July 2014 diary

We might be entering into the heart of winter, but with a great line up of foodie festivals, art exhibitions and lifestyle expos there’s enough going on to keep cabin fever at bay.


V&A Market on The Wharf
Nobel Square, between the Two Oceans Aquarium and the V&A Hotel, Cape Town 
The V&A Market on The Wharf is quickly entrenching its position as Cape Town’s ultimate gastronomic destination. An array of artisanal foods, on-site demo kitchens and a kids entertainment area are just a few of its laurels. The market is open all day Wednesday to Sunday. 

Neighbourhood Goods Market
The Old Biscuit Mill, 373 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9am to 2pm, this is the hotspot for locavores. Expect over 100 specialty traders including local farmers, fine-food purveyors, organic merchants, bakers, grocers, mongers, butchers, artisan producers, celebrated local chefs and micro enterprises – not to forget the designers. Get there early for parking. 

Neighbourhood Goods Market
73 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Every Saturday, from 9am to 3pm, this is the younger cousin of the Cape Town mother event. Not quite as big and epic, but steadily growing alongside the exciting Braamies rejuvenation. 

City Bowl Food Market
14 Hope Street, Gardens, Cape Town, citybowlmarket@gmail.com 
Every Thursday from 4.30pm to 8.30pm and Saturday from 9am to 2pm, this food and wine market offers easy access to fresh produce and tasty fare. Thursdays in particular have become quite a social affair and Saturdays sometimes also have a fashion component. 

Capital Urban Market
107 Corobay Avenue, Menlyn Maine, Pretoria
Capital Urban Market is a Pretoria inner-city market forming part of the Cool Capital 2014 citizen-driven initiative to revitalise and restore the inner-city, and give local designers and entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase and expand their brand. Read more here

Africa Junctions
Goethe-Institut Gallery, 119 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, 011 442 3232
Until 4 July, you can see a selection of multi-layered photographic artworks by Lard Buurman. Spanning 14 cities in 12 countries in Africa over a period of six years, the photos not only challenge expectations of these urban hubs, but also the assumed accuracy of “documentary photography”. 

KárriktÉ™r and Liminal
artSPACE Durban, 3 Millar Road, 031 312 0793
Until 5 July. In KárriktÉ™r (phonetic for character), artist Stefan Hofmeyr explores the mental and moral qualities of people in 18 mixed-medium portraits. Veronica Peano on the other hand finds herself pausing and reflecting on the emotional space as a parent where her children are entering their teens and she has to let go, in Liminal.

True Colours
Barnard Gallery, 55 Main Street, Newlands, 021 671 1553
Until 10 July, artist Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi will exhibit a range of works that deal with the conflicting discourses around truth, memory and history. Guest speaker Athi Mongezeleli Joja will be present. Starts at 6pm.

Paper is You II
Salon91, 91 Kloof Street, Cape Town, 021 424 6930
Until 19 July, see an exclusively paper-based exhibition celebrating the diversity and richness of paper as artistic medium, featuring the likes of Katrin Coetzer, Paul Senyol, Kirsten Sims and Andrzej Urbanski among others. Opens at 6.30pm. RSVP to attend.

National Portrait Award exhibition
Oliewenhuis Art Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein, 051 011 0525
Until 20 July, see this touring exhibition of last year’s winner and finalists, presented by Sanlam Private Investments, in collaboration with the Rust-en-Vrede Art Gallery, Durbanville. View the finalists here and read about the winner here. Opens at 7pm. RSVP to attend.

iJusi 1994 – 2014: Towards a New African Visual Language
Michaelis Galleries, UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 021 480 7170
Until 23 July, curated by Professor Stephen Inggs, Garth Walker and Josephine Higgins Michaelis, this exhibition focuses on Durban-based designer and publisher Garth Walker’s iJusi magazine – an experimental, non-commercial design magazine first published in 1995. Recognised as one of the official World Design Capital 2014 projects, there will be a walkabout on 27 June at 1pm. Opens at 6pm.

Floating World
Gallery MOMO, 52 Seventh Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg, 011 327 3247
Until 29 July, join photographer Patricia Driscoll for her third solo exhibition.

21 Portraits
Museum of African Design (MOAD), 281 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg, 011 592 0517
Until 31 August, join photographer Adrian Steirn for the first public showing of a poignant and inspiring multimedia exhibition of 21 of South Africa’s greatest social masters, including Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Sophia Williams De Bruyn, Ahmed Kathrada, Nadine Gordimer and George Bizos. Opens at 8pm.

Dear Mr Mandela, Dear Mrs Parks and Freedom XX
The University Museum, 52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch (Sasol Art Museum), 021 808 3691
Until 31 DecemberDear Mr Mandela, Dear Mrs Parks is inspired by the late human rights activist Rosa Parks as well as the hundreds of children around the world who wrote letters to Nelson Mandela. The staff of the university museum crowd-curated Freedom XX, with each member selecting an artwork and writing a short curatorial statement. Both form part the university-wide celebrations of 20 Years of Freedom.

Wednesday 2 July 2014

Drawing Pleasure Workshop 2: Observational Drawing
UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 Orange Street, Cape Town, 021 480 7156
Due to its popularity, this workshop is being repeated. Aimed at anyone who would like to discover or develop their ability to draw and experience the pleasure of drawing in a supportive environment. Leonard Shapiro will present the second workshop spanning two evenings from 6pm to 9pm. Costs R250. All drawing materials, including paper, will be provided. Bookings are essential.

Thursday 3 July 2014

National Arts Festival
Various locations around Grahamstown
Until 13 July. Celebrating their 40th anniversary, prepare to be challenged and inspired as never before. Whether you’re looking for art, comedy, theatre, dance, jazz or ballet, you’ll find it here. This landmark edition will feature some of the Festival’s most accomplished alumni, as well as strong new artistic voices from more than 20 other countries. Book tickets here.

Friday 4 July 2014

Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival
Various locations across Knysna
Until 13 July. Whether you’re the outdoorsy adrenaline junkie, travelling gourmand or just looking for a mid-year break, with more than 100 events planned, this annual highlight is sure to have something for you. Get your tickets here.

Tuesday 8 July 2014

Dreams to Reality
ErdmannContemporary, 84 Kloof Street, Gardens, 021 422 2762
Until 29 August. This photographic exhibition brings together a host of emerging and established talents working both locally and internationally in a variety of photographic styles. The theme aims to explore the nature of the conscious and the unconscious world around us, and reflects the ideas of dreams and realities of the human condition. Opens at 6pm.

Thursday 10 July 2014

Design Dialogues V5.0
The German Club, Roodehek Terrace (off Hope Street), Gardens
Learn from leading creatives as they share the lessons they’ve learned on their way to success – what they wish they’d known when they started out, and some of the tough decisions they have had to make along the way. RSVP to attend. Starts at 6pm. 

Saturday 12 July 2014

Franschhoek Bastille Festival
Various locations around Franschoek
Until 13 July. Join locals of the South African gourmet capital for two days in which they’ll be celebrating 21 years of their French-Huguenot heritage. Good food, wine and entertainment are the order of the day. There are also two return tickets to Seychelles up for grabs! Get your tickets here.

Thursday 17 July 2014

Turbine Art Fair
Turbine Hall, 65 Ntemi Piliso Street, Newtown, Johannesburg
Until 20 July. Begin your art collection here. Started as a platform for those wanting to start collecting South African art in a unique and accessible way, the best galleries and artists will be showcasing a fantastic selection of artwork all priced below R30 000 under one roof. Immerse yourself in Jozi’s culture with some fine artisan food, art and architecture. Buy tickets here or at the door. Opens at 6pm.

Thursday 24 July 2014

The Boardwalk Exhibition Centre, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, 041 373 6616
Until 27 July. Connect with some of PE’s leading home improvement experts and experience and discuss the very latest home improvement, décor, furniture and home lifestyle trends and products. There will also be a great selection of food and deli produce at the Gourmet Garage. Don’t forget to enter the competition at the expo and stand a chance to turn your home into techno heaven.

Thursday 31 July 2014

Good Food and Wine Show
Coca-Cola Dome, Corner Northumberland Road and Olievenhout Avenue, North Riding, Johannesburg, 021 464 1144
Until 3 August. Get the latest trends and tips from the world of food and see celebrity chefs in action such as Masterchef Australia Judge Matt Preston, Cake & Kitchen Boss Buddy Valastro, and the first South African Masterchef Deena Naidoo to name but a few. With 3D glasses and a ‘sensations tunnel’, you will be taken on a sensory journey like no other.  Get your tickets here.

Save the date

7 July
Cobra Product Design Competition Deadline

30 July
PPC Imaginarium Awards deadline

3 to 7 August
Architecture Otherwhere
37 Margaret Mncadi Avenue, Victoria Embankment, Durban

6 to 10 August
Decorex Johannesburg
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg

7 August 2014
PG Bison 1.618 Competition Deadline

31 August
Rado Star Prize deadline

4 to 7 September
Cape Homemakers Expo
Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town

25 September to 5 October
Cape Town Fringe
Various locations around Cape Town

16 to 18 October
Spier Secret Festival
Spier Wine Farm, R310 Stellenbosch, 021 809 1100

30 October to 2 November
Photo & Film Expo
Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg

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