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A unique celebration of the tastes, smells, sights and sounds of Swaziland and surrounds, the Standard Bank Luju Food and Lifestyle Festival will be a sensory experience unlike any other.

Celebrating the diverse and often hidden tastes, smells and flavors of Southern Africa with an authentically African rooted program; Luju will feature cooking demos and master-classes by seasoned chefs in the region, the best in African fashion, design and arts, as well as some exciting music and comedy performances by artists from Swaziland, South Africa, Mozambique and beyond.

 

Set on the lavish lawns of the House on Fire Sculpture Garden against a breathtaking backdrop of endless cane fields and rolling hills, August 4th 2018 is a day not to be missed for any food enthusiasts, culture buffs and travelers looking for a unique and sophisticated African-vintage styled event celebrating the local, the wholesome, the creative, and the delicious.

 

Weekend Add-On Value

 

Weekend add-on experiences including glass-blowing and candle-making showcases to be put on by Ngwenya Glass and Swazi Candles, as well as a traditional dance show at the nearby Mantenga Cultural Village, will make for a culturally rich and memorable Swaziland experience for all Luju visitors – more on this below.

 

 

The Hosts

 

Luju is being brought to life by the same team as the world-renowned and much loved MTN Bushfire Festival – House on Fire, backed by a leading global brand in finance and investment whose African heritage goes beyond 150 years – Standard Bank. Guests can be assured of top-notch production, an all-star line-up, and an experience to create poignant memories to last a lifetime.

 

 

What to Expect on the Day

Within the House on Fire Amphitheatre, a culinary-focused program will create space for interaction with featured presenters, celebrity chefs and culinary demonstrations, as well as stand-up comedy and a selection of artists & DJs from the region.

 

 

 

One of the headline chefs for this area will be the well-loved J’Something – attending in his capacity as a chef and food lover, as well as fronting a performance from the SA legends – Mi Casa on the Luju Main Stage.

J’Something’s spicy authentic Portuguese heritage and hearty homegrown South African food has become his trademark. Most recently he has been showcased as a headline chef appearing next to greats such as Marco Pierre White, Jan Hendrick and George Calombaris.

Moving from the HOF Amphitheatre, guests will be able to leisurely stroll through a well-manicured lawn surrounded by lovely cane fields and gardens where they can view various displays of food, drink, art, as well as high-end, bespoke and handmade home décor, objet d’art, fashion and visual art pieces.

 

 

Tickets

This wholesome experience is attainable at E350 for general ticket and E600 for the VIP ticket. Pre-register to get each ticket at a discount of less E100 – see details in the advert. Register online via this link: www.luju.howler.co.za

 

Guests are encouraged to make a weekend of the experience with some of these activities that will be hosted by official Luju partners:

 

 

  • Ngwenya Glass: Glass Blowing

Ngwenya Glass is one of Swaziland’s hottest tourist attractions. Since 1987, Ngwenya Glass has been making glassware in Swaziland from 100% recycled glass, building on a reputation of quality, functionality, beauty and environmental awareness. Visitors will be able to view the glassblowing from 9am to 2pm on Sunday August 5th at the glass factory which is strategically located near the Ngwenya/Oshoek border leading into South Africa.  There will be a team creating some unique glass artworks on the day and visitors will be able to watch at no cost.

 

 

  • Mantenga Cultural Village

Situated in a Ezulwini Valley within Mantenga Nature Reserve, the Cultural Village is a natural display where visitors can learn about everyday life in a traditional Swazi homestead, and enjoy vibrant traditional dance shows.

There is also a small network of hiking trails offering visitors the opportunity to experience the beautiful contrast between reverine middleveld habitats and Highveld open grassland. The nature reserve also offers excellent bird watching opportunities.

 

 

  • Swazi Candles

Guests can enjoy the vibrant, music filled workshop in the Malkerns Valley where they can interact with the candle artisans as they work their magic. The beautifully intricate designs of Swazi Candles use the ancient technique known as “millifiore”. Millefiore, or, “thousand flowers”, first surfaced in Alexandria, but was perfected in the great glassmaking cities of Murano and Venice. The Swazi Candles shop is situated a few kilometers from the Luju venue and is located in a complex where visitors view local and African fashion; design arts and crafts; and relax amidst beautiful views at a coffee shop within the centre of it all.

 

 

  • Tree Top Canopy Tour

Experience the thrill of gliding through the forest canopy in one of the last mountain wilderness areas left in Swaziland. The Malolotja canopy tour offers most dramatic scenery you will ever encounter with striking rock formations, towering cliff faces, a rich diversity of flora and fauna, across a lush forest canopy towards the Malolotja mountain forest peaks.

 

 

  • National Museum and King Sobhuza Park

This National museum is an amazing cultural experience and captures the link that Swaziland has with nature and the love it has for nature, the beautiful mountains, countless rolling hills and green pastures are all depicted in the natural history hall.

 

 

Find Out More

Travel packages and special offers will be announced in the upcoming weeks via local press and on the House on Fire website www.house-on-fire.com and Facbook page https://www.facebook.com/LujuFestival/

Luju also invites any interested traders, exhibitors and companies to contact us for more information on the opportunities available to be part of this amazing high-end lifestyle event.

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MTN Bushfire: Rainbow Your Fire!

Posted by radio On May - 10 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Winner of the African Best Responsible Event Award in 2017, MTN Bushfire has also been hailed in by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see” and listed by BBC as a “Top African Festival.”

MTN Bushfire is a uniquely African, and yet globally infused, festival experience that welcomes thousands of people in an atmosphere of tolerance and passionate commitment to music, the arts, and the environment.

 

From May 25th – 27th MTN Bushfire encourages everyone, from guests and artists, to traders and vendors to BRING YOUR FIRE to the beautiful Malkerns valley in Swaziland.

Your Fire is your energy, your spirit, your passion, and your drive to make a difference.

 

As part of the annual Bring Your Fire call to action, MTN Bushfire 2018 will be hosting a diversity of activations in the newly launched and fully interactive, Bring Your Fire Zone. This year a range of themes will be featured at the festival, including environmental sustainability, education, cultural development, human rights, equality for LGBTI people, gender issues,  as well as sexual & reproductive health and freedom.

 

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people experience significant social discrimination in many places. The consequence of these social and structural factors is that many members of the LGBTI community are not able to lead a dignified life, have a family and contribute to society. The long-term vision is for all people to enjoy equal recognition before the law and social inclusion within society.

 

MTN Bushfire, in partnership with Swazi organisation The Rock of Hope will therefore present a host of activities aimed at promoting equality and inclusion. From poetry slams and discussion at the new venue The Hub, to social and photo booth activations, everyone is invited to take part.

The MTN Bushfire Rainbow Fire Stall Activation seeks to raise the visibility of the LGBTI community within the space with the hopes to spread the fire of acceptance within the communities in which they reside.

 

The Rock of Hope is an advocacy organisation partnered locally with the Other Foundation, and internationally by All Out, and is working on a number of initiatives in Swaziland to promote equality and acceptance.

 

MTN Bushfire is also very excited to announce a performance from Staceyann Chin, multiple award-winning poet and performer. Winner of the 2013 American Heritage Award from American Immigration Council, and the 2016 Planned Parenthood Excellence in Media award, Chin is also a 2017 LGBTQ Humanist Award recipient. She unapologetically identifies as Caribbean and Black, Asian and lesbian, woman and resident of New York City.

 

A proud Jamaican National, Staceyann’s voice was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, where she spoke candidly about her experiences of growing up on the island and the dire consequences of her coming-out there.

Further activations and partnerships within this space will be announced soon. For more information on the 2018 edition of MTN Bushfire visit www.bush-fire.com or https://www.facebook.com/MTNBUSHFIRE

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Reggae Pilgrimage Leads to Collaboration

Posted by radio On May - 2 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

As Dub inc, the internationally acclaimed French reggae group continue their global success, with concerts across Africa, their recent performance in Abidjan took on special significance.

One of the group’s singer Komlan said this past week that his participation in the Anoumabo Festival of Urban Music (Femua 2018) was like a pilgrimage, as Côte d’ivoire the capital of reggae in Africa, “For me, it was like a kind of pilgrimage. We went to Kingston, Jamaica, but Abidjan is also the reggae capital in Africa,” added the French artist of Beninese origin.

 

The group was in the Ivory Coast for the FEMUA festival, launched in 2008 by the legendary Ivorian musical group Magic System. The festival is one of the biggest festivals in sub-Saharan Africa and is a forum for promoting urban music rhythms.

 

During their stay in Abidjan, Dub inc collaborated with the singer Alif Naaba, known as the ‘Barefoot Prince of Burkina Faso,” and the kora player Massa Dembele, both from Burkina Faso. Alif was featured in the original version of the song in 2013, off the group’s album Paradise.

 

The collaboration resulted in a moving acoustic rendition of the group’s version of the song “Enfants des ghettos / Children of the Ghetto” that will be released as a music video on May 5th, just weeks ahead of the group’s arrival in Southern Africa.

 

The song is an apt outcome of the festival that is also a platform on the major issues affecting the African continent, with the theme this year being illegal immigration.  Komlan went on to explain that “risking your life to (go) to Europe is dangerous and has a price. The goal of illegal immigrants, he says, “is rarely achieved and unfortunately many Africans who are waiting for their relatives in Europe do not know that life there is difficult.”

 

The group will soon be heading to South Africa and Swaziland with their hopeful vision of unity and tolerance, infused with electronic vibrations, some hints of dubstep, and a few hip hop references.

 

 

The group will be performing at the following events across South Africa and Swaziland at the end of May 2018.

 

25/05/2018 – Bushfire Festival / Malkerns

26/05/2018 – Bassline Festival / Johannesburg

27/05/2018 – Zakifo Music Festival / Durban

 

To get a sneak preview of the uplifting vibes of Dub inc – check out a range of videos here:  http://www.dub-inc.com/en/videos/

 

Their latest album, So What, as well as over a dozen of the group’s previous albums can be streamed  here: http://www.dub-inc.com/en/disco/

 

 

Dub inc Fast Facts

 

20 YEARS OF EXISTENCE (together since 1998)

300,000 TOTAL RECORD SALES with 6 albums, 2 maxis and 1 live

434 000 FOLLOWERS on Facebook

152 MILLLIONS views on Youtube

350 SHOWS IN THE PAST 5 YEARS in front of more than a million of spectators, 50% abroad over 31 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND 5 CONTINENTS: Germany, Portugal, Spain, Poland and more in Europe… Algeria, Marocco or Senegal in Africa… to USA, Canada, Jamaica, India or New Caledonia… and Russia or Mexico recently.
TOURING THE BIGGEST FESTIVALS such as SulaFest in India,Heartbeat Festival in Mexico, Summerjam in Germany, Paleo Festival in Switzerland, Rototom Festival in Spain, WOMAD in UK, Australia and New Zealand, Rock Al Parque in Bogota (Colombia) or Nuits d’Afrique in Montreal (Canada)

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Get to the Lusito Land Festival now

Posted by radio On April - 26 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Great food and entertainment awaits those looking for a fun-tastic day out

 

It’s time to hot-foot it to the Lusito Land Festival! Lovers of authentic Portuguese cuisine and culture will once again be able immerse themselves a celebration of delicious food and great entertainment.

 

The festival, which runs from 26 April to 6 May, with a two-day break in between on 2 and 3 May, will be held at the new venue on Cayman Road in Alewynspoort, Johannesburg South.

 

Hot entertainment has been lined up for the festival and visitors will be able to catch top local acts such a such as AKA, Sketchy Bongo, The Parlotones, Mi Casa, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Snotkop, Matthew Mole, Lady Zamar, GoodLuck, Shekhinah, Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels, Denim, 1st Project, Puppetsula, Choppa, Garth Taylor, Rubber Duc and Ballyhoo.

 

Festival Organiser, Noemi Contente, says they have taken suggestions from past patrons into account and implemented numerous upgrades to make the event better than ever. “With fun and the safety of festival-goers a top priority, we have planted grass to reduce dust, provided extra lighting and upgraded the restrooms.

 

“In addition, we have made additional entrances to the parking areas available (on Kliprivier (R550) between Iberis and Cayman Road and another on Cayman Road), moved the disabled parking areas closer to the entrance and transformed the main ticketing entrance,” she adds.

 

A giant barrel marquee will be the hub of everything Portuguese. The marquee was custom-made for the event and will include an exhibition of traditional Portuguese ceramics, a Portuguese language stand hosted by the Camões Institute and another selling castanhas assadas (roasted chestnuts), a delicious Portuguese classic, amongst others.

All funds raised at the festival are donated to the Lusito School for the physically and mentally challenged.  Because the cost of caring for special-needs children and adults is beyond the means of many families, the proceeds from the festival go a long way towards easing their financial burden and ensuring learners benefit from a good education.

 

Don’t miss out on the fun. Get your tickets at Computicket now. https://online.computicket.com/web/event/lusito_land_festival/1200078314/0/85568200

 

 

Prices:

Adults and teens: R130

Kids between 6 and 12 years: R50

Pensioners: R50

Kids under-5: Free

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MTN Bushfire 2018 Golden Lounge Tickets sold out

Posted by radio On April - 23 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Bushfire would like to inform the public that MTN Bushfire 2018 Golden Lounge tickets are now sold out!

MTN Bushfire fans please take note: there are  are still limited tickets in all other full festival categories available  and people are urged to purchase their desired tickets before they sell-out.

 

MTN Bushfire tickets have completely sold out days before the event for the past 5 years and fans of this unique event know the importance of booking early.

 

As in previous years, the MTN Bushfire 2018 artist line-up features a dynamic range of artists from across southern Africa and the globe and a host of travel and ticket options are still available at www.bush-fire.com.

 

For MTN Bushfire 2018 there are a host of camping options available, whether you have your own equipment or not, and even for those looking for a more luxurious experience. The main MTN Bushfire campsite will open Thursday 24th May and guests can stay through Monday May 28th. Additionally, a new luxury camping option is now available for those festival goers looking for a bit more comfort in their camping experience.

 

The main MTN Bushfire campsite has great facilities, including hot showers, flushing toilets and running drinking water available all weekend.  There is a 24-hour café that sells breakfast, muffins, tea, coffee and juices throughout the weekend.  It is also a great spot for meeting new friends, and relaxing around fires.

 

A full serviced site, the campsite has a free car park located across the road from the camping area, a full security team, and a team of staff with wheelbarrows to assist you with taking your camping gear into the site.

 

Make sure you purchase your MTN Bushfire ticket separately to your camping package – and act now as MTN Bushfire tickets have sold out in advance of the event for the past three years. Many of the camping options also have limited space so book now.

Companies can also still purchase corporate packages for available tickets by sending an email to tickets@bush-fire.com. Alternatively, people can buy tickets online at www.bush-fire.com.

 

MTN Bushfire 2018 ticket sales rates have increased significantly compared to previous years. This means tickets are selling at a faster pace and people are encouraged to buy their tickets while stocks last to avoid missing out on the festival.

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BASSLINE FEST is proud to announce the latest addition to the line-up is none other than the five time Grammy winning South African singing legends, Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Performing as part of the ‘Africa’s Tribute To Madiba’ performance on Saturday the 26th May, alongside Malian icon Salif Keita and Nigerian pop sensation Yemi Alade, the group will also get the opportunity to do a solo set on the same night – making it one of the most exciting music weekends Johannesburg has ever witnessed.

With more artists being announced regularly, the festival’s line up is growing from strength to strength and has now officially announced artists from afield Brazil, France, Japan, Cape Verde, Guinea, Mozambique, Reunion Island, Mali, Nigeria and of course South Africa.

 

The artists are all part of the celebration that unites and pays homage to our continent and in particular this year, to the legacy that is Nelson Mandela.

The BASSLINE FEST will be the only opportunity for one to witness the Nelson Mandela Tribute collaboration and add even more exclusivity to this already rare world-class line up.

 

So far, the confirmed line up of artists for BASSLINE FEST are as follows:

Salif Keita- Mali

Yemi Alade – Nigeria

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – South Africa

Dub Inc – France

Flavia Coelho – Brazil

Nakhane – South Africa

Nathalie Natiemba – Reunion Island

Ghorwane – Mozambique

Femi Koya – Nigeria

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabusa – South Africa

Oki Dub Ainu Band – Japan

Sekou Kouyate – Guinea

Azah – South Africa

Elida Almeida – Cape Verde

More artists are being booked for the festival on a regular basis.

 

Now in its 14th year as the only Johannesburg-based Festival that celebrates African unity and diversity, BASSLINE FEST will be held over 2 full days for guests to enjoy music platforms and great food as well as a Nelson Mandela day tour “Footsteps of Mandela”.  Dialogue will also be held to promote social cohesion across the continent.

 

The BASSLINE FEST hashtag, #Bethelegacy is inspired by a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation as we join the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations.

Bassline will be working closely with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to promote Madiba’s legacy, through dialogue and Music programming.  BASSLINE FEST is the Foundations official Africa month celebratory event.

 

The music and food festivities kick off on Saturday the 26th May from 3pm to 11pm with two stages, both featuring top tier artists from not only the African continent, but from across the globe.  The Sunday fest times are 12pm to 7pm.

 

SABC2 will broadcast live from the Fest between 8pm and 11pm, reaching a sizeable television audience.

 

Tickets can be booked at www.ticketpros.co.za now for R400 per day or R700 for the weekend.

 

BASSLINE FEST has also put together travel packages for guest coming from afar and a Footsteps of Mandela tour.

For more information, contact info@hambaumhla.com or 061 402 8406.

 

BASSLINE FEST is presented by the Department Of Arts & Culture, in association with Kaya FM and TRACE Africa. 

Additional partners include The Nelson Mandela Foundation, SABC2, SAA, Constitution Hill, SAB Inbev, Tsogo Sun, IFAS, more to be announced in due course.

 

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AfriDocs, the only FREE streaming platform for the best African documentaries is excited to announce an exclusively curated stream of programming available ONLY on Channel24, South Africa’s largest entertainment website with news from across Africa and the world.

 

Every week a specially selected African documentary will be available on Channel24 to stream. The first week’s film, Omo Child can be streamed for FREE here:https://www.channel24.co.za/Movies/Documentaries/omo-child-20180416

With a massive library of some of Africa’s best documentaries, AfriDocs, in partnership with Channel24 will select the most topical and relevant films for audiences across South Africa and beyond.  Simply navigate to movies, scroll down to documentaries, and find the latest selection to stream free for the week.

For the launch of this exciting documentary stream, starring from April 16th, film fans can watch the powerful Ethiopian film Omo Child, followed on April 23rd with the story of the women of Marikana, those left behind after the massacre in 2012.  Strike a Rock follows two South African mothers and best friends, Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana who lead the community as they continue to fight for justice.

 

 

In honour of Freedom Day – April 27th, AfriDocs on Channel24 will present Have You Heard From Johannesburg: Oliver Tambo, the recently released biopic of the often overlooked struggle hero. With previously unseen footage, interviews with those closest to Tambo, and in his own words, the film is a moving tribute to one of the founders of our democracy.

 

Check out Channel24 every Monday for another new documentary, and also visit www.afridocs.net anytime to watch these and other films, anytime – always for free.

 

April 16th

Omo Child | John Rowe | Ethiopia | 2015 | 90 min 

In Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, children are being killed horrifically under an ancient tradition known as ‘mingi’. Teeth growing in a certain order can bring a child a death sentence. One young tribesman strives for change through education and adopting the cursed children. But challenging tribal superstition isn’t easy and as he battles to save lives, things are not all that they seem.

* Social Impact Media Award – Jury Ethos Award, 2016

April 23rd

Strike a Rock | Aliki Saragas | South Africa, 2017 | 87 min

Strike A Rock is the story of two South African mothers and best friends, Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana. They live in Nkaneng, Marikana, an informal settlement in rural South Africa that sprung up around a mine operated by Lonmin Plc, the third largest platinum extractor in the world. This company has significant legal obligation to the community that they mine under and around, but does not comply with all their responsibilities.

 

 

This community became internationally known after the 2012 Marikana massacre, when 37 striking miners were killed by police. However, instead of improving, the living conditions that motivated the strike in the first place continue to worsen. And this is what Primrose and Thumeka are fighting against.

 

 

Audience Award, Best Local Film, Encounters Documentary Festival, South Africa 2017

April 27

Have You Heard From Johannesburg: Oliver Tambo | Connie Field | South Africa | 2017 | 90 min

Political comrades and law partners, Mandela and Tambo shared a political destiny. Nelson Mandela is a household name.  Oliver Tambo is virtually unknown. Banned in South Africa, Tambo led the liberation struggle in exile from 1960-1990 while Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island.

During those 30 years he not only kept the African National Congress (ANC) unified, led his movement both inside and outside South Africa in a successful battle against apartheid,  his calls to the international community to isolate and sanction the South African regime created the most globalised human rights struggle of the 20th century.

In the end, his actions released Nelson Mandela and laid the foundation for a new South Africa.  Suffering a stroke on the eve of success, OR would not live to see his livelong friend become the first black president of a democratic South Africa.

 

 

Visit www.afridocs.nethttps://www.facebook.com/AfriDocs/

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Southern African reggae and world music fans have something to celebrate in May, as the internationally acclaimed French group Dub inc will arrive for a series of exciting live performances at some of the region’s most loved festival events.

The epitome of the successful European Reggae band, Dub inc’s hundreds of live performance over the past ten years have seen them play to over a million fans in 31 countries and 5 continents.

 

Over the past 20 years, the band has perfected their unique blend of Reggae, Dancehall, Kabyl and World Music. With the two distinct and yet complimentary voices of Bouchkour and Komlan’s fronting the band, the band lives and breathes its message of the ethical intermixing of styles and people.

Whether they write in French, English or Kabyl, a Berber language spoken by the Kabyle people in the north and northeast of Algeria, the band conveys a universal message through their unique sense of melody combined with truthful lyrics.

 

Born to immigrant parents, the group, like many other Reggae greats, is both political and yet optimistic. Their hopeful vision of unity and tolerance will resonate strongly with local Reggae fans, while their sound, infused with electronic vibrations, some hints to dubstep, and a few hip hop references is infectiously memorable.

 

More than just a band, Dub inc, is a movement fronted by tens of thousands of activist fans. With a grass-roots DIY ethic, Dub inc engages directly with their audiences and fans. With three performances in the region, Southern African music fans can now become part of this movement.

 

The group will be performing at the following events across South Africa and Swaziland at the end of May 2018.

 

25/05/2018 – Bushfire Festival / Malkerns

26/05/2018 – Bassline Festival / Johannesburg

27/05/2018 – Zakifo Music Festival / Durban

 

To get a sneak preview of the uplifting vibes of Dub inc – check out a range of videos here:  http://www.dub-inc.com/en/videos/

 

Their latest album, So What, as well as over a dozen of the group’s previous albums can be streamed  here: http://www.dub-inc.com/en/disco/

 

 

Dub inc Fast Facts

 

20 YEARS OF EXISTENCE (together since 1998)

300,000 TOTAL RECORD SALES with 6 albums, 2 maxis and 1 live

434 000 FOLLOWERS on Facebook

152 MILLLIONS views on Youtube

350 SHOWS IN THE PAST 5 YEARS in front of more than a million of spectators, 50% abroad over 31 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND 5 CONTINENTS: Germany, Portugal, Spain, Poland and more in Europe… Algeria, Marocco or Senegal in Africa… to USA, Canada, Jamaica, India or New Caledonia… and Russia or Mexico recently.
TOURING THE BIGGEST FESTIVALS such as SulaFest in India,Heartbeat Festival in Mexico, Summerjam in Germany, Paleo Festival in Switzerland, Rototom Festival in Spain, WOMAD in UK, Australia and New Zealand, Rock Al Parque in Bogota (Colombia) or Nuits d’Afrique in Montreal (Canada)

 

 

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ICE Africa registration goes live

Posted by radio On April - 12 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

The visitor marketing campaign for ICE Africa 2018 (24-25 October, Johannesburg, South Africa) is officially underway with registration going live at www.iceafrica.za.com. The much awaited event, which will be the first occasion the ICE brand has been deployed outside of the United Kingdom, will comprise an exhibition and co-located ICE VOX style conference programme dedicated to the development of the industry on the Continent, which has a population of 1.6 billion people, 68% of whom are under the age of 27.

Dan Stone, Senior Marketing Manager at Clarion Gaming, said: “At ICE London 2017, we were asked by prominent members of the industry if we would explore the feasibility of organising and launching a professional B2B event for what is one of world gaming’s most dynamic and exciting growth markets. Our first step was the launch of Gaming Africa in 2017, which we have transitioned to ICE Africa, the first time the ICE brand has travelled outside the UK.  More than six months ahead of the opening ceremony, the level of interest is significant with key supporters, speakers, sponsors and media ready to engage with gaming’s newest event brand.”

 

 

He added: “Whilst the scale of ICE Africa will not be the same as ICE London, we will be bringing the same level of commitment, thinking, creativity and professionalism that has made ICE London the world’s favourite B2B gaming event.”

 

 

ICE Africa is part of the Clarion Gaming stable of events and publications for the international gaming community, including: intelligence resources Totally Gaming and iGaming Business; the Totally Gaming Academy training series, and a full portfolio of conferences and exhibitions, including ICE London, iGB Live!, regional Gaming Congresses, the WrB series and the Affiliate Conference series.

 

 

For more information on ICE Africa and to register, visit the website at: www.iceafrica.za.com

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9 Days to Go: JYDC Production

Posted by radio On April - 10 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Jozi Youth Dance Company (JYDC), presents their 4th annual production called Domaine, from 19 – 22 April 2018 at the Roodepoort Theatre.

Jozi Youth Dance Company is a one of its kind, platform for young dancers, exposing them to professional choreographers and dancers. They gain invaluable experience, performing to sold out audiences, preparing them for the cut-throat dance industry.

 

This is JYDC’s 4th season and promises to be one of their best yet. This year we present to you Domaine (translated from French, meaning “realms”).

 

Our dancers will involve the audience, taking them on a journey through different worlds, stepping seamlessly from one existence to the next.

 

Over the past 4 years, JYDC have welcomed young dancers from all over Gauteng in order to give them a platform to showcase their talent and inspire the next generation of professional dancers. Under the directorship of Jayd Swart, the company has grown, not only in number but also quality of dance.  “Young dancers need to be given the opportunity to show what they are capable of.  We train them in both technique and expression and motivate them to achieve new heights while preparing them for a future in dance” said Swart.

 

Domaine, the largest and most spectacular of shows produced by JYDC is guaranteed to set the stage on fire.  “This year, we have the most magnificent lineup of choreographers, each bringing their own distinct personality to the stage” said Swart.  Choreographers include, Shannon Glover, principle dancer from Johannesburg Ballet, Phume Sikhakhane and Kingsley Beukes, both cast members of Disney’s theatrical production of The Lion King currently performing in Asia, Evan Van Soest, professional dancer and choreographer, Cayley Hodson, resident choreographer of JYDC and Jayd Swart herself who is a well-established international contemporary dance choreographer.

 

As an added bonus, Bernice Silvius, ex-prima ballerina from Johannesburg ballet is training two young aspiring ballerinas, both pupils at Northcliff High School to perform a pas de deux from the famous Don Quixote with Conrad Nusser, principle dancer from Cape Town City Ballet and in true JYDC nature a student, Paige Sundelson, has been afforded the opportunity to choreograph a piece on her peers, also to be showcased in Domaine.

 

JYDC has opened up many doors for company members including a training tour to South-Korea in 2017.  This year, the production forms part of the Grahamstown National Arts Festival line-up.

For more information on the production, Domaine or auditions for the next season, please contact Jayd Swart on 076 213 8867 or e-mail jycontemp@gmail.com

 

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The International Radio Festival announce the final line up of radio stations

IRF Malta Days: 29 October – 30 October   IRF International Days: 31 October – 4 November   IRF Audio […]


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