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Nonhle Mbuthuma of Amadiba Crisis Committee shows the red sand at Kwanyana Beach near Xolobeni in the Wild Coast that is at the centre of the dune mining dispute. Picture: DAILY DISPATCH/LOYISO MPALANTSHANE

Film about controversial dune mining on Wild Coast to make local debut in July

Film about conflict within poor community over proposed dune mining and toll road cutting through their land to have dual South African premieres in July

HALF-ART: Narcissistic Venice piece lacking in nuance and intellect

Willem Boshoff, Racist in South Africa, 2011 Anodised aluminium panel, engraved and filled with ink. This is Boshoff’s contribution to the South African Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, a work he says speaks for itself. Picture: WILLEM BOSHOFF

When I look to SA’s artists, I expect to see nuanced and not narcissistic responses to our social and political challenges

Local jazz festival occasion to show world ‘we’re anti-xenophobic’


Impressive international line-up for Joy of Jazz festival, which organisers say comes at time when Africans need to show world united front against xenophobia

Afrikaner ballet diplomat gets Joburg twirling

A Joburg Ballet member gives  a performance at the Gautrain Station in Sandton. Picture: SUSANNE HOLBAEK

Ballet is not a job for wimps and now more than ever the art form needs its defenders

Engaging the senses to hone persuasive powers

South African mentalist  Gilan Gork has written a book exposing psychics’ methods. Picture: SUPPLIED

Gilan Gork says the more we are able to influence people and persuade them ethically, the more effective we can be in our lives, writes Lesley Stones


JAZZ: Bouzouki artist Nana’s world of jazz

Nana Simopoulos, far right, with the Dream Away Band, likes instruments such as the guitar that best lend themselves to improvisation. Picture: NANA WORLD JAZZ

When Johannesburg audiences hear Nana Simopoulos on May 21, they will hear the music of the classical bouzouki

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