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Joe Turpin When the Dust Settles Jewish art anti-Semitism

Art exhibition: 17 July – 31 August

When the Dust Settles at NWU Botanical Gardens Gallery

In his exhibition, When the Dust Settles, Joe Turpin brings to the fore an eye-opening account of the dangers of anti-Semitism and the scarcity of Jewish communities in South Africa.

Handmade Contemporary Fair

Lifestyle festival: 1 – 3 September

Handmade Contemporary Fair

Handmade Contemporary Fair is Africa’s premier artisanal luxury fair, showcasing the finest handmade creations from across the continent, this year, showcasing the talents of over 100 artisans.


Fashion and ceramics

Safari in Style Collection at Ardmore

Ardmore recently introduced their timeless, one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces, embellished with Ardmore ceramic art and the finest gemstones.

Thonton Kabeya

Exhibition: 15 August – 14 October

Introspect at Wits Art Museum

Introspect is a mid-career survey exhibition of works by Thonton Kabeya. The large-scale display offers a glimpse into the artist’s inner-world and process, illustrating how Kabeya’s art delves into the richness of being human, and African specifically.

art competitions South Africa Call 4 Creators

Competition deadline: 31 August

Call 4 Creators

4th STREET Wines has launched a new competition, Call 4 Creators, aimed at aspiring up-and-coming artists, designers, illustrators, photographers, dancers, musicians, producers, stylists, and any other creators.

creative art music photography dance courses Johannesburg

Application deadline: 30 September

Theatre and Performance course

Applications are now open for the Market Theatre Laboratory’s Theatre and Performance full-time course, for study in 2024. Talented, determined young people who are passionate about the performing arts and want to become part of the next generation of artistic innovators, change-makers and storytellers are welcome to apply.

events South Africa ceramic exhibition Spier wine farm

Ceramics: until 23 October

An Act of Faith at Spier Wine Farm

An Act of Faith is an exhibition of ceramic works by 28 South African ceramic artists, telling the story of physical, emotional and spiritual transformation hosted at Spier Wine Farm.

Zip Zap Circus Moya Montecasino Teatro Joburg

Circus: 31 August – 10 September

MOYA at the Teatro

Zip Zap Circus returns to Montecasino’s Teatro Theatre with MOYA, heart-warming tale of spirit and transformation.

Clive van den Berg Goodman Goodman Cape Town

Art exhibition: 10 August – 15 September

Landscape Echoes at Goodman Gallery Cape Town

Clive van den Berg continues to reflect on his own complex relationship to landscape with his Landscape Echoes exhibition providing a body of work that communicates a more visceral articulation of this engagement.

Kim Blanche womens festival

Theatre: 9 – 20 August

Women’s Month Festival at The Drama Factory

Celebrating South African women through music, comedy and drama, the second Women’s Month Festival – Your Voice, Your Stage runs at The Drama Factory this August.

art competitions South Africa new breed

Competition deadline: 17 September

New Breed Art Competition

The New Breed Art Competition invites new and emerging Free State-based artists to enter and take a step towards being discovered as a new breed of artist.

Youth Day printmaking workshop

Ongoing exhibition: until June 2024

Images of Human Rights Portfolio at Ruach Elohim Church

The MTN Foundation and MAPSA present a display of the Images of Human Rights Portfolio from the MTN Art Collection, comprising 27 striking black and white lino and woodcut pieces, created by 27 artists in recognition of South Africa’s Bill of Rights.

events South Africa Dave Mathews Band

Music: 10 and 12 December

Dave Matthews Band tours South Africa

Dave Matthews Band will be performing live in South Africa this December, set to headline SunBet Arena, Time Square in Pretoria, and Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town. These shows mark the band’s first performances in Dave Matthews’ home country of South Africa since 2013. Tickets sales open 9 June.

Keiskamma Art Project

Exhibition: 24 September 2022

20-year survey exhibition by Keiskamma

This Heritage Day sees the 20-year survey exhibition of the Keiskamma Art Project, at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg. ‘As many of you know, this has been a long and passionately focused journey,’ says the collective. ‘We could not have achieved our mission to present the remarkable output of the Keiskamma Artists’ Collective without help from our wonderful community of lenders, donors, supporters and friends. You have worked tirelessly alongside us and have shared our commitment to bringing the retrospective to fruition.’

Stairways and Ruins NWU Gallery

Art exhibition: 17 July – 31 August

Stairways and Ruins at NWU Gallery

Comprising installations, paintings, and moving images by 23 established and emerging artists, including students, Stairways and Ruins looks to the writings of Bessie Head and Sol Plaatje for inspiration.

Latozi Madosini Mpahleni music tribute

Concert: 26 August

A musical tribute to Latozi Madosini Mpahleni at Baxter Concert Hall

Back due to popular demand is Umoya uthethile (The spirit has spoken) – A musical tribute to Latozi Madosini Mpahleni presented by the UCT Ibuyambo Orchestra, and directed by Thabisa Dinga.

events South Africa Met Opera: Live season of operas Ster-Kinekor

Opera in cinema: until 27 August

Met Opera: Live at Ster-Kinekor and Cinema Nouveau

The final three productions in the current season of Met Opera: Live include Terence Blanchard’s Champion, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Andre Rieu’s 2023 Maastricht: Love Is All Around is also coming up at select Ster-Kinekor and Cinema Nouveau cinemas.

voices of women museum 2022 2023 exhibition and podcast

Exhibition and podcast: 15 December – 2023

Listen Again! at the Voices of Women Museum

Linda Sonaba, Scout Fynn and Amanda Plaatjies have worked with the Voices of Women story cloths, wrestling with the challenges of curating a ‘living heritage’ in the 2022 annual VoWM exhibition. Listen Again! invites you, the viewer, to participate as before, but this time to be aware of how you listen, read and view the work. In contemporary views of a transforming South Africa, we know that historical record has been erased over centuries and we know that the telling of our histories (as women) has been distorted.

Beauty Queen of Leenane at The Baxter events South Africa

Theatre: 2 – 19 August

The Beauty Queen of Leenane at The Baxter

Winner of five Naledi Theatre Awards, The Beauty Queen of Leenane makes its Cape Town debut after playing to critical acclaim in Joburg. The play is a darkly comic tale about the turbulent, dysfunctional, and often savage relationship between mother and daughter, Mag and Maureen Folan.

new music South Africa

New music release

Bowscapes by various artists

A new compilation CD, Bow Project 2: Bowscapes has contributions from a number of South African and international composers. “Bowscapes reflects both the community roots of bow music and the collaborative processes Jürgen Bräuninger fostered.” The 21 electronic tracks illustrate how heritage and innovation can interact in “traditional” music.

Michael Blake


Inspired by Bartók’s Mikrokosmos and by the indigenous music from various parts of Africa, South African composer Michael Blake created his magnum opus Afrikosmos – like Bartók’s work, in varying degrees of difficulty for young players and experts alike

South African musical icons

Sound of Freedom

Spanning artists like Hugh Masakela with Bring Him Back Home, Miriam Makeba with her hit Pata Pata, and Johnny Clegg and Savuka’s Great Heart, there is something for all South African tastes, rounded off by tracks from Just Jinger, Brenda Fassi, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, Vusi Mahlasela and more.


Ludovico Einaudi – Underwater

Illustrious composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi recently released Underwater, his first new solo piano album in 20 years. Underwater was born in lockdown, utilising the rare opportunity for song-writing in its purest and most intimate form: just Einaudi and his piano. It features 12 newly composed solo piano tracks, showcasing his unmistakable musical style.

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.

Karl Jenkins

One World

One of the world’s most-performed living composers has released a new album, One World, featuring the World Orchestra for Peace, the Stay At Home Choir and World Choir for Peace, with baritone Roderick Williams OBE, soprano Lucy Crowe and mezzo Kathryn Rudge as soloists. One World is conducted by Sir Karl Jenkins, in collaboration with Artistic Director of the World Choir for Peace, Nicol Matt.

Classical music

Orchestra of the Swan – Labyrinths

Released as a ‘mixtape album’ in November 2021, Orchestra of the Swan’s Labyrinths is a 16-track album with David Le Page as conductor. The music of Labyrinths focuses on ‘ideas of pilgrimage, contemplation, exploration and enlightenment.’

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.

Celebrating Mama Africa

Somi – Zenzile

Featuring well-known musicians and acts including Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Seun Kuti, Angelique Kidjo, Gregory Porter, and more, Somi’s Zenzile seeks to celebrate the legendary Miriam Makeba‘s musical contributions and pay tribute to her art and activism.

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.

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.”

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.

National Arts Festival

22 June to 2 July 2023

National Arts Festival Dog Rose

The Creative Feel team’s top picks

Theatre: 22 – 24 June

Dog Rose at B2 Arena

“The play raises awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder, which has historically been mis-diagnosed in women and girls. A possible diagnosis of high-functioning autism can sometimes explain social interactions and can help us to better understand each other which is more and more important.” – Lore Watterson

National Arts Festival Hold Still

The Creative Feel team’s top picks

Theatre: 30 June – 2 July

Hold Still at Graeme College

“There are a whole lot of far-reaching, and enduring themes being tackled in this play and I’m interested to see how they’re handled in a 60 minute production. Mostly, though, I am putting Hold Still on my must-see list because of the extraordinary team that’s brought it to life.” – David Mann

National Arts Festival Fringe programme what to see

Creative Feel editor’s top picks

Comedy / Theatre: 22 – 27 June

The Agents at Princess Alice

“Pombo’s brand of bizarre and biting satire usually always draws on the absurdity of everyday life, and when it comes to the realm of South African real estate, I imagine The Agents will be as illuminating as it is amusing.”

National Arts Festival Fringe programme what to see

Creative Feel editor’s top picks

Dance / Theatre: 25 – 28 June

May I Have This Dance at Gymnasium

“I’m interested in its narrative simplicity and the complicated, but universal themes it might hold. I missed the play at last year’s Festival, where it won a Silver Ovation Award, so I look forward to seeing it at this year’s NAF.”

National Arts Festival Text Me When You Arrive

The Creative Feel team’s top picks

Theatre: 26 – 28 June

Text Me When You Arrive at B2 Arena

“An exploration into the plight of South African women and their everyday struggles, this powerful satirical showcase promises an earnest view into the fears of women and the societal rules that claim to ‘keep women safe’ and should thus be a must-see for all.” – Thuli Mabaso

National Arts Festival Standard Bank Young Artists

The Creative Feel team’s top picks

Various dates | Various venues

This year’s Standard Bank Young Artist Award winners

Visual Art: Lady Skollie

Poetry: Koleka Putuma

Dance: Thamsanqa Majela

Music: Msaki

Theatre: TheatreDuo (Billy Langa and Mahlatsi Makgonyana)

Jazz: Linda Sikhakhane

National Arts Festival Fringe programme what to see

Creative Feel editor’s top picks

Theatre: 26 – 28 & 30 June – 1 July

Swartwater at St Andrew’s Hall

“Geralt Cloete along with the cast and their dramaturg, Lee-Ann Van Rooi, have the opportunity to situate audiences in an essential, albeit painful, part of South Africa’s collective history and posit a way forward, or perhaps a new way of reflecting on the past.”

National Arts Festival Fringe programme what to see

Creative Feel editor’s top picks

Dance / Theatre: 25 – 28 June

May I Have This Dance at Gymnasium

Île had a magnificent physical debut last year… Does this mean that it returns to the 2023 Festival unchanged? Have Sophie Joans and director Rob van Vuuren (a Fringe veteran himself) decided to switch up or do away with any elements of the work, or have they decided not to mess with a good thing? We’ll have to wait and see.”

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra South African tour

The Creative Feel team’s top picks

Music: 23 – 24 June

Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at Guy Butler Auditorium

“You know I like the soothing sounds of classical music on crisp Thursday evenings at the Linder, but it’s pretty cool that the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is touring South Africa. In the industry that is Classical Music, which requires exceptionally skilled and driven musicians, I can only imagine the enthusiasm these guys are going to bring to the stage.” – Angelia Müller

National Arts Festival 2023 line-up Makhanda

See you in Makhanda

The countdown to the 2023 National Arts Festival begins

Makhanda’s annual celebration of the arts starts in a few weeks and we are counting down the days. This year, the organisers are spreading out the programme highlights across the full eleven days, which means those who are staying for only two or three days can enjoy a diversity of National Arts Festival shows. Festival veterans will return, international acts are popping in and brand new Fringe shows continue to innovate.

National Arts Festival Fringe programme what to see

Creative Feel editor’s top picks

Theatre: 28 June – 1 July

Cruise at Glennie Hall

“I saw Cruise in 2022 when it debuted at Johannesburg… At the time, I wondered how the [UK] play might have adapted to its setting in South Africa… given the country’s own history with HIV and Aids. So, I’m interested to see how the play does in Makhanda, and how it might have changed, if at all.”

Kesivan Naidoo National Jazz Festival Makhanda

National Jazz Festival Makhanda

The jazz community’s irrepressible energy

Now in its 36th year, the National Jazz Festival Makhanda forms part of the annual National Arts Festival, with a programme that has become a barometer of South African jazz. It’s also a gathering place for artists, many of whom take a break from their international travels to meet, jam and create new ideas. For fans it’s an annual pilgrimage, and for new audiences it is an introduction to a musical genre that has defined generations and inspired millions across the globe.

iYeza by Buhlebezwe Siwani

As a multidisciplinary artist, Buhlebezwe Siwani demonstrates profound range. Working across embodied performance, installation, video, photography, works on paper and sculpture, she creates art that is a continued meditation on the intersections of spirituality, indigenous practices, culture, history, and religion through centring the black female body and lens.

Buhlebezwe Siwani iYeza

Exhibition: 24 February – 8 April 2023

iYeza at Standard Bank Gallery

The Standard Bank Gallery is currently exhibiting iYeza, a solo exhibition of recent work by Buhlebezwe Siwani. First exhibited in Makhanda, as part of the National Arts Festival, the exhibition now moves to Johannesburg in celebration of a significant milestone – the artist’s selection as the Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art 2021.

Buhlebezwe Siwani iYeza Nduduzo Makhathini
Buhlebezwe Siwani iYeza

Buhlebezwe Siwani’s iYeza investigates the power and potential of plants, in artistic gestures towards healing

By Creative Feel

The life force of the exhibition is the symbiotic relationship to and with plants, their meaning and our history. Through video and sculpture, Siwani physically places the flora of the show’s title in the exhibition – using wood, imphepho, eucalyptus tree stumps, grass, alongside imbola, umkhando and soil as part of the materials that create these works.

Thematically, she considers the intersection of the physical and spiritual, women’s labour, ecological warfare, and codified African spiritual practices in an expansive consideration of the power and potential of plants, all while gesturing towards healing.

Buhlebezwe Siwani IYEZA Standard Bank Gallery

Navigating land and sea in the centre of Johannesburg

By David Mann

Grass is currently growing in Johannesburg’s Standard Bank Gallery. There’s fresh soil and a body of water, too. These materials, installed as part of Buhlebezwe Siwani’s solo exhibition iYeza, have a profound effect on the brick and mortar building they occupy, as well as those who’ve entered the space. Here, in a gallery in the heart of the city, the invitation is clear: remove your shoes, and walk.

Meet the BASA Debut Graduates

The power of ‘being within’ – heard and seen, making a positive contribution to the creative economy and their communities; these are the rewards and responsibilities of the graduates of the three-year BASA Debut Programme. The 24 graduates were recently celebrated in a ceremony they collectively chose to have in Cape Town at the end of November 2022.

This was the second iteration of the programme Debut Programme that BASA launched in partnership with the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, to offer young emerging creatives (artpreneurs) the skills, funding and training to make a profitable livelihood from their artistic talents.

As the programme closes, it is now up to these Debut graduates to evolve the skills, network and entrepreneurial instincts that have carried them so far. We look forward to seeing how the next generation of artpreneurs celebrates their success.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Tiyani Obedience Sithole

Performing arts | Limpopo

Tiyani is from Malamulele in Limpopo and has been recognised as a jack-of-all-trades. He is a radio presenter by profession, an MC, and an entrepreneur. Tiyani is known for hosting interviews with the greatest talents South Africa has to offer and prides himself on the good conversations he leads them in on air. His MC skills have earned him opportunities to share the stage with South Africa’s prominent artists at events all over Limpopo. His business specialises in social media marketing, providing solutions to the new problems the world faces.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Laycenther Mogale Sedibe

Poetry/Literature | Northern Cape

Mogale Sedibe is a Northern Cape author and poet. He released his spoken-word album Maru in 2020 and two of his children’s literature picture storybooks have been published with Cadbury and the Puku Foundation. He is the founder of Street Philosophy Poetry and works as a theatre practitioner and art activist. He was nominated for Best Poet at the 2020/2021 Northern Cape Awards.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Sibusiso Molefe

Fine/Visual arts | Eastern Cape

Sibusiso Molefe, aka C tutor J, is a musician, entrepreneur and family man. He is a proud product of Sada in the Eastern Cape with a long career in the media industry. Sibusiso started in community radio, newspaper writing, and editing local news and producing radio shows before joining the team of the twice-nominated drama series Uhambo Lwethu. He then moved on to the nationwide syndicated educational drama Side-by-Side, as part of the SABC radio team of TruFM. Sibusiso has been an MC involved in community and artist development work. His latest company, BANG Entertainment, has a vision to become the leader in new media, livestreaming, and music publishing and distribution. For BASA, he has conceived a concept called SMMEC, where he will guide SMMEs from the Eastern Cape to become sustainable businesses. His unique selling point is that more than 90% of business concepts are in English and his paid content will break these down in IsiXhosa and township slang.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Laice Sanele Mathebula

Multi-disciplinary | Gauteng

Laice Sanele Mathebula is a visual and performing artist based in Heidelberg. Their business deals with graphic, visual and editorial design and is unique in how each service is customised to suit individual and business needs.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Mpho Walter Hlahane

Performing arts | Free State

Mpho is from QwaQwa and is a performing artist and stage manager of theatre productions. He is also an Arts and Culture Trust peer adjudicator. His venture promotes live music performance in his community, as well as in South Africa at large. Mpho’s organisation is the only one in QwaQwa that provides live music and access to an affordable recording studio.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Blessed Maloma

Music | Limpopo

Blessed Maloma is an up-and-coming artist, producer and DJ from Sekhukhune in Limpopo. He runs Bee Music Records, a label that supports young artists and producers from rural areas. Known as Beezy Bee, Blessed is a self-taught music producer, musician and DJ with a natural ear for music. He draws inspiration from different types of music, ranging from jazz to hip-hop to kwaito. The types of music he produces includes house music and hip-hop instrumentals. As a DJ, he has played at local events as well as on radio station SK 98.7 FM. He prides himself on making and playing good music. Blessed’s love for music began when he was a child. He learned how to play the keyboard and continued pursuing his ambition to become a musician when he got computer software to make music. He then went on to produce free instrumentals for local artists. He has been working on his own music, which is still to be released under his own record label Bee Music Records. He also enjoys helping other artists to bring out the best in their work.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Nonhlanhla Setheni

Multi-disciplinary | Gauteng

Nonhlanhla Setheni (Nonny) is a handcrafting creative who designs and makes accessories such as earrings, waist beads, chokers or necklaces, anklets, head crowns, bangles and bags. She loves writing poetry and music, capturing her thoughts on how she views the world. Nonny is also a freelance filmmaker who enjoys working with the camera and taking beautiful moving shots. She grew up in the north of Johannesburg and is currently based in Diepsloot. She uses her skills to teach others, and all her material is affordable.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Africa Zwelibanzi Ngubane

Poetry/Literature | Mpumalanga

Africa Zwelibanzi Ngubane is 26 years old and was born and raised in the urban neighbourhood of Kwaguqa, eMalahleni. He is the founder and executive director at Notepad Poetry. He has worked as a theatre script writer, an events coordinator, freelance copywriter and facilitator. He has a decade of experience in the creative writing and performance industry, working for powerhouses such as Siyavutha Theatre Group, performing for the eMalahleni Poetry Night, and appearing on platforms such as Poetry Africa, CSP National Slam and the Dry Sessions, amongst others. As a creative entrepreneur, he believes in the literary art’s capacity to inspire change and to sustain it.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Kganya Mogashoa

Fine/Visual arts | Gauteng

Born in 1994, Kganya Mogashoa is the founder of Koranges Art (Pty) Ltd. She lives and works in Randburg, Johannesburg. She studied Interior Design at the University of Johannesburg (2013–2016), obtaining her BTech Honours Degree. She quit her full-time job in 2019 to pursue her passion for visual art. Kganya is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist who primarily creates mixed media and oil paintings. She focuses on portraiture, and her artwork is inspired by people in and around her life, her journey with God, her momentous life events, and the desire to resolve social ills closely related to women and mental health. Koranges Art paintings are being translated to stationery supplies and corporate gifting packages, which will highlight educational messages around how people should respond to their mental health in healthy ways.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Samukelisiwe Dawn Maseko

Performing arts | KwaZulu-Natal

Sami Maseko is an artist and theatre-maker. She is from Newcastle in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, and when she is not creating new characters on stage or in a frame, or giving voice to stories and text, she is developing movement and drama skills in young people using her training and experience. What makes Seko Arts unique is the focus on cross-pollination and the sharing of ideas, facilitating expression in an experimental space with the purpose of creating new work by ensembles and individuals. The aim is to act as a conduit for talent to a network of arts and culture organisations.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Obed De Koker

Performing arts | Free State

Obed De Koker is a theatre practitioner and a community art developer from Bloemfontein. He is the Director of Fresh From the Garden, a performing arts academy that boldly states, ‘We pick you up before you know it’. Fresh From the Garden deals with performing arts and uses applied theatre as a vehicle for their services. Obed’s striking achievement was his attainment of his Skills Development Facilitation accreditation with the ETDP SETA, before he went on to produce multiple art workshops in his community. He is currently a liaison officer at the Trevor Barlow Library Committee and has been part of the creative team implementing computer courses for unemployed youth.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Rapelang Gilbert Antony

Performing arts | Northern Cape

Rapelang Gilbert Antony is a live music performer from a village just outside the small town of Kuruman in the Northern Cape. He serves his clients with live entertainment, audio and video solutions for their events and parties. His unique selling point is the way the business conducts its services, playing instruments that provide raw sound, carried out with a professionalism that mirrors a live concert experience.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Nthateng Sethemane

Film/Digital media | Limpopo

Nthateng Sethemane is a queer photographer, videographer, entertainment writer/blogger and content creator. Nthateng, who was born and raised in Mankweng in Limpopo, runs a small media company called PLAKA Media. Based in Polokwane, it provides media services to companies, events and individuals such as photography, videography, online advertising and promotions, content creation and updating CVs. They offer several types of photographic services, such as creative photography and black-and-white photography.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Leonard Matsobane Mphahlele

Multi-disciplinary | Northern Cape

Leonard Matsobane Mphahlele is a music producer, vocalist, graphic designer, music video editor and fashion brander. He designs T-shirts, hoodies, caps etc as well as textiles and car branding.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Luyanda Fika Qiniso Mkhungo

Multi-disciplinary | KwaZulu-Natal

OD_Boi_D has a gift for formulating on-the-fly musical pieces. He excels in versatility, with exceptional works in composition and sound engineering. He is complemented by his team of composers, producers and artists, all of whom are responsible for his dominance in the world of music. His passion and energy are felt with every performance. Leveraging on his ability to ‘hammer on, hammer off’ words, his voice is a technical instrument, and one that he uses to produce music that entertains a wide demographic. Over Dope on Self Excellence (Pty) Ltd is a production and content management company operating locally, which supports artists, producers and studios in resourcing and execution. The company serves as a content producer, and assists with positioning and channel management, through financial analysis of the market it serves.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Xolane Marman

Performing arts | Western Cape

Xolane Marman is a young stage director and opera singer from Knysna. She is currently based in Cape Town, running her own organisation, called SA Operatunity. Xolane completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Music Performance and Opera from the University of Cape Town, and further undertook postgraduate studies in education. Under the umbrella of SA Operatunity, Xolane’s aim is to create opera performance opportunities for young and emerging opera artists around South Africa. She and her team run one stage performance and one community development project every year in the Cape Town area. They have been creating jobs for South Africa’s music sector since 2016. Their productions and projects are very different to traditional opera productions as they are more focused on promoting collaborations, utilising minimal budgets and also linking their members with international networks for further development. SA Operatunity stages productions that address current economic, politics and social affairs.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Bularah Chopo

Performing arts | Free State

Bularah Chopo is the manager of Bapala Creative Arts and Services, a production house in 1043 Riverside Youth Centre in the Eastern Free State. The company offers the services of creative practitioners, along with theatre space, creative classes, artistic programmes, a mini cinema, as well as administration services for artists. It is the only town theatre in the Eastern Free State that supplies this particular suite of services.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Xolile Rita Mabuza

Craft | Mpumalanga

Xolile Mabuza is a young emerging artist from a village called Msogwaba outside Mbombela in Mpumalanga. She is the founder of Tendalo Trading. As a designer, she specialises in recycling rubber tubes from cars, tractors, trucks and buses to create environmentally friendly waterproof bags. Xolile also uses the tubes to make accessories. All her carefully crafted products are vegan friendly.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Tsholofelo Seleke

Multi-disciplinary | North West

Tsholofelo Seleke is a creative with a background in Fine Arts. After completing her Honours degree, she began exploring ideas around access, narrative and collectivity. She is working on completing her Master’s in Fine Arts. She has also freelanced as a graphic designer and writer. From an artistic background, she is able to create visually stimulating imagery that is conceptually stimulated and caters to the needs of her clients.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Tshepo Mothudi

Music | North West

Tshepo Mothudi, AKA Play De Master, is a self-taught DJ, composer, producer, and graphic designer from Khuma in Matlosana. He is the founder of Limited Play, which helps to monetise his Play De Master brand profile and offers graphic design and branding solution to local brands, organisations and businesses. His venture offers tailormade, high-quality products and services at a reasonable price. His passion for the work he does, his communication skills, and his dedication to his business set him apart.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Lucy Mbali

Poetry/Literature | Eastern Cape

Lucy Mbali, aka Lucy Impondokazi, is an ambitious woman from the Ntlanezwe village in the Eastern Cape. Lucy is a prominent and award-winning isiXhosa poet, and the author of Umzila KaTambo, an isiXhosa poetry anthology. She is the owner of X-Mobile Studios, the recording studio she established with the help of BASA. The recording studio offers tracking, mastering, mixing, beats sales and music distribution. The studio is both in-house and mobile, which means artists can be recorded wherever they feel most comfortable.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Lance Horne

Music | Western Cape

Lance Lightyear is a queer body, singer, songwriter, lyricist and MC, born and raised in Cape Town. They use music to actively denounce the systematic oppression of LGBTQ+ bodies and brings forth queer-evolution, queer-expression and queer-freedom most prominently in music fashion and visual imagery. The creative concept/business they would like to create is a studio/media hub/record label offering quality sound, recording, beats production and engineering that meets industry standards and with everything needed for an industry-approved media kit. This will include bios, images, videos, interviews, licensing, registrations and copyrighting material. This service will be sold to various artists in their communities with no discrimination, along with physical and digital copies to customers. They will also host quarterly and annual events to drive conversation/networks and capital; create workshops that allow the sharing of information to artists pursuing a career in music and establish a record label that allows the artist to determine their own success.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Shikombiso Desiree Bila

Multi-disciplinary | Limpopo

Shikombiso Bila is a 30-year-old crochet artist who was born in the Nghezimani village outside of Malamulele in Limpopo. She is a Tshwane University of Technology diploma graduate in Information Technology, and the founder and owner of the brand Maxelostyle, specialising in crochet clothes and xibelani made in wool.

BASA Graduates of the Arts Entrepreneurship Programme 2022

Gugulethu Mlombo

Film/Digital media | Mpumalanga

Gugulethu Mlombo is from eMalahleni in Mpumalanga, and the proud owner of Blacbrush Productions. The company offers unique integrated marketing solutions, professional photography and motion graphics. As the saying goes, “First impressions last”, and Blacbrush believes that how you present yourself can either break you or make you. Blacbrush connects people through creative thinking and innovative strategies, helping clients build long-lasting, authentic relationships with their customers. Its methodology is to listen, think, converse and measure. The company believes creative concepts and strategies bring tangible results, and the team does this though art.

MTN x UJ New Contemporary Awards Winner

The inaugural event for the MTN x UJ New Contemporary Awards was held on 25 November 2022 at UJ Art Gallery with artworks created by all four finalists, guided and curated by Khanya Mashabela. Inga Somdyala was announced as the winner that evening.

MTN X UJ Contemporaries artist finalists 2022 exhibition

Winner: Inga Somdyala

Born in Queenstown, Eastern Cape, Inga Somdyala is a visual artist living and working in Cape Town. Through his work, he explores both the personal and socio-political, navigating the complexities faced by the post-apartheid generation. Somdyala works in a variety of media including print, installation, performance, and video, creating an evocative and tactile response to South Africa’s visual identity and history, as it intersects with his own lived experience. He completed his MFA at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2019.

Meet the Finalists

MTN X UJ Contemporaries artist finalists 2022 exhibition

Finalist: Natalie Paneng

Natalie Paneng’s artistic practice makes use of both her self-taught digital skills and theatre background. She explores what it means to have an online presence, the personas we develop online and how the Internet and its algorithms control and influence us and our perceived reality. Paneng is a self-described world-builder and sees her growing practice as a way to navigate, share and archive imagined, and alternative realities brought to life through digital artistic process. She received her BA in Dramatic Arts from the University of Witwatersrand in 2018.

MTN X UJ Contemporaries artist finalists 2022 exhibition

Finalist: Thandiwe Msebenzi

Thandiwe Msebenzi has a lens-based practice in which she recreates memories and dreamscapes, using a visual culture which is often specific to her familial home in the rural Eastern Cape. She is currently working on a series titled Radical Makaza, a series of narratives about her aunt’s journey of moving to Cape Town and finding independence during apartheid. The photographs and videos explore the subtle ways that Black women’s experiences have been rendered invalid or invisible within the overarching South African historical narrative, and the radical ways that they have resisted this erasure. In 2014, she completed her BFA from Michaelis School of Fine Art.

MTN X UJ Contemporaries artist finalists 2022 exhibition

Finalist: Callan Grecia

Callan Grecia was born in Durban and currently lives and works in George. His artistic style is a synthesis of old and new, simultaneously taking visual cues from television and cubism, online visual culture and the sentimental styles of comic book and outsider artists in the 1990s. Rather than attempting to justify the continued relevance of painting, Grecia is preoccupied with explorations of ‘bad’ painting, using its associative power to seduce the audience through a globalised, millennial nostalgia. In 2017 he completed his MFA in painting at Rhodes University in Makhanda, South Africa.

MTN x UJ New Contemporary Awards Curator

Khanya Mashabela was awarded the curatorship of MTN X UJ New Contemporary Awards and since her appointment earlier this year, she has been formulating her research, selection of artists and curatorial vision for the inaugural event.

MTN X UJ Contemporaries artist finalists 2022 exhibition

Curator: Khanya Mashabela

Khanya Mashabela was born in Johannesburg and is an art administrator, art historian, critic, lecturer, and poet. For New Contemporaries 2022, under the working title Object, Mashabela navigates the premise that, given the speed and breadth of contemporary culture, definitive statements about what it means to be an artist in the South African context will quickly be made redundant. She holds a BA (Honours) in Art History from the Michaelis School of Fine Art.

MTN x UJ New Contemporary Awards Adjudicators

The Legacy Panel consists of four previous MTN New Contemporaries curators. They verify the curator’s research and proposal of the selected artists and act as adjudicators when selecting the winning artist for the Gala event in November.

MTN X UJ Contemporaries artist finalists 2022 exhibition

Legacy panel convenor: Melissa Goba

Soweto-born Melissa Goba is an artist, writer, curator and producer who has worked in various capacities in the visual arts industry. Goba has sat on various competitions panels including the Public Art Programme Commission initiated by the City of Johannesburg through the local department of Arts, Sports and Recreation, as well as the National Arts Festival committee. She held the position of Chairperson of the Arts and Culture Trust.

As an artist, Goba uses abstraction to process significant events and dreams with a view to understanding and considering an alternative perspective to South African narratives. She holds a postgraduate Fine Arts Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand.

MTN X UJ Contemporaries artist finalists 2022 exhibition

Legacy panel member: Khwezi Gule

Khwezi Gule was the 2006 MTN New Contemporaries Curator. Gule is a curator and writer based in Johannesburg and was Chief Curator at the Soweto Museums which includes, the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum and the Kliptown Open Air Museum. Prior to that, Gule held the position of curator: contemporary collections at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. He is the current Chief Curator of the Johannesburg Art Gallery.

MTN X UJ Contemporaries artist finalists 2022 exhibition

Legacy panel member: Kathryn Smith

Dr Kathryn Smith was the 2003 MTN New Contemporaries Curator. She is an interdisciplinary visual artist and curator with an extensive exhibitions and publications history. A graduate of visual art and applied science programmes at Wits University (BAFA, MAFA), the University of Dundee (MSc Forensic Art) and Liverpool John Moores University (PhD Forensic Art), she is also trained in forensic facial imaging and advocates for vital pracademic exchange between operational, institutional and research environments. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at Face Lab, LJMU and adjunct curator, A4 Arts Foundation.

MTN X UJ Contemporaries artist finalists 2022 exhibition

Legacy panel member: Nontobeko Ntombela

Nontobeko Ntombela was the 2010 MTN New Contemporaries Curator. She is a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, where she currently heads the Art History Department. Ntombela’s research area focuses largely on South African modern and contemporary art with a particular interest in early modern Black women artists. A large part of Ntombela’s career has been working as a curator, producing exhibitions across South Africa and abroad. She has worked as a curator at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (2010-2020), Durban University Art Gallery (2005-2010), BAT Centre (2001-2005), and Art for Humanity (2000-2001), where she produced numerous exhibitions. She has also served in different capacities on several boards and committees over the years.

MTN X UJ Contemporaries artist finalists 2022 exhibition

Legacy panel member: Portia Malatjie

Dr Portia Malatjie was the 2012 MTN New Contemporaries Curator. She is a Senior Lecturer in Visual Cultures at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. She is Adjunct Curator of Africa and African Diaspora at Tate Modern and holds a PhD in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths University of London. She is a 2021 American Council of Learned Society’s African Humanities Fellow. She is also co-curator (along with Nontobeko Ntombela) of When Rain Clouds Gather: Black South African Women Artists, 1940 – 2000 (2022 – 2023) at Norval Foundation, Cape Town. Her research looks at African conceptions of Blackness through Africa sonic and spiritual praxes.

Hlakanyana The Musical

The journey towards the staged production of Hlakanyana has undoubtedly been a long and difficult one, but through a growing team of innovative and passionate musicians, theatre-makers, writers and performers, it’s finally made it to the theatre.

Hlakanyana tickets 2022

25 May – 8 June

Tickets open for the much-anticipated Hlakanyana

To mark the celebration of Africa Day, UJ Arts & Culture and Madevu Entertainment started their run of Hlakanyana The Musical at the UJ Arts Centre (at the Keorapetse William Kgositsile Theatre on the University of Johannesburg’s Kingsway Campus in Auckland Park) on 25 May. The production runs until 8 June.

‘A whirlwind of music and performance’

Lead actor Sandi Dlangalala talks us through Hlakanyana the Musical

Ahead of the production’s opening on Africa Day, 25 May 2022, Creative Feel spoke with the lead actor, Naledi Theatre Award winner Sandisile Dlangalala.

Years in the making: 

How Hlakanyana made it to the stage

The journey towards the staged production of Hlakanyana has undoubtedly been a long and difficult one, but through a growing team of innovative and passionate musicians, theatre-makers, writers and performers, it’s finally made it to the theatre. In light of Hlakanyana’s current run, we thought we’d trace the innovative journey of this multifaceted production.

National Arts Festival 2022

Ahead of the Festival, taking place from 23 June – 3 July in the town of Makhanda, we’re sharing a few of the shows we’re looking forward to, selected from the Curated Programme and the Fringe Programme, and compiled by Creative Feel’s Editor, David Mann.

National Arts Festival 2022 top picks kamphoer

23 – 25 June


We’ve had Kamphoer on our radar since it took Johannesburg by storm. If you’re looking to start the Festival on a memorable note, add Kamphoer to your list. Performance by Sandra Prinsloo, directed by Lara Foot.

National Arts Festival 2022 top picks Bongeziwe

25 June


The internationally renowned Bongeziwe Mabandla will be performing in Makhanda for one night only at this year’s Festival. We recommend booking your tickets in advance.

National Arts Festival 2022 top picks hamlet

27 & 29 June


Shakespeare, puppetry and Andrew Buckland at the Rhodes Theatre? Sounds like the NAF. The play promises to be ‘an intense, high-energy interpretation of Hamlet focused on the heart of Hamlet’s personal conflict.’

Standard Bank Young Artist Award winners 2021

23 June – 3 July

Standard Bank Young Artists

The works of the Standard Bank Young Artists (SBYA) are always a highlight of the Festival. This year, we’re recommending you try and see as many of them as possible. The SBYAs can help give us a better idea of where contemporary South African dance, music, jazz, theatre, visual art and performance art is at.

National Arts Festival 2022 top picks kontroller

28 – 30 June & 1 July

Kontroller (Fringe)

A considerable team of dancers, choreographers and directors have come together to produce Kontroller. The work, which employs hip hop and pantsula to drive its narrative, ‘challenges the status quo of our political control.’

National Arts Festival 2022 top picks POP

23 – 25 June


The dance work draws on ‘the mental and physical imprints of traumas influenced by popular culture.’ Thamsanqa Majela’s work is always worth seeing, and we’re excited to see what Matthieu Nieto brings to the stage.

National Arts Festival 2022 top picks Delela

30 June – 2 July


The Tiisetso Mashifane wa Noni-penned play only kicks off in the second half of the Festival, but we’re willing to bet it’s worth planning your trip around.

National Arts Festival 2022 top picks hamlet seven ways to die

27 – 29 June

seven ways to say goodbye

seven ways to say goodbye takes South Africa’s hard lockdown in 2020 and the looting across KwaZulu-Natal in 2021 as conceptual points of departure. Liliane Loots choreographs the Flatfoot Dance Company artists in this dance work about contemporary humanity and the relationships we form.

National Arts Festival 2022 top picks his ten fingers

28 – 29 June & 1 – 2 July

His Ten Fingers! (Fringe)

The play is about a character who’s grappling with depression due to an event that took place two decades ago. If you’re also interested in discovering what emerges when theatre and opera crosspollinate, we’ll see you there.

National Arts Festival 2022 top picks Phinda Ubuyele

23 – 27 June

Phinda Ubuyele (Fringe)

Grappling with memory, time, trauma and history, the play traverses various moments in time to tell its story, and we’re interested to see how it all plays out.

National Arts Festival 2022 top picks Bloke & His American Bantu

23 – 25 June

Bloke & His American Bantu

A play written by Siphiwo Mahala and directed by Sello Maake kaNcube? Count us in. The two-man play reimagines the camaraderie between a writer from Sophiatown and an activist from Harlem.

National Arts Festival 2022 top picks deus::ex::machina

24 & 25 June


Darkroom Contemporary founding artistic director Louise Coetzer merges live performance with virtual audience participation. The performance includes music by this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Music, Cara Stacey.

National Arts Festival 2022 top picks hamlet Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra

3 July

Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra

If you’re looking for a reason to stick around until the last day of the Festival, this is it. Soloists Gloria Bosman, Timothy Moloi and Monde Msutwana will pay tribute to some of South Africa’s musical greats, including Vusi Mahlasela, Alan Silinga, Johnny Clegg, Miriam Makeba, Brenda Fassie and Mafikizolo.

National Arts Festival 2022 top picks everything connected

29 – 30 June & 1 – 2 July

Is Everything Connected? (Fringe)

A show with a short and sharp premise that explores the impact of climate change on society’s most marginalised. If the music credits are anything to go by, it should be an interesting and multifaceted dance piece.

National Arts Festival 2022 top picks RAF Collective music

23 – 25 June

RAF Collective (Fringe)

There’s never a shortage of good music at the Festival. RAF Collective, an ensemble led by drummer, composer and educator Zolani Rafuza are one of the acts on our list.

2022 Distell Playwright Competition

Five women from a variety of backgrounds make up this year’s Distell National Playwright Competition finalists. They include actors, journalists and activists. The award recognises unpublished scriptwriting talent and one of these finalists (chosen from a whopping 245 entries) will present their winning work at the 2023 National Arts Festival.

Distell National Playwright Competition finalists Scout Fynn

Scout Fynn

An actor and graduate of the Market Theatre Laboratory. She is currently working as a curatorial intern at the Voices of Women Museum that focuses on the retrieval and preservation of memory through narrative and embroidery.

Distell National Playwright Competition finalists Nokuthula Mkwanazi

Nokuthula Mkwanazi

An actor who is featured in SABC1 dramedy Makoti, she is a gender-based violence activist and a clown, who holds an MA in dramatic arts from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Distell National Playwright Competition finalists Stephanie Jenkins

Stephanie Jenkins

An academic, actor and director with a PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in museum theatre. She considers theatre an important medium for exploring the past.

Sibongakonke Mama

Sibongakonke Mama

A journalist with an MA in creative writing from Rhodes University and an honours in investigative journalism from the University of the Witwatersrand. As a journalist, she has been published by AmaBhungane and Mail & Guardian, with work scheduled to appear in New Coin and Nature.

Distell National Playwright Competition finalists Nkamogeleng (Nkamo) Lebeloane

Nkamogeleng Lebeloane

A journalist and self-taught singer, dancer and writer. She sees theatre as a catalyst for introspection and wants it to be used as a tool to improve the lives of women and children.

2022 Sasol New Signatures Art Competition

Overall winner: Mondli Mbhele
Artwork: Iphasi nesiphesheli

Full-time artist Mondli Mbhele (28) from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal has been announced as the winner of the 2022 Sasol New Signatures Art Competition. Mbhele won the coveted title for his work titled Iphasi nesiphesheli, which is part of a bigger series titled Umlando uyaziphinda. This is an isiZulu phrase, meaning ‘history repeats itself’.

Runner-Up: Omolemo Rammile

Artwork: Mére célibataire (single mom)

Omolemo Rammile’s embossed artworks are a tribute to all single parents and breadwinners who put their life’s desires on hold to provide for their families. Her work comments on unacknowledged sacrifices.

Merit winner: Herman Pretorius

Artwork: Instructures

Herman Pretorius merges programming, collage and drawing with the aim of striking a balance between traditional art and the more technical nature of computers and programming art by blending visual cues from both disciplines.

Merit winner: Malik Mani

Artwork: From the concrete grew a rose

Malik Mani works with pencil on paper to prompt questions, tell stories and inspire hope through art. Mani’s winning work is about overcoming adversity and struggle.

Merit winner: Linde Kriel

Artwork: [REST]ROOM

Linde Kriel’s work draws on the material nature of copper plate etching to surface the cold and rigid themes of borders and otherness. The work Kriel submitted for the competition, specifically, speaks to the challenges faced by trans and non-binary communities in South Africa.

Merit winner: Andrea Walters

Artwork: #OverMyDeadBody 1 and #OverMyDeadBody 4

Found objects and domestic items are charged with meaning through the work of Andrea Walters. Her #OverMyDeadBody series highlights the crisis of gender-based violence and intimate partner violence in South Africa.

Rohini Amratlal

Artwork: Unveiling the archive

Rohini Amratlal’s submitted work speaks to the process of weaving grass mats and how these mats (and, subsequently, the knowledge of how they are produced) is being lost. Amratlal hopes to highlight how indigenous knowledge and skills need to be prioritised once more.

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