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AFRIDOCS IN JULY

Share in the personal and intimate stories of people from around the world whose identities are often shaped by their surroundings. A diverse range of films reminds us that although issues of identity are not always within one’s control, the ability to share stories and be heard can still make an impact. The films this month include deeply personal stories, …

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JOBURG ART FAIR

As the annual, premium visual art event on the African continent, the 2016 FNB JoburgArtFair will see local and international art lovers, makers and gallerists converge on Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre. This year, the Fair will feature 80 exhibitions within 6 categories including Contemporary and Modern Art, Special Projects, Gallery Solo Projects, Limited Editions and Art Platforms. The selected galleries …

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VINYL SUNDAYS

The Vinyl Fair on ‪#‎VinylSundays‬ is a great way for both new and seasoned record collectors to expand their collections. With 14 well-known and established record dealers who each have their own personalities and specialties, there is ample opportunity to dig through record crates, to connect and to start ticking off your vinyl wishlist. 3 July at Sir James beneath …

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MAURICE MBIKAYI: MUPIA-MUPIA

Mupia-Mupia is a Luba term that translates to ‘new and shiny’. The artist draws on this term as a concept to think through the metamorphosis of ages; shape, form, power, style, human and racial subjectivity through time. Monica Miller in her book Slaves to Fashion (2009:147) explains that “the aesthetic matters to black folk not as an escapist dream, but …

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THE RED BUS

I’ve always thought of the Red Bus as a touristy thing. You hop on, hop off, get your bearings, see as much as possible in your short holiday time. I’ve also always thought of it as part of those obvious tourist destinations, like Rome, New York, London and Cape Town. But Johannesburg? By Edward Robbins. The truth is, however, that …

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JOBURG’S OLD GAS WORKS

Dilapidated Beauty: Sleeping giant in our midst. By Graham Wood Johannesburg’s old gas works has the potential to ‘graft together the divided patchwork of multiple urban fragments surrounding it’. About five years ago there was a burst of excitement about the future of the Johannesburg Gas Works, the defunct early 20th-century red brick and steel industrial cathedral just beyond 44 …

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DHL DELIVERS RHINO

DHL, the world’s leading international express delivery provider, has completed another landmark transportation project with the delivery of a black rhino from its birthplace in the Czech Republic to its natural homeland in Tanzania. Three-year-old female Eliska was moved to a natural park in Tanzania as part of an ongoing conservation project run by the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust, …

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NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL

One week to National Arts Festival lift-off. Grahamstown readies for 30 June Festival start. The final countdown to the 42nd National Arts Festival (30 June-10 July 2016) has begun. With one week to go, Grahamstown is a hive of activity as the Festival’s extensive infrastructure comes to life. Artists and musicians are already arriving and pop-up businesses are beginning to …

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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT AND PHILIP JOHNSON

Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson’s rivalry is chronicled in a new book. The two pillars of American architecture had a turbulent relationship. By Geoffrey Montes Few people have had as monumental an impact on American architecture as 20th-century luminaries Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson. Often overlooked, however, is their intense rivalry, which is chronicled in the upcoming book …

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GUITAR AND MUSIC EXPO

Attention guitarists! We are super excited to announce that Music Experience will exhibiting at the SA Guitar and Music Expo. This annual event will be taking place from the 1st to the 3rd of July at The Wanderers Club in Johannesburg. We’ll be having all our most impressive guitars on display from brands that include Duesenberg Guitars, D’Angelico Guitars, Furch …