African Rhythm ahead of Mieliepop



The diverse and always exciting, African Rhythm is heading to the Republic of Mieliepop Festival.

African Rhythm is not only a band but also has members who dance, choreograph and design clothing. How do you successfully blend these other two mediums with the band’s music?

We have been friends for the past 15 years, we started as a dance crew and as time went by we realized the importance of looking different and that’s when the fashion part came in. When you have cool moves and looks good, you need music, and the music part came in. It’s easy to blend in the fashion and dance into our music because of our common desire to be creative and because of what inspires us.

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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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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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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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