Wednesday is Women’s Day. It’s time to not only celebrate and honour our country’s women, but do better by them. Phumlani S Langa has the best events sorted.
The 21st South African Women’s Arts Festival
A celebration of women in the arts, with theatre productions, dance, free sundowner concerts, free dialogues and workshops, free film screenings, as well as arts and crafts. Productions include Suddenly the Storm, dance piece Handbag and Scorched. Go to playhousecompany.com for a full schedule.
Where: The Playhouse Company
When: 10 August to 19 August
Cost: R30 to R80 at computicket.com
Artscape Women Humanity Arts Festival 2017
Dance, theatre, interactive artworks, an awareness walk, fashion shows and free music concerts are part of this year’s festival. Catch the Indoni Dance, Arts and Leadership Academy’s production, Ikhaya, and award-winning play At Her Feet. Go to artscape.co.za for a full programme.
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre
When: Until 12 August
Cost: R80 to R100 at computicket.com
Cape Town Comedy Club
An all-female powerhouse line-up is set to help ease your stress and provide some good laughs. Shimmy Isaacs, Mel Jones, Claudine Ullman, Lindy Johnson - sisters of substance in full effect.
When: 8 August to 13 August at 8.30pm
Cost: R60 to R120 at computicket.com
In partnership with Red Bull Studios, this is sure to be a banger of a Women’s Day celebration. I could never get tired of mentioning this, AN ALL-FEMALE LINE-UP! Yes indeed, it’s good.
Where: African Beer Emporium
When: 9 August, 12pm
Cost: Free entrance
Million Men March – SA
The scourge of violence against women and children has reached an alarming and unacceptable rate. Stand up and stand in solidarity with this country’s women. Follow the event on Facebook for up-to-date logistics.
Where: Union Buildings
When: 9 August, 9am
Pinotage on Tap
Coffee and chocolate Pinotage in abundance, a goodie bag when you arrive, live music and a laid-back yet sophisticated setting. It doesn’t get any better.
Where: Casalinga Ristorante Italiano, Rocky Ridge Road, Muldersdrift
When: 12 August, 12.30pm
Cost: R295 at computicket.com
#FDN Pop-Up Party
Free is good, ne? It’s even better when the Female DJ Network has an immaculate line-up for you to jam to. Talented sisters will be flexing on the beats for you; all you need do is rock up and have fun.
Where: Rockerfella Soweto, Mmakau Street
When: 8 August, from 6pm
Cost: Free entrance
Jams On Ice vs Rough Dance
This event happens once a month and it is quite the spectacle. Dance cultureheads will love this. Nothing but local DJs, what you know about it?
Where: Klippies, Walter Sisulu Square
When: 12 August, from 1pm
Cost: R60 entrance
Gone Native: The Life and Times of Regina Brooks
Directed by Makhaola Ndebele, this is the story of Regina Brooks, a white woman who had several relationships with black men at a time when interracial relationships were deemed immoral. Musical direction is by jazz legend Hugh Masekela.
Where: Soweto Theatre
When: 8 August to 20 August
Cost: R120 at sowetotheatre.com
If Pussy Could Talk
An evening of performance, storytelling and poetry, all spilling the stories of real vaginas living their real lives. Groove it out at Pussy Party at Kitchener’s afterwards.
Where: Kitchener’s, Braamfontein
When: 9 August, 5pm
Cost: R20 entrance
Trevor Noah: There’s a Gupta on My Stoep
The legend is back home. With new material, Trevor returns to where it all started, in his first new South African show since he became the host of The Daily Show.
Where: Ticketpro Dome
When: 9 August to 11 August, 8pm
Cost: R405 to R1 400 at ticketpros.co.za
HOME AND DéCOR
Decorex Joburg 2017
When it comes to lifestyle and design, this expo is probably at the top of the pile. For an overview of all the latest décor trends, head on over.
Where: Gallagher Convention Centre
When: 9 August to 13 August, starts 10am
Cost: R20 to R120 at gallagher.co.za
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