Off the Score Explores the Edges of Musical Experimentation

On a sweltering Friday night in Braamfontein, cultural venue The Forge hosted it latest Off The Score exploratory music night. Exploratory music is an umbrella term for the indefinably new and the radically different. It incorporates any sonic performance that falls outside the limits of genre and traditional song formats. Not shackled to the capitalist…

Blue is the Warmest Colour // BKhz Testing Waters in the Peninsula

Figurative elements emerge in smokey hues, lips poised and blue. An elsewhere-gaze and portrait glazed with azure shades. A portrait veiled, a leaning tower lists towards the heavens. While another is inscribed with crimson text of unanswered questions. Illuminated, light cascades beyond windowpanes onto crisp white walls primed for exhibition. ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’…

Tiny Treasures/// Nano Film Fest at THE PROJECT SPACE

THE PROJECT SPACE is a cultural platform founded by the late artist Benon Lutaaya. It was founded on the principles of the promotion of culture through entrepreneurship and the advancement of contemporary African art. Since inception, the space has had a special focus on womxn artists. Blue by Antonia Wetzel This year it is set…

The Black Wendy // Found in Interpellation

Kevin Hart stands middle-centre surrounded by a group of dapperly dressed Black men, designer suits and sunglasses watch him attentively as he addresses them gesturing dramatically, a pink glass of champagne dancing in his hand; “uyazi elifeyini…” he begins, things are not as they seem. A glitch in the cyberspace highway perhaps? Not a glitch,…

Outskirts // A Night of Queer Performance in Cape Town

Over the past few years, queerness and queering have transformed, morphed and taken on all sorts of contortions in the public imagination. Although most people claim to be more tolerant and can perform that tolerance (thank you hashtag woke), many out there still harbour both conscious and unconscious prejudices towards the queer community. After all,…

The Commune // Collaborative Practices of Knowledge Production

The modern architecture of a glass storefront offers a glimpse into a space burgeoning with knowledge on well curated shelves and caffeinated conversation. The Commune is a radical community-centered, collectively-run bookshop. Situated on Reserve Street, the project is local to Braamfontein in the hopes of engaging discourse in South Africa and on the continent. Its…

Currencies of Access and Desire in the Johannesburg Queer Scene

Beneath dazzling stage lights and gorgeous grab, lies a resilience as existence. A form of resistance. A desire for something more. In a short documentary film, ‘Jozi Queens’ chronicles the 2015 edition of Miss Gay Jozi, funded and filmed through a union between civil society organization, GALA, and the nightclub, Simply Blue. It is based…