Secret Sunrise is an early morning interactive dance session. It is a fun, energetic celebration that combines yoga, meditation, make believe and dancing. Guests are given wireless headphones on arrival and our whacky instructors guide them through a unique, themed session. All the ‘Sunrisers’ have to do is let go and enjoy.
The sessions have been running in Johannesburg and Cape Town and have just launched in Pretoria, Durban and Stellenbosch and are always looking to host these sessions in interesting and unique spaces.
The classes are usually themed and offer the opportunity for guests to dress up and be as silly as possible. Dress up is optional but highly recommended. These themed sessions although fun and quirky also offer us the opportunity to explore and delve into deeper and more mindful topics, such as compassion, self-expression, fear and acceptance. At Secret Sunrise we like to celebrate the unordinary and step out of our comfort zones. It’s a great opportunity to let go in a safe space, be ridiculous and have some fun.
The event has little noise pollution due to the headphones and as such we are able to take our classes to many places in a considerate way to all those around us.
This is not a party and we promote healthy living. Alcohol and any substances are not allowed at our events. The core philosophy of Secret Sunrise is "Share the Joy."
These sessions are a perfect platform to help people to feel free, to express themselves and to reap the benefits of letting go. Secret Sunrise is for everyone. We have no age limitations, it does not matter if you are fit, unfit, courageous or shy. The organisers aim to make this movement as inclusive and accessible as possible.
"Secret Sunrise is structured around experiencing and seeing the sun rising and we try to provide locations that have a view of the rising sun. We like to host our events in beautiful spaces. We have enjoyed sessions in the parks, in the city, on rooftops and in some fantastic venues. The venue is kept a secret and is only revealed to ticket holders the day before. Each day, dawns with new amazing possibilities, with the potential for us to really embrace this human experience. So why not get up early, immerse ourselves in the beauty of our city and let go as we dance and celebrate for no reason at all?"
The hope is that Secret Sunrise will bring people together and will help us to start to engender a greater community spirit. They firmly believe that these sessions will help to cultivate change. By breaking down preconceptions and by pushing people out of their comfort zones a little we are helping our beautiful 'Sunrisers' to experience a greater sense of freedom and connectedness and hopefully a vast array of emotions too. Come and sing, dance, laugh, cry, shout, stomp, hug and find stillness all in a safe space where these emotions are not only accepted but encouraged.
ASSITEJ South Africa is once again participating in the ASSITEJ International World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People’s “Take a Child to the Theatre Today” campaign in the month of March.
The ASSITEJ World Day of Theatre for Children takes place on 20th March and is an ASSITEJ campaign, promoted and celebrated through the message ‘Take a Child to the Theatre Today’. This focus enables National Centres, individual members, companies, arts organisations, academics, teachers, artists, practitioners and others interested in theatre for young audiences to connect with the idea of World Day and ‘make the case’ for children’s entitlement to theatre and the arts. The event is connected globally through the hashtag #takeachildtothetheatre
The campaign places emphasis on ensuring that all children and young people have quality theatre made especially for them.
Jenny Sealey, artistic director of Graeae Theatre Company and former co-director of the 2012 London Paralympics says of this year’s campaign in her ASSITEJ World Theatre Day message “As 2016 marks the 10th year since the Convention on the Rights of Disabled People was adopted at the United Nations, it is a great opportunity to hold hands across the globe to continually fuel that passion and to work as a community to ensure we are able to make, create and share theatre that matters, by and for those who matter.
The ASSITEJ Theatre4Youth co-ordinators across South Africa have motivated artists nationwide to be involved in celebrating this occasion and to make the event as inclusive as possible.
In reflecting on theatre for young people in South Africa, director of ASSITEJ SA and President of ASSITEJ International Yvette Hardie says in her World Theatre Day message: “When a group of South African township-based youth started to work on a play for very young children, they discovered that making the work required that they nurture, rediscover, or in some cases, discover for the very first time…the innocence, the tenderness, the vulnerability, and potential wholeness within themselves. This began a profound healing process for these young artists which deeply affected them and which has motivated them to continue exploring in the field…By nurturing ourselves into greater wholeness, we are able to enter into a more whole relationship with our audience. We are also able to offer parents and children, families, teachers, care-givers and their charges, opportunities to see the world through the eyes of the youngest amongst us. ”
Ahead of the ASSITEJ International gathering and festival ‘Cradle of Creativity’ due to take place in Cape Town in 2017, the wide-spread South African participation in this year’s campaign sets the bar for a powerful national footprint on the international stage.
For the full ASSITEJ World Theatre Day messages click HERE
Hello very important South African!
The Annual South African Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards will be launching on Monday, 14 March 2016!
With all the negative news and sentiment about South Africa doing the rounds, this year’s theme – “For the Love of Laughter” – aims to turn the country’s frowns upside down.
This year we want to make all South Africans laugh!
Because laughter makes us feel good!
Imagine a bank that didn’t cost you anything. That you could make a withdrawal from anytime you like. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No bank charges. No limits. No repayments. No penalties… would that make you feel good? It should.
Imagine a bank where no matter how little you put in, you could take out as much as you like… in fact, they encourage you to take more than you ask for…
The Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards is proud to present the First Laughter Bank… ta daah! [Sighs and the sound of people fainting] that’s right, South Africa - a bank of laughter - where happiness goes to multiply - and its sooo easy:
The 14th International Festival of Language and Culture, South Africa (IFLCSA) will be held on April 21, 2016, at the Nelson Mandela Theatre in Johannesburg at19:00. The Festival is the largest and most prominent global project for promoting world languages and cultures.The globally acclaimed International Festival of Language and Culture (IFLC) is dedicated to cultivating and educating the youth, creating a platform to share their cultural heritage with their peers around the world and to witness exceptional performances by students of diverse nationalities.
This year 16 countries will participate in the Festival in Johannesburg and includes performances from: Azerbaijan, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, Bosnia, India, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Phillipines, Senegal. Tanzania, Ukraine, USA, Zambia and South Africa.
Founded in Turkey in 2003, IFLC grew from 17 participating countries to 145 countries with more than 2000 participants. The IFLC is an annual celebration and showcases an exciting diversity of linguistic talents from across the globe. Through exceptional performances by students from across the world, it seeks to promote a better understanding of world languages and cultures and is a great motivation for participating students, teachers, schools, and parents.
There is no cost to attend the event and is open to the public.
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Get a sneak peek of what you can expect HERE
The Wedding Expo brings the most comprehensive and creative bridal exhibitors to showcase their wares and services all under one roof and all with one aim – to assist soon-to-be-newlyweds in making their dream wedding a reality - without all of the stress.
So make a date to attend the Wedding Expo® - it will go a long way to ensuring that your wedding day is the extraordinary experience that you always hoped for.
Venue: The Ticketpro Dome
Date: 12th and 13th March 2016
Time: 09h00 - 17h00
Ticket price: R120-00
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