#FOMOFridays

#FOMOFridays

Fri-YAY!! Sweet baby cheeses I’m so glad this day is here. Not be a weekend-chaser but there’s nothing like a full day (or two) all to yourself! While doing this page I’ve come to realise there is so much happening in Joburg and I barely scratch the surface – but onwards and upwards familia. Hope you find something that suits you this week.

Friday, 8 March:

 

A few things have already started this past week but go on into the weekend. In Maboneng; The Bioscope has brought back (by popular demand) RBG a documentary film on Women’s Rights lawyer and cultural icon, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, POP Art premiered Mnquma – a one man personal journey in connecting with his cultural roots.  The National School of Arts is halfway into it’s 2019 Festival of the Arts which is taking place at the school and at Joburg Theatre. A showcase of plays, dance, music and arts. See links for each event for times, cost and venues for these great cultural shows.

Staying on schools, UJ Arts & Culture and It Has To Be Jazz is hosting its Jazz is not Lost evening of young jazz talents who are proving that the legacy and feeling of jazz is very much alive. [Fri, 8 Mar 7-10PM R150]

Urban Village is making it’s rounds in Joburg and I’m here for all of it. Tonight they are at Untitled Basement for an intimate live show. [Fri, 8 Mar 8PM R100]

All roads lead to Welgelegen Manor in Mpumalanga for the 2nd Bacardi Holiday Club – Beach Edition. 90% of the tickets which include drinks, food and camping spots for the whole weekend are sold – so I’m probably letting you know about this way too late, but if this has sparked your interest do check out the FB event to see what you could (or could not) be missing. [Fri, 8-10 Mar R1250]

Saturday, 9 March:

 

Jolburg is bringing a night of a queer expression and celebration through performance and music with I’m here, I’m queer Vol I. Lineup has not been confirmed yet, but if you’re a queer performer check out the link and get yourself added. [Sat, 9 Mar 7PM]

Eenblond Tours which hosts various food and cultural tours and walks through various neighbourhoods and areas in Jozi are having a Fordsburg Street Food, Art & History Tour tomorrow from Newtown into Fordsburg. Great way to meet new people and go on a safe guided tour through one of the city’s fave spots. [Sat, 9 Mar 11am-2:30PM R460pp]

Hazard Gallery at The Cosmopolitan are hosting multiple works one of which is from visual artist and photographer Ugo Woatzi. His work Chameleon looks at the spaces we exist in and try find meaning and happiness in besides the hetero-normative context. Alongside this will be a fashion experience with Buffer Magezine and Fashion is Art at The Cosmo.  [Sat, 9 Mar 5PM-late]

Tha Cutt & Spindle bring performance DJ’ing to KCB on Saturday. Tha Cutt is known for his technical skills and Tablist is on it’s 3rd installment in putting this best foot forward with other turntable greats. If beats, scratches and classics are for you, pull through. [Sat, 9 Mar 8PM-late R50 after 10PM]

For a more bluesy and jazz inspired evening pop into Radio Bantu’s Saucetones. Live instrumentation and roots music is the order of this event. Roving Bantu Kitchen will serve up the meals with this hearty event. [Sat, 9 Mar 8-11PM R100/R250 with dinner]

Sunday, 10 March:

 

The FeelGoodSeries has a sister and it’s called Pantone Sundays. This fresh and colourful party hosted at Razor Charlie has been around since spring 2018 and sadly this is the last one before winter kicks in. This months theme is purple so be sure to dust off your royal colours and join them this Sunday. [Sun, 10 Mar 3-10PM R100 presold]

August House Gallery is hosting is popular Open Studio Art Affair. This event brings the pan-African urban artists’ closer to you so they profit directly from their creative works. Five storeys of unique and interesting art to view and buy. [Sun, 10 Mar 10:30AM-4PM]

So much art this weekend, but here’s a celebration of 18 years of it at Spaza Art Gallery this Sunday in Troyeville. R100 get’s you lunch, music and live performances at the gallery with some of Jozi’s best. [Sun, 10 Mar 12-6PM R100]

Be sure to follow @FOMOFridaysJHB on Instagram for live story updates on these events, great venues and more. The links provided click through to the actual event posts so be sure to get the full scoop from the source.

As always thanks for the follow and do share any things that you feel could be profiled on FF. Have a dope weekend!

xo,

ALN.

 

 

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Going BIG at Little Gig

For my first post for ALNgoes I decided to go back and throwback to not so long ago when I went to the Little Gig 24 Hour Festival 2018. It was my first time attending this relatively young fest, but it certainly wont be my last. After putting up some pics on Instagram I got a few DMs from friends asking about the fest, where it is, how it was and how I even got to know about it. So here you have it!

Little Gig is held in a foresty farm about 40 minutes from Cape Town. Basically Stellenbosch tbh. I probably first heard about it from a Facebook ad – we all know how they are all up in our activities. I wasn’t fully convinced until I watched the recap video of last years festival… It just looked so great. The venue, vibe and style. Paired with the insane lineup which included personal faves; Nonku Phiri, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Umlilo & The Stash Crew, Kid Fonque and Kenzhero there was no way I wasn’t gonna go. Some people thought that it was crazy to go all the way down to Cape Town for a festival, but let’s be honest we’ve all flown across the country for much less exciting things. My bestie was celebrating a birthday and we made it a thing. Simple.

It was AH-MAZING! It was totes a thing! It’s literally 24 hours. You do with that time as you wish. The fashion was out of control, in the best way. It was safe. I felt safe. I was pretty much dressed in a doily and some high waisted shorts all day and people thought that was cool. I liked that. Most would look at the ticket price and think it’s way too much, but for what you get from it – honey take it ALL! The bars were flowing all day because it’s all inclusive so no tapping of cards or counting coins. Food was non-stop gourmety and delicious goodness. A Vida e Cafe popped up on Sunday morning for that first cuppa to activate the senses which may have dimmed after all that day drinking And get this… There was a ‘Free Store’ were you could get anything from toothbrushes, cigarettes, tampons to cashews and some gum. All Woolies babes! Mahala. I naturally raided the store on my way out the next day. Padkos vibes. 😉

The crowd was a decent mix, probably more diverse than previous years but still very white (obvs Cape Town nice things). I was just really happy to see so many  of my beautiful happy queer family there doing all the things.

 

 

I didn’t think it could get any better at one point but when the sun made it’s way to the other parts of the world, the party really kicked in. A basketball court was converted into a stage where Black Motion played a killer set. Then much later a secret after-party was revealed at another part of the farm which was a jump! Doowap kicked things off with her always welcomed high energy set and was followed by more interesting DJs. Oh and the bar was still running with a slapchip stand to grease everyone up before bed.

After a full day of drinking, the morning after wasn’t as bad as I had anticipated. No major hangover, but a great breakfast spread and fresh juice certainly helped to keep me stable. Samthing Soweto sang the blues while everyone eased themselves back into reality with mimosas in hand.

I can’t account for everything, but just know that I had a blast at Little Gig. Shout out to my crew Jerri, Siya, Abe and homegirl from Namibia Wendy. You guys really made the fest that much better. Let’s do it again next year gang!

 

Check out more snaps on the Little Gig gallery and also According to Jerri for his gallery post on the fest.

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