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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A Purple Triumph

Review of The Colour Purple: The Musical, currently running at the Joburg Theatre.   By Hendrik Baird, GaySARadio.co.za   I must confess, I have never read Alice Walker’s book The Colour Purple. From what I know, it is a series of letters written between the two sisters Celie and Nellie. I have however seen the movie starring Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg, and it is one of those standout movies you can watch over and over again. Minimal staging and effective lighting colour the stage purple (and red and blue and yellow) in this amazing production. @enroCpics  Now on at the Joburg Theatre, is the musical version of The Colour Purple. This is a slimmed down version of a 2005 musical, which was revived very successfully on Broadway in 2015. This new musical version is based on both the original book and the Spielberg movie, and it takes a fresh look at the material. And of course, most of it is in musical form.   Let's be clear: This...
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Who will dress Mr. Gay World Southern Africa for the Big Event? 

The Mr. Gay World competition will be held in Knysna during the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival in May, and a special designer is needed to dress South Africa’s entrant.   Mr. Gay World is a world event staged in South Africa for the third time in its ten-year history. The event receives global exposure and the winner goes on to be a role model for the world’s LGBTQ+ community.   The very handsome Juan Pinnick is Mr. Gay World Southern Africa 2017 and he has a real chance to walk away with the crown. All he needs is some clothes to do it in! Luckily South Africa has an abundance of talent and Juan is holding thumbs that one of the talented upcoming or established designers will come forward to dress him for success.   The event usually showcases a traditional outfit that represents the country that the delegate comes from, as well as a street wearable version of that outfit. Juan will...
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Multiple award-winning film heads to SA big screen

With 24 awards and 77 nominations under its belt, I, Tonya - featuring Margot Robbie (About Time, The Wolf of Wall Street, Focus, The Legend of Tarzan, Suicide Squad) and Allison Janney (The West Wing, Mom, American Beauty, Juno) – will hit the South African cinema circuit on 16 February 2018.   Two triple axels, various ice skating records and all the technique in the world, means absolutely nothing when overshadowed by one of the most sensational scandals of all time. This award-winning film - including a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Allison Janney), Critics’ Choice Movie Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Allison Janney) and Best Actress in a Comedy (Margot Robbie) and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Allison Janney) - is based on the true events behind this spectacle and will keep you glued to your seat until the very end.   Ambitious and goal-driven from an...
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CARMEN promises sizzling start to Joburg Ballet’s 2018 season

Carmen promises a sizzling start to Joburg Ballet’s 2018 season, in association with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra     50% off all seats on Opening Night and 30% off for Early Bird bookers until 11 February   Casting announced for leading roles   Tuesday, 23 January 2018: Joburg Ballet opens a bumper 2018 ballet year in sizzling style when the company brings South African choreographer Veronica Paeper’s production of Carmen to Joburg Theatre for ten performances from 6 to 15 April. Joburg Ballet will perform to live orchestral accompaniment for the first time in many years, when the relaunched Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) takes its place in the orchestra pit, bringing to life composer Georges Bizet’s famous music.   Paeper, whose La Traviata was one of the highlights for both the company and its audiences in 2017, will return to Johannesburg to restage her celebrated production of Carmen. Commenting on working with the company, she said: “When I produced La Traviata for Joburg Ballet I found the dancers very skilled on a technical level and superb dramatically, so...
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Valentine’s Blues

Saturday 17 February 2017 NIROX Sculpture Park   Celebrate Love and the Blues, as the NIROX Foundation hosts a stellar line-up of acoustic musicians, gourmet food traders & restauranteurs, a full bar, and a selection of sumptuous desserts. Featuring artists like: Blues maestro Dan Patlansky. Cape Town loop artist and harmonica player extraordinaire Dave Ferguson. Prodigal son of the South African blues scene Albert Frost. Country & folk heroine Laurie Levine. Lapsteel slide guitarist Richard Bruyns and his band The Saucetones. Bayou bluesmen Gunshot Blue and their grappa-infused melodies. NIROX Residency Artists The Urban Village featuring their afrocentric renditions of blues classics. An outdoor film screening will follow this full day of Music, Food, Art & Nature. Additionally, the debut of The Urban Village's first music video 'Inkani' will be screened before the featured film. A full day affair at NIROX Sculpture Park with its rolling lawns, meandering waterways and ever-changing sculpture collection, Valentine's Blues is the ideal setting for friends, families and lovers to enjoy a...
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Day hike: Silkaatsnek Nature Reserve

Day hike: Silkaatsnek Nature Reserve 28 January 2018 Dear Hendrik Walk to the top of the Magaliesberg Mountain Range in a privately-held reserve for spectacular views of the Hartbeespoort Dam (lake) and enjoy a ride into the valley 350 meters down below with the Harties' cable car The hiking trail is situated in the private Silkaatsnek Nature Reserve that lies on the slopes of the Magaliesberg Mountain Range. The 300-hectare reserve is home to giraffes, zebras, impalas, nyalas, kudus, blue wildebeests, and ostriches, among other species. As part of its eco-strategy, management organizes guided walks within the game reserve and to the top of the Magaliesberg. The reserve is well-stocked and close friendly encounters with wildlife on the hiking trail are common. We will be walking to the top of the Magaliesberg and end at the Harties' cable car with its viewpoint and cafeteria. At this point, you can elect to go down the mountain by cable car (5 min) or walk back to the nature...
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