Time’s Up at the Golden Globes


On 7 January the75th annual Golden Globes kicked off award season in style in Los Angeles. The event was dominated by strong and powerful women, all wearing black, in solidarity with the recently formedTime’s Up movement. This movement, focused on women’s rights, sexual harassment and assault, was formed after the numerous allegations of sexual harassment made against some prominent men in Hollywood, beginning with the allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Celebrities participating in this include the biggest names in entertainment such as Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey.

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Sneak preview: Kopanong


This year the 17th annual Kopanong Student Arts Festival will take place from 18 to 23 September on UP’s Hatfield campus and surrounds. The Kopanong Student Arts Festival is a weeklong showcase of more than 50 events including theatre productions, short films and workshops from a variety of genres.

As Kopanong aims to promote young artists in their journey towards change and transformation in the South African arts, this year boasts a diverse program. Westly Smith, a member of the organising team that also directs, choreographs and performs in the festival, says, “The festival aims to produce productions that speak to a variety of people and there will definitely be something to excite everyone. This year’s programme is proving to be relevant to today’s social affairs. It is very exciting to have works from TUT, Oakfields College and City Varsity included in this year’s programme.”

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Seoul Metropolitan Dance Theatre to visit UP


The Seoul Metropolitan Dance Theatre will be performing traditional Korean dances at the University of Pretoria’s Aula Theatre on 2 August at 18:00 for 18:30. Admission is free and seating is limited. The performance by Seoul Metropolitan forms part of 2017 Korea Week, as the Embassy of the Republic of Korea is celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and South Africa.

The celebrations begin with the K-pop World Festival Regional Preliminary at Pretoria’s Barnyard Theatre on 29 July. Presentations in the winner’s round of the Embassy’s Essay Contest will take place on 31 July at the Embassy in Pretoria. Korea Week concludes in the first week of August with the traditional dance performance at UP and an academic forum from 3 to 4 August at the Sheraton Hotel.

For more information on the Embassy’s cultural events, visit their official Facebook page.


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Celebrating SA at Liefde by die Dam


On 6 August, Jacaranda FM hosted Liefde by die Dam at the Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg. After the event’s success on Youth Day 2016, Liefde by die Dam once again celebrated youth and South African music, by showcasing local talent at a full day family event.

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23rd Annual Pulse-Intercare Talent Show


On 16 July, the 23rd annual Pulse-Intercare Talent Show was held at the Musaion Theatre on Hatfield campus, giving medical students a chance to showcase their talents. This year’s event consisted of dance, poetry, singing, acting, an art exhibition and recitals on various instruments.

The masters of ceremony, Jannes Badenhorst and Laura de Bruin, entertained the audience between performances with their humour and easy stage presence. Performers of various ages represented different areas of study including Occupational Therapy, Dentistry, Radiography and Medicine. Performances showcased a range of talents from Appolonia Malapane’s reading of her poem “Eyes”, to a Spanish guitar crowd favourite performed by Stephan Brink and Charl Kotze. Some of the best performances of the night included the band Kadawer, formed especially for the night, with their rendition of Toto’s “Hold the line” and Michelle Marx’s performance of “Creep” by Radiohead.

Performances for the event are chosen by a panel of judges comprising lecturers from the Medical faculty and the Pulse Committee.


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