From JhbLIve Newsletter 27 May 2010: Johannesburg’s creative minds are gearing up for a six-week long extravaganza of arts, culture, entertainment and literature. The Newtown Festival is set to showcase to visitors, both local and international, the finest that South Africa has to offer. This cultural festival offers an array of goodies throughout June and into early July. The bulging entertainment menu includes music, dance, theatre, spoken-word poetry, literature, film, photography, and visual art held in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues. Some of the Newtown 2010 Festival’s highlights include music acts like Oliver Mtukudzi, 340ml, Pops Mohamed, Ray Phiri, Blk Sonshine, Babu, Strings & Skins, Tumi, Desmond and the Tutus, Heels over Head, Bheki Khoza, and Ladies of Song.
The Market Theatre will be presenting ‘House of the Holy Afro’, Brett Bailey’s eclectic mish-mash of shamanistic ritual and gospel set to a thumping beat. ‘People’s poet’ Mzwakhe Mbuli will be in action at Xarra Books, as will Phillippa de Villiers, Masoja Msiza, Myesha Jenkins, Boikanyo and many more. The Market Photo Workshop, Museum Africa, the Workers’ Museum and the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre will host a number of art and photography exhibitions, many of which deal with the theme of soccer. A selection of the continent’s best cinematic offerings will be screened during the 4th annual Africa on Screen Film Festival at Museum Africa.
Visit www.newtown.co.za for more details of performances and eve