Sorted: A weekend in honour of Madiba across Mzansi

2017-07-16 06:30
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Art, theatre, comedy festivals and charity work is what this week is about across Mzansi. And we haven’t forgotten that it is still about the kids who will delight in an exciting holiday line-up.

Check out what's happening in and around your city this weekend and next weekend. 

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Johannesburg

State Fracture

I bet you can guess which fractured state this production focuses on... A solid cast will play this out and it should make you think, laugh and perhaps consider leaving the country. Hopefully not. 

Where: Auto & General Theatre on the Square, Sandton

When: Until 29 July

Cost: R140 at computicket.com

VS Gaming Festival

The largest soccer e-sports tournament to be hosted in Africa, with an R1.5 million prize pool, is also two days of fun for the whole family. So, whether you’re a dedicated obsessive or enthusiastic beginner, this is for you.

TV presenter Lalla Hirayama, and radio and TV personality Somizi Mhlongo will host a full line-up of playoffs between celebs such as Oupa Manyisa, Tendai Ndoro, DJ Fresh, Euphonik and many more.

Where: Gallagher Convention Centre, Sandton

When: 22 -23 July 

Cost: R100 at computicket.com

The Rabbit Hole Pyjama Party

The Rabbit Hole is an underground secret event and party experience brought to you by White Rabbit Productions. Come party in your onesie to some great local DJs, all performing in their pyjamas. There’ll be awesome décor and a pillow-fighting boxing ring – you and a friend can enroll on the evening to get your chance to beat the crap out of each other.

Where: The Good Luck Bar, The Sheds, 1 Fox Street

When: 21 July

Cost: R85 to R125 at quicket.co.za

A4A Long Walk/Run to Freedom 

This charity race is all in the name of Madiba. Run or walk, there’s a 21km, 10km and 5km race. It’s all good for you. Pull through, catch a warm-up stretch and let the burn begin. Entries will be accepted on the race day from 04:30 to 06:45, or preregister at entrytime.com before 19 July.

Where: Eco Boulevard, Centurion

When: 22 July

Cost: R45 to R91 entrance 

Pretoria

Cowhouse Market

You know, I hold down my craft heads. Craft food and drinks, bra. You’ll be so far ahead of the trends just by coming. Trust me.

Where: Pretoria East

When: 22 - 23 July 

Cost: Free entrance 

67 Poems for Freedom

Catch this Unisa event where 20 poets will each read a work on the theme of freedom, which they’ll perform at Freedom Park in commemoration of Nelson Mandela Day. The morning will commence at 09:00 with a tour of Freedom Park, followed by the readings from 10:30 to 12.30. RSVP to loftiz@unisa.ac.za for free entrance – limited spots available.

Where: Freedom Park, Salvokop

When: 18 July 

Cost: Free event

Cape Town

Mandela Day at V&A Waterfront

Visit the Watershed Workshop 17 (next to the clock tower) between 10:00 and 17:00 to drop off items of clothing and accessories that will be donated to charity in honour of Mandela. 

Where: Watershed Workshop 17

When: 18 July 

Cost: Free event

Secret Sunrise Amandla Northern Suburbs

Dance, jump, do yoga, or just be – all in celebration of Madiba. The man was an inspiration and this event will aim at emulating his kindness towards others. Pull through and get with the spirit. 

Where: Willowbridge Centre, Belville

When: 22 July 

Cost: R80 to R125 at quicket.co.za

67 Minutes of Laughter

This Mandela Day, catch 16 of the country’s top comedians. Proceeds will be donated to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. The likes of Nik Rabinowitz, KG, Carl Weber, Conrad Koch, Rob Van Vuuren, Shimmy Isaacs, Tracy Klass, Angel Campey and many more will be there to bring the laughter, with a special set, after the show by DJ Azuhl. 

Where: Cape Town Comedy Club

When: 18 July 

Cost: R167 at computicket.com

BLOEMFONTEIN

Sol Plaatje Lecture 2017: Antjie Krog

This lecture, in which the multifaceted author and thinker Sol Plaatje is celebrated, is delivered by the internationally recognised poet and author Antjie Krog.

Where: University of the Free State, Bloemfontein

When: 19 July 

Cost: Free event 

DURBAN

Mandela Day at Hospice

Support Hospice on Mandela Day. They’ll have food, music, activities, tours and a heap of fun. Bring your pre-loved hats and bags for them to sell in the shop or pot plants or baked goods for the patients. You can also make a bracelet to keep or donate, or donate your clothes, crockery, furniture or books.

Where: Highway Hospice, 59 Locksley Drive

When: 18 July 18

Cost: Free

Mandela Day Beach Clean-Up and Yoga

Get some fresh air and give back to your community. A little cleaning and if you’re up to it, some yoga afterwards. All donations raised during this event will go towards GreenPop, an initiative focused on planting trees, growing food and educating the nation. I’m betting Madiba would love this. 

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