Judy Garland’s story to be brought to life at the Hilton Arts Festival

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Judy Garland.

“WOULDN’T it be wonderful if we could all be a little bit more gentle with each other, and a little more loving, have a little more empathy, and maybe we would like each other a little bit more.”

Wise words from iconic screen and vaudeville actress Judy Garland, and ones which we should all heed as we navigate these troubled times.

Bringing to the stage Garland’s life story is East London’s Kerry Hiles, who will be performing at the Hilton Arts Festival at Hilton College this weekend. Continue reading

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Hilton Arts Festival: three magical shows from Michael Taylor-Broderick

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ONE of my favourite shows at last year’s Hilton Arts Festival was Michael Taylor-Broderick’s exquisite one-hander, The King of Broken Things.

It’s a deeply poignant, stunningly lit production with a memorable performance by Cara Roberts (pictured here) as a young boy who wants to prove that broken things, once repaired, are often stronger — and more beautiful — than ever. Continue reading

Award-winning films, poetry, music and book talks at the Maritzburg Social Justice Film and Arts Festival

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AWARD-winning documentary film-maker, Rehad Desai (Miners Shot Down) will be in the city to attend the screening of his latest film, Giant is Falling, as part of the Maritzburg Social Justice Film and Arts Festival, writes ESTELLE SINKINS.

Co-directed by Jabulani Mzozo, the film takes a sweeping look at the political events of recent years that signal the end of an era in South Africa. Continue reading

Fabulous theatre, dance and music at the Cape Town Fringe Festival

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The Woman With A Baby On Her Back.

After months of rehearsing, building stages, scenes, podiums and props, the runway has been prepared and the 2017 Cape Town Fringe Festival has landed.

From 21 September to 8 October, thirteen Cape Town venues will host over one hundred productions, leaving audiences across the Mother City spoiled for choice (see which shows are first on the line-up below). Continue reading