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Arts & Culture Special Feature

Art, Media and Women in Contemporary African Art

Art, Media and Women in Contemporary African Art

Despite a growth in the young generation of ‘Afro-futurist’ and ‘Afro-positivists’ in Africa, contemporary African art as well as its female creatives mostly remain in the shadows. Laure Perrier interviewed three influential South African female artists to find out more about their art, the media they use and the subject they choose to discuss in their work.

Arts & Culture History Human Rights

Music and the Anti-Apartheid Movement

Music and the Anti-Apartheid Movement

For generations, across cultures and continents, people have used music as a form of protest. Lyrics and melodies transformed into mediums for communication that in any other context would be suppressed and unheard. Musical activism has cemented its crucial role in history as being a way to unite individuals in their common goal to end war or oppression.

Arts & Culture Reviews

Hot Best Date Spots in Cape Town

<span class="hot">Hot <i class="fa fa-bolt"></i></span> Best Date Spots in Cape Town

So, you’re fond of someone. Perhaps you’ve been engaged for ten years, perhaps you have a friend you’ve got along with, but then they made you that disc set, shared a bottle of wine and some laughs with you late one night… I digress. Go and grab that person, that person you’re enamoured with, that person who makes you feel those oh-so-good feelings and ask them out on a date. Whether you plan to pop the question or rekindle the fire, Cape Town is THE city to fall in love in.

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.

Latest Posts

Environment Health News Water Crisis

Zero Chance of Day Zero? Think Again

Zero Chance of Day Zero? Think Again

Cape Town is currently in its worst drought in 100 years. We get it. We know. Or do we? So far 60% of Capetonians have not adhered to the delegated amount of 87 litres per person per day. This suggests that the majority of Capetonians are not aware of the harsh reality Day Zero would bring. Put simply, if we continue on our current trajectory then Day Zero will fast be upon us. That is a guarantee.

News Youth

Hot Recruiting Young Gangsters

<span class="hot">Hot <i class="fa fa-bolt"></i></span> Recruiting Young Gangsters

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.’

Health Lifestyle Reviews

Being Vegan in Cape Town

Being Vegan in Cape Town

Is the Mother City vegan-friendly? According to The Vegan SA Directory, in Mother City there are about 60 vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants. We tried three of them to dispel the myth that vegan cuisine is ‘boring’ and to prove that being vegan is easy, with a little creativity and balance in your dishes.

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

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.

Lifestyle Sport Video

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.

Travel Video Volunteering

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.

Arts & Culture Photography Travel

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.

Blogs

Blogs Reflections Travel

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.

Blogs Politics Reflections

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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