Chills and thrills with tons of frills at Arcade Empire’s 2015 Halloween


Among the ghouls and goblins, zombies and goths, skeletons and abnormally buff fairies in attendance at Arcade Empire’s Halloween 2015 party on 31 October, some first-rate rocking was going on. On no less than four stages, but no more than three at a time, the dolled-up and rigged-out bands thrashed away on guitars and belted into microphones, while the especially diverse crowds sprang about, singing along, many of them savouring the few hours’ freedom from the compulsory biannual exam stress.

Bands dressed up for the event, but the real delights of disguise were to be found in the audience. Among the colourful crowd, one could appreciate a few inventive, painstaking, and daring specimens. There were a few well made-up Jokers, spookily close in appearance to Heath Ledger, a few “celebrity” guests, such as Lenny Kravitz and Olivia Newton-John, and a surprisingly large number of men dressed as women. There were also a number of film and television characters in attendance, including the Flintstones, Indiana Jones, and all the inevitable Batmen, and one inspiringly lionhearted individual – who caused quite a stir on his stroll past family restaurants in the adjacent Grove Mall – in his bright green Borat-inspired mankini, and nothing else.

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Kabaal Klankbaan to rock the Cool Inc. Tattoo expo


Pretoria-based folk-rock project Kabaal Klankbaan will be entertaining crowds at the Cool Inc. Tattoo Expo at the Voortrekker Monument this November. Perdeby spoke to Floris Groenewald, the man behind Kabaal Klankbaan’s folksy sound.

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Spring Day sends good vibrations through Pretoria



This year’s annual Lentedag (Spring Day) event drew 7000 people to the Botanical Gardens on Wednesday 23 September. Those who attended last year’s event were in for a surprise with Lekker Lentedag’s new and improved setup. An escape from the sweltering heat could be found in the tented area provided by Flying Fish or on the dance floor hidden in the forest section of the garden, and if that wasn’t enough, students could turn to Aquavita for the relief of a water slide. The issue of last year’s depleted bar supply was also addressed, and the bigger bar area and greater stock count kept lines in check and thirsts at bay.

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UP Ovuwa honours South African musical heritage



On Heritage Day this year, UP Ovuwa held their Heritage Celebration Concert, a spectacular display of various indigenous South African musical cultures and a magnificent demonstration of the talent of the group’s performers.

The concert was set in motion by the Marimba Ensemble, who played a programme of traditional African melodies as well as a spirited rendition of “The lion sleeps tonight”.

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Taiwan youth ambassador programme visits UP


On 16 September a delegation of youth ambassadors from Taiwan presented a production at UP called Energetic new Taiwan. The program intended to showcase Taiwanese culture to the rest of the world, as well as Taiwan’s focus on global concerns such as humanitarian aid and sustainable development.

The program was started in 2009 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China, which selected 160 students from different universities in Taiwan to take part. These students are divided into ten groups and travel the world, visiting 35 countries to show Taiwan to the world.

The production centred on an exploration of Taiwan, including the cuisine, art, culture and natural environment. Each aspect was demonstrated by dance and music. Although the performers don’t come from a professional dancing background and are studying in a wide range of fields, the team aimed to have a spirit of professionalism and teamwork in their work.

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