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Urban Culture Festival in Johannesburg

Architecture ZA 2010 is a week-long festival under the auspices of the South African Institute of Architects. It’s aim is to relocate architecture within the contemporary conditions and cultural production of South Africa. Local and international architects, as well as a collection of creative minds engaged in the imaging and production of the city will be taking part in the festival.

Highlights include the following:

* Litshe Le Golide (Anglogold Ashanti Gallery in the Turbine Hall): Guy Adam Ailion and Andrew Bell conceived Litshe Le Golide (Concrete From Gold), a short film in C&CI’s Moving Space competition in 2009. It will be screened as part of AZA2010 and the filmmakers are also presenting an exhibition of stills from the film, which explores a city built from gold with a mining heritage that has both scarred the land while giving rise to a formidable and modern Jozi. The filmmakers have incorporated National Geographic’s assertion that in all of history only 161 000 tons of gold have been mined, barely enough to fill two Olympic-sized swimming pools. (Tuesday, September 21 at 6pm and in the day during from 9am to 5pm during AZA 2010. Free entrance.

* Pecha Kucha (Atlas Studios): Pecha Kutch was devised in Tokyo as an event for young designers to meet, network and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events in cities around the world. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat", it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images that each last for 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise and keep things moving at a rapid pace. This year participants will be showing their take on "Heaven on Earth" in an evening full of fresh ideas. (Thursday, 23 September, with the first presentation at 8.20pm. No charge.

* Jozi Nite (under the M1 highway in the vicinity of Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown): The night’s activities include a screening of performance artist Steven Cohen’s "Chandelier", the Peep Dance and Gents of the City, performances by Smarteez, Sapeurs and Oswenkas. PeepDance – featuring choreographers and dancers from the Israeli-based Tami Dance Company as well as South African dancers – includes dance performances inside seven peep cells, which the audience will be invited to peek into. It has been staged around the world. Smarteez vs Sapeurs vs Oswenkas features a face-off between three different fashion sub-cultures. (Heritage Day, Friday, 24 September from 6.30pm.) R50.

It looks like its going to be an interesting event. Does Durban have an event like this. If not, I think it could be quite colourful and interesting, what with Durbans’ rich history and architecture.

For a more detailed schedule of events and highlights follow the link – http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/428/52186.html

For more info check out this link – http://www.aza2010.org/submissions/default.html.

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