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South African Ambassador to United States
To recognise companies, NGO’s and individuals for their exemplary contributions to building a competitive, growing and inclusive South African economy, Brand South Africa and South Africa’s diplomatic missions in the United States are launching the Siyabonga Awards at a gala dinner in New York on Tuesday, October 7.
Siyabonga is isiZulu for “thank you”. Inaugurated on the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s democracy, the awards express the nation’s gratitude to its partners and friends in the US, including expatriates who are part of Brand South Africa’s Global South Africans initiative, for their support in achieving the country’s goals.
Defining those goals, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma recently told South Africa’s diplomatic corps that promoting trade and investment must be their “apex” priority over the next five years.
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene will deliver the keynote address at the gala. He will be accompanied by Deputy Reserve Bank Governor Daniel Mminele as well as captains of South African and US industry.
The first cohort of Siyabonga honorees are:
· GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt.
· Soula Proxenos, Managing Partner, International Housing Solutions.
· Albert Maartens, President and CEO, Standard New York Securities, Inc.
· Mary Tiseo, Executive Director, South Africa Partners.
· Donna Katzin, Executive Director, Shared Interests.
· David Dinkins, former Mayor of New York. Continue reading
Keynote address by South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool.
Book discussion and screening of documentary film
- Date: Wednesday, 1 October, 2014
- Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
- Location: Busboys and Poets 2021 14th St NW Washington, D.C.
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William Kentridge, Leda and the Swan, 1987, charcoal, ink wash, pastel and gouache on paper
- Preview: September 5 – 11, 2014
- Opening Reception: Friday, September 12, 6 – 8 pm
Choosing to stay and raise awareness about their country through art, five of South Africa’s most acclaimed artists respond to their homeland with honesty, passion, directness, and whimsy. The extremely powerful images on display evoke the struggle for a better nation – reaching an audience far beyond South Africa.
- Where: Robert Brown Gallery. 1662 33rd Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
- Exhibition Dates: September 12 – October 4, 2014
- Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 6 pm and also by appointment
- Exhibition Images and Descriptions: http://www.robertbrowngallery.com/exhibitions/exhibitions_page.php?exhibition=current
The Isango Ensemble opens the gate to the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s 2014 – 2015 Season!
The Isango Ensemble’s unique performances reset Western theatre classics within a South African township, utilizing music, dance and elements of South African heritage. The Ensemble will perform an adaption of Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute- Impempe Yomlingo and Shakespeare’s epic love poem Venus and Adonis in repertory at the Lansburgh Theatre September 12-21, 2014.
Receive 25% off all ticket purchases to our special presentation of the Isango Ensemble’s adaptations of Mozart’s The Magic Flute – Impempe Yomlingo and Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis—with Promo Code: STCIsango25
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- More information: http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/subscribe/presentations.aspx?gclid=CPPz0d3a0cACFQQQ7AodA3UA2Q
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Mahlangu and her team will arrive from South Africa in early September 2014 and will remain in Richmond for a month, working daily on the commission. Ndebele painted designs echo the patterns found in their beautifully beaded vestments and jewelry, such as Mahlangu regularly wears to pride fully assert her heritage. The public is welcome to observe her while she works on the paintings and the museum has plans to document her progress. The finished work will be presented to patrons and the public in programs on October 8 and 9. http://vmfa.museum/pressroom/news/important-ndebele-artist-esther-mahlangu-paint-vmfa/
- Admission: Free
- Address: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N. Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia USA 23220-4007
- For additional information, telephone 804-340-1400 or visit www.vmfa.museum
- Where: Under the Grand Chapiteau at the Plateau at Washington National Harbor
- When: Friday 19 September, 2014
- Time: 8:00 PM
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- This link will take you directly to our online ticket order form: Click here to see the special Cirque du Soleil feature on AMALUNA artist and Zip Zap coach, Melissa Fernandez.
The exquisite young South African soprano, who burst on the scene with triumphant debuts last season at both Milan’s La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera, makes her Washington recital debut.
- When: Thu., Nov. 6, 2014, 7:30 PM
- Where: Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center
- Tickets on sale now
- More information: www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=showEvent&event=RPVSB
- Where: National Theatre 1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20004
- When: October 2 – 12, 2014
- More information: http://umojausatour.com/
About The Show:
With a cast of 32 of South Africa’s brightest and most versatile young performers, singers, drummers and dancers, AFRICA UMOJA – The Spirit of Togetherness, 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy Tour is a joyous celebration of dynamic talent, thrilling energy, great voices and sensual dances that sweep across the bright and vibrant South African traditional landscape.
Traveling on the beats of drums, from the dusty streets of Soweto to all the corners of the world’s best and biggest stages, AFRICA UMOJA – which in Zulu means ‘together’ – tells the moving tale of indigenous South African music and dance from the earliest rhythms to the current club sounds of kwaito.
Audiences all over the world have embraced the traditional love songs, lullabies and other musical expressions of rural life. They have also cried along in the city streets listening to music reflecting the pain of the migrant laborers and their families. The tale dances through sheebeens and the cultural melting-pot of Sophiatown. The heart is saddened by cold stories of forced removals yet the feet continue to stomp along with the explosions of gumboot dancing.
There are also the reminiscent sounds of the vibrant jazz that forced its way free from the constraints of the times. The international audiences will relate to names such as Miriam Makeba (Mama Africa) and the late Dolly Radebe, while a thread of gospel music running through the tale recalls the huge helpings of faith and courage. This saw black South Africans through some of the country’s stormiest historical passages.