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Three poems by Abigail GeorgePoësie 2019-02-06
"Look at the winter leaf. Look at how it gathers
under your bedroom window. Look at the
arrangement of light as it falls on this cool
as spring Monday afternoon."
Press release: Nominees for the 54th annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards announcedTeater 2019-02-05
The nominees for the 54th annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards have been announced.
Green book – unsettling, yet heart-warmingFilm 2019-02-04
"The controversy surrounding this film should not dissuade people from watching it. (Google if you must.) It is a nuanced, tender tale about an unlikely friendship that overcame loneliness, bigotry and class differences. Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali’s performances appear effortless."
The rise and fall of Mmusi MaimaneOpinion 2019-01-31
"Over recent years, the DA has attracted South Africans of different backgrounds with diverse ideological views. Maimane is under enormous pressure to keep these different interest groups with different backgrounds happy in the party."
The favourite – a reward for the committed cinephileFilm 2019-01-31
"The film is visually sumptuous, thanks to incredibly detailed costumes, lavish locations, great camerawork, dimly lit scenes and perfectly precise editing."
First ImpressionsNew writing 2019-01-30
"He never did text me. Charlie, I mean. We went on as if the kiss had never happened."
Press Release: Applications are open for the 2019 Gauteng International Arts FestivalLifestyle and entertainment 2019-01-28
The board of the Gaufestival is proud to extend a cordial invitation to parties who are keen to be on board, in whatever capacity, for the 2019 festival taking place 20 September to 6 October.
Press Release: PATCH Fundraiser Live Music Concert at Spier AmphitheatreLifestyle and entertainment 2019-01-24
Press Release: Five of South Africa's most popular musical acts will be performing at an exclusive concert at the beautiful Spier Wine Estate Amphitheatre on the 2nd of February 2019.
“Time” writing competition: Interview with Rethabile SindiOnderhoude 2019-01-24
"I take Afrikaans as home language. Being the only black student in my class I wanted to highlight what makes me stand out in a crowd."
Press release: Head of ASSITEJ SA wins prestigious international award for contribution to theatre for young peopleLifestyle and entertainment 2019-01-24
The national director of ASSITEJ SA, Yvette Hardie, has been awarded a prestigious international award in recognition of her global contribution to the development of theatre for young people.
Zimbabwe: another false dawnOpinion 2019-01-24
"Zimbabweans have now woken up to the fact that they were once again sold a dummy, and that 18 November 2017, like 18 April 1980 when Zimbabwe attained its independence from Britain, was another false dawn."
Press Release: Real Concerts presents The Mango Groove 30th Anniversary ConcertMusiek 2019-01-23
Mango Groove and Real Concerts are delighted to announce that Mango Groove will be performing a once-off, spectacular 30th Anniversary Concert at the Teatro Theatre at Montecasino on Friday, 8 March 2019.
The art of prayer (in Zimbabwe)Opinion 2019-01-22
"The day after #ShutDownZimbabwe, the weight of the Big Fear still heavy and tangible on our tongues, and the twisted compass of the Big Confusion whirling bigger and bigger storms in brains and bodies and hearts alike – on this day, at a time that still saw the sun climbing towards his throne at the top of the sky, in the immigration office in Harare, the genial officer at the front desk smiled and laughed with two women waiting for assistance."
The old man & the gunFilm 2019-01-08
"The old man & the gun does not demand too much; it does not aim to unsettle or shock. It tells a marvellous tale of a bank robber who simply loved robbing banks, got caught, broke out 17 times and returned to what he loved – robbing banks."
Open letter to President Ramaphosa: support the true arts in this countryOpinion 2019-01-04
"To use arts and culture money to record the favourite struggle songs of Jacob Zuma is a slap in the face of every artist and writer in this country."
Intercontinental entanglements: slavery, Dutch colonialism and post-colonial identificationsMenings 2018-12-20
"The questions that need to be asked, are: 'whose history is under discussion here?' and who is the 'us' 'who call themselves the Dutch'?"
The African Library: Forbidden Fruit by Stanley GazembaBooks and writers 2018-12-19
"Gazemba beautifully interweaves the rhythms of rural life with the impulses of individuals’ emotions. The lives he evokes are rich in feeling and the narrative voice, however compassionate, describes the poor without condescension or pity."
Blindspotting – for real, for real and damn funnyFilm 2018-12-19
"The film goes beyond issues of race and looks, without being cynical, at other blind spots such as hanging with the wrong friends, the pressure of culture, aggression, gentrification and the failures of the justice system."
In memoriam: Justin CartwrightOpinion 2018-12-18
"That was Cartwright's gift. A vein of laconic comedy runs through almost all his work which draws on his preoccupations with movies, advertising, American oddities as well as British pretensions and to which he gave exuberant rein in novels like Look at it This Way ..."
Video: Keynote and public lecture by Achille MbembeMenings 2018-12-14
Internationally acclaimed Achille Mbembe was a keynote speaker at the international conference Recognition, Reparation and Reconciliation: The light and shadow of historical trauma.