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Director Sylvaine Strike on the success of Endgame at the Fleur du Cap Awards

Marli van Eeden, Sylvaine Strike Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-03-15

"The Artscape Theatre in Cape Town was abuzz earlier this week as the winners of the prestigious Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards were announced. The production Endgame won big, taking home three awards – Best Production, Best Actor and Best Director – for Sylvaine Strike."

Four poems by Tony Ullyatt

Tony Ullyatt Poësie 2019-03-14

"The road quakes beneath approaching hooves:
six dark shapes – ears, eyes, nostrils – and a colossal
presence come to the abrupt halt of confrontation."

The Miriam Tlali Reading and Book Club: an interview

Menán van Heerden, Sindiswa Seakhoa Onderhoude 2019-03-13

On 16 March 2019 the Miriam Tlali Reading and Book Club will host a panel discussion under the theme “Literacy in indigenous languages as the foundation of community, economic, social and political development”. Menán van Heerden chats to Sindiswa Seakhoa about the book club, the legacy of Miriam Tlali and the importance of indigenous languages.

Press release: Mama comes to the Artscape

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-03-12

Chenal Kock in association with Vulture Productions and the Artscape Theatre Centre invites you to experience Mama at the Artscape Arena from 10 to 13 April 2019. Mama is a character piece directed by Jeremeo le Cordeur, showcased through poetry and physical theatre that focuses on the Afrikaaps dialect.

Press release: Panel discussion on literacy and indigenous languages

LitNet Books and writers 2019-03-12

The Miriam Tlali Reading and Book Club will host a panel discussion on 16 of March 2019 (13h00–15h00, Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg) under the theme "Literacy in indigenous languages as the foundation of community, economic, social and political development". 

In paint and ink: discussions on Breyten | In verf en ink: gesprekke oor Breyten

LitNet Akademies en skole 2019-03-11

You are cordially invited to a half-day seminar on the life and work of Breyten Breytenbach. 19 March 2019, Kgorong Building, UNISA Main Campus.

Murray’s food trails: Kalk Bay

Paul Murray Kos en wyn 2019-03-08

"Spacious walkways stretch from one side of Kalk Bay to the other, offering excellent facilities for recreational walking or just sight-seeing – at places, with sight-seeing of the harbour and the mountains. Or, just come and enjoy fresh fish and chips from some of the local venues, such as Kalky’s, which is reasonably priced."

Press release: African premiere of Save the pedestals at the Baxter

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-03-07

Save the pedestals, a unique, international, artistic collaboration between the Baxter Theatre Centre, Handspring Puppet Company and Halle Puppet Theatre, makes its African debut at the Baxter Flipside, for four performances only, from 28 to 30 March, at 8 pm, with a matinee on Saturday, 30 March at 4 pm. This follows its hugely successful world premiere in Halle, Germany, last year.

Press release: Fasten your seatbelts – here comes the Mother City Comedy Festival!

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-03-07

Fasten your seatbelts as the countdown begins to the first Mother City Comedy Festival. This new annual festival takes place at the Baxter Studio Theatre from 19 to 31 March.

The language of bougainvillea

Abigail George Fiksie 2019-03-07

"Jakes, you’re the scavenger, his stage-actress mother called him. You’re never going to get married, are you, Playboy? You’re never going to give me grandchildren. I don’t understand this. I don’t understand you. Was there some traumatic incident in your childhood that I just don’t know about?"

Three poems by Heidi Henning

Heidi Henning Poësie 2019-03-06

"on those nights
I am home-grown,
cared for, cured from cold"

Press release: Star-studded line up for 2019 Cape Town International Animation Festival

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-03-05

Proudly presented by Animation SA, the star-studded programme has been announced for the eighth Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF), which takes place from 8 to 10 March 2019 at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town.

Press release: Cutting-edge dance from Flanders comes to South Africa

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-03-04

From March to June 2019, contemporary dance from Flanders will hit South African stages. Les ballets C de la B, GRIP and Siamese Cie, three of Flanders’s leading dance companies, showcase their work at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, KKNK Oudtshoorn and the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.

Rainbow nation my Zulu arse: Reader impression

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2019-03-04

"Khumalo really goes out of his way to research and explain the origins and meanings of the names of all the places that he visits. This, in itself, makes the book a wonderful read, as there are many surprises to the reader along the way."

The African Library: On Black Sisters’ Street by Chika Unigwe

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2019-03-02

"It is especially Unigwe’s rendition of each of her main characters’ uniqueness in circumstances, setting and personality – the absence of othering of the sex workers in an either sentimentalising or demonising manner – that achieves the novel’s powerfully humane purpose."

Press release: Alan Paton Literary Festival 2019

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-02-28

"The Paton Festival represents not only a fight for the principle of non-racialism in the arts and culture sector of South Africa, but also a fight over the blueprint of what a UNESCO City of Literature should look like."

Press Release: The ninth Zabalaza Theatre Festival 2019

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-02-28

The Baxter’s Zabalaza Theatre Festival returns for its ninth edition, from 8 to 16 March, with fresh and vibrant works and a Weekend Programme for the whole family.


LitNet Teater 2019-02-28

Set against the historical backdrop of the Cape slave trade and the Malay diaspora in South Africa, Johaardien’s award-winning play has been performed in London, New York, Amsterdam, Denmark and all over South Africa. Through artful storytelling, the playwright focuses on themes of identity, history and group belonging through an intimately personal lens taking audiences on a journey across the Cape Flats to Robben Island – and then to and from Bombay – back in time, to the 17th century, when the Dutch were at war with the Portuguese. 

Kwela 25: Iconic SA publisher celebrates 25 years of local publishing

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2019-02-28

Come and celebrate with Kwela! Thursday 28 February 2019, 18:30, Exclusive Books, Sandton. 

Murray’s food trails: Andringa Street, Stellenbosch

Paul Murray Kos en wyn 2019-02-28

"Stellenbosch’s visitors, tourists and residents will certainly find a great deal of attraction in the area of Andringa Street, Stellenbosch, particularly the leg between Dorp and Plein Streets. There is a great deal to discover there, and lots to do  ̶  everything from ice cream parlours, fashion boutiques, a book shop, to antique stores and a range of restaurants/eateries."