Useful snippets from our guests for fellow travellers

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Jozi, the city we love to hate has woken up and embraced spring and the warmer weather with a frenetic splurge of events: art exhibitions and studio open days; film festivals; screenings of Met operas, international exhibitions and National [British] Theatre plays; heritage walks; sketching workshops; stunning ballets performed by the Joburg ballet company and […]

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Deconstructing Siemon Allen’s Stamp V on show at JCAF until early November

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Siemon Allen’s Stamps V 2010 All four of the Otherscapes installations at JCAF are intriguing and through-provoking.  But for me the initial visual impact of Seimon Allen’s Stamps V 2010 was the most powerful. From afar this installation reads as some huge, abstract, gridded colour-field painting. As one goes closer the miniature images, comprising over […]

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Stitches that heal body and soul: the Keiskamma Tapestry exhibition at Constitution Hill

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Umaf’ evuka, nje ngenyanga /Dying and Rising as the Moon Does  This is the title of the exhibition of tapestries made by the artists’ collective: Keiskamma Art Project, currently displayed at Constitution Hill. Constitution Hill is a site of contradiction. It has a painful past where men and women were imprisoned: a few were criminals, […]

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Jewel City, Maboneng

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Diamonds and Dust: Johannesburg Heritage Tour     At last … breaking free from 2 years of on-line tours of Jozi’s heritage. In early February I joined a live walking tour of Jewel City and Maboneng with Dave Gurney and Alkis Doukakis of the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation.  We met at the Hallmark Hotel with its impressive […]

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Being a tourist in my own city: Part III

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While Parts I and II of Being a Tourist in my Own City spoke about the tours that are on regular offer, the tours here either only happen annually or are once offs.  Hopefully the weekend of #JoziWalks will happen again this winter.  #JoziWalks sponsored by the the JDA (the Johannesburg Development Agency)   This is […]

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