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MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Celebrated South African author and political activist Nadine Gordimer passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday evening, the Gordimer family announced today. Gordimer was 90 years old.

Gordimer is best known for her novels and short fiction works but has also written a number of essays and a play.

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: This past week saw the release of GoodLuck’s third single from their popular second album Creatures of the Night.

The song, entitled “What would we be without each other”, was written with a social message in mind which fostered GoodLuck’s new social campaign. The campaign hopes to promote the idea of thanking those around you that play a role in making your life by creating a video message dedicated to that person and posting it online.

LIZL LOMBAARD: The fourth instalment in the Transformers franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction, starts off spectacularly, especially if you get a chance to see it in 3D.

Set four years after the battle in Chicago, the movie revolves around the CIA, who are now trying to track down all forms of robots, regardless if they’re Autobots or Decepticons. The Autobots are aided by their human alliances and an intense action plot follows in a struggle to restore balance to the world.

The Songbird Tour uplifts local talent

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 07:53

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: The beginning of July marked the start of The Songbird Tour – an interesting new programme that is not just about entertainment but also the mentorship and upliftment of local talent. Non-profit organisation Africa Voices Trust, which aims to grow young African musicians from disadvantaged backgrounds through practical skills and knowledge, has teamed up with Laura Burhenn of Postal Service and The Mynabirds for the tour.

LIZL LOMBAARD: The Grove Mall recently celebrated the return of the Imax screen to Pretoria.

The latest Transformers: Age of Extinction movie preview, which was shown in 3D on the new Imax screen, was - the first feature film ever to use the new Imax 3D digital camera.  

AFDA dean shows Fest some love

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 07:23

JOSHUA STEIN: Artistic director for the Market Theatre and dean of AFDA Johannesburg, Malcolm Purkey, expressed his excitement and anticipation for the coming events of this year’s National Arts Festival.

“It’s the 40th anniversary and lot of effort has been put into how one commentates 40 years of Fest and so I am looking forward to seeing how that comes out. There are always lovely jazz and art exhibitions. The chances are it will be as lively and powerful as it has been in the past,” said Purkey.

Grahamstown’s own Village Green

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 07:23

HEATHER DIXON: Traditionally, a village green is piece of soft green grassland at the centre of a village or rural settlement in old England or Europe. Sometimes it may be the sight of friendly inter-village cricket matches. In Grahamstown, the ‘Village Green’,  known outside of the 11 Days of Amazing as the Rhodes University Great Field, has been used for everything from parties to rugby matches.

2014 Young Artists Awards

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 07:22

SMANGALISO SIMELANE: With the National Arts Festival gracing Grahamstown and Rhodes University for yet another year of events, Standard Bank has teamed up with the festival to bring the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards. This year promises to be extra special as Standard Bank celebrates the 30th anniversary of sponsoring the award.

NSA brings dance to Arts Fest

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 07:22

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.

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