It’s a disease that every person who lives in a bustling, booming and boisterous city suffers from. How often do we yearn to travel to places like New York, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires? What would we give to be a tourist in Berlin, Los Angeles or Cairo for just one weekend? We are so quick to forget that we live in a beautiful city that many have longed to visit too.
This weekend, I challenge you to explore your own backyard. I’ve compiled a short list of events and attractions that have caught my eye, or enjoyed visiting. Take a look at what grabs your attention, rally a friend or two and enjoy being a tourist in your own city.
The Jozi Film Festival
Date: Friday 28th – Sunday the 30th September
Venue: 286 Fox Street, City and Suburban, Johannesburg
This weekend the Bioscope will be holding the annual Jozi Film Festival. Whether your cinematic interest lies in documentaries, comedies or fictional films, this year’s festival has something for everybody, all at the very nice price of R50.00 per ticket.
My personal recommendation would be WHISPERING TRUTH TO POWER by director Shameela Seedat.
“WHISPERING TRUTH TO POWER documents the tense story of Madonsela’s last year in public office while simultaneously crafting an absorbing tale of an outstanding lawyer, mother and woman, as well as providing insight into several critical issues facing South Africa today, such as ongoing inequality, racial tensions, land redistribution, and corruption.” – The Bioscope
Standard Bank’s Joy of Jazz
Time: Thursday and Friday 7pm, Saturday 6:30pm
Date: Thursday 27th – Saturday 29th September
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude St, Sandton
Cost: R700.00 – R1 350.00
Multiple artists, both local and international across various stages come together to put on a jazz performance that’s not to be missed. You can take your pick of tickets, one for the opening night, a day pass only or a pass for the whole weekend.
#SBJOJ #Discover is an initiative that takes place at the festival every year, where up and coming artists are given the opportunity to showcase their own talents in the presence of the kings and queens of jazz. Be sure to stop by the Conga stage to find the fresh talent performing close by.
Gin and Rum Social Garden
Date: Saturday 29th September
Venue: Turbine Hall, 65 Ntemi Piliso Street, Newtown, Johannesburg
Everybody’s favourite mixers producer Fitch and Leedes presents a collection of gins and rums from around the world alongside some of the very best locally produced spirits. Pair your complimentary cocktail with something on offer from the various street food stalls. Set in Joburg’s beautiful Turbine Hall, the event will offer stunning views of the city and a buzzing atmosphere.
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Venue: Corner of Klein and King George Street, Joubert Park, Johannesburg
Opened over a hundred years ago, the Johannesburg Art Galley is home to some of the most beautiful pieces in the world (no, seriously). Picasso, Monet, Dali and Pierneef are just some of the artists whose work can be seen at the landmark. It’s a bucketlist visit that must be ticked off by every South African, never mind just those who live in Johannesburg.
The parking situation is safe, although the drive through town can be quite hair-rasising, and admission is absolutely free. JAG is a place very close to my heart, and has been since the moment I first visited it. The gallery is in dire need of renovations, and seeing the state it is in can be quite saddening. I encourage you to visit #FRIIENDSOFJAG to find out more.
Time: 8pm, 3pm on Sundays. No performances on Mondays.
Date: 21st September – 5th October
Venue: ,163 Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein
Bantu is a play “composed of strong music and performances, with a driven cast of young South Africans who engage, and reflect, upon the levels of consciousness in present day South Africa”, according to its director and artistic director of the Joburg City Theatres, Makhaola Ndebele.
The cast include Naledi award winners, LGBT activists and rappers, so a talent-packed performance is guaranteed. Aiming to bring hope, encourage discussion and honour the revered political activist, the production is one that should not definitely be missed.