Jozi greets heritage month and the warm spring weather

There are some exciting events coming up late September/early October.

Here are just a few of them: 

Opening tonight: Third World Express at the Joburg Theatre 18th – 25th September

I have seen Gregory Maqoma’s Cion Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero three times and if it ever comes back to another Jozi run, I will go again – that is how remarkable Maqoma’s work is. So as soon as I heard of Third World Express, written and directed by Gregory Maqoma, I booked immediately, especially as it has SUCH a short run and it’s the world premiere.  It promises new arrangements of some iconic South African songs including Hugh Masekela’s Stimela, Letta Mbulu’s  There’s Music in the Air and Soweto Blues by Miriam Makeba.  And from Andrew Timm, the Production Designer:  “The ‘sets’ are all specially designed graphics mapped to eight LED screens on the stage, providing the backdrop to Third World Express, including an LED proscenium arch and three motorised screens that can move in various directions, allowing us to change the layout of the stage to suit the various locations we are creating graphically as backdrops to the action. Third World Express transports us from Grand Central Station in New York to Johannesburg Station to Soweto in a colourful, stylised and innovative way.” And all this with the Vuyani Dance Company and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of South Africa

Dying and rising, as the moon does Keiskamma Art Project 24 Sept- end March 2023

I’ve written about the Keiskamma Project before. What makes this upcoming retrospective exhibition so special is that many of the major pieces will be exhibited in the same space at Constitution Hill. There have been several workshops (writing and digital) in the build-up to this exhibition, which have extended the artistic language and tools of the embroiderers. The title of the show points to its central themes: Dying and Rising, Light and Dark, Hope and Despair

Wednesday evenings with Kopano Jazz Collective at MeshClub, Rosebank 

Apart from the Marabi Club (see below), there is limited live music in Jozi. So I was so delighted when a friend suggested a Wednesday night at Mesh Club at Keyes Avenue in Rosebank. Although the The Mesh club is a bit of a strange place in the evening, (maybe it is busier and more vibrant during the day), the jazz was amazing. Godfrey Mntambo and Angus Hardcastle run the Collective gigs with a varying line-up of really talented musicians. You can enjoy a cocktail from the Mix Cocktail bar and we shared a delicious tapas/meze platter between four of us.  While it is great there is no cover charge I also wonder how sustainable this will be long term.

Friday Lunchtime Concerts at Sandton Theatre on the Square 

From loud jazz to more gentle classical music, the indomitable Daphne Kuhn arranges concerts on a Friday at Sandton’s Theatre on the Square starting at 1pm. Unreserved tickets are available at the box office from 12.30pm at the very reasonable price of R100 or R60 for members.  Here’s the upcoming programme:

Parkview Heritage Festival Saturday 24th September 9am to 8pm 

A fun family day will take place in the Tyrone Avenue precinct (home to some of my favourite spots: Art Africa, Lali, the Old Lake Market, The Perfect Cup for the yes … the best coffee…  and loads of wonderful eateries like Trabella, (some of the best pizzas in town), Croft and Co, Blind Tiger and the inimitable Franco’s.  There will be a walking tour through Parkview along with live entertainment and music. Other events include debates and talks from local authors alongside book sales and a market with locally produced artisan goods on sale.  There will be a kids’ zone with activities, games and rides. The dedicated children’s areas will have managed access with a sign-in and sign-out process. All proceeds from the festival will support the refurbishment and renovation of the Parkview Library. 
Photo courtesy Parkview Heritage Festival

From day time family event to Jozi by night on 30th September  

This fun evening with Micro Adventures  starts at the Rand Club with a welcome drink, a tour of the building and a one course dinner.

A tour of this building is a real treat

You will then be shuttled to two other SECRET places before the final stop off at the Marabi Club in Hallmark House for some live music. Meet in SMART CLOTHES at the Rand Club at 4 for 4.30.  The cost of  R850 per person includes a welcome drink, dinner, and transfers from point to point but excludes drinks at the other venues visited.  Best to Uber so that you can make the most of a late night at the Marabi Club. 

Photo Courtesy Hallmark Hotel For more on the Marabi Club

Classical concert at Glenshiel Sunday 2nd October 4pm  

For more gentle music in the VERY genteel environment of Glenshiel in Westcliff, the Pangea String Quartet with violinists Srdjan ‘Serge’ Cuca and Dieter Hendricks; cellist Gerrit Koorsten; and  Elbé Roberts on the viola, will perform the String Quartet No. 43 by Haydn; String Quartet No. 2 by Borodin, and Dvořák’s American quartet.  Glenshiel is at 19 Woolston Rd, Westcliff. Time: 3:30 for 4pm start. Tickets are R300 pp and include refreshments. To book email     

Open Day at Digby Hoets’ studio in Carlswald 1st – 2nd October 

This is a really exciting event: an exhibition of the work of  the well-known sculptor Digby Hoets and active members of his studio and the Hoets pottery family (Garth, Lesley-Ann, Harriet and Leigh) with guest exhibitor Andrew Walford. 

Digby with some of his stunning pots at his studio 125 Springfield Rd, Carlswald, Midrand

There will be a coffee, wine, and some simple food options like sandwiches, pastries, muffins and cheese platters on sale.  With limited seating it’s best to take a picnic blanket.  There is also limited parking on the property (top gate) but there will be parking attendants and security in the street. Cinda Hunter’s showroom on the property will also be open with her extraordinary range  jewellery, furniture, artefacts, textiles, clothing and accessories from India, South East Asia and Africa. 

Image courtesy of Cinda Hunter

First Thursdays at 44 Stanley – next one 6th October

In pre-Covid days, (remember those?), there were buzzy First Thursdays all over the city: Keyes Art Mile, (which sadly never fulfilled its vision of being a mile long), Maboneng, Braamfontein and of course 44 Stanley. 44 Stanley has now revived this fun event with a wide offering of late evening shopping, eateries and exhibitions. This is a wonderful opportunity to browse and socialize and be part of the buzz. Check their very exciting spring programme



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One thought on “Jozi greets heritage month and the warm spring weather

  1. Plus Johannesburg Heritage Foundation have a number of fantastic tours on the weekend of the 24th and 25th September plus a bumper book sale at the Holy Family Convent in Parktown.
    We certainly are spoilt for choices over this period.

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