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Central City Happenings: 22 August 2019 to 19 September 2019

Central City Happenings: 22 August 2019 to 19 September 2019

By SIMANGELE MZIZI
21 August 2019

We’ve put together a wide range of Central City events for you to enjoy over the next few weeks. Have a look at what’s on offer…

22 August
Borne Frees 2019: Travelled Souls

Borne Frees 2019 is a contemporary dance production celebrating the youth and young adults of the Western Cape.
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan St
When: See website
Cost: R60
www.artscape.co.za

Now on till 24 August
The Old Man and the Sea

Don’t miss this adaptation of Hemingway’s classic, created with a modern twist for the contemporary audience. Santiago is an old fisherman who hasn’t brought in a catch for 84 days. While the villagers pass judgments on his past and his future, the old man heads far out into the Gulf of Mexico where he hooks a giant marlin. And so begins his epic battle.
Where: The Fugard Theatre, Cnr Caledon & Lower Buitenkant streets
When: various times (see website)
Cost: R140 – R160
www.thefugard.com

25 August
Beyond

Indoni Dance Arts and Leadership Academy has invited dance, music and art groups to create a collaborative celebration to share ideas and the love of being artists. The academy believes that “beyond ourselves there are others who inspire and enrich our creations”.
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan St
When: See website
Cost: R100
www.artscape.co.za

25 August
Masters of the Guitar

Join internationally acclaimed Dimmitrios Giannakis as he brings to the stage his lifelong passion for nylon-string masterpieces across many genres. He’ll team up with jazz guitarist Lylle Ferreira for one night to take you on a trip through space and time. This is Dimmitrios’ last performance in Cape Town before he leaves to perform in Germany, Austria and Italy.
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan St
When: See website
Cost: R135
www.artscape.co.za

27 August
Claude Bolling Suite

Be mesmerised by Claude Bolling Suite, a jazz-inspired work of classical flute and jazz, hailed as a perfect representation of both genres that pioneered “crossover” music in the mid-seventies.
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan St
When: See website
Cost: R100
www.artscape.co.za

27 August till 14 September
StateoftheART Gallery Award 2019 Finalists Exhibition

Work by the top 10 finalists of the StateoftheART Gallery Award 2019 is on exhibition at StateoftheART Gallery. The Award now in its second iteration, provides a platform for emerging artists from across South Africa to benefit from the exposure the competition provides. Finalists cover a range of media including painting, photography, digital art and printmaking. The winner will be announced at the Award Reception on 5 September and will be awarded a R20 000 cash prize and a solo exhibition with the gallery in 2020.
Where: StateoftheART Gallery, 50 Buitenkant St
When: 10h00 – 17h00
Cost: Entry is free
www.stateoftheart-gallery.com

29 August
Schools’ Arts Festival

The Schools’ Arts Festival gives learners an opportunity to create and present an original drama around a central theme on a professional stage. To give more schools the opportunity of participating, and to accommodate rural schools, a mini festival took place in May during which 16 plays were selected to participate in this festival on 29 August.
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan St
When: See website
Cost: R45
www.artscape.co.za

31 August
Western Cape Youth Music Festival

The 48th Western Cape Youth Classical Festival, hosted by Artscape and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, features young classically trained performers who are given an opportunity of performing with an orchestra on a professional stage.
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan St
When: See website
Cost: R80   
www.artscape.co.za

Now on till 31 August
Cross the River in a Crowd

In this sculptural series, Dan Halter returns to his reflections on the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe. Using ubiquitous checkered plastic weave “Ghana Must Go” bags as the central motif, he explores themes of migration, dislocation, and the trading of resources.
Where: WHATIFTHEWORLD, 16 Buiten St
When: 09h00 – 17h00
Cost: Free
www.whatiftheworld.com

Now on till 31 August
Field of Vision

WHATIFTHEWORLD presents Chris Soal’s Field of Vision, his first solo presentation with the gallery. Centralising his engagement with toothpicks as an artistic material, he reviews the value placed on these mass-produced, utilitarian objects, designed to be discarded, to comment on the human condition.
Where: WHATIFTHEWORLD, 16 Buiten St
When: 09h00 – 17h00
Cost: Free
www.whatiftheworld.com

Now on till 31 August
Sleeping Beauty

Cape Town City Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty, the timeless story of Princess Aurora which is widely considered to be a summation of 19th-century classicism. The show is staged by esteemed South African ballet legend Denise Schultze Godfrey and performed to Tchaikovsky’s delightful music. International guest artists Vadim Muntagirov (Royal Ballet) and Tatiana Melnik (Hungarian National Ballet) have been invited and will perform on 28 and 31 August.
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan St
When: Depends on booking
Cost: R180 – R695
www.artscape.co.za

29 August till 1 September
Cape Town Homemakers Expo

Visit the 2019 Cape Town Homemakers Expo to get up to speed with the latest home, décor, design and lifestyle trends. The 2019 edition will also be packed with inspirational ideas and exciting features that will help you make your home and garden projects a reality.
Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre, 1 Lower Long St
When: 10h00
Cost: Adults R90; pensioners R70; children under 16 free
www.homemakersonline.co.za

3 September
Lunch Hour Concert with Jazzart Dance Theatre

In this lunch hour concert, Jazzart Dance Theatre will showcase extracts from the upcoming October 2019 Trainee Season. Get ready to be moved by these newly created Contemporary, African and Urban-fusion works presented in Jazzart’s signature style.
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan St
When: See website
Cost: Free
www.artscape.co.za

3 September
Choc Benefit Concert

The Childhood Cancer Foundation (CHOC) is celebrating 40 years of serving and supporting families and communities through their cancer journey. Join CHOC and some of the country’s top entertainers like Craig Lucas and Paxton Fielies, as they perform to help CHOC mark this milestone.
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan St
When: See website
Cost: R140
www.artscape.co.za

3 September
Naledi: An African Journey

Don’t miss the journey of Naledi, the morning star, in her quest to find the great baobab tree that is guarding an ancient secret of light and truth.
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan St
When: See website
Cost: R150
www.artscape.co.za

3 to 7 September
Orphée et Eurydice

Gluck’s dream of creating a new style of opera, distinguished by classical simplicity and dramatic integrity, was exquisitely realised in his setting of the Orpheus story. Climaxing in the much-loved aria “J’ai perdu mon Eurydice”, his dramatisation of Orphée’s descent into the underworld in pursuit of his wife Eurydice stands as a moving testament to the power of music. Conducted by CTO associate music director Tim Murray, Matthew Wild’s new production will showcase the extraordinary talents of the CTO Chorus, using movement and poetic imagery to create a new vision of this haunting myth.
Where: Baxter Theatre Centre
When: Various times (see website)
Cost: R180 – R280
www.webtickets.co.za

6 till 8 September
Peppa Pig

Peppa Pig is coming back to South Africa for another thrilling adventure. This one-of-a-kind live stage experience is based on the award-winning television series and is specially designed to give young fans an unforgettable first-time live theatre experience.
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan St
When: Various times (see website)
Cost: R99 – R399
www.peppapiglive.co.za

10 September
Nataniël: When Giants Waltz

Singer, songwriter, storyteller Nataniël returns to the Artscape with his latest stage creation, When Giants Waltz. Join him as he performs music from the endless catalogue of blues and jazz evergreens, pop classics and original songs.
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan St
When: See website
Cost: R190 – R290
www.artscape.co.za

Now on till 22 September
The 2019 Fugard Bioscope National Theatre Live Encore Season

Winter just got a whole lot warmer with the announcement of the 2019 Fugard Bioscope National Theatre Live Encore Season. Screenings are presented on The Fugard’s full-size high definition cinema screen, transporting you to the heart of the action on stage. As part of the experience, you can also enjoy the Fugard’s new homemade pizzas and a selection of delicious snacks with coffee and wine from the Fugard’s coffee shop and bar.
Where: The Fugard Theatre, Cnr Caledon & Lower Buitenkant St
When: Mondays at 15h00 and 19h00
Cost: R120
www.thefugard.com

Now on till 8 October
Black, White, Red & Yellow Art Exhibition

Launched on 8 August, this exhibition comprises a colourful exploration of the life and times of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. It is told through vibrant paintings and sketches by pop artist Richard Scott, based on iconic photographs by Benny Gool. The exhibition will run for two months, with a parallel exhibition at The Granary in Buitenkant Street, home of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan St
When: 7h00 to 22h00
Cost: Free
www.artscape.co.za

Now on till 27 October
Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots has it all. “It is a beautiful story of hope, inspiration and friendship, combined with fabulous music, glittering costumes, breath-taking choreography and plenty of heart,” says Daniel Galloway, managing director of The Fugard.
Where: The Fugard Theatre, Cnr Caledon & Lower Buitenkant St
When: various times (see website)
Cost: R160 – R460
www.thefugard.com

4 to 8 September
Open Book Festival

Cape Town’s biggest literary festival is back with an impressive line-up of diverse writers and speakers. It will once again be based at The Fugard Theatre, The District 6 Museum Homecoming Centre and The Book Lounge. During the festival, you’ll also have an opportunity to meet and engage with international and local authors, poets and comic book artists, attend book launches and other exciting events.
Where: The Fugard Theatre, The District 6 Museum Homecoming Centre and The Book Lounge
When: Depends on booking
Cost: R45 – R600 (Some events are free, but you’ll need to book a ticket through webtickets to access them)
www.openbookfestival.co.za

14 to 15 September
2018 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon (Entries now open)

Entries for the 2018 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon (42.2km) are now open. This prestigious global city race is open to a range of running enthusiasts from elite athletes to social runners. Along the spectacular route, you will take in Cape Town’s famous natural beauty, as well as many of the Central City’s great attractions.
Where: Beach Rd, near Cape Town Stadium
When: 06h40
Cost: R70 – R660
www.capetownmarathon.com

17 September 2019
Athol Fugard’s Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act

Following an acclaimed premiere at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, a new production of Athol Fugard’s powerful classic, Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act comes to The Fugard Studio Theatre from 17 September for a limited season. Written in 1972, the play is set in apartheid South Africa, where relationships across the colour bar were a criminal offence.
Where: The Fugard Theatre, Caledon St
When: Depends on booking
Cost: R160 – R220
www.thefugard.com

Now on till 21 October 2019
Under Cover of Darkness

The exhibition Under Cover of Darkness aims to highlight the experience of colonial subjects through a specific focus on the lives of Susanna of Bengal (a slave who worked in the Company’s Garden), Krotoa (a woman whose understanding of both Khoikhoi and Dutch culture saw her occupy a complex social and political position under colonial rule) and many unnamed slave women held at the Slave Lodge. The exhibition further seeks to question how these stories continue to bear on the present.
Where: Slave Lodge, Corner Adderley and Wale Streets
When: 09h00 – 17h00
Cost: R30 (adults), R15 (6-17 years)
www.iziko.org.za

Now on till 31 October 2019
Filling in the Gaps

This exhibition highlights Iziko South African National Gallery’s commitment to rewriting art history and building a resource of national pride. It features important historical acquisitions of artworks by Peter Clarke, Ephraim Ngatane, Moses Tladi and John Koenakeefe Mohl, which all assist in building a national collection that is more representative of the overlooked and marginalised artists of the past. also showcases works by contemporary, cutting-edge artists like Lerato Shadi, Sethembile Msezane, Mongezi Ncaphayi and Steven Cohen.
Where: Iziko South African National Gallery
When: 09h00 – 17h00
Cost: R30 (adults), R15 (18 years and under)
www.iziko.org.za

Now on till 10 April 2020
Origins of Early Sapiens Behaviour

The Origins of Early Sapiens Behaviour exhibition is a showcase of a culmination of some 30 years of archaeological research in the southern Cape, undertaken by Professor Christopher Henshilwood, Dr Karen van Niekerk, Professor Sarah Wurz and their research teams at Blombos Cave, Klipdrift Shelter and Klasies River. The exhibition is designed to explore key aspects of archaeological research and is linked to the SapienCE/Wits research programme that focuses on early human origins and innovations in southern Africa.
Where: South African Museum, 25 Queen Victoria St
When: 09h00 – 17h00
Cost: R30 (adults), R15 (6-17 years)
www.iziko.org.za

Now on till 1 June 2020
A Resilient Visionary: Poetic Expressions of David Koloane

This exhibition profiles an extensive selection of artworks by David Koloane, which attest to his contribution to the advancement of South African visual arts during and after apartheid. It traces Koloane’s artistic trajectory, helping to shed light on his creative and intellectual endeavours over the course of a 40-year career.
Where: Iziko South African National Gallery
When: 09h00 – 17h00
Cost: R30 (adults), R15 (18 years and under)
www.iziko.org.za

REGULAR/LONGTERM EVENTS

First Thursday of every month
First Thursday

On the first Thursday of every month, take an after-hours walk between the galleries, restaurants and shops in the Cape Town CBD and experience what our Central City has to offer during the leisure hours.
When: 17h00 till late
www.first-thursdays.co.za

First Thursday of every month
Hope on Hopkins Gin & Tonic Tasting
Hosted by Bootlegger Coffee Company on every first Thursday of the month, Hope on Hopkins Gin & Tonic Tasting offers information about the distilling process, the history of gin and what makes gin “gin”, guiding guests through a curated tasting of three different styles of gin and tonics and what makes them different.
Cost: Free (seats are limited to 20 people but bookings via Cara at marketing@bootlegger.co.za are essential)
Where: Bootlegger Coffee Company, 50 Harrington Street
When: 18h00

Every Thursday
Earth Fair Food Market

Where: Upper St Georges Mall (Wale St side)
When: 11h00 till 15h00
www.earthfairmarket.co.za

Saturdays
Story time for kids

Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland St
When: 11h00
Cost: Free
www.booklounge.co.za

For regularly updated event info, visit City Views on Facebook.

IMAGES: artscape.co.za (Choc Benefit Concert, Western Cape Youth Music Festival), www.thefugard.com (Athol Fugard’s Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act)

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