Posts – Arts & Entertainment

Streets of our lives

The arresting portrait depicts a man, his back turned, sitting on a motorbike, facing a large billboard of a poised Chanel model gazing directly out of the image, as though peering out at the street from behind a window, a faint glassiness adding to the air of untouchability she exudes.

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Talking silk

Silk worms, born of moths, secrete a special thread which they spin into cocoons. Entombed and undisturbed, the worms transform into moths and so the process starts again. It’s mind-boggling biology at its best and silk, an integral part of this cycle, is one of nature’s most amazing materials, as I was reminded on a recent tour of a silk factory in Hoedspruit, Limpopo.

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Wild tattoos

Talking to Gareth Putter in his Hoedspruit-based tattoo studio reveals early on that whatever box you’ve tried to put him in, it’s probably the wrong one. He’s an artist and an activist, grows his own vegetables and creates beautiful tattoos for his clients from all over the world.

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The palette of the Mphongolo

An immersive experience in the wilderness, such as the Mphongolo Back-pack Trail, engages all of your senses and lets you experience nature in a new and visceral way.

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The Skyroom is the limit

Skyroomlive has launched its new series of live South African music performances!

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Let’s have no MOOP

Ever been to a music or other kind of festival the day after it’s happened? Chances are it will look like a war zone. Not at AfrikaBurn, however.

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Say Watt?!

Anne Watt’s latest body of work, “Reflections” is on show at the Chalkhamhill Gallery in Hoedspruit.

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Unusual art in uBombo

Sometimes art is more than just art; it’s a way of improving people’s lives, in many different ways. This was made clear to me once again while travelling in Zululand.

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Infecting the City brings public art debate to life

The fifth Infecting the City festival has just come to a close. This public art festival, the only one of its kind in South Africa, uses art to “unwrap and unlock the communal spaces in the Cape Town city centre.”

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Designs worth shopping for

Still inspired by the recent Design Indaba and the beautifully crafted South African products on sale at the expo, here’s a run-down of where to track down some of the creative people that ply their trade in the city bowl and surrounds and, some newly discovered favourite places to shop in Cape Town – based on the Design Indaba Route.

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