From film and food to poetry and art, here are the local events that have caught our eye this week. Make sure you’re in the know.
Breyten Breytenbach, The 81 ways of letting go a late self | Stevenson
While a South African audience might be more familiar with Breytenbach as a writer, he initially studied at the Michaelis School of Art. The 81 ways of letting go a late self consists largely of works on canvas painted over the last few years, in addition to a few earlier paintings of similar scale and subject matter. In addition to the paintings, the exhibition includes a selection of five Gongshi drawings (2017), named after the Chinese tradition of scholar’s rocks, as well as a selection of smaller works on paper ranging in date from 1970 to 2012. Find out more here.
Date: Opens 18 October, 6pm – 8pm
Aldo Brincat, Foreign Nationals | PH Centre / Photographic Gallery and Bookstore
South African multi-disciplinary artist, Aldo Brincat, is celebrating an encore of his photographic exhibition with Foreign Nationals. Drawing from an existing exhibition of approximately 23 black and white prints featuring Botswana’s enigmatic MaRock – a heavy metal cowboy subculture which is on the rise in Botswana and Southern Africa. Find out more here.
Date: October 18, 6pm – 9pm
Siyakhula Michaelis Auction | Hiddingh Hall
A number of artworks from established and emerging contemporary South African artists will be leading the Siyakhula Michaelis Auction. The auction, which will take place at the Michaelis School of Fine Art and will feature works by Penny Siopis, Athi-Patra Ruga, Jane Alexander and William Kentridge among others.
Date: 17 October, 6:30pm
Shnit Worldwide Shorfilmfestival
In its ninth year in South Africa, Shnit Worldwide Shorfilmfestival returns to The Labia Theatre, Pulp Cinema in Stellenbosch, Alexander Bar and Bertha Movie House in Khayelitsha, with special screenings at the Zeitz MOCAA. View programme here.
Date: October 18 – 28
Garden Day SA 2018
Date: October 21
Season 4 | Centre for the Less Good Idea
Founded by William Kentridge, the Centre aims to find the less good idea by creating and supporting experimental, collaborative and cross-disciplinary arts projects. The Centre is a space to follow impulses, connections and revelations. It’s a physical space for artists to come together over two seasons every year and for curators to bring together combinations of text, performance, image and dance. Find out more here.
Date: October 16 – 21
Lorenzo Nassimbeni, Polygraph | David Krut Projects
Polygraph by Lorenzo Nassimbeni is a portrait of the artist, composed of varying qualities and languages of line work which are reflective of his response to various physical environments and contexts. Find out more here.
Date: October 18, 6pm
Safari & Secret Underground Dinners
JoburgPlaces is delighted to present its ‘Secret Underground Dinner’ – an unforgettable experience of delectable foods and drinks in two of the most astonishing Johannesburg inner-city spaces. Within close walking proximity, guests will move between the two venues on an unforgettable dinner-safari experience. Find out more here.
Date: October 19, 7pm
The Publik Wine Fair – Artisan Wine Tasting | Turbine Hall
This tasting event is a showcase of great producers and the opportunity to interact with the winemakers and taste their wine. We chat to Publik’s Director David Cope ahead of the Publik Wine Fair here.
Date: October 21, 12pm – 5pm
The 22nd Poetry Africa Festival
With praise poetry as the main focus this year, the extensive week-long programme features performances, readings and book-launches with a dynamic array of poets every evening. The festival also includes the popular Durban Slam Jam Competition and the festival finale, featuring all the poets in the festival. The daytime programme includes seminars, workshops, poetry competitions, open mic opportunities, campus invasions and school visits. Get tickets here.
Date: October 15 – 20
Restaurant Week: Spring Edition
Restaurant Week Spring Edition is your best excuse to dine out at top restaurants every day of the week since all 110+ participating restaurants are preparing a special menu for you at a great price; from R150 for a 2-course lunch and R250 for a 3-course dinner. Get tickets here.
Date: October 18 – November 4