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The Thrill of Le Grand Cirque Adrenaline

For the first time on a theatre stage in South Africa

Le Grand Cirque returns to Joburg Theatre with a brand new, turbo-charged show featuring some of the most extreme acts in the world.  Le Grand Cirque Adrenaline is a jaw-dropping visual feast of the most dangerous, entertaining and thrilling Cirque acts combined with physical comedy routines and feats of skill and agility.

It will open on the stage of The Mandela at Joburg Theatre on May 23rd for four weeks only, until 17 June 2012.

Le Grand Cirque Adrenaline recently received rave reviews in its world premiere at Australia’s Sydney Opera House in its sold out season there. The Sydney Morning Herald declared ‘it defies gravity and belief’, while the Daily Telegraph wrote, ‘prepare to laugh yourself silly, gasp in awe and cringe in white-knuckled fear’.

This is a brand-new show focusing on the fastest, highest, most thrilling and unusual acts on earth,” says producer Simon Painter from the United States. “We have created a testosterone-filled event that really pushes the boundaries of human potential.”
Featuring a hand-picked cast of 35 extreme athletes from around the world – including Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Mexico, Spain, Ukraine, Britain and the USA – Le Grand Cirque Adrenaline will capture the imagination of the entire family. 

Witness the nail-biting Globe of Death performed by the French and Columbian team and directed by Danny Varanne. Three extreme athletes ride upside down on motorbikes and at speeds in excess of 65 km an hour inside of a 16-feet steel Globe cage. The Globe of Death is one of the most thrilling acts ever performed and its danger cannot be understated. 

Marvel as identical twins bend their bodies in incredible feats of physical plasticity in Barrel Contortion.

Gasp as one of the world’s greatest aerial artists, Russia’s Petru Vasiachi, shows off his amazing strength and agility in Extreme Aerial Straps.

And of course no adrenaline-based show would be complete without the perilous and heart-pounding Wheel of Destiny – the most dangerous act ever to be performed in the world and now for the first time on a theatre stage in Africa!  The version in Le Grand Cirque Adrenaline is a 35-feet high steel pendulum with two cages at either end and is performed by two of the best Brazilian circus artists in the world, Martin and Visan Espana.  With no safety wires, crash mats or other safety apparatus, the Espanas will perform on the inside and outside of the wheel – even with blind folds and a skipping rope!

“This show is designed to entertain, with the most incredible performers on earth and some of the greatest production elements you’ll ever see in an intimate theatre,” says Bernard Jay, Joburg Theatre’s CEO.  We want everyone who sees the show just to have a great night out.  With comfortable seats, great sight-lines and affordable ticket prices, this is Cirque where you love to see it.”

Tickets for Le Grand Cirque Adrenaline are available from R190 and are on sale now exclusively by visiting www.joburgtheatre.com or calling the theatre’s direct ticketing line on 0861 670 670

Shows are at fromTuesdays to Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm and on Sundays at 2pm and 6pm.

Discounted rates for groups of ten or more are available by calling the theatre’s ticketing office on (011) 877 6853/4.

Le Grand Cirque Adrenaline is presented in South Africa in association with M-Net.

Follow the latest Joburg Theatre news on Twitter – @joburgtheatre – which gives you all the latest information, special offers as well as news from behind the scenes of Joburg’s world class theatre.

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Fashion Q&A with Asanda Sizani

It’s safe to call Asanda Sizani a fashion icon. At just 26, she is the fashion editor of one of the most well-regarded magazines in the world. You can easily spot her on the front row of fashion shows rocking her trademark look, the red lips and the fringe. It’s evident from her work and in the way she dresses that fashion is indeed her calling.

What is the secret to your success?
People measure success in different ways, and for me, I’m nowhere near there yet. I have not yet succeeded, but as cliché as it sounds, and probably is, with more hard work, focus and drive I will get to where I want to be. I was raised by a hard-working mother, and she instilled a strong work ethic in us. She’s my secret weapon. Nothing has been offered to me on a silver platter, I’ve had to work for it. The support of my family, loved ones and of course our readers, keep me motivated to push further and work harder to eventually succeed.

What is it about fashion that you love so much?
Seeing an emerging trend, and observing how various factors influence trends excites me about fashion. I’ve been working in the fashion industry for about nine years, and I’ve seen it all! From being a model behind the scenes, to retail, to TV production and eventually print media. I’ve seen and experienced the power of what fashion has the potential to do – and that is what I love. Whether it’s making a woman feel more confident about who she is after a makeover, or creating fashion content that inspires the next person, it’s powerful.

What/who influences the way you dress?
As much as it is my job to track and edit the trends, that never dictates how I choose to dress. Over the years I’ve adopted an understated and minimalistic approach to dressing. I incorporate on-trend pieces each season with the wear-forever pieces I already own. Sometimes I shop from the fashion shoot, so in a way ELLE influences the way I dress. I admire everyday women and men of elegance and style. Sophistication and sometimes a little swagger is what I’m about – depending on my mood that day. I don’t shop a lot, and when I do, it’s clothes with a little whimsy that I gravitate towards, like my Lanvin polka dot dress suit. I am a Miss Prints of sorts – I always wear clashing print, and love to mix textures. I’ll wear glittery shoes with a homespun crochet dress and metallic jacket with plenty of hardware – why not?

How would you describe your style?
Clean, minimal tailoring with a grown-up vintage twist and an easy swagger.


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Ozwald Boateng’s S/S 2012 Collection

Ozwald Boateng’s S/S 2012 Collection is for the bold man. African inspired, the collection includes safari hats: a celebration of Africa without drifting far from the trends. He plays around with colour blocking, using  colours like green, khaki, brown, yellow, orange, dark brown and a little  black and white.

Sticking to his trademark, he uses a twist on classic British tailoring, bespoke garments. OB also drew some inspiration from the western American as l spotted some models wearing belted satchels similar to those of the colonial era in Africa; the trend is also used a lot in the big screen, in those western movies set in a small town in the outskirts somewhere, with a sheriff. It goes without saying OB added a modern feel to the trend.

Cotton, linen, and washed up suede are the fabrics used in the collection giving it a smart casual, safari, formal but not-too-serious look.
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Changing Diabetes

I Choose to Live – a song written and performed by South African singer, presenter actor Tshepo “Howza” Mosese became the official anthem for World Diabetes Day 2010.

In continuing the fight against Diabetes, global healthcare company Novo Nordisk are taking the song further, by hosting the “Sing for a cure” on 05 November at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Johannesburg from 12h00 to 16h00.

Taking to the stage, Howza will be supported by other South African greats, DannyK, Kabelo, Madoda, and hip hop group Teargas. This concert is another innovative outreach by the global diabetes company and forms part of their “Changing Diabetes” campaign – and marks the start of this year’s World Diabetes Day awareness outreach. World Diabetes Day takes place annually on the 14th November and is driven globally by the International Diabetes Federation. The Novo Nordisk Changing Diabetes Bus, will also be parked on the square – offering free diabetes screening to the public.

Howza, himself a diabetic and also one of the Novo Nordisk Diabetes Youth Ambassodors, continues to use his celebrity and influence to promote the fight against “the silent killer” diabetes by performing at this event and singing his well-known and iconic song “I Choose to Live”. “I wrote and launched this song in 2010 – specifically to raise awareness about diabetes and how our choices affect our health” he says. “This song is about the impact of diabetes on the world and the importance of prevention.”

Alongside this, he knows the importance of targeted messaging around obesity in young people and its proven direct link to diabetes. Howza says he wants to educate people on a healthy lifestyle across the board. “I would like to make a difference in people’s lives by improving awareness and also informing people about healthy living,” he says.

Howza, 27, was first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2003. His father had lived with Type 2 Diabetes all his life – yet Howza’s own symptoms were not recognised until his condition was at an advanced stage. This is a common situation experienced by many South Africans due to a lack of awareness and education about diabetes. “When the initial symptoms of diabetes started hitting me, neither my parents nor I thought it could have been the cause,” he says. “We thought that diabetes was something that only happened to older people. This is why awareness and education is so important! This disease can affect people of any age, any race and any sex, but it can be managed and people can live full lives.”

Since his diagnosis Howza has made it one of his life goals to increase awareness and use his music, celebrity and life experience to make a difference in the lives of people living with diabetes.

He is particularly committed to using the opportunity World Diabetes Day (WDD) brings. WDD is a global campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance regarding diabetes and keeps it firmly in the public spotlight.

For further information visit: follow us on twitter @Change_Diabetes or Facebook

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Thesis Concept Store Spring/Summer Range

Mangaliso Mbitshana and Wandile Zondo are the innovative minds behind Thesis, a creative powerhouse tailored towards a lifestyle theme in the form of a concept store. The brand recently released their Spring/Summer collection made up of t-shirts, jeans, dresses, jackets, hats, bags, skirts, sunglasses and jewelry. The collection is very edgy, funky, playful and colorful, with the use of bright colors like blue, green orange and white. The pair kept it fresh, unique yet comfortable and very wearable:



Check the Thesis Concept Store out on:

173 Machaba Street, Mtetwa Centre, Mofolo Village, Soweto
Tel: (011) 982 1182


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A Brush with Fashion at Africa Fashion Week #AFW

This past weekend I attended Africa Fashion Week and was really impressed with the level of fashion in Africa. Soucha, Thula Sindi, Jacob Kimmie, David Tlale, Madam Wokie, Laquan Smith, Tabo Bacar, Lola Faturoti and Bunmi Koko were some of the designers that showcased their collections to a packed Sandton Convention Centre. Tribal print, animal print, chiffon, colour blocking, lace and the Arabic-Persian-Egyptian look dominated the runway.

Cairo-based fashion designer Soucha’s collection was Egyptian-inspired. The collection was made up of slouchy pants, swimwear pieces, lace, head gear and shawls. He went bold on colour using, greens, yellows and reds. Local designer Thula Sindi got a standing ovation for his collection that consisted of lace, print and chiffon. The outfits were elegant and looked very comfortable to wear.

New York based designer Laquan Smith who is  known for his glamorous futuristic designs did not disappoint, if anything he lived up to his title. His range included skirts, dresses, trousers and tops. There were lace pieces as well, ideal for a night out or red carpet event.

Bunmi Koko’s garments oozed texture and comfort. The collection had evening wear, formal wear and a few gowns perfect for a red carpet event. She completed some of the looks with jewellery: neck pieces and bangles.


The big winners were announced at the highly anticipated Africa Fashion Awards, which concluded the runway show at Africa Fashion Week. Jewel by Lisa won the Designer of the Year –Africa award while celebrated British-born fashion designer & film-maker, Ozwald Boateng was announced Designer of the Year – International in these.

Nigerian designer, Maki Oh, won the Emerging Designer of the Year – Africa award, while New York-based, Ghanain-born Mimi Plange won Emerging Designer of the Year – International. Accessories Designer of the Year went to Sudanese-born Maya Antoun.

Part of the Africa Fashion Week,nomination criteria in the Africa Fashion Awards include designers’ work representing the strong emergence of a global African aesthetic along with potential global reach.

Created by Lisa Folawiyo in 2005, Jewel By Lisa has become famous for perfecting the art of using Nigerian Ankara fabric embellished with sequins, crystals and beads into a coveted on trend label.

The youngest and first black tailor to open a shop on London’s Saville Row, Ozwald Boateng, meanwhile, has reinterpreted the British art of bespoke tailoring with traditional craftsmanship and innovation along with his iconic, contemporary twist, vibrant colours and refined fabrics.

New York-born model, businesswomen and fashion pioneer Bethann Hardison was awarded with the Outstanding Contribution to African Fashion accolade while Model of the Year went to Kenyan supermodel Ajuma Nasanyana.

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– All designer pics by Simon Deiner

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Urban Glamour to showcase at Africa Fashion Week Trade Expo

Local handbag brand Urban Glamour will showcase its exclusive handbag range at this year’s Africa Fashion Trade Expo from the 20th – 23rd of October 2011 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

Considered as the highlight of the event by SA Tourism, Urban Glamour is proud to be showcasing its exclusive high fashion and locally manufactured handbags, at this year’s first ever Africa Fashion Trade Expo. The event is organised by Africa Fashion International who will run it parallel to Africa Fashion Week. The Expo is a business-to-business networking and trade platform for the African fashion industry, as well as a consumer sales platform.

Having focused on international markets for the past 3 years, Urban Glamour looks forward to seeing the response of the South African and African market to its locally manufactured handbag range. Since being established in 2008, Urban Glamour has exported its products to USA (New York City), Germany (Munich) and Italy (Milan).

SA Tourism describes Urban Glamour products as “must-have couture handbags.’’ This year’s handbag range has an exquisite combination of colour and texture, heavily influenced by the colour blocking trend yet done in a timeless and classic manner. This handbag range will appeal to women who are daringly elegant and who have an appreciation for quality and exclusivity.

The brand’s objective for the expo is to establish a relationship with local retail and boutique buyers. The brand is also now ready to distribute its products to a local retail chain, who will be an exclusive distributor of the brand.

Here’s a sneak peek into the new Urban Glamour range.

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To read more about the vivacious diva behind Urban Glamour, Babalwa Rasane, and the story behind the band,  Click here.




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Shocking Reality: 1 in 3 South Africans Develop Cancer

The cold, hard, hairless reality is that one in three South Africans will develop Cancer at some point in their lives. This is in the context of what the actual figures might represent if a reliable Cancer and mortality registry existed in South Africa… but it doesn’t says lobbyist Linda Greeff. Projections from the World Health Organisation show that Cancer related deaths worldwide will exceed the combined deaths caused by malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS by 2030. This makes Cancer one of the greatest threats to our society and a heavy future burden on the recently announced NHI healthcare system.

To educate South Africa by exposing the realities of the illness and to grab the ear of government by lobbying to have Cancer placed alongside HIV/AIDS on the political agenda, an independent group of Cancer survivors, educators and lobbyists joined forces under the auspices of Cancer.vive. Read the full story

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Paradox Fam: Street Style Redefined

Street Diaries

What is Paradox Fam?
Paradox Fam is an entity which focuses on being the cool or pursuing the cool! The team consists of 12 members. We all live in Joburg. Some live in the north, some in the east and others in the south, and central Joburg is our playground. It is where we get all out vintage clothing, find inspiration and meet with interesting people. Most of us are fashion designers, DJs and graphic designers.

Is this a movement?
The sense of belonging is the greatest thirst that any young or old soul can have. We have found a fountain in each of us as a team, and as individuals. We all want to reach or cultivate each other’s potential. Read the full story

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