CROCHETING A 27 KILOMETRE SCARF FOR WORLD RECORD

67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day is all about breaking records and this year is no exception. KnitWits are in the throes of attempting another  world record by crocheting a 27 Kilometre of scarves or 27KmScarf as it has become known as.   The record will take place at the impressive Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick, KwaZulu Natal, on 29 July. However, the deadline for the anyone to finish the scarves they are currently crocheting is the 25 June.   “27 kilometres is an extremely long scarf and we need as many hands on deck as possible,” says Carolyn Steyn, founder of 67 Blankets, an initiative linked to Nelson Mandela Day which aims to keep disadvantaged people warm in winter.   Since the supernaturally long scarf is an attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record there are rules which come with the well-known brand. Each scarf must be 20cm x 150 to 200cm. It also needs to be crocheted rather than knitted and the hook...
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Critically-acclaimed An American in Paris -The Musical to screen exclusively at Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau for ONE night only!

“A wildly successful stage adaptation of the Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron film”- Critic’s Choice Financial Times     “This spectacularly ravishing show has rhythm, romance and razzle-dazzle” - Mail on Sunday     This record-setting musical play has taken the theatre world by storm! And for ONE night only on 16 May 2018, An American In Paris - The Musical will screen at exclusively at Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau sites nationwide. This Tony-award-winning Broadway musical, is inspired by the 1952 Oscar-award-winning film of the same name. There is a reason this passionate love story has received 28, five-star reviews from critics thus far, and it’s not only because of the music and lyrics of the talented George and Ira Gershwin or the amazing choreography – it’s the story that will pull at your heart-strings.   The musical follows an American GI, Jerry Mulligan (Robert Fairchild), who wants to be an acclaimed artist. While in Paris, he meets a beautiful, young dancer named Lise Dassin (Leanne Cope).  As he takes...
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CARMEN to dazzle audiences at Joburg Theatre in June

Founded in 2011, Sempre Opera, in collaboration with Joburg Theatre, is proud to announce its upcoming production of Carmen by George Bizet on The Mandela Stage for four performances only on Sunday 3rd, Tuesday 5th, Friday 8th and Sunday 10th June. Free she was born, and free she will die! Seville, Spain.  A gypsy is determined to live life on her own terms - whatever her fate may be. The passionate triangle of the world-wise gypsy woman, the jealous soldier willing to lose everything for her reciprocated love, and the toreador that will win her heart is one of the world's most loved operas. This masterpiece blends passion, seduction, jealousy, betrayal and even a little law-breaking, all set to one of the most famous scores ever composed. The desperate young soldier Don José is led astray from his village life and love, the adoring village girl Micaëla, as he chases the irresistible and enchanting gypsy Carmen. Her seduction and charms lead Don José into obsession and ruin when she leaves him for the swaggering bullfighter, Escamillo. Directed by well-known baritone Danie Verster, Carmen will...
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Putting the B back into LGBTQ: Biphophia often neglected in IDAHOTB commemorations

As the world commemorates the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) this week, OUT is highlighting the scourge of biphobia which is often overlooked on this important day. IDAHOTB has been observed annually since 2005 every 17 May and is an opportunity to bring awareness to the prejudice faced by the world’s LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer / questioning) community. The date is significant; it marks the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1990. First known as the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia was added to the day’s name in 2009, and most recently, in 2015, Biphobia was also included in the commemorations. While all prejudice and hate against sexual minorities and gender diverse people is equally abhorrent, this year, OUT is focusing on the issue of bipohobia. OUT’s 2016 Love Not Hate report on hate crimes against LGBT people in South Africa, found that 12.3% of this...
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Miss Gay Jozi 2018 is ‘getting back in the habit’

It’s a habit we just can’t kick! The sixth annual Miss Gay Jozi pageant will be celebrating the unique glamour, spectacle and fun of drag and LGBT culture on Saturday, 26 May. Under the theme of ‘Back in the Habit’, Gauteng’s most prestigious drag event will crown Miss Gay Jozi 2018 at Club Simply Blue; one of the city’s longest running LGBT nightclubs. The audience will not only get to experience the contestants in all their finery, but will also be treated to a show packed with some of the country’s top drag and LGBT talent. The performance line-up includes Jozi’s Princess of Drag, Miss Labelz D'Glamour (the DD - The Diva that Delivers); Miss Simply Blue 2016, Kelly (new kid on the block and a dynamic performer);  Platteland Queen, Miss E.Divalicious (#Plattelandmeisie); hip hop dancer and choreographer, Sufiyaan; and Miss Black Pride 2014, Thibi Monale (a gem from the West Rand). Keeping the audience in check and the one-liners flowing, the always charming,...
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SAVE THE DATE: GAYSA RADIO OPEN MIC DAY – 9 JUNE 2018

GaySA Radio’s very first Open Mic Day happens on Saturday 9 June 2018 from 09h00 till late. The aim of the day is to give you the opportunity to add your voice to the LGBTQ+ conversation. Covering various topics and elements, we will be recording loads of content during that day to be used over the next two months for various of our daily programmes. Going forward, these Open Mic Days will take place every two months.   This fun event will be held at Lucit Restaurant (www.lucit.co.za) in Pretoria. Lucit Restaurant is a function and events venue were theyare passionate about all forms of the arts, culture and theatre. The Open Mic Day will be laced with good food from the kitchen, accompanied by a great selection of wine from the well-stocked bar. The unique setting of the restaurant includes a stage, lounge, water garden, cave, waterfalls and exquisite dam.  The ambiance is romantic, classical, convivial and happy and the perfect setting...
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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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