The arts are buzzing – here’s how you can join in

The arts are buzzing – here’s how you can join in

The art & culture scene is fully alive and buzzing even amidst lockdown. With ingenious creative ideas and a clever use of technology, we can still enjoy everything that arts & culture has to offer. Here are some highlights:


  • Zeitz MOCAA: Woza at Home

The Zeitz MOCAA presents an online evening of music, creative workshops, cocktail making and art-led conversation. Get your ticket now for Saturday 4 July from 6pm – 9pm. It is also for a good cause: ticket proceeds are going towards helping bring art to the children of South Africa. Enjoy the sounds of Blaqkongo’ and virtually enter different “rooms” for an array of experiences: there is art-making with Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté and Illana Wellman. There is also a talk about the exhibition “Two Together” as well as a fun demonstration of how to make the best cocktails from the Zeitz MOCAA Food team. For tickets and more information, click here. 


  •  #RecreART! Movement with the Rupert Museum and the Norval Foundation.

This movement is all about recreating art works with anything you can find at home – and it gained traction in Los Angeles with the Getty Museum there, under the tag “GettyMuseumChallenge”. Local South African art players are also in on the trend: participants are asked to share their creations on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using the #RecreART hashtag, and a lucky winner will get an annual membership to the Norval Foundation. 

This week’s chosen art works are Georgina Gratrix’s Pink Pop (Still Life with Hylton Vase and cheese curls – 2019 ) and Irma Stern’s Still Life with a Bowl of Fruit, 1947. Below you can see an example of #RecreART in action.

At the Rupert Museum, the artwork to recreate this week is Irma Stern’s  Day Dreaming (1927). Use the tags #rupertmuseumchallenge and #reacreatingartwork to share your attempt . Each week one lucky person will win a lunch for two to enjoy after lockdown,at the Rupert museum café. 


  • Music4Masks online festival 

Organised by NPO AfrikaMasksforAll, the Music4Masks is an 8 hour long online music festival that features some of South Africa’s biggest hits, such as Desmond and the Tutus and Francois van Coke & Die Gevaar. The event aims to raise funds for making and distributing 1 million masks for those who cannot afford one. The event will take place Sunday 28 June from 12h – 21h. You can register for free via AfricaMasks4All’s Facebook page. If you would like to donate to the cause you can do so via  


  • SMAC Art gallery

For a traditional gallery experience, you can view SMAC’s current exhibition by appointment. At their Cape Town gallery you can view their group exhibition, A Show of Solidarity. In Stellenbosch, you can visit Shaping Things: An exploration of clay and ceramics in contemporary South African art practice. Get in touch via or at 021 461 1029 / +27 (0)21 887 3607. 


  • Get creative – Ceramic Café & Clay Café 

You can also play and get in touch with your creative side: you can order a Ceramic Cafe creativity kit or one from Clay Cafe and have fun at home, or there is the option to paint your ceramics with social distancing in place. 


#livestellenbosch #leefstellenbosch #positivity #stayathome #community  #socialcohesion #supportlocal #winter #arts #creativity


[Photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash & Image from Norval Foundation]
Written by C Knoesen

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