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Started 30 years ago by Annie Snowden – who just wanted to organise a birthday party for her partner at the time – Up the Creek is still the intimate, music-focused and well-planned festival that it has always been. Only now it has growth and maturity.  In spades.

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“You heard it here first – seaweed is the new kale. This was one of the many talking points at Dine4Six’s collaboration with Chef’s Table at the Mt Nelson.”

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Despite 400 works, 40 commissions, 52 solo exhibitions, 26 group exhibitions, two national awards and a book behind her, Quin is anything but an artist shackled to her laurels. Her consistently pantheistic themes of man vs.nature and sacred vs. profane find diverse means of expression across six decades of visionary toil.

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Little children bounced on their parents’ shoulders next to fully grown men slugging beers on their friends’ shoulders. ‘Chicken to Change’ got more of the crowd up onto their feet, and in my line of vision was the most fantastically flexible grandpa gyrating and the sweetest little girl dancing in her underwear – so overcome by the music she couldn’t keep her dress on.

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Scrape might be a one woman show but it is far from being a one woman production. The efforts of all the role players are delicately layered together to form a multidimensional piece.

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Based on the children’s TV show from the 1970s, Bangalory’s Back is a collection of tales on a brightly coloured set perfect for busy little minds. Janice Honeyman is back on stage as the storyteller and plays many of the characters. Zoleka Helesi and Marty Kintu are brilliant in their portrayals of a range of people – from bullies to gentle marimba players to children lost in the city.

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For collectors, it is the most convenient way of seeing such a vast array of talent in one place and for anyone interested in art it is quite simply a superb exhibition.

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From the very beginning, Salt dances along the border between reality and a beautifully portrayed dreamscape. Set in a psychiatric ward in which the shadows come to life, this is a tender glimpse into an innocent and carefree life confronting a new world with wide eyes.

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No doubt you remember the episode of Hart to Hart when Mrs H gets kidnapped by the baddie. Held in a room with a glass wall, she uses her large diamond ring to cut her way through the glass to freedom. It is surely the perfect example (note to husband) of just how useful diamonds can be in day to day living. [Read more…]

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The name for some may conjure up a rough, tough, smoke­filled, meat­-orientated eatery. But from the decor to the wine, Charcoal Dining is a relaxing place: a quiet, as­ yet­ unknown restaurant perfect for a date night or an evening out.

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What resulted was a market fair which proudly nourishes a sense of wholesome, frolicking, lighthearted entrepreneurship. And its success is reflected in the well-known names that gained their first foothold here. Before Kauai became an icon of healthy organic food, for example, it consisted of two brothers with a box of gourmet sandwiches and a single smoothie-maker touting their wares at the Obs Holistic Fair.

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Bench is a melting pot of emotions. With two such different people come two very differing points of view on the world and the result is an amusing, darkly comedic conversation between two small-time crooks planning their big break.

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The Short & Sweet film festival has returned to Cape Town for its fourth season, and whether you’re a short-film fundi or just keen to see some great work and be generally entertained, Short & Sweet ticks a lot of boxes.

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Kobayashi and Bonelli bring Giselle and Albrecht’s relationship to life, not only with their technical prowess, but with their passionate sincerity. Kobayashi perfectly captures the playful, innocent Giselle, who falls for cheeky, charming Albrecht.Kobayashi and Bonelli bring Giselle and Albrecht’s relationship to life, not only with their technical prowess, but with their passionate sincerity. Kobayashi perfectly captures the playful, innocent Giselle, who falls for cheeky, charming Albrecht.

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There we found seals flopping lazily about, sunning their porky bellies as they floated on their backs, drifting gently with the swell. As soon as I took my first faceful of water, however, I quickly discovered that the sun bunnies on the surface had a very different attitude underneath. As we delved into the billows of the cold, cobalt-blue sea, a pod of seals flew past. My hands clenched my snorkel buddy as the mass of bodies wove around our legs. The water shone with silver lustres pouring from the shade of the seals’ grey skins.

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Igor Stravinsky’s original score seamlessly combined with dance and giant puppets is a thrilling multisensory experience.

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The stereotypical jazz musos – they of the black beret and polo neck persuasion – were few and far between. Instead every glance took in sky high heels, handsome suits, and high fashion – a clear indication of the wide appeal of jazz music, and of this festival in particular.

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“Do you believe in magic? No? Well, you should. But you won’t have to take my word for it – the incredible cast of The Illusionists are sure to make a believer out of any skeptic.”

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There’s something about a secret that sparks instant inquisitiveness. Screaming the words “one-night-only” and “secret venue”, the event had me hooked without a second thought. All that was given was that it was to be held in a private home in Oranjezicht, which frankly just added fuel to an already piqued curiosity.

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Whether you know anything about grand jetés, attitudes or leaps, you will walk away with a fuzzy feeling of joy from this beautiful expression of what the youth are capable of achieving. This is a true celebration of dance. Bring the children along. They’ll love this one.

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A visually striking choreographic debut by dancers whose joint training is evident in their cohesive movement vocabulary, fluidity and innate synchronicity.

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One of the most popular and accessible operas of all time, La Bohème appeals to the Bohemian in all of us: the person who ranks passion above convention, who enjoys wit more than wealth and rates the power of art above the power of the army. The person who claims they would rather perish penniless but in love, than die wrapped in mink but alone.

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The biggest surprise of the evening came when Macstanley announced the release of their latest single, ‘Evelyn’ which will launch next week, featuring… us, the audience at Kirstenbosch in the music video.

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After the interval, the concert carried a few more opera favourites, an interesting Spanish piece, and then made its way into contemporary territory. This started with Riaan Hunter coming out into the audience and putting on his Afrikaans Charmer hat. After a little sweet talk he sang ‘Liefling’, which was met with mixed reactions…The family in front of me giggled as their 20-something daughter turned to face them with a look of absolute shock and ‘skeef’.

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The buzz of the previous week’s performances at the annual Baxter Dance Festival created excitement throughout Cape Town’s dance audience. The second last show of the festival, however, left the audience feeling exhausted. Literally.

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We’ve been feeling for a while that we want to get music that we make out there to people, and get it out as we make it. It’s really important to us that people can access stuff we’re making that’s fresh and represents what we’re making now, rather than stuff that’s been sitting on the shelf for ages.

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The clear highlights were the portraits, both for me and for Joseph. He loved picking out the blue highlights of the skin and seeing how the red of the lips might be the same colour as her hat or as a flower on her dress.

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Seeing these South African legends together on stage is a rare treat, and it is almost worth sitting through two hours of Shakespearian Afrikaans and sensory overload to see their brilliant acting. Every award that macbeth.slapeloos has won is absolutely deserved but despite this concentration of mature talent, no one in the audience was moved to a standing ovation.

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