble, to compile a list of every title that a) I have ever reviewed positively and b) is available online."

The annual National Arts Festival goes virtual amid corona crisis

Marli van Eeden, Monica Newton Onderhoude 2020-04-15

The 2020 National Arts Festival (NAF) will go down in our history as the first ever South African virtual festival, taking place from 25 June to 5 July. Marli van Eeden chats to Monica Newton (CEO, NAF) to find out more.

Film review: Crip camp: a disability revolution

Reney Warrington Film 2020-04-08

"If you are serious about treating the COVID-19 lockdown as a time for regrouping, for getting back to what is important, then grow a spine and start with this film."

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