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Last year’s most highlighted event The Shared Histories which was the brainchild of the Indian Consulate, a festival aimed to expose a kaleidoscope of contemporary Indian culture to mainstream South African audiences. We experienced some of the most breathtaking music, art, dance and food which surely will not cease to stop amazing us this year.

Johannesburg events of interest 2010

With the 2010 FIFA World Cup almost here, my diary is beginning to fill up already with events, parties and even weddings might I add even if I wasn’t there to swank! I have this inkling that this year 2010 World Cup fever is going to have me swanking some of the worlds soccer greats at glam dinners and parties. This week I opted to give you our readers a peek in to my swank diary so you can make sure you have them penned down. The fashionista’s will be out in full regalia as the Audi Fashion Week will descend upon the Sandton Convention Centre where I will be swanking the Autumn/Winter Collection from 20 January till the 23rd of January by some of the nation’s best and foremost authorities of authentic Afro-Indo splash of inspirational threads.

The Bridal Indaba 2010 Johannesburg event takes place on 30 – 31 January 2010 at the Indaba Hotel, some of the best wedding suppliers in Gauteng who have a proven track record. The suppliers specialise in all your wedding needs and you can plan your wedding from start to finish at this established bridal show. Before you set your big date, make sure you attend Bridal Indaba 2010.

Lovers of Indian Classical Music will be treated to a festival of Indian Classical Music, titled Three Shades of Raga, in February 2010. The festival is headlined by the doyen of Indian Classical vocal, Pandit Jasraj, and also features ace violinist Kala Ramnath, tabla maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, and Swiss based sarodist Ken Zuckerman. BBC presenter, musicologist and author Jameela Siddiqi will present a pre-concert talk.

Durban can experience Three Shades of Rage on Wednesday 10th February 2010, City Hall, the Mother City of Cape Town will host on Friday 12th February 2010, Artscape Opera House and bustling Johannesburg will showcase on Sunday 14th February 2010, Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City. A free pre – concert talk by BBC presenter, musicologist, and author Jameela Siddiqi. Tickets available from Computicket so book now to avoid disappointment, trust me I am talking from experience. The month of roses and chocolates kicks off on the 13th of February with Johannesburg’s authentic Supper Club which was held in Marlboro Community Hall last year.

Last year’s most highlighted event The Shared Histories which was the brainchild of the Indian Consulate, a festival aimed to expose a kaleidoscope of contemporary Indian culture to mainstream South African audiences. We experienced some of the most breathtaking music, art, dance and food which surely will not cease to stop amazing us this year. This year I will be swanking this event till my Gucci’s need a break! I look forward to seeing Susheela Raman possibly again this year if you missed out be sure to take the whole family out to experience our colourful heritage and be inspired!

Johannesburg’s hub of culture at The Fringe, catch The Chilli Boy, by actor playwright Matthew Ribnick. It is the story of an old Indian woman who is reincarnated as a white gangster from Boksburg. Opening on 1 September, the show ends on 3 October. It is replaced by another Ribnick work. Monkey Nuts, his new play, is the story of Edgar Chambers, an odd character obsessed with entering competitions. It’s at The Fringe from 6 to 31 October.

A medley of religious events/festivals and observances dominate the rest of my calendar for the year of which you should be ready to be swanked be it barefoot at the Mandir or strutting your Prada’s at Fashion Week!

Be sure to read the Sunday Times Extra or join the City Swank group for more information. If you have any events that might strike my interest mail me at naufal@khan.co.za

About Naufal Khan

Naufal Khan was the Publisher at ADISHAKTI MEDIA and the editor-in-chief of the South African Indian news service Indian Spice. Khan was former Sunday Times journalist and also an occult fiction and non-fiction writer with several published titles.