AVENUE Q SOUTH AFRICAN PREMIERE

  In 2004 on Broadway, against all the odds, a little show called AVENUE Q snatched 3 Tony™ Awards for Best Book, Best Score and Best Musical from a monster hit, WICKED. This year, VR Theatrical and Kosie Smit are proud to present that triple Tony™ Winner to Johannesburg audiences. The Broadway production was described as ‘equal parts puppetry, comedy and catchy tunes’. AVENUE Q is a laugh-out-loud comedy musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it is clear that this is not your ordinary neighbourhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. TV Programmes like Sesame Street in America and Takalani Sesame here in South Africa teach values and life-skills to young children through the use of puppetry and songs. AVENUE Q applies the same principle by teaching real-life lessons and broaching...
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ZEITZ MOCAA’S CURATORIAL LAB officially opens with EMPHASIS on the PRESERVATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

  Cape Town (13 April 2018) – On 11 April 2018, the Curatorial Lab at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) was official opened by Kees van Baar, Human Rights Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. A new exhibition by Banele Khoza was on view to celebrate the opening of the space.   Situated on Level 1 at Zeitz MOCAA, the Curatorial Lab is a multi-disciplinary space for experimental curatorial practice and research that explores new curatorial methodologies, subversive curatorial approaches, non-prescriptive practices, and under-represented topics and issues. The Curatorial Lab initiates lectures, forums, panel discussions, screenings, performances and houses a library, a workshop/viewing room and four galleries.   The current focus of the Curatorial Lab is LGBTQI+ issues and rights. It is a dedicated space in the museum to guarantee that the voices and experiences of this community are heard. This focus on LGBTQI+ issues and rights is generously supported by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.   The South African Constitution in theory protects the rights of all, including an individual’s...
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Bianca Del Rio for South Africa!

After sold out performances in The USA, Australia, the UK and Ireland, Bianca Del Rio, the self described 'clown in a gown', is finally landing in Africa! When it comes to insult comics, Bianca is in a class of her own. Fierce, funny, and fabulous—a would-be love child sired by John Waters and birthed by Joan Rivers—Bianca sandblasted her name in the annals of pop culture on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Thanks to her snarky frankness, impeccable comedic timing, and politically incorrect humour, she became the show’s breakout star, winning its sixth season. In Blame It On Bianca Del Rio, Bianca shares her opinions loudly and proudly, offering raucous, hilarious, no-holds-barred commentary on the everyday annoyances, big and small, that color her world, and make it a living, albeit amusing, hell for anyone who inhabits it. A collection of biting advice from Bianca’s twisted universe, Blame It On Bianca Del Rio will shock you and keep you laughing. But be warned: it is not for the faint...
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GaySA Radio seeks transgender individuals for visibility series

Press Release   For Immediate Release   GaySA Radio seeks transgender individuals for visibility series GaySA Radio has announced that it is launching a series that will highlight the transgender community. Titled “My Trans Journey”, the series will feature a series of interviews with trans people from around the world. The aim of the series is to raise trans visibility locally, on the continent and globally.   Hendrik Baird, Station Manager at GaySA Radio, says: “There are many issues affecting trans people, including that they are disproportionately affected by anti-LGBTQ+ violence. Our platform was designed so that LGBTQ+ people can have a voice. We are offering trans people globally an opportunity to speak up and add to the understanding of the issues they face.”   The call is therefore going out to those people who identify as transgender, and are willing to talk about their journey so far. Interviews can be conducted via Skype, and if necessary, voices can be changed to protect participants’ anonymity. Recordings will be made during...
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New LGBTI hate crime reporting platform launched

In the wake of alarming research confirming the severe vulnerability of the LGBTI community, a new platform has been launched by Love Not Hate to help victims anonymously report hate crimes. The first of its kind website, www.report.lovenothate.org.za, allows individuals to log in and report any incidents that involve abuses of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) individuals in South Africa. Incidents can be reported by victims or witnesses, and they can range from hate speech, online-initiated crimes and verbal discrimination to violent attacks. The reporting can be anonymous and will be added to a map that will visually display where incidents have taken place. The reports will be used by Love Not Hate to monitor hate crimes and understand where they happen, adding to an evidence base that can be used to tackle the scourge through intervention and awareness programmes and lobbying of government. Importantly, victims can also choose to request assistance, whether it be counselling or health and legal support, which will...
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Joburg Ballet and the JPO join forces for Carmen – The Ballet at Joburg Theatre in April

Go behind the scenes at the Carmen open day on 24 March   Great affordable ticket options, including 50% off all seats on Opening Night   13 March 2018: When Joburg Ballet stages South African choreographer Veronica Paeper’s fiery and passionate production of Carmen – The Ballet in Johannesburg from 6 to 15 April, the company will be performing to a live orchestra for the first time in many years. The relaunched Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Brandon Phillips, joins the dancers at Joburg Theatre for all ten performances, bringing composer Georges Bizet’s famous music vividly to life.   Cape Town-born Phillips studied conducting in the US at Northwestern University in Chicago, and as an intern with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 he was appointed resident conductor of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. He has conducted internationally and also works regularly with a range of SA orchestras and choirs, including the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, Unisa Symphony Orchestra, the Free State Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town.   “Carmen marks the...
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Queer African Film Festivals!

By: Geofrey Phutietsile  It is perhaps very fitting that it was the godfather of theatre, William Shakespeare, who reimagined human life as a play where “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” And just as any players in theatre, we derive a sense of purpose from an audience of some sort. So it would appear that a big part of life concerns itself with sharing our experience of life with others, mostly through the art and the process of storytelling. It is certainly the case that numerous civilisations have for a very long time sought diverse ways to communicate their stories with one another. This can be seen in the ubiquity of rock paintings across the globe, from the early bronze age Sumerians to the San people of the Kalahari, a sign of humanity’s deep need to express itself to one another. One could agree that filmmaking is but an extension of these ancient forms self-expression,...
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Mr. Gay World strengthens media team

With the Mr. Gay World finals just a few short months away at the end of May, it is all hands on deck to finalise preparations. There is a lot that needs to be done and, as the old saying goes, many hands make light work. Media exposure is a major part of the work ahead, and these days one needs specialists to get everything just right. As a gay event, the gay media needs to be kept informed of the latest developments. GaySA Radio, Africa’s only online LGBTQ+ radio station, has stepped forward to cover the event and make the content available to these media outlets. Streaming live via its website, GaySA Radio will bring all the interviews and updates daily, with a weekly wrap-up on a Thursday at 15h00 (Central African Time). The weekly broadcast will also be available as a podcast.   Of course the event reaches far beyond just this niche audience, as it speaks to LGBTQ+ visibility. Exposure...
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THE THREE LEGENDARY COMPOSER / LYRICISTS OF THE MUSICAL THE COLOR PURPLE COME TO SOUTH AFRICA

   Joburg Theatre and Bernard Jay are delighted to welcome legendary songwriters Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray to Joburg on Thursday February 15th. One year ago they were together on the stage of the Staples Center in Los Angeles to receive their Grammy for The Color Purple as Best Musical Theatre Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony.   The three composer / lyricists of the musical The Color Purple are travelling from the United States expressly to see performances of the highly acclaimed South African premiere production currently on The Nelson Mandela Theatre stage at Joburg Theatre.   “Their visit this week, alongside the letter of support already written to us by Oprah Winfrey, further endorses the worldwide interest and enthusiasm that is being shown in our South African production of this glorious musical” says executive producer Bernard Jay. “We are honoured and excited to play host to such esteemed writers and musicians.”   Brenda Russell has a unique musical perspective, intimate voice...
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NEW “all inclusive” South African LGBTI mobile app

I would like to introduce hAPPenings to you, present my business idea to you and offer you the opportunity to become part of this exciting project. hAPPenings is a mobile applications business and presents an innovative way of interacting with audiences. We specialise in developing custom-made mobile applications, using one of the world’s leading platforms. Our applications can be tailored to address a wide range of uses, which include both enterprise and event requirements. Using our own technology, we at hAPPenings would like to create an “all inclusive” mobile app focusing on promoting the LGBTI community in South Africa. You might ask why the need for such an app? The main objective of this application is to offer a single access and reference point to anything related to the LGBTI community. In our current environment, either many businesses or organisations do not have the ability to reach a wider audience, or those who have a digital presence, are scattered across the internet. If...
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