Siyakhula Michaelis Auction: Eight Figures, William Kentridge

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.

Cape Town

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

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Foreign Nationals: Photographs of the MaRock by Aldo Brincat

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

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Siyakhula Michaelis Auction: The Gravedigger VIII, Simphiwe Ndazabe

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

Celebrate all things green, growing and garden-related during this year’s Garden Day SA 2018, which takes place on Sunday 21 October. Find out more here.

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

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Lorenzo Nassimbeni ‘Polygraph’, David Krut Projects

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

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The Publik Wine Fair – Artisan Wine Tasting


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

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The 22nd Poetry Africa Festival, Durban

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