When we were searching for our May 2019 cover model to represent both Africa Day and South Africa’s 25 years of democracy, Nomzamo Mbatha was an iconic choice: a strong, confident, talented and humanitarian face of Africa. We celebrate Africa Month in our May 2019 issue by exploring iconic South African tourism monuments, look at what’s on at DITSONG: Museums of South Africa, and find out how the Department of Arts and Culture is empowering the creative economy. Creative Feel celebrates 25 years of democracy with an interview with Justice Dikgang Moseneke, who helped establish SA’s Constitution – one of the most progressive in the world. Also in this issue: interesting times lie ahead for South African art at the Venice Biennale, art competitions for emerging and established artists are sustaining a growing creative culture, 40 Years of Standard Bank’s African Art Collection, nudes in the Sanlam Art Collection and an interview with Annali Cabano-Dempsey about 21 years of curating the cube at UJ. Vuyani Dance Theatre believes employment creation is a mission possible, and the international Flemish dance landscape showcases in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The Color Purple returns to Joburg Theatre, the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival turns 21, the Naledi Theatre Awards celebrates its 15th anniversary and we talk to Brett Bailey about his newest production, Samson.