Guide to museums you always walk past on campus

Are you in the mood for silence, culture, and air-conditioning? UP’s museums are ready and waiting.

Old Arts Building

Highlights of what’s inside: Ceramic collections from Asia and the Netherlands, the Mapungubwe exhibit that houses the gold rhino, Dutch paintings, a pirate’s treasure chest, a beautifully crafted marijuana jar, and a thousand-year-old shopping receipt from Mesopotamia. The museum has shabtis – small funerary figures of Ancient Egypt – that were found in a rubbish dump in South Africa. They were taken from Egypt in World War Two and are thought to have been brought here by Italian soldiers.

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The Boy Who Lived: 20 Years Later


2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the publishing of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first of seven instalments in the Harry Potter franchise. Since 1997, J.K. Rowling’s magical world has exploded and engulfed muggles. The fandom has been waiting with bated breath for this monumental anniversary.

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The Black Spears entertain Hatfield


Students and visitors at The Fields were treated to a surprise on 7 February when a band turned the walkway into a lively stage. The streets were filled with music and dance, engaging students and tourists in an unusual treat. Perdeby spoke to the man behind the hype, Simon Gabi and his band The Black Spears.

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Five Things to do on the 14th if you hate Valentine’s Day


It’s Valentine’s Day – the ‘most romantic day in the world’. However popular this opinion may be, many people disagree. Many people would rather forget the existence of this day. For those of you who fall into the latter, here are five things to do to avoid Valentine's Day:

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West Side Story Johannesburg Theatre


If musical theatre is where talent meets magic, then Johannesburg Theatre’s production of West Side Story is no exception. This classic is a modern-day take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, following the lives of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria whose love must conquer their racially divided gangs, the New York “Jets” and Puerto Rican “Sharks”.

In 2015 West Side Story was performed at The Fugard Theatre in Cape Town and its success is what drove it to the Johannesburg Theatre. Not falling short of any expectation, the singing and dancing was perfectly polished. The two leads gave convincing and sincere performances and their exceptional voices filled the theatre with awe.

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Perdeby Poll

What are you doing during the holiday?

Studying - 22.6%
Sleeping - 37.2%
Lying to your mom about doing stuff - 19%
Taking your textbooks on holiday - 21.2%

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