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A blend of the physical and the virtual is the way of the post-pandemic art world, and it’s likely to stay that way for some time. As we continue to find our feet in this hybrid creative landscape, Creative Feel remains committed to updating our list of virtual events (launched in the period following South Africa’s first hard lockdown in 2020) so that you can continue supporting and uplifting South Africa’s creative sector.

We urge our readers, both local and international, to support these live streams, digital events, virtual exhibitions and physical events to help keep South Africa’s arts scene alive.

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Zander Blom exhibition event South Africa

Solo exhibition: 12 February – 18 March

Zander Blom’s Monochrome Paintings

STEVENSON Johannesburg will present Monochrome Paintings, Zander Blom’s tenth solo exhibition with the gallery. ‘A tide of calm has washed over the studio,’ writes the artist. ‘This was no doubt brought on by a return to abstraction and a drastic reduction to my colour palette. In the last year the studio has transformed from a cacophony of anxious colours and textures to a more focused, harmonious unity.’

Brothers Size Market Theatre event South Africa

Theatre: 28 January – 28 February

The Brothers Size at The Market Theatre

The Market Theatre will be collaborating with Oscar-winning writer Tarell Alvin McCraney, who is also the creator of award-winning film Moonlight, to once again bring you this critically acclaimed play The Brothers Size. Previously sporting an all-American cast at the Market in 2012, artistic director James Ngcobo concluded that it was time to give South African actors an opportunity at showcasing their skills.

Livestream concert: 23 January

The Hugh Masekela heritage festival

Assupol and The Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation celebrate Bra Hugh’s cultural legacy with an online festival that you can stream online on Sunday 23 January at 20:00 via www.skyroomlive.com. Headliners include Msaki, Langa Mavuso, Mandisi Dyantyis, Berita, Muneyi, Gcina Mhlophe and more.

virtual events current exhibition Absa Art Hot Spot

Group exhibition: 25 November 2021 – 31 January 2022

The Resilience of the Human Spirit

Previous Absa L’Atelier art competition winners, Raji Bamidele from Nigeria, Winifrid Luena from Tanzania, and Nkhensani Rihlampfu from South Africa have come together, after 3 years, for a collaborative exhibition of their most recent works.

virtual events South Africa festive season things to do Paulo Nazareth

Solo exhibition: 27 November 2021 – 28 January 2022

Paulo Nazareth’s INTAKA ENDALA EPHEZU’ KOMKHOMBE OMHLOPHE

Currently on at Johannesburg’s Stevenson gallery is INTAKA ENDALA EPHEZU’ KOMKHOMBE OMHLOPHE, a solo exhibition by Paulo Nazareth. Comprising sculpture, installation, drawing, photography and painting, using both naturally occurring and artificial materials, the exhibition spotlights the interplay of paradoxes between the immediate needs of life and the assumed requirements of a modernity governed by global white supremacy.

Amita Makan event exhibition South Africa

Solo exhibition: Until January 2022

Āvāhana – Invocation at Oliewenhuis Art Museum

Artist Amita Makan currently has a solo exhibition at Bloemfontein’s Oliewenhuis Art Museum. The exhibition comprises 18 hand-embroidered pieces, with works deriving from Makan’s growing disquiet at the disappearance of the Southern African landscape due to environmental degradation and climate change.

Rich Mnisi

Exhibition: 2 October 2021 – 4 February 2022

Rich Mnisi’s Nyoka

Southern Guild presents Rich Mnisi’s first solo exhibition of collectible furniture, titled Nyoka, which runs from October 2021 to February 2022. The collection – comprising seating, a console, chandelier, rug and other objects – is a bold exploration of shape and fluidity, brought vividly to life in a rich array of materials including bronze, wool, resin and glass. Nyoka draws on Mnisi’s family history and African mythology, and plays with the duality of fear and beauty epitomised by the image of a snake, which gives the show its title in Xitsonga.

Life and Times of Michael K theatre South Africa

Theatre: 28 February – 19 March

Life and Times of Michael K at The Baxter

The highly anticipated production of Nobel Prize-winning author JM Coetzee’s, Life and Times of Michael K, adapted for the stage by Lara Foot, in collaboration with the Tony Award-winning Handspring Puppet Company, comes to The Baxter. A frighteningly beautiful story that follows a simple man who embarks on a journey through South Africa, shattered by civil war, to return his mother to die on the farm where she was born.

Yto Barrada Johannesburg's Goodman Gallery

Solo exhibition: 29 January – 17 March

Yto Barrada’s She Could Talk a Flood Tide Down

Johannesburg’s Goodman Gallery presents She Could Talk a Flood Tide Down, Yto Barrada’s first solo exhibition in Joburg and with the gallery. This exhibition, which coincides with Barrada’s solo presentation at The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, highlights her long-established interest in alternative forms of learning and spaces of play as valuable sources of knowledge.

Live music: 29 January

BREATHE, CONCERT in Maboneng

Johannesburg’s The Centre for the Less Good Idea will host BREATHE, CONCERT to celebrate human resilience and strength in continuing despite the challenges. The concert features Inselelo YeMbube Isicathamiya Choir based in Jeppestown, as well as Xolisile Bongwana, Ithana, Siphiwe Sip Nkabinde and Zandile Hlatshwayo all backed by Jazzmeloz Band.

virtual events south africa stevenson gallery exhibition

Group exhibition: Until 5 February

Works on Paper at Stevenson Gallery

Cape Town’s Stevenson gallery is currently showing Works on Paper, a group exhibition on the latent potential of this versatile material. Featuring Cian-Yu Bai, Walter Battiss, Zander Blom, Wim Botha, Breyten Breytenbach and more.

virtual events South Africa Zeitz MOCAA

Museum exhibitions: December 2021 – January 2022

Festive season at the Zeitz MOCAA

This December through to January, Cape Town’s Zeitz MOCAA will be open six days a week, from Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 to 18:00. Plus, Africa Wednesdays are back – free access to all citizens of African countries between 10:00 and 13:00 every Wednesday on presentation of a valid South African ID or an African passport. Current exhibitions include Thania Petersen’s KASSARAM, the collection exhibition Two Together, Unfinished Camp, Alfredo Jaar’s The Rwanda Project and the recently opened Only Sun in the Sky Knows How I Feel – (A Lucid Dream) by Johannes Phokela.

events South Africa festive season things to do William Humphreys Art Gallery

Various exhibitions: December 2021 – January 2022

Take a trip to the WHAG

Nestled in the Oppenheimer Gardens in Kimberley, the William Humphreys Art Gallery is considered one of the finest national art museums in South Africa. Endearingly known as the WHAG and conveniently situated in central South Africa, it remains one of the cultural gems for locals; and a must-see for holidaymakers passing through the diamond city. Find out what to see and do at the WHAG this festive season.

virtual events South Africa Cape Town Art Fair 2022

Art Fair: 18 – 20 February 2022

The Investec Cape Town Art Fair

CTAF is back with a physical fair in 2022. Taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the fair brings together the African continent’s leading galleries as well as cutting edge galleries from Europe, offering an unparalleled opportunity to view and acquire works of contemporary art of the highest quality.

cion Joburg Theatre dance event South Africa

Theatre: 28 January – 6 February

Cion at Joburg Theatre

Following multiple postponements as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, Vuyani Dance Theatre’s Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero has returned to Johannesburg for an eight-day season at The Mandela at Joburg Theatre, accompanied by the Soweto Gospel Choir.

Wezile Harmans Bag Factory exhibition

Solo exhibition: 29 January – 27 February

Do Not Trust the Borders by Wezile Harmans

This January, Bag Factory hosts Do Not Trust the Borders, an exhibition by Wezile Harmans, curated by Boitumelo Makousu. The exhibition is an interrogation of the discriminatory and dehumanising systems inherent in migration policies. The exhibition aims to question the existence of borders and our understanding thereof.

virtual events South Africa Gallery 2 exhibition

Group exhibition: Until 26 February

Through the Window at Gallery 2

Johannesburg’s Gallery 2 is hosting Through the Window, a group exhibition where each artist explores the idea of storytelling, explaining a narrative, through visual mediums. Whether the ‘story’ is distinct or of an abstract nature, this exhibition is open to all kinds of interpretations: drawings, illustrations, artists’ books, sculptures, etc.

virtual events South Africa Conrad Hicks

Solo exhibition: 11 December 2021 – early 2022

Cu by Conrad Hicks

Opening at Cape Town’s Southern Guild gallery, Cu is the latest solo presentation by artist blacksmith Conrad Hicks, which contemplates the beauty found in his chosen medium: copper. Comprising a series of curvilinear sculptures mounted to the wall and standing on plinths, all made entirely of copper (whose chemical symbol gives the exhibition its name), this body of work sees Hicks push the expressive potential of the metal to its fullest.

virtual events South Africa Nkhensani Rihlampfu art exhibition

Group exhibition: 25 November 2021 – 31 January 2022

2019 L’Atelier ambassadors

Raji Bamidele from Nigeria, Winifrid Luena from Tanzania, and Nkhensani Rihlampfu from South Africa have come together, after 3 years, for a collaborative exhibition of their most recent works which can be viewed at the gorgeous and easy to use Absa Art Hot Spot, online gallery.

Javett UP

Exhibition: August 2021 – March 2022

INTERFACING NEW HEAVENS at Javett-UP

INTERFACING NEW HEAVENS is an artistic research and curatorial project that brings together two different positions that contemplate the entanglement of science, art and indigenous knowledge systems and their inquiry within the discursive terrain of astronomy. The series of works by Vanessa Lorenzo and Tebogo George Mahashe reflect on the potentials of these interactions and their effect on our present.

events South Africa Irma Stern exhibition

Exhibition: 3 November 2021 – 28 March 2022

Irma Stern: The Zanzibari Years

Showing at Cape Town’s Norval Foundation, Irma Stern: The Zanzibari Years focuses on a small body of significant works produced by Stern during her two stays in Zanzibar and the period surrounding 1939 – 1945. This exhibition will be the first time in nearly 40 years that a body of these Zanzibari works, considered among her finest, are exhibited together.

Festive season music

Norah Jones – I Dream Of Christmas

Norah Jones has just released her first-ever Christmas album filled with a delightful and comforting collection of timeless seasonal favourites and new originals that explore the complicated emotions of our times and our hopes that this holiday season will be full of joy and togetherness.

Cecilia Bartoli – Unreleased

The most successful female classical singer alive has just released an unheard showcase album. Unreleased features virtuosic concert arias from Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Mysliveček, along with two tracks featuring violinist Maxim Vengerov.

ABBA Voyage

Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid are back! For the first time in 40 years, one of the most successful pop groups of all time, ABBA returns with a brand new studio album, ABBA Voyage. ABBA have not only recorded two new songs, ‘I Still Have Faith In You’ and ‘Don’t Shut Me Down’, that will both feature in a revolutionary concert, they’ve also recorded and produced an entire new album.

Elton John – The Lockdown Sessions

A collection of 16 songs, all Elton John collaborations, with some of the biggest, most exciting artists in the world today including Yo-Yo Ma, Charlie Puth, Dua Lipa, Eddie Vedder, Gorillaz, Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Rina Sawayama, SG Lewis, Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, Surfaces, Years & Years, Young Thug, Brandi Carlile, and more.

Ludovico Einaudi – Cinema

The composer behind Oscar-winning films Nomadland and The Father, pianist Ludovico Einaudi, releases a new, handpicked collection of his greatest musical works from film and television including two previously unreleased tracks.

Angélique Kidjo – Mother Nature

The four-time Grammy Award-winning luminary, Angélique Kidjo, joins forces with many of her musical progeny, including some of the most captivating young creators of West African music, Afrobeat, Afro-pop, dancehall, hip-hop, and alt-R&B.

At home with the JPO

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, 1st Movement

Following their recent Winter Symphony Season, The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra presents Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major, 1st Movement. The performance, under the baton of Lykele Temmingh, was recorded at the Linder Auditorium as part of the Virtual Spring Symphony Season 2020. At the première of Symphony No. 7, Beethoven was noted as remarking that it was one of his best works, referring to is as “one of the happiest products of my poor talents.”

Festive season music

A Sentimental Christmas With Nat “King” Cole And Friends: Cole Classics Reimagined

This unique holiday album weaves Nat “King” Cole’s distinctive, beautifully restored vocals with new arrangements and contemporary artists. The collection features virtual duets of holiday classics with Kristin Chenoweth, Gloria Estefan, John Legend, Johnny Mathis, and Calum Scott.

Anna Netrebko – Amata Dalle Tenebre

Opera star Anna Netrebko returns with Amata Dalle Tenebre, her first classical solo album in five years. The album features the soprano’s very personal choice of iconic arias by Cilea, Puccini, Purcell, Richard Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Wagner. The title Amata dalle tenebre, meaning “Loved by the darkness”, reflects the dramatic fate that awaits the operatic heroines featured on the album, women for whom love is inextricably bound up with darkness, even death.

Tori Amos – Ocean to Ocean

In spite of the various crises that have occurred since 2017’s Native Invader, Tori Amos has emerged with Ocean to Ocean, her most personal work in years – an album bursting with warmth and connection, with deep roots in her earliest song writing. Written during the 3rd Lockdown in Cornwall this year, Ocean to Ocean is a universal story of going to rock bottom and renewing yourself all over again.

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga – Love For Sale

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga released their highly anticipated collaborative album, Love For Sale, via Columbia/Interscope Records. This is the legendary duo’s second album together, following 2014’s Cheek to Cheek.

Moby – Reprise

Together with the Budapest Art Orchestra, musical pioneer Moby has re-envisioned some of his most recognisable rave classics and anthems with new arrangements for orchestra and acoustic instruments. Some of the new versions are sparser and slower, while others exploit the bombastic potential an orchestra can offer. Three decades into Moby’s career, Reprise is less of a greatest hits record and more of a chance to reflect on the way in which art can adapt over time to different settings and contexts.

Toya Delazy – Afrorave

Serving up 11 tracks of innovative and impactful techno, bassline and African percussions bedded under Toya Delazy’s trademark Zulu raps, Afrorave Vol. 1 sets the benchmark for the South African artist and demonstrates the breadth, direction, and uniqueness of her brand new project as both sonically free and more exhilarating than ever before.

Festive season music

Vitamin String Quartet – It Feels Like Christmas

Vitamin String Quartet is one of the biggest contemporary string ensembles in the world and they’ve just debuted their latest holiday collection of music that is set to become the go-to instrumental Christmas album for years to come and have you singing Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas right into the new year!

Winter Tales

Seasonal music is reimagined by a dazzling array of star composers who have beautifully reimagined the music of Christmas and Chanukah, drawing inspiration from their childhoods and homelands.

Gregory Porter – Still Rising

Celebrating a decade of success, two-time Grammy-winning, jazz-soul legend Gregory Porter announces his partnership with Disney’s Magical Christmas Campaign and released his new album, Still Rising.

Jon Batiste – We Are: The Deluxe Edition

Jon Batiste has released We Are: The Deluxe Edition, an incredibly musically diverse set that debuts six new tracks and collaborations with Tori Kelly, BJ The Chicago Kid, Abi Bernadoth, Big Chief Romeo and Big Freedia.

Sons of Kemet – Black To The Future

The much-anticipated release of Sons of Kemet’s Black To The Future has an impressive list of guest musicians with jazz undertones, poetry, spoken word and even some woodwind instrumentation by saxophonist, composer, philosopher and writer Shabaka Hutchings.

New album & documentary

Janine Jansen’s 12 Stradivari

For the first time in history, 12 of the most wonderful violins ever made by the finest violin maker of all time, Antonio Stradivari (1644–1737), have travelled across the world for a ground-breaking new project with violin superstar Janine Jansen. The resulting album, 12 Stradivari, captures the individual characters of each instrument in specially curated music accompanied by Sir Antonio Pappano at the piano.

The Imbali Artbooks: Adventuring Into Art, is a boxed-set of large-format art educational resource books. Imbali’s primary intention in developing the series of artbooks is to provide rich teaching resources for schools that teach visual art. The books focus on South African art and artists. They guide teachers in art educational methodologies, engaging their learners in looking at and discussing artworks and also in art-making activities, techniques, and approaches. Here’s a quick look at the set of artbooks:

Imbali art books teachers resources

Book one: Getting Started

Abstraction; the visual language of art; an art vocabulary; line and its expressive possibilities; lines and sound; lines and movement; using different media to create expressive lines; colour; colour theory and colour-mixing and using paint.

Imbali art books teachers resources

Book four: Things

The lives of objects and their meanings; objects of ritual, the still life in South African art; drawing and painting still lifes; keeping a sketchbook; self-portrait in objects; texture in art; rubbings; Dada and objét trouvé; museums; a miniature museum; creating sculptures in papier maché; Pop Art; advertising and consumerism.

Imbali art books teachers resources

Book seven: Inner Worlds

Early symbolic object-making; San Rock art in South Africa; some cultural traditions and rituals; art and the missionary influence in South Africa; ritual objects; Jackson Hlungwane’s New Jerusalem; symbolism and surrealism in South Africa and creating surrealist imagery.

Imbali art books teachers resources

Book two: Faces

Portraiture in South Africa; making a self-portrait; identity – photographing ourselves; self-portraits in charcoal; the traditions of masks in Africa: masks and power; making a “power mask” and performance.

Imbali art books teachers resources

Book five: Places

Artists and the environment; landscape painting and drawing in South African art; other kinds of “landscapes”; San conceptions of the land; depictions of the land and its colonial and other histories; drawing and painting outdoors; perspective; land art and site specific art; environmental awareness through performance and installation.

Imbali art books teachers resources

Adventuring into Art Teaching Guide

Adventuring into Art is a guide to teaching art for South African teachers. The guide section is available as part of the book.

Imbali art books teachers resources

Book three: Bodies

Expression through the body, artists’ depictions of the body in action; sculpture and the human figure; traditional child figures in South African art; figure drawing; carving; assemblage; construction; gender prejudice; feminist artists; self-image and body mapping.

Imbali art books teachers resources

Book six: War Zones

Art and war; art under Apartheid, art and resistance; documentary photography; curating your own exhibition; poster art in South Africa; designing and making posters, silk-screening; stencilling; graffiti and mural art.

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