Monthly Archives: June 2012

Umoja, the Spirit of Togetherness

Originally built as a cinema theatre in 1929, the Victory Theatre is Johannesburg’s oldest working theatre and it was extensively renovated in 2007. Umoja is housed at the Victory Theatre when it is not touring internationally and it was good … Continue reading

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Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy

A generation ago children in Johannesburg could look forward to annual visits from the Holiday on Ice crowd. Now there are many more options when it comes to ice shows. In 2012 we’ve had the last performances of The Nutcracker … Continue reading

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The Sibikwe Arts Indigenous Orchestra in Celebration

Heritage. I am acutely uncomfortable with the subject of “heritage” in South Africa. There is a sense in which many South Africans, of which I am one, are not sure just what belongs in the “heritage” box. We are who … Continue reading

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Cause for Celebration

One of the things I did this past weekend was to attend Celebration, a musical look at some reasons to celebrate the month of June in Johannesburg. Maestro Richard Cock led the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg and the Johannesburg Festival … Continue reading

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The King of the Beasts and the circus at Gold Reef City

For years I begged my father to allow me to see the circus. Back then the circus dominated the old Show Grounds, now the Wits West Campus, for the entire winter school holiday. My father remained adament that we were … Continue reading

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Clora, a play about a queen and not the royal variety

Plenty of food for thought in Ashraf Johaardien’s new play, Clora, which I saw at PopArt this weekend and which will be at the Grahamstown Festival. Under all the fun and ga(y)mes is a serious message about homophobia, intolerance and … Continue reading

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The Brothers Size

In my personal life I work with a group called Kairos, where I do ministry to the female relatives of incarcerated people so it was with considerable interest that I sat down to watch this story of the loved one … Continue reading

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