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20 January is Martin Luther King Jr. Day (US)


February is Black History Month (US)
18 February is President's Day  (US)


8 March is International Women's Day
21 March is Human Rights Day (SA)


18 April is Good Friday,
21 April is Family Day.
27 April is South Africa's Freedom Day


25 May is Africa Day
26 May is Memorial Day (US)


June is Youth Month
16 June is Youth Day


4 July is Independence Day (US)
18 July is Nelson Mandela International Day (SA)


9 August is Women's Day (SA)


September is Public Service Month and Tourism Month (SA)
1 September is Labor Day
24 September is Heritage Day (SA)


October is Mental Health Awareness Month (SA)
17 October is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty


25 November to 10 December is 16 Days of Activism (SA)
27 November is Thanksgiving Day


1 December is World AIDS Day
16 December is Day of Reconciliation (SA)
26 December is Day of Goodwill (SA)

Celebration of the Remarkable Life of Nelson Mandela


Tuesday, 21 January 2014
New York Law School
185 West Broadway (at Leonard Street)
New York, NY 10013

Dean Anthony W. Crowell and the South Africa Reading Group cordially invite you to a celebration of The Remarkable Life of Nelson Mandela
Lawyer, Revolutionary, and Statesman

Consul General George Monyemangene
South African Consul General in New York City

Dean Penelope Andrews
Dean and President, Albany Law School

Professor Stephen Ellman
New York Law School

Mr. Franklin Thomas
President of The Ford Foundation, 1979-96


For inquiries, email Kaaha Bulhan at

14th Annual Winter Lecture Series:
Brian J. Huntley:
Kirstenbosch -- The Most Beautiful Garden in Africa

Thursday, 30 January 2014, 10:00 am
The New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY 10458

Non-Member $35.00
Member $31.00

The name Kirstenbosch resonates around the horticultural and gardening world as the home of a uniquely beautiful flora in a setting of unsurpassed beauty. Situated in the Cape Floral Kingdom at the southern tip of Africa, it is the flagship of South Africa's network of nine National Botanical Gardens. This richly illustrated lecture will describe the long history of botanical exploration in southern Africa, and the remarkable personalities and plants contributing to one of the world's true botanic treasures. Since its formal establishment in 1913, Kirstenbosch has had a major influence on biodiversity science and conservation across Africa, as well as received 33 gold medals in 38 years at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Emeritus Professor Brian J. Huntley is a world renowned conservation scientist with more than 45 years of research and management experience—and a key figure in post–Apartheid conservation across southern Africa. A former CEO of the South African National Biodiversity Institute and the National Botanical Institute, he now consults for the UN on global conservation projects, and most recently authored Kirstenbosch: The Most Beautiful Garden in Africa, a centenary celebration of the landmark garden.

Register online or call (800) 322-6924.  

Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert

Thursday, 13 February 2014
St. Paul the Apostle
405 West 59th Street (Entrance on Ninth Ave between 59/60th)
New York, NY 10023

A once-only, private event featuring:

  • President Bill Clinton
  • Academy-Award Winner, Morgan Freeman
  • and multiple Grammy-winning, Soweto Gospel Choir

Morgan Freeman and South African radio and TV personality Gareth Cliff will host this incredible evening, taking the audience through the life and times of Mr. Nelson Mandela.

Morgan Freeman will perform dramatic readings from the original transcripts of Mr. Mandela's letters, speeches, and personal writings. These readings will be accompanied by the world-famous Soweto Gospel Choir, who will fill the cathedral with songs that honor Mandela’s life and vision. This spectacular 24-person choir has performed with Bono, John Legend, Celine Dion, Robert Plant, and many others

Finally, President Bill Clinton will give a special tribute speech to Nelson Mandela and the work of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, celebrating Mr. Mandela's life and all that has been accomplished in South Africa in the twenty years since democracy was realized.

All proceeds benefit the Nelson Mandela Foundation's Center for Memory.

Dress: Cocktail attire


Tickets for this private event are available on the CultureHorde website. Non-Member guests of the Foundation can purchase via the below:

Go to: Invitation
Code: NMFGuests
Referring member: Nelson Mandela Foundation 

Soweto Gospel Choir
New York Performances

15 February 2014 Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West
Bronx, NY 10468
Tel: (718) 960-8833
22 February 2014 Callahan Theatre
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
Tel: (585) 389-2170
23 February 2014 Anderson Center for the Performing Arts
Parkway E
Vestal, NY 13850
Tel: (607) 777-2787
28 February 2014 Riviera Theater
67 Webster Street
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Tel: (716) 692-2113


Exhibition: Detail

20 - 25 February 2014
6ix Studio
1160 Broadway Avenue
New York, NY 10001

Featured Artists:

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

25 February 2014
BB King Blues
237 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

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Listening Party - South African Jazz

20 March 2014, 7:00 pm
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway and 60th Street
New York, NY 10019

Jazz at Lincoln Center is excited to celebrate South African Jazz in April 2014. Join host Seton Hawkins and special guests for a free Listening Party that explores the history of South African Jazz and plays some of the country’s classic records! No reservations necessary.

More information at 

Hugh Masekela & Larry Willis: Friends

18, 19, 20 March 2014
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway & 60th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10019

With Hugh Masekela, trumpet, and Larry Willis, piano

Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis, two giants of the jazz world, come together for this show. Masekela is a world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer, and defiant political voice. After coming under the tutelage of Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, Masekela went on to carve out a five-decade-long (and counting) career, releasing over 40 solo albums. His 1986 anti-apartheid anthem “Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)” became a rallying call around the world for Mandela’s release from prison.  A pianist, Willis met Masekela when they were both students at the Manhattan School of Music some 50 years ago. Since then, Willis has performed or recorded with almost every great jazz musician of the modern era, including Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw, Cannonball and Nat Adderley, and Stan Getz. Don’t miss this rare chance to watch the two jazz legends (and dear friends) light up Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

Tickets available at:

Hugh Masekela: Celebrating 75 Years

4 and 5 April 2014
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Theater
Broadway & 60th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10019

To celebrate his 75th birthday on April 4th, the legendary South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer, and lyricist Hugh Masekela presents a retrospective extravaganza. Joined by associates from various stages of his career, he explores his fascination with American jazz and his deep roots in the Zulu folkloric strains that coalesced into the mbaqanga township dance band music of his homeland, from which he was exiled between 1960 and 1990. As is Masekela's custom, personal considerations will operate in the context of his ongoing quest to document, as he puts it, "the amazing diversity and unfathomable excellence of the African diaspora's cultural heritage."

Tickets available at

Uhadi: All Stars of Johannesburg
featuring Sibongile Khumalo

3, 4, 5, 6 April 2014
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway & 60th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10019

With Sibongile Khumalo, vocals; Feya Faku, trumpet; McCoy Mrubata, saxophones/music director; Paul Hanmer, piano; Herbie Tsoaeli, bass; and Justin Badenhorst, drums

“…a jaw-dropping classical masterclass in vocal dexterity from Khumalo.” - The Independent (London)

Uhadi, an all-star jazz band from Johannesburg, will set Dizzy’s alight with its joyful, high-energy brand of jazz, as it celebrates 20 years of democracy in South Africa and honors the life and work of the late Nelson Mandela. Joining them on stage is “South Africa’s first lady of song,” mezzo-soprano Sibongile Khumalo. A frequent collaborator with legendary trumpeter Hugh Masekela, Khumalo has established herself as a leading lady of opera, appearing at venues like Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, and the Barbican Centre. However, Khumalo’s range is far broader than opera, as demonstrated in her award winning albums, which traverse styles from African indigenous and choral music, to Western classical and jazz. Don’t miss the U.S. debut of this monumental collaboration.

Tickets available at:


South Africa Partners 2014 Itheko

Saturday, 26 April 2014
Royal Sonesta Hotel
40 Edwin H. Land Boulevard
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142

On 26 April 2014, South Africa Partners celebrates South Africa's 20th Anniversary of free elections, South Africa Partners' 15th year of operations, and will honor two extradordinary South Africans with the Desmond Tutu Social Justice Award -- Justice Albie Sachs and Temba Maqubela.

Justice Albie Sachs is a retired Justice of the South African Constituitional Court.  His career in human rights activism began in 1955 and he went into exile in 1966.  While working as a law professor in Mozambqiue, in 1988 a bombe was placed in Justice Sach's car by South African security agents, resulting in the losse of his right arm and the sight of one eye.  After recovering from the bomb blast, Justice Sachs deveoted himself to preparations for a new democratic constitution for South Africa.  President Nelson Mandela appointed Justice Sachs to the newly established Constitutional Court where he served for 15 years, advancing and protecting the rights of all South Africans.

Temba Maqubela was arrested by South African police for anti-apartheid activity when he was 17 years old.  He went into exile to complete his education n Nigeria and then lived in Botswana where he and his wife, Vuyelwa, were teachers.  When the South African secret police began to pursue exiles into Botswana in the min 1980s, Temba and his family relocated to New York City.  Temba later joinded the faculty at Phillips Academy, where he taught for 26 years and served as assistant head for academics and dean of faculty.  In July 2013 Temba became the eighth headmaster of Groton School.  Throughout his live, Temba has dedicated himself to social transformation through education.

For more information, please visit South Africa Partners' website.

Sharon Katz and The Peace Train

Saturday, 26 April 2014
Doors at 9:00 pm, Show at 9:30 pm
Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003

Ticket price: $18.00
Taub Box Office (212) 967-7555
General Info: (212) 539-8500

For more information and to buy tickets, please go to Joe's Pub .

WOSA: From BBQ to Braai in Rowayton

Saturday, 7 June 2014, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Rowayton Community Center
33 Highland Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06853


The BBQ to Braai series, ending its tour in Rowayton, has collaborated with a local partner at each venue and is delighted to support Shakespeare on the Sound as it prepares for it’s production of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”. Sample the flavors of South Africa with wine tastings by iconic South African winemakers, enjoy the divine cuisine of acclaimed Chef Hugo Uys as you listen to the sounds of South Africa. Tickets ($20.00 per person) are limited and ONLY available via advance purchase. Buy Ticket Here

Black Coffee / DJ Spoko Live at Summerstage

Sunday, 16 June 2014
Rumsey Playfield
Enter Central Park on 69th Street and 5th Avenue
New York City


A special night dedicated to celebrating 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy in South Africa and the National Youth Month (June 2014) - More information

Nathi “Black Coffee” Maphumulo was born in Durban, South Africa and studied Jazz music at the Natal Tech.  In 2003, Black Coffee was chosen as one of two South African participants in the Red Bull Music Academy catapulting him into the South African DJ scene. For the past decade, he's been proving his talent both as a DJ and producer, with hits like "Even Though," "Garden of Eden,""Juju," "Crazy" and of course, his international smash hit "Superman." Recently, Black Coffee has been busy with his own production project called “Africa Rising,” as well as racking up the awards, including two South African Music Awards, and an MTV Europe "Best World Wide Act" nomination. Black Coffee was even named GQ "Man Of The Year" in South Africa for his achievements in music and for the work is charity work.

DJ Spoko, born Marvin Ramalepe, was raised in the rural town of Tzaneen in northern South Africa, where he began producing on at age 12. For three years in the early 2000s DJ Spoko studied in the studio of Nozinja, the creator of the hyper-speed, hip-shaking Shangaan Electro style.  Spoko went on to build his own studio in Atteridgeville, where he produced numerous full-length cassettes with names like ‘Grave Yard Session’ and ‘The All C’Ing I’. Following the success of his tapes Spoko’s Ghost Town EP was released on True Panther Sounds. In 2014 Spoko will release his debut album on Lit City Trax, a collaborative EP with DJ Mujava on True Panther as well as music from his new band, Fantasma!  

Join the New York Rugby Business Network's first invite only evening of business networking in the New York area on Wednesday, 18 June 2014.

Speaker:  Mark Griffin

Mark Griffin founded Play Rugby USA, a ground-breaking non-profit that uses rugby as an educational tool to help disadvantaged children in New York, Los Angeles and beyond, in 2005. Such has been its success that Mark has now set up a British offshoot, R4UK, by working with boys and girls in inner-city London.

On the rugby field, Mark also achieved success. He played 9 times for the USA National Rugby Team, 13 years starting for Super League powerhouse Old Blue RFC (NY) including 3 years captaining both Old Blue and the North East All Star Team to two of their most successful seasons in recent history. For more information about the event and to join the Rugby Business Network, please email Gery Juleff at or go to 

Lira at SOBS

Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Showtime 9:00 p.m.

Platinum-selling South African singer/model/actress Lira has already conquered South Africa and much of Europe with her irresistible blend of R & B, Jazz and African styles. Like Sade before her, she is now set to conquer America with the release of her debut U.S. single “Feel Good” and her debut U.S. album release Rise Again on Shanachie Entertainment. “Feel Good” is a slinky, jazzy re-mix of one of her major South African hits, a perfect showcase for Lira’s soulful, melodious singing style. That unique style led Essence  Magazine to name her as one of “Five Unique Artists To Change Music in 2012.”  With her debut U.S. tour slated to begin in May 2014, Lira is clearly poised for a major Stateside breakthrough.

  • June 18th  ATLANTA, GA (Vinyl)
  • June 19th RICHMOND, VA
  • June 20th WILMINGTON, DE (World Café Live)
  • June 22nd CHARLOTTE, NC (Neighborhood Theater opening for Dwele)
  • June 23rd WASHINGTON, DC  (The Howard Theater)
  • June 24th BALTIMORE (Soundstage)
  • June 25th NEW YORK, NY (SOB's)
  • June 27th CLEVELAND (Take 5 Jazz)
  • June 28th CHICAGO: (Austin's Fuel Room)
  • June 29th SAN FRANSISCO (Yoshi's)

General Admission: $25.00. For more about Lira and to purchase tickets, please click here

Nelson Mandela International Day of Service:  
A Day of Peace, Health and Wellness

Friday, 18 July 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Boys and Girls High School
1700 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11233

Footsteps of Mandela Musical Tribute

Friday, 18 July 2014, 7:00 pm
Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive at West 121st Street
New York City

to benefit the Nelson Mandela Foundation 
and the "Nothing But Nets" Program
of Simon Estes Foundation/United Nations Foundation

Footsteps of Mandela will be shot live in high-definition audio/video and streamed around the world.  The concert includes narration, video/photo montages, and original, soul-stirring music from:

  • Stan Satlins acclaimed Auratorio Americana, a large-scale production with 100 voices
  • Joel A. Martins Requiem for Peace, a full choral orchestration based on Dr. Maya Angelou's poem "Caged Bird"
  • Welcome Msomi's Drums of the World, a powerful heartbeat of drums sounding out for world peace

Special Guest Performing Artists:

  • Legendary opera singer Simon Estes and
  • Tony Award-winning Broadway actress Liz Callaway
  • South African women's a capella group Thokoza

For more information and to buy tickets please visit

Native Tongue

18 - 20 July 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Actors Fund Theater
160 Schermerhorn St. Brooklyn NY 11201
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Liberation Dance Theater and Nyane Khosi Dance Theatre present Native Tongue, a collaborative performance project tracing physical and oral histories from the urban landscape to natural habitats and returning to the source. A physical essay in evolution, intersecting communal ritural, applied science and indigenous traditions. Native Tongue explores how the body politic is affected by its environment and thus, its relationship to natural divine order.

Tickets: $20 General, $15 Student Discount
Group Discount Tickets Available
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Shared Interest: NYC Women's Day Reception

Thursday, 7 August 2014, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Kaia Wine Bar
1614 Third Avenue (between 90th and 91st Streets)
New York, NY 10128

Tickets at $40.00.  Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Wines of South Africa (WOSA) Brings 2014 Tour
“From BBQ to Braai” with Chef Hugo Uys
to New York City

Thursday, 4 September 2014
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Studio 450
450 West 31st Street
New York NY 10001

WOSA partners with Edible Schoolyard NYC, sets stage for culinary exchange

From BBQ to Braai was created to promote a better understanding of South African wine through the braai, a casual outdoor gathering where fiends and family converge to cook meats and seafood over a charcoal fire. 2013 stops included Austin, Los Angeles and Brooklyn.  So far, the 2014 tour has made stops in New Orleans, Scottsdale, Key West, Asheville and Minneapolis.

WOSA has partnered with Edible Schoolyard NYC, which will be the beneficiary of a portion of all ticket sales of the New York City braai. Tickets include unlimited food and wine and are available for $35. All wines will be available for pre-order from Tribeca Wine Merchants.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to Eventbrite.

Photo Exhibit: Ernest Cole: Photographer

3 September 2014 - 6 December 2014
Grey Art Gallery, New York University
100 Washington Square East,
New York NY 10003

Gallery Hours:
Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
OPEN LATE Wednesdays: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturdays: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays.

SUGGESTED ADMISSION: $3.00, Free to NYU students, faculty, and staff

DIRECTIONS: The Grey Art Gallery is located within the NYU Silver Center at 100 Washington Square East. Situated at the meeting point of SoHo and the East and West Villages, the Grey Art Gallery is easily reached by public transportation. SUBWAY: A, B, C, D, E, F, or M to West 4th Street; N or R local to 8th Street; 6 local to Astor Place; 1 local to Christopher Street. BUS: M1, M2, M3, M5, and M6 to 8th Street.

ACCESSIBILITY: The Gallery is accessible to people with disabilities. For best access, please call (212) 998-6780 before visiting.

Capturing Apartheid’s Daily Indignity
What Ernest Cole’s Hidden Camera Revealed

Ernest Cole Photographer was organized by the Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden. The presentation at the Grey Art Gallery is made possible in part by the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts; the Grey’s Director’s Circle, Inter/National Council, and Friends; and the Abby Weed Grey Trust.  

President Jacob Zuma Meets with the South African Community:
Moving South Africa Forward: The Diaspora's Role

Thursday, 25 September 2014
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building
163 West 125th Street, 8th Floor (between 7th and Lenox Avenues)
New York, NY 10027

Limited Space: RSVPs ONLY.
To RSVP, email
Business or Traditional Attire
I.D card required at the door.
Registration from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Carnegie Hall:
Ubuntu: Music and Arts of South Africa

October 2014

Carnegie Hall salutes South Africa with a festival called UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa. Roughly translating to mean "I am because you are," ubuntu is a philosophy from Southern Africa that emphasizes the importance of community, influencing recent moves of reconciliation and inclusion in South Africa that were fostered by the late Nelson Mandela. Dedicated to Mandela's legacy, Carnegie Hall's UBUNTU festival celebrates the many threads that make up South Africa's vibrant musical culture. Check out the Festival's Calendar of Events.

Generations (Off Broadway)

30 September - 24 October 2014
46 Walker Street, New York City 10013

Generations is an off-Broadway play about a South African township family that disappears with time, as they cook, share their life stories and food.

The play stars The Lion King's Thuli Dumakude and Sarafina's Ntombikhona Dlamini and a South African community chorus (Vuyelwa Booi, Comfort Hlophe, Sduduzo Ka-Mbili, Kevin Moeti, Sphamandla Mthembu, Reitumetse Rita Motlhanka, Sphiwe Moyo, Thakabasadi Sato, Slindile Sokutu, Vuyo Sotashe and Tanyaradzwa A.Tawengwa, along with one additional singer).

Get your tickets online.

Sounds of Freedom Panel Discussion

Wednesday, 8 October 2014
Deepak Homebase, on the Mezz of ABC Home
888 Broadway
New York City, 10003

Join Ubuntu Education Fund and Carnegie Hall for "Sounds of Freedom" -- an evening of music, reflection, and discussion.  Dr. Frank Lipman and legendary South African musician Hugh Masekela will discuss how music can serve as a tool for social activism and the role it played during the anti-apartheid movement.  The event is part of Carnegie Hall's South African Season and all proceeds will directly benefit Ubuntu's work in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and Hugh Masekela's new music education program.  For more information, please contact Erin Holstein at or call (646) 827-1190.


What's Your Big 5?

Thursday, 9 October 2014, 10:00 a.m.
Times Square
43rd Street and Broadway
New York City

South African Tourism brings Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela to Times Square for a free 20-minute pop-up concert!

Africa Now! Live Wire at the Apollo Theater

Thursday, 9 October 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Apollo Theater, Soundstage
253 West 125th Street, New York City
Tel (212) 531-5300

Free (RSVP suggested)

Part of Africa Now!—South Africa, ethnomusicologist and University of Pittsburgh Professor Gavin Steingo looks at the post-Apartheid music scene with Simphiwe Dana, Tumi Molekane, and musicians of The Soil. 

Africa Now! South Africa Mainstage Concert

Saturday, 11 October 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Apollo Theater Mainstage
253 West 125th Street
Harlem, New York 10027

Hosted by: Hugh Masekela
Featuring: Simphiwe Dana, The Soil and Tumi Molekane

Simphiwe Dana is a South African Xhosa singer and songwriter, whose 2004 debut album was a worldwide phenomenon. With her unique combination of jazz, Afro-soul, rap and traditional music, she has been hailed as the "new Miriam Makeba."  Award-winning South African vocal group, The Soil, is known for a heavenly a-capella sound described as Kasi soul. Tumi Molekane is a socially conscious hip-hop artist and poet.   This concert is presented by the Apollo Theater and World Music Institute as a featured event of their popular Africa Now! Festival, which this year commemorates the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s inauguration and Harlem’s enduring relationship with the country of South Africa.  

Location: Apollo Mainstage

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Tickets: $45, $35, $25 Premium Center Orchestra: $55
In person at the Apollo Theater Box Office
By phone call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000
Online at
For Groups Call (212) 531-5355

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Tickets: $31.50, $24.50, $17.50
By phone directly with the Box Office (212) 531-5305
In person at the Apollo Theater Box Office

28 Up South Africa

Saturday, 25 October 2014
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street | Manhattan | 212-769-5200

Angus Gibson and Jemma Jupp
2013 | 144 minutes | South Africa
U.S. Premiere | Directors in Attendance

Tickets: $12

The British Up series has been called one of the great documentary projects of all time: a group of people originally filmed at age seven and then every seven years thereafter to create a unique portrait of the social, cultural, and political history of a country. This fourth installment of the South African version, directed by Oscar-nominated Angus Gibson, captures a group of 28-year-olds who were first filmed as children living under Apartheid and whose lives reflect the complex layers of change their nation has undergone in the two decades since the regime’s fall.   More information and online tickets.

Exhibit: Kgalalelo Gaitate:
"Timeless Identity: The Cultural Affinity"

Friday, 14 November 2014
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Kalahari Gallery
1103 Fulton St, New York, NY 11238
Tel: (718) 908-8775

A native of Johannesburg, Gaitate’s passions are embedded within the fashions of the world. From the tender age of 3, Gaitate was rooted with a creative nature encouraged by her parents and crèche teachers. Self-taught, she drew inspiration from cartoons, coloring books, magazines and actual people. Eventually she began honing her skill at the National School of the Arts High School in South Africa. Possessing an incredible eye for detail, Gaitate works through the braided mediums of pen, oil pastels, and acrylic, depicting South African natives in traditional attire. Seemingly decorative, once taken out of their original context and presented to an audience in the western hemisphere, her works offer a palate of potential for cross cultural dialogues and new meanings to take place.

Exhibit: Stephen Hobbs, William Kentridge, Senzo Shabangu, Diane Victor

30 October - 15 November 2014
David Krut Projects
526 West 26th Street, #816
New York City

Free Admission

Keyes Art Projects highlights contemporary trends in visual arts in South Africa, coordinating a series of exhibitions at leading galleries in New York City. The participating galleries are Anna Zorina Gallery, David Krut Projects, Marian Goodman Gallery, and Mark Borghi Fine Art. Featured artists include Sholto Ainslie, Shaun Ellison, Stephen Hobbs, William Kentridge, Senzo Shabangu, and Diane Victor.   

Pixley ka Isaka Seme Annual Lecture

17 November 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Columbia University
International Affairs Building, Room 1501
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027

Film: New York Premiere: Between Friends

By Zuzo Nodada
Tuesday, 2 December 2014, 6:00 pm
Riverside Theatre
91 Claremont Avenue (at 120th Street)
New York, NY 10027

Launch of the SOUTH AFRICA: 20 YEARS OF DEMOCRACY program presented in collaboration with the South African Department of Arts and Culture, the NFVF and the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission. Key note speaker Dr. Molefi Kete Asante.

VIP Reception at 6:00 pm. Keynote speaker and screening at 7:30 pm. Q&A with director Zuko Nodada after the screening.   

Africa Umoja

26 December 2014 - 10 January 2015
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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.
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