Arts News From Around South Africa

Johannesburg Arts Alive International Festival

Johannesburg’s premiere arts festival will infuse the city with the arts this September as the nation celebrates a full 20 years of democracy.

Blacks Only Comedy 10-year anniversary shows

The Blacks Only Comedy show is heading to Emperors Palace on August 1 and Grand Arena on 8 August. Come join us to celebrate our 10-year anniversary.

Dance Umbrella 2014 programme

The Dance Umbrella festival, again part of the Johannesburg Arts Alive International Festival, will celebrate its 26th anniversary from August 31 to September 7, 2014.

Emotional Creature: amended

Jon Broeke: Girls are emotional creatures, we know that. What we don’t know are the struggles these creatures are going through all over the world, until now.

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Baby brothers and bicycles

Joanna Evans presents a story of children for adults that is honest, beautifully executed and quite distressing. In The Year of the Bicycle, red string connects glowing jars as the year of 1997 unfolds for two youngsters. Andile, a boy from an impoverished community near Hout Bay, makes an unlikely friend over the suburban brick wall of Amelia's house, an only child who fights-off loneliness ...

Drive With Me: a moving ride

I saw Drive With Me, directed by Liz Mills, two days ago and have been surprised that there isn’t more talk about it. Being familiar with Megan Furniss’s website Megan’s Head, I went looking for some information. Megan posts that she’s had ...

The View tackles contemptible views

Wow. The View is veritable. Post-show audience comments included, “That’s the best thing I’ve ever seen”. I understand why they’d feel that way. We meet a boy, skilfully and tenderly brought to life by Gideon Lombard. From his ...

Don't give up

Of all the arts disciplines, theatre surely is the bi-polar sibling. It experiences the high of a full house standing ovation and the soul-crushing low of tiers of empty seats. You can pretty much take it for granted that empty seats are going to be ...