the United Colours of Africa
Everybody gets their 15 minutes in Joburg
City known as a rite of passage. An energy, cosmopolitan life, multi-cultural melting pot of people, thriving commercial hub and creative scene catering for a diversity of tastes and experiences.
Visit the Theatre: Joburg Theatre, Market Theatre, Orbit Jazz Club…, Check the programme at the Soweto Theatre, have a meal in Parkhurst, Visit Arts on Main, pop into the Apartheid Museum, Definitely take a drive to Cradle of Humankind, Muldersdrift Meander, if they have time visit the Sterkfontein Caves, Emmerentia Park. ; lion park and Rhino park
The people give the city its energy and vibrancy and makes Joburg city people the most interesting in South Africa. The people also are affected by the pace of Joburg and the diversity of opportunities that exist… in fact the opportunities are in abundance in Joburg… comparable to most interesting cities in the world… Joburg is what you make of it and what it makes of you…
At the same time … Joburg is not too large to contain you … because of the network of people and organisation … you never need to feel alone in Joburg or an island… there are always networks of people and communities to embrace and share as well as challenge your world … and its views… …In fact for ordinary people … especially those with energy and attitude … the pillars of power and social life seem very accessible in Joburg… Government, Con Court, Courts, Police, The banking ,Health, Universities, schools, parks , ha ha ha and Prison life…
Of course being a local has its advantages…but at the same time even if you were not a local, it all about the energy and openness you have to engaging with Joburg and its people . You don't have to be born in Joburg to reap its benefits of community and people , industry opportunities., industry networks.. unlike other places.. Joburg is what you want to make of it and what you allow it to make of you.
It is here where a visitor can brush shoulders with artists working in a range of genres including theatre, dance, music, film and graffiti art. Nestled between the old buildings are bronze statues of two of South Africa's most iconic artists, pop diva Brenda Fassie and the jazz muso Kippie Mooeketsi.
A vibrant addition to the Newtown precinct is the architecturally modern Market Square which is home to the Market Theatre Laboratory and the Market Photo Workshop. Across the road from the Mary Fitzgerald Square is the Worker's Museum and the Sci Bono Museum. A visit to Newtown could be fully day of inspiration, education and entertainment.
The Annual Johannesburg Arts Alive International Festival :
Beginning in 1992, Arts Alive was borne out of the transformational phase of South Africa and provides a dramatic and dynamic journey through the vibrant, diverse and evocative African city from an African Diaspora perspective.
Glen Mosokoane, director of the cultural development unit in government said, “ Arts Alive brought to South Africa a lot of music we could not otherwise see.”
South Africans were introduced to African artists from the continent in the mid to late 90s with musicians like Salif Keita, Baba Maal, Cesaria Evora, Youssou N'Dour, Oumou Sangare, Oliver Mtukundzi and Cheikh Lo coming for the festival.
“Johannesburg is undoubtedly a melting pot for everything African. The character of the city has completely morphed to a true African character to the extent that it's difficult to distinguish a pure South African accent from that from outside the borders. From Maboneng to Yeoville, Alexandra Township to Hillbrow, African culture permeates everyday life of a Joburger,” says, director of Moshito, Sipho Sithole.