Arts Events List (Zimbabwe)
AEL as @ 31 January 2016
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Events on now, or starting on or before 13 February 2016

FULLER DETAILS OF THESE , AND OF LATER EVENTS, APPEAR BELOW.
Events are in Harare unless stated otherwise.

ARTS FESTIVALS
DANCE
  • Zumbathon @ Ballet Centre (13 February)
MUSIC
  • The Pianist @ Reps Adrian Stanley Theatre (to 6 February)
  • Book Cafe pop-up: Victor Kunonga @ New Ambassador Hotel (6 February)
  • Harare Chamber Orchestra @ Arundel School Chapel (7 February)

Performing Arts Bulawayo [PAB] and the Academy [Bulawayo]
  • Academy Concert and Presentation (3 February)
  • Downton Abbey: The Finale (4 February)
  • Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann (5 February)
  • Sleeping with the Enemy (11 February)
  • Verdi: I Lombardi (12 February)
FINE ART & EXHIBITIONS
  • Green Shoots Graduate Exhibition @ National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare (to 11 March)
DRAMA, THEATRE & SPOKEN WORD
  • The Pianist @ Reps Adrian Stanley Theatre (28 January – 6 February)
  • Harare Open Book Club (11 February)
CRAFT FAIRS & OTHER FAIRS
FILM
CLUBS & SOCIETIES
WORKSHOPS & COURSES
CHARITY FUND-RAISING EVENTS
CLASSIFIEDS: ARTY THINGS WANTED OR FOR SALE
ZIMBABWE-RELATED EVENTS OUTSIDE ZIMBABWE



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CURRENT and FORTHCOMING EVENTS



ARTS FESTIVALS



DANCE


Zumbathon @ Ballet Centre (13 February)
The Dance Trust of Zimbabwe is excited to announce that the production “Ballet Bouquet” will be staged in July at REPS Theatre.
It will feature dancers from the Cape Town City Ballet plus local dancers. It will be choreographed and produced by Robin van Wyk, a top choreographer from the Cape Town City Ballet.
In order for it to take place, fund-raising events will be staged. The first of these will be a Zumbathon – “Love Yourself on Valentine’s Day” – on Saturday, 13 February at the Ballet Centre, 109 East Road, Avondale.
Registration from 6am. Zumba 7.00 – 9.00 am with Zororo and friends
Entrance $5. All proceeds will go towards the staging of “Ballet Bouquet”.
Please help to keep dance alive in Zimbabwe.

MUSIC


The Pianist @ Reps Adrian Stanley Theatre (to 6 February)
See below under DRAMA, THEATRE & SPOKEN WORD.

Book Cafe pop-up: Victor Kunonga @ New Ambassador Hotel (6 February)
It's time for our first 'pop-up' Book Cafe event of 2016 and we're very excited to host one of our all time favourite Book Cafe artists: Victor Kunonga. Victor and his band Peace rose to fame at Book Cafe's sister club, The Mannenberg, where they quickly became the choice band for regular Friday night shows. When Book Cafe and Mannenberg merged and relocated to Samora Machel, Victor Kunonga continued to rise from strength to strength and racked up an impressive number of high-profile collaborations, including with the late great Chiwoniso Maraire, mbira giants Mawungira enHarira, and South African guitarist Bheki Khoza. More recently he has collaborated with another South African legend, jazz icon Hugh Masekela, and his career shows no signs of slowing down. Victor Kunonga and Peace are an epic mbira-influenced guitar band that never fail to deliver outstanding live performances.
   Opening for Victor Kunonga on the night will be the fantastically talented guitarist Sylent Nqo with his band. Sylent's rise has been nothing short of stratospheric, as he has quickly become one of Zimbabwe's top-rated guitarists. Sylent Nqo has squared off against internationally acclaimed guitarists at HIFA and now regularly plays around the capital, impressing wherever he goes.
Victor Kunonga & Peace, opening with Sylent Nqo
New Ambassador Hotel, 88 Kwame Nkrumah, Harare
Saturday, 6 February. Doors open 7pm, show from 8pm. Entry $5

Harare Chamber Orchestra @ Arundel School Chapel (7 February)
Harare Chamber Orchestra presents a concert of chamber music at Arundel School Chapel on Sunday, 7 February, starting at 3.00pm
Entrance $5. (Students free)
Refreshments will be served after the concert by our patron: The Honorary Austrian Consul Dr Djordjevic.
Handel: Sonata No 3 for violin and harpsichord
Mozart: Quartet for flute and strings K285
Beethoven: Sonata Op5 No 1 for piano and cello
Soloists:
Jeanette Micklem - Piano
Nina Crowhurst - Flute
Cabby Stirling and Abigail Macy - Violin
Michael Peto - Viola
Amy Macy - Cello
Carolyn Peto - Harpsichord

Performing Arts Bulawayo [PAB] and the Academy [Bulawayo]
For further information, please e-mail Michael Bullivant <mailto:music@gatorzw.co.uk>

Academy Concert and Presentation (3 February)
Wednesday 3 February in the grounds at 5.30 p.m. and in the Robert Sibson Hall at 6.00 p.m.
The annual Academy Presentation and Concert will follow the usual format of a short concert, an equally short prize-giving and a short speech from the guest speaker!  This year, however, it will be preceded by the official opening of the new Marimba Centre and outside performance area, funded by Sandvik Zimbabwe.
The opening of the Marimba Centre will take place at 5.30 p.m. with performances from, the Choir of Coghlan School, the Sigombe School marimba band and the Academy brass group. The Presentation will begin at 6.00 with a second concert including vocal items and music for cello and piano. Ian Bagshaw, Country Manager for Sandvik, will be the guest speaker.
All welcome, no admission charge.

Downton Abbey: The Finale (4 February)
Thursday 4 February in the Robert Sibson Hall at 7.00 p.m.
The very last episode of Downton Abbey! - though there have been suggestions that next year we start again at the beginning... which we're happy to consider!
Admission: $3.00 [free to Film members]   Supper available from 6.15 p.m.

Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann (5 February)
Friday 5 February  in the Robert Sibson Hall at 6.30 p.m.
Seeking to exorcise the failure of his current love affair, the poet Hoffmann tells the tales of three of his past loves, the doll-like Olympia, the high class courtesan Giulietta and the ambitious but delicate Antonia, and he recalls how each was destroyed by the evil influence of a rival. In this classic production from the Royal Opera House, the distinguished film director John Schlesinger brings Offenbach's nightmare world to startling life in spectacular sets by William Dudley and the all-star cast is headed by Placido Domingo with Ileana Cotrubas, Agnes Baltsa and Luciana Serra as his three loves and Geraint Evans as his rival.
Admission: $3.00 [free to Red Carpet members]   Dinner available during the interval ($10.00).

Sleeping with the Enemy (11 February)
Thursday 11 February in the Robert Sibson Hall at 7.00 p.m.
[The film was released 25 years ago on 8 February 1991]
Laura and Martin seem to be the perfect, happiest and most successful couple. The reality, however, is very different. Martin is an abusive and brutally obsessed husband. Laura is living her life in constant fear and waits for a chance to escape. She finally stages her own death, and flees to a new town and new identity. But when Martin finds out that his wife is not dead, he will stop at nothing to find and kill her.
'Roberts is terrific in a layered part. Anderson brings an edge to the nice-guy-next-door role, and the dark, dashing Bergin is chillingly twisted.'  [Variety]
Admission: $3.00 [free to Red Carpet members]   Supper available from 6.15 p.m.

Verdi: I Lombardi (12 February)
Friday 12 February in the Robert Sibson Hall at 6.30 p.m.
'I Lombardi' was Verdi's fourth opera. The grandiloquent subject matter is fleshed-out with broad-brushed musical and dramatic effects. At the first performance lavish choral scenes created a correspondingly impressive impact which is recaptured in this production from La Scala where the opera had its premiere in 1843. A great success in Milan, it spread to the rest of Europe within a matter of only a few years.
It's a tangled story involving two brothers who once vied for the love of the same woman. One is exiled over a murder involving mistaken identity, and the two meet up in the Holy Land where they eventually free the other's kidnapped daughter from a harem and defeat the enemy forces!...
'A beautifully traditional staging; great singing; superb conducting, put this little known Verdi suddenly in the spotlight. What a joy to have Carreras at his very best, and a sizzling Dimitrova to match! All the other performers are Italian, and up to La Scala's exacting standards. Beautiful to listen to and to watch.'  [Amazon review]
Admission: $3.00 [free to Red Carpet members]   Dinner available during the interval ($10.00).


The Bulawayo Music Festival is scheduled to take place again after a four-year break.
Dates are Wednesday 15 to Sunday 19 June 2016 and the musicians will include Nokuthula Ngwenyama (violin), Theo Bross (cello), the Odeion Quartet, Leslie Howard (piano) and Coady Green (piano).

FINE ART & EXHIBITIONS


Green Shoots Graduate Exhibition @ National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare (to 11 March)
Green Shoots Graduate Exhibition, 14 January to 11 March, 9:00 to 17:00hrs
$1 Adults, $0.50 Children
Culture Box Workshops for Schools arranged on prior consultation.
National Gallery of Zimbabwe, 20 Julius Nyerere Way, Harare.
For more information, contact F. Zvikomborero Mandangu, Information and Public Relations Officer
Tel: 263-(0)4-704-666, <mailto:info@nationalgallery.co.zw>
Facebook: <http://www.facebook.com/NationalGalleryofZim>

DRAMA, THEATRE & SPOKEN WORD


The Pianist @ Reps Adrian Stanley Theatre (28 January – 6 February)
Directed by Graham Crutchley, starring Kyla Render, with piano accompaniment by Annette Eastwood.
Set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitz, The Pianist tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist who is dreaming about her concert debut at Vienna’s storied Musikverein concert hall. But with the issuing of new ordinances under the Nazi regime, everything for Lisa changes, except for her love of music and the pursuit of her dream – as she is torn from her family and set onto the Kindertransport to London.
   Featuring some of the world’s most beloved piano music played live by Annette Eastwood, The Pianist, featuring Kyla Render, comes to Harare. The original production played to sold out runs in New York, Chicago, Boston, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
Opens 28 January. Shows 7 p.m. Matinees 30 Jan and 6 Feb. at 2.30 p.m
Tickets $12.00 and $10.00. Book at The Spotlight.

Harare Open Book Club (11 February)
The next meeting of the Harare Open Book Club will be on 11 February at 6pm.
We are reading The Palm-wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola.
"When Amos Tutuola's first novel, The Palm-Wine Drinkard, appeared in 1952, it aroused exceptional worldwide interest. Drawing on the West African (Nigeria) Yoruba oral folktale tradition, Tutuola described the odyssey of a devoted palm-wine drinker through a nightmare of fantastic adventure. Since then, The Palm-Wine Drinkard has been translated into more than 15 languages and has come to be regarded as a masterwork of one of Africa's most influential writers ... Amos Tutuola (20 June 1920 – 8 June 1997) was a Nigerian writer famous for his books based in part on Yoruba folk-tales. Despite his short formal education, Tutuola wrote his novels in English. His writing's grammar often relies more on Yoruba orality than on standard English." [Goodreads]
All welcome as usual, even those who have not read the book.
Please check the Facebook page for the venue: <https://www.facebook.com/harareopenbookclub>

Barry Hilton Comedy Night @ Reps Theatre (27 February)
Saturday, 27 February, 8 p.m. One Night Only. All seats $25.00.
Book at the Spotlight. Reps Theatre Foyer, Belgravia Shopping Centre
Tel: (04) 308159 or 0771 357204.  <http://www.thespotlight.co.zw>
Open Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm, Sat 9am to 12 noon

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FILM



CLUBS & SOCIETIES



WORKSHOPS & COURSES



CHARITY FUND-RAISING EVENTS


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