Arts & Culture Special Feature

Movie-Making in South Africa

Movie-Making in South Africa

Blockbuster hits like the science fiction thriller District 9, the political war thriller Blood Diamond and action-packed, Academy Award-winning Mad Max have all become household names. However, there is one lesser-known fact these films have in common: they were filmed in South Africa. Even though South Africa’s film industry dates back to early 1900s, the movies, as well as the production here, remain obscure.

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Desire & Fashion

Desire & Fashion

Lagerfeld risked quite a few raised eyebrows when he decided to showcase Chanel’s Fall 2014 RTW collection in a supermarket setting at The Grand Palais in Paris. While the fashion elite felt he was downgrading high-fashion and everything Coco Chanel stood for, some applauded his efforts at creating a consumerist satire through a fashion show. Tim Blanks from style.com called it ‘an epic celebration of consumerism’, that Lagerfeld’s ‘spectacle’ presents fashion as a supermarket where we can each have our own pick.

Arts & Culture Education Special Feature

The Cape Town Central Library

The Cape Town Central Library

In a digitised world where libraries suffer from budget cuts and are often undermined, the Central Library in Cape Town still manages to attract a broad public. With its various sections, its many organised events and different partnerships with other institutions, it is one of the most important cultural places in town.

Arts & Culture Reviews

Live Jazz Music at the Creative Communion

Live Jazz Music at the Creative Communion

WORDS Liana Soliman Slowly we turn the corner and enter a walled, small, hidden park behind Fuller Hall at the

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Hot Recruiting Young Gangsters

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In 2015, Cape Town was ranked one of the top 10 most violent cities in the world. A large portion of this violence is attributed to gangs. In a speech by Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, she quoted Major General Jeremy Vearey, from the specialised SAPS Western Cape anti-gang strategy unit, explaining that ‘Gangs were most often formed by children seeking physical protection from threats in their communities.’

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Fighting Fake News

Fighting Fake News

In KwaMashu, a township north of Durban, a distribution of stories claiming children were being kidnapped for the sale of their body parts led to violent protests. Foreign-owned shops were looted and torched. Roads were reportedly blocked and cars were stoned. In fact, none of the stories that inspired this violence was true.

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Hot The First-Ever Muizenberg Jazz Festival

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The first annual Muizenberg Jazz Festival took place on 13 and 14 October at the Masque Theatre. The line-up featured ten exceptional local and international jazz artists, each presenting their own unique take on the eclectic art that is jazz. The organisers’ vision was threefold: The festival should provide a place for the artist and their art to thrive, it should entertain the audience and leave everyone ‘enlightened, engaged and enriched.’

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The Ultimate Cape Point Tour

The Ultimate Cape Point Tour

The Cape Peninsula area is full of natural and historical wonders. The area is lush with green beauty all year round. Hundreds of different flora and fauna can be found within the Cape region, as well as breath-taking beaches, quaint fishing harbours and scenic passes. The Cape Peninsula is a must-see for all visitors to Cape Town. One of the best ways to see it all is through Cape Xtreme.

Lifestyle Sport

Surfing in (Life)Style

Surfing in (Life)Style

It is 10:30am, Muizenberg is slowly waking up. A strong southeastern swell surges. The sun still shining through slightly overcast skies, sending shimmers across the ocean. As the sun continues to rise, the wind has taken over the small town. Despite the beautiful scenery, shivers shoot down our spines as our small staff of four approached the Lifestyle Surf Shop in Muizenberg for our surf lesson. We were nervous – and cold.

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Muizenberg’s Surfing Community

Muizenberg’s Surfing Community

A Blue Flag beach, Muizenberg stretches for 20km along the False Bay coast with colourful huts running along a strip of the beach known as Surfer’s Corner. Home to restaurants, cafes and niche surf shops that cater for all. Muizenberg was the birthplace of surfing in the Western Cape and is one of the best surf spots for beginners in South Africa. Elise Queru spent some time chatting with members of the surfing suburb to learn more about the surf lifestyle and what it means to embrace this enriching outdoor activity. In Muizenberg, surfing is not a sport, it is a way of life.

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Thank you Ghana!

Thank you Ghana!

In September, Anne left her hometown in the Netherlands for a four-week visit to Ghana. This was the first stop in a series of countries she would visit as part of a six-month Global Gap volunteer experience with Projects Abroad. Wanting to remember this trip of a lifetime, she filmed the different places she visited, capturing the beautiful rich culture Ghana has to offer.

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Restoring Romanian Tradition

Restoring Romanian Tradition

With a large proportion of the younger population taking little interest in traditions, the beautiful celebrations and the unique way of doing things in Romania have become endangered. Rural villages like Alma Vii and Valchid are making an effort to retain their traditional roots. In July 2017, Valchid was selected to host a Transylvanian brunch, an event where people come from various places to cook, eat, socialise, and have fun over traditional food and drinks.

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Catching the Train in Cape Town

Catching the Train in Cape Town

Some people will give up right away. Others may wonder where they’ll end up. Of course you get scared. Even if you are brave and determined enough to get on, you will still find yourself praying that everything goes well. My first week using the train in Cape Town, there are many emotions running through my head. Despite being an experienced commuter back home in Rome, I feel completely out of my depth facing Metrorail in South Africa.

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A Morning in Vrygrond Township

A Morning in Vrygrond Township

While President Jacob Zuma is in town for yesterday’s annual State of the Nation Address (SONA), my colleagues and I decided to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and head to Vrygrond, a township near Muizenberg beach, on the False Bay coast, about 20km away from Cape Town central.

 

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