What’s on in JHB, June 2015


TREVOR NOAH South Africa’s most successful comedy export returns to the motherland with his latest stand-up show Lost In Translation. Catch him while you can as Trevor Noah is soon to start work as the new host of America’s leading political satire show The Daily Show. Teatro at Montecasino May 29 – Jun 28.

MORECAMBE: Craig Urbani stars as Eric Morecambe in this touching musical comedy about the life of one of the UK’s most successful light entertainment stars. Showing at Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino until June 7.

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Cinema LGBTI FILM FESTIVAL Curated by local queer activist and artist Dean Hutton and Bioscope co-founder Darryl Els, this festival provides a diverse reflection of queer life around the world through the latest feature, documentary and short films. There is also a special focus on early gay and lesbian cinema. May 28-Jun 3.


ON THE FRONTLINE: Photos taken during the struggle to end apartheid taken in South Africa’s neighbouring countries illustrating the conflict and destruction that these ‘frontline’ countries suffered at the hands of the apartheid state. Showing at Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton until July 17.
UNREST: The latest photography exhibition by Hasan and Husain Essop is a thought-provoking look at society’s prevalent generalisations of male Muslim identities. Showing at the Standard Bank Art Gallery until June 20.
SIMON GUSH – WORKPLACE: Photographer and filmmaker Simon Gush continues his examination of work – in particular physical labour – and how it regulates our everyday life. Showing at Stevenson Gallery until June12.
NOT X CHRIS SAUNDERS: The Museum of African Design (MOAD) hosts this eye-catching cross-cultural fashion and photography exhibition inspired by Joburg’s unique street fashion. On show until June 28.



New! HAVE CITY – WILL PLAY A bright, bold and vividly colourful mixed media celebration of life in Joburg by Shani Waldbaum. Opens at Mzansi Gallery in Melville on Fri May 29 at 18:30.
New! #SOMETHING MUST FALL Inspired by the debates surrounding the country’s colonial statues, young South African artists present their take on the politics of heritage, identity and representation at the Kalashnikov Gallery in Braamfontein. The exhibition opens on Thu May 27 at 18:00 and the artworks are on show on May 29 and 30 from 10:00-15:00.
POST AFRICAN FUTURES This new exhibition promises to showcase the great variety of digital art in Africa. Now at Goodman Gallery in Parkwood.
STREET TALK An exhibition about graffiti, print and graphic art in Africa curated by local graffiti artist Breeze Yoko and featuring works by artists such as Mak1one, Rayaan Cassiem and Mr Fuzzy Slipperz. Now showing at HAZARD Gallery in Maboneng.
CONSTRUCT TO DECONSTRUCT Happy Dhlame unpacks the abandoned places of the inner-city in a site-specific installation and painting exhibition in Johannesburg Art Gallery.
DEBORAH BELL – DREAMS OF IMMORTALITY:  A mixture of sculpture, installation and works on paper including “Return of the Gods: The Ancient Ones” a multi-sensory installation centred around five monumental sculptures. Showing at Everard Read in Rosebank until June 27.
TAMLIN BLAKE – REVELATION: Three years in the making, Revelation is the culmination of a six year exploration into recycled newspaper as a tapestry medium inspired by the 14th Century Apocalypse Tapestry of Angers. Now showing at Circa Gallery in Rosebank.
THE ART OF THE BRICK: 75 astonishing sculptures made by Nathan Sawaya using more than one million LEGO bricks. The exhibition also includes a LEGO building zone, Playstation gaming area and other kid-friendly activities. At The Zone@Rosebank until Aug 02.


The Jozi music scene offers everything from indie and rock to afro jazz and soul. Top live music venues to keep your eye on include The Orbit jazz club in Braamfontein, the legendary Bassline in Newtown, the underground music and festival venue Carfax and the spectacular Randlords rooftop. To watch up-and-coming bands in an intimate atmosphere try the little bohemian music cafes like Amuse Cafe or Afrikan Freedom Station.
REGULAR EVENTS Regular events worth making space in your diary for include: the Johnny Walker Red Hot Jazz Nights at Bassline (every Wed from 19:30), the Sophiatown Jazz Encounters (usually last Fri of the month), the free Howl live music night at Wolves in Illovo (every Thu) and the Park Acoustics festival at Pretoria’s Voortrekker Monument (last Sun of the month).


Hip food and craft markets have become one of the most popular ways for Joburgers to spend their weekends and there are a number of great venues to choose from. On Saturdays try the Bryanston Organic Market or Neighbourgoods Market and on Sundays take your pick from Rosebank Sunday MarketMarket On Main or the Fourways Farmer’s Market.

ROSEBANK SUNDAY MARKET: This bustling market on the rooftop of the Rosebank Mall is getting bigger every week with a wide range of food and drinks vendors and excellent arts, crafts, fashion and antiques stalls.

Sunday from 09:00-16:00.
​BRYANSTON ORGANIC MARKET: The original outdoor market. In existence for close on 37 years and still offering a superb range of organic goods and products in a relaxed, family-friendly environment. Open Thu and Sat 09:00-15:00.

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