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  •  #LiveLove StreetFashion
    #LiveLove StreetFashion 137 Views 

    #LIVELOVE STREETFASHION 

    Date: 27 June 2015
    Time: 4pm 'till late
    Venue: Opera Foyer


    Designers showcasing:
    1. Candid Fashion Design 
    2. Fierce Blaque  

    Come and join us in celebrating #LiveLove StreetFashion at the South African State Theatre
    The day will be packet with, Live Music, African Art And Food and fashion as the Highlight of the day

    In collaboration with Troublesome Kids 

    Ticket will be sold at Computicket. Limited seats. Book now and avoid missing out…


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  • Kweku the Spider
    Kweku the Spider 59 Views 

    KWEKU THE SPIDER

    DATE: 5 June 2015
    TIME: 12:00 noon
    VENUE: Opera Theatre 


    This is the musical story about the spider named Kweku Ananse who wanted to own all the folk stories known in Africa. But unfortunately all the stories were owned by Nyame (Sky-God). Ananse asked Nyame of a possibility to own all the stories. Nyame decided to put on a high- price tag on the stories. He gave Kweku the following challenging tasks to complete - i.e.

    Bees
    Python
    Monkey
    Lion
    Leopard


    Ananse with his intelligence he managed to complete all the tasks. This is how Ananse owned the stories. Through his powers and pride he undermined other creatures. He became pompous and selfish.

    We see his selfishness when he victimizes a hungry Tortoise by asking it to wash its hands before eating with him. He kept sending it back and forth to the river to wash them so that he can finish his food. He knew very well that a tortoise’s hands won’t get clean because it walks slowly with both hands and feet.

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  • Drama for Life
    Drama for Life 76 Views 

    3 JUNE – 13 JUNE: 
    CANTOS OF A LIFE IN EXILE
    and 
    MORWA: THE RISING SON

    CANTOS OF A LIFE IN EXILE: 
    Makhaola Ndebele
    An auto-biographical journey of an exiled South African, through multiple fragmented assumed identities, in search of one holistic identity best characterised by the experience of finding home. “The performance explores the displacing effects of cultural, political, and social exile on a South African citizen exiled during Apartheid…It is a theatrical hybrid, drawing from a variety of theatre and performance influences, but more specifically rooted in indigenous Southern African performance genres, namely iiNgoma (healing rituals), iziBongo (praise poetry), and iintsomi (storytelling).” says Ndebele. 

    MORWA: THE RISING SON: 
    Tefo Paya
    We follow the story of ‘Morwa’ a Young Motswana Man and his journey of discovering what it means to be a man. The play is based on Paya's personal narrative and looks to evoke dialogue and a better understanding of the challenges faced by Young Men in Africa. 

    17 JUNE – 27 JUNE:
    SYNAPSES, BROKEN CHANT 
    and 
    THE FUNERAL 

    SYNAPSES
    Synapses, performed by Razeen Wentworth, is a comedic parody that never stops being rehearsed and Broken Chant, performed by Sonia Radebe, is an exploration of the rites of passage of the African Woman.

    BROKEN CHANT
    The pieces go together hand-in-glove, exploring identity though the moving body. Choreographed by dance stalwart Nhlanhla Mahlangu with videography by Tony Miyambo both Synapses and Broken Chant promise to be a highlight at the South African Theatre Season.

    THE FUNERAL 
    Last up is emerging Writer and Performer, Simo Majola's The Funeral. Winner of the Drama for Life Open Call for this Season, The Funeral promises a weird and wonderful exploration of identity though the great unknown of death itself. “Told through poetry, movement and soliloquise, The Funeral isn’t a spooky production about the afterlife, but a lyrical reflection on the brief ephemerality we call life: One leaves the theatre touched on an acutely personal level by something profound” says Steyn Du Toit of the Cape Times.

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  • Youth Expressions Festival 2015
    Youth Expressions Festival 2015 209 Views 

    The youth protests of June 16th 1976 were pivotal as one of the key events that fuelled the change that eventually led to a democratic New South Africa. Nowadays June is celebrated as Youth month and the 16th of the month as Youth Day. One of the expectations with this is that the youth of today should acknowledge – and learn from – what their 1976 predecessors went through to fight for the freedom they are enjoying today, how the youth took to the street to fight the unfair – and below par – education system when they felt “enough is enough” and demanded a bright future for themselves and the future youth.

    This festival was conceived with that principle, not just of nostalgia, but of that guiding aphorism that “people who do not learn from the past are bound to repeat it”, and that today’s youth can learn a lot from that fighting spirit that characterised the youth of 1976. This festival celebrates the creative spirit of the youth, remembers their past, celebrates their hopes and acknowledges their importance. It is a vibrant platform with which the youth can express themselves artistically in Drama and other forms. It also serves to remind the youth of today that if they want change in their lives they should take a stand and express themselves in a way that has a positive impact in their lives and the lives of other people.       

    DOWNLOAD THE EVENTS CALENDAR HERE           

    1.    OPENING CEREMONY

    Date: 16 June

    Time: 11:00

    Venue: Applause Square

    March starting at Applause Square, around the Sammy Marks square block ending back at Applause Sqaure

    Mahofi Youth Acts

    Festival DJ

     

    2.    RESIDENT EXPRESSIONS

    ·         Tit For Tat

    ·         Listen

    ·         Diva Reunion

    ·         The Kraal

    ·         Walk Out

     

    3.    FRINGE EXPRESSIONS

    ·         Historical Journey

    ·         Lefese Boss!

    ·         Stay Away From Boys!

    ·         Fadi – Spiritual Rhythm

    ·         One Of Us

     

    4.    MAIN EXPRESSIONS

    ·         Missing

    ·         Napo Masheane And Friends

    ·         Broken Chant & Synapses

    ·         The Funeral

     

    5.    MAHOFI YOUTH ACTS

    VENUE: APPLAUSE SQUARE 

    DATES: 19 JUNE 2015 at 14:00 & 26 JUNE 2015 14:00

     

    6.    POETIC EXPRESSIONS

    COORDINATED BY: NJrD Entertainment

    VENUE: ARENA BAR

    DATES: FRI, 19 JUNE 2015 at 16:00 (Round One)

    TUES, 23 JUNE 2015 at 16:00 (Round Two)

    FRI, 26 JUNE 2015, 16:00 (Final Battle)

     

    7.    JAZZ EXPRESSIONS

    ·         Sabelo Mthembu

    ·         Moses Molelekwa Foundation

    ·         Joel Zuma

    ·         Music Academy of Gauteng

     

    8.    FUNNY EXPRESSIONS

    JUNE 20  LINE UP                                          

    Lethu LJay
    Sipho Xokiyane
    Mdu Ntuli
    Malai Jones


                                      

    JUNE 27 LINE UP 

    Roro Gantsho
    Phillip Dikotla
    Nonkululeko Mthethwa
    Skholo Mayisa


    9. MUSIC MAIN ACT
    The Soil - click here to book 
    VENUE: THE OPERA THEATRE, STATE THEATRE
    DATE: SAT, 27 JUNE 2015, 20:00

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  • TSHWANE COMEDY NIGHTS
    TSHWANE COMEDY NIGHTS  265 Views 

    TSHWANE COMEDY NIGHTS
    VENUE: RENDEZVOUS THEATRE
    DATE: 16 & 30 MAY 2015

    16 MAY 2015: Nqoba Ngcobo, Nina Hastie, Zikho Sithole & Dave Levinsohn
    Nqoba Ngcobo
    Recognizable from T.V, Nqoba works the JHB and Durban comedy scene as a host and headliner and he is a regular within the corporate entertainment scene. Nqoba is making significant career steps as a stand-up comedian and television actor. He used to manage a pizza outlet in Sunnyside, Pretoria, before he started on comedy. The hit comedy series Pure Monate introduced him to the comedy world.
    Nina Hastie
    Nina is quite clearly one smart comedienne. She is undoubtedly one of SA’s top female comic and Pretoria’s finest comics. Nina confidently sashays onto stage with bounce and style, yet you can already feel the edginess oozing off her before she's said a word. When she opens her mouth her material backs up the image in originality, and razor sharp observation and you immediately feel like you're in the presence of someone who could easily be amongst the best.
    Zikho Sithole
    Zikho Sithole is the graduate of the State Theatre Comedy Academy Class of 2013. His comedy is observational and he is a bit risqué every now and then, but all that makes his a darling with his comedy audience. He won the Yfm Comedy Battle in February 2015 and he runs the Tavern Comedy Nights in Soweto.
    Dave Levinsohn
    South African Comedian and king of improv-comedy, honed his skills as a host at the Coffee Lounge in 1997. He has regularly performed at the Vodacom International festival and the Smirnoff comedy festival. TV viewers are already familiar with Dave’s quirky, irrepressible humour from his ‘Big Black Box’ ads. Or possibly as the zany co-presenter in the first series of the SABC 3 TV shows ‘Going Nowhere Slowly’. Winner of the pro section of the Red bull comedy jam 2004. Winner of the Nando’s most original approach to comedy, Grahamstown 2008. He also opened for Aussie comic Jimoein. His material darts into more lateral territory, with his “slightly-weird-guy-next-door” approach to every subject under the sun; he’s odd, without being offensive.

    30 MAY 2015: Jay Boogie, George Kuda, Smokey Nyembe & Khanyisa Bunu
    Jay Boogie
    “Jay Boogie born Jordan Mazibuko is one funny guy”. That’s what his fans and people that have seen him perform have to say. He does smart, street-wise and relevant comedy. He is that comedian that talks about everything. There is no Taboo subject. He is raw, hard-core and tells the truth. Jay Boogie has a huge following in South Africa and also in Swaziland. He is called the King of Comedy in Soweto and soon to be the King of Comedy in South Africa. Jay runs his own comedy club, in Soweto, called Ozone. He inherited it from his mentor Kedibone Mulaudzi. The comedy nights are legendary and get a full house all the time. He has performed at and hosted Soweto Comedy Festival and has shared the stage with most top has featured in 2 feature films that will be released in 2015 as well as SABC1s new sitcom Thandeka’s diary.
    George Kuda
    Zimbabwean-born, George Kuda and who has been a comedian since 2007 at Nomad Comedy's Open Mic Nights at Tony's Bar and Grill, Randburg. Kuda has shared stages with renowned stand-up comedians such as Martin Jonas, John Vlismas, Vittoria Leonardi, Joe Parker, Alyn Adams, Chris Forrest, Ronnie Madimola, Many Knight (UK), Darren Maule, Trevor Noah and Al Prodgers.
    Smokey Nyembe
    Smokey is a regular at the Soweto Premium Comedy Nights and the Jo’burg Premium Comedy Nights. His street smart, kasi-style comedy has more and more people following him on Twitter and Facebook and on the streets, literally. SMOWKEY NOW RATES HIMSELF AS THE DOPEST COMEDIAN IN THE UNDERGROUND COMEDY SCENE!!! Blowing your own horn hey Smokey?
    Khanyisa Bunu
    Hailing from Whittlesea in the Eastern Cape, Khanyisa is making her mark in the Joburg comedy scene. Having graced the stage at venues like Bambata, the eMalahleni Comedy nights and at the Soweto Premium Comedy Nights, Tshwane Comedy nights as well as the 99% comedy series, Khanyisa will be representing the country in Brazil as one of South Africas budding female comedians.



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