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CAELA BOWMAN: Showcasing excerpts from the Broadway hit Sweet Charity, the National School of the Arts’ Dance Spectrum, promises to excite audiences with an array of dance styles. Students from The National School of Arts (NSA) have become regular performers at the National Arts Festival.

JOSHUA STEIN: The National Arts Festival always boasts a fine selection of guitar orientated music. This year the line-up is unique with fine guitarists playing music that expands out of the usual focus on jazz with the excitement around the Patlansky/Frost concert on 11 July building.

CHELSEA HAITH: Finding Beauty, an exhibition by children in Grahamstown aged 11-18 years old is running throughout the National Arts Festival at the Carinus Annex on Donkin Street and will be on display as part of the parade on 13 July. The exhibition is a project organised by the Raphael Centre for HIV/AIDS awareness and treatment.

BRIAN KIAUTHA: Brazil beat Colombia 2-1 last night to book their spot in the World Cup semi-finals.

Brazil scored early in the game after a Neymar corner kick was not cleared by the Colombian defence and Brazilian captain Thiago Silva put the ball into the net.

BRIAN KIAUTHA: Germany made it into the World Cup semi-finals for the fourth time in a row after beating France 1-0 through a Mats Hummels header. The western European team will take on hosts Brazil in the semi-final.

Germany started the game with attacking play and going forward they put pressure on the French defence. France did not manage to hold onto the ball and build up play and came closest to opening the scoring through Karim Benzema, but his shot went inches wide.

LUCA KOTTON:Wits University will play host to the country’s top junior soccer players when the under-17 Engen Knockout Regional Challenge comes to campus from July 18-20.

The tournament sees the best of Gauteng’s youth teams taking part in the sixteen team showpiece.

CHRISTINA SCHILD: You might not actually understand the meaning behind Piet se Optelgoed, but maybe that is the whole point.  Without much comprehensible dialogue, the two ‘man’ play is set against a backdrop of black bags, large paper coverings and an eerie clothes line.

Liezl de Kock gives a confident, comfortable performance as a deranged, revenge-hungry woman gleefully enjoying her unsettling existence in society.  With an unidentified companion, who brings her interesting meals, she leads the audience from laughter to a somewhat shocked silence.  This is heightened by the audio which enhances the emotion of the moment and is at times discordant.

ROFHIWA MADZENA: The Joburg Radio Days conference ended today with a focus on the youth segment of radio consumers. Rofhiwa Madzena weighs in on the debate.

The Debate
Radio today does not focus enough on the youth , according to one of the speakers on this morning’s opening panel on the final day of the 2014 Joburg Radio Days conference at Wits University. Speakers on this panel tried to outline their various approaches to attracting and servicing the youth market.

CHRISTINA SCHILD: The Great Field has been closed off and exams forgotten; the National Arts Festival is just around the corner. Being the 40th year anniversary, the official programme may be bursting, but there is equally as much on offer in terms of the ‘town’ programme.  From classic comedic acts to face-melting music, be prepared to go big this year.

Here is a personal run-down of our recommended events and the best of Fest.

DIMPHO MOLETSANE: A recent paper published by Facebook has raised issues regarding the social network’s use of unwitting users in its studies. The paper, published on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has found evidence that emotional states can be transferred through ‘emotional contagion’.

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