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April 2016

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‘I feel pretty, oh so pretty, I feel pretty and witty and gay’ this month’s cover story is certainly a provocative feast for your eyes. Daniel Lismore leaves us all speechless with his ornate chair design for the Bonhams auction in aid of CHIVA Africa, an organisation that provides medical assistance to youth living with HIV. The auction features an array of well-known non-designers and designers such as sculptor and multimedia artist Simone Krok and leading South African artists Norman Catherine, Sam Nhlengethwa and Beezy Bailey who all contributed their creativity to this cause.

As we build up towards the Market Theatre’s ‘40 Years of Storytelling’, reminisce with us on a journey back to the Market theatre in the 80s and how theatre productions such as Sophiatown inspired a young generation. The Market Theatre has featured numerous collaborations between William Kentridge and the Handspring Puppet Company; get inside their heads on page 46. Also an attraction is the Market Theatre Laboratory, a breeding ground for young theatremakers, read what Vanessa Cooke has to share with us. Malcolm Purkey’s Sophiatown returns to the Market till the 17th April 2016.

The SA-UK Seasons comprises of a number of interesting reads for your enjoyment. We chat to Heath Nash and Unathi Kondile two Africans who have participated in the Connect ZA’s cultural programmes. As the season closes we reflect on its success and the various highlights that where showcased.

If your heart yearns to experience some fine art, visit History Will Break Your Heart. This exhibition by Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner Kemang Wa Lehulere presents a multidisciplinary exhibition that explores the intimate landscape of the artist. History Will Break Your Heart shows at the Standard Bank Gallery from the 15th of April till the 18th of June 2016. In other art news, the SA Taxi Foundation Art Award 2016 is back and in full swing. This fresh collaboration between the SA Taxi Foundation and Lizamore and Associates is an event to look forward to and is sure to produce some electrifying new talent. Keep a look out for these young artists. For a quick read check out an interview with South African photographer Brett Rubin.

Mozart’s The Magic Flute is here and nobody wants to miss this rich opera. La Bohème, another timeless opera by Giacomo Puccini is reimagined in the context of District Six and now boasts the title La Bohème in District Six. The Magic Flute opens on the 18th of May at the Joburg Theatre and La Bohème in District Six from the 28th of April till the 29th of April at the Kyknet Theatre in the Artscape Theatre Centre, Cape Town. If La Bohème in District Six tickles your fancy then simply flip over the page and savour in the gem that is the District Six Museum.

The 2016 Naledi Awards are near and Executive Director Dawn Lindberg is thrilled at the high standard of nominees this year. The Naledi Awards take place on the 19th of April 2016 at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City.

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