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JAZZ ON THE LAKE

The Arts Alive Festival’s biggest event, JAZZ ON THE LAKE is not to be missed! It takes place at Zoo Lake on Sunday 4th September. It will start at 10am and run until 5:30pm, and it returns permanently to the Zoo Lake venue. The event celebrates the beginning of Spring and launches the entire festival. It is free to the …

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PRIDE TV LAUNCHES

Response to news that South Africa, and Southern Africa, now has a dedicated LGBT video-on-demand (VOD) service has been “overwhelming”. By Glenda Nevill PrideTV promises to tell “the stories of Africa’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community”, says Alicia Antill, marketing manager, while LGBT content is generated in and around South Africa, it isn’t prolific. “The content produced in Africa …

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DON PINNOCK: GANG TOWN

Gangster’s paradise: why Cape Town’s gangs are thriving. By Don Pinnock Police efforts to curb gang membership and violence in Cape Town are failing. In an attempt to find a solution, a new book, Gang Town, by Don Pinnock turns existing theories on their head. Cape Town is two cities. One is beautiful beyond imagining, known since its beginning as …

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CATHY SPECIFIC: DRAG ARTIST EXTRAORDINAIRE

Drag, drama and song and dance artist extraordinaire. Moira de Swardt chats to Brendan van Rhyn Brendan van Rhyn arrives at the café where we’ve agreed to meet wearing a beanie. It hides his current spiky, “big” hairstyle. He laughingly explains that every time he does a show in drag it impacts on his ordinary life. With his current role …

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SAA: MORE DIRTY DEALS

BEE clause in SAA funding notice raises red flag. Questions have been raised about the legality of part of SAA’s funding request for R16bn in the open market. In a notice published in a Sunday newspaper, cash-strapped SAA has turned to banking and non-banking financial institutions to raise R16bn to meet its working and capital expenditure requirement as well as …

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DIE ANTWOORD FREAKS OUT AUDIENCE

Die Antwoord managed to freak out absolutely everybody at Leeds Festival. By Barry Nicolson Towards the end of Die Antwoord’s set on the Main Stage, the camera lands on the image of a cherubic toddler raving it up on his father’s shoulders, drawing huge cheers from the crowd. To be fair, he does look like he’s having the time of …

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WHY MUSICIANS STRUGGLE IN SA

How much money does a musician gets from CD sales in South Africa? A new report reveals where your money goes when you buy a music CD in South Africa. A recent article by Rapport revealed that an artist gets just under 10% of the money from a music CD sale in South Africa. Many local artists have said that …

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GARETH CLIFF: MEDIA DISRUPTOR

Gareth Cliff is a very busy man. Dividing his time between being a judge on Idols, his own business CliffCentral and other ventures, it was almost impossible to get an interview with him. After quitting 5FM radio in 2014 after 16 years, Cliff embarked on something completely new, boldly launching CliffCentral.com. It began with the idea of just broadcasting Gareth …

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STEVEN COHEN: PERFORMANCE ARTIST

I don’t actually know what the fuck performance art is, yet I’m brilliant at it. Does this mean that I’m a fraud. No! It simply proves that performance art is not a practice informed by theory … and that I’m honest and a little vain. The vanity (read self-respect) is what I harness to let myself get vulnerable, get naked …

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TEDX JOHANNESBURG SALON

TEDxJohannesburg Salon presented by Ogojiii at the FNB JoburgArtFair. A groundbreaking addition and highlight of the 2016 FNB JoburgArtFair is the first ever series of TEDxJohannesburg Salon Talks themed on the contemporary visual arts of Africa. TEDxJohannesburg Salon seeks to make the conversation around African visual art accessible to a broader audience. Presented by Ogojiii magazine – the bi-monthly pan-African …