Time to open that folder of verse and share it with the world. International and local poets, published or not, can now submit applications to take part in this wordfest. The audience is mostly English and Afrikaans at the moment, but poetry in any of the official languages are welcome. Describe your presentation in about 50 words, include a short title and make sure you're material runs between 30 and 40 minutes. Send it by e-mail or post to PO Box 361, McGregor 6708. The closing date was 30 April, but if you didn't make the cut, there are open mics at the event where you can do your thing.
If this is the Neighbourgoods Night Market, it must be spring again. Free, all ages, upstairs entertainment for R50, from 7 p.m. until midnight – but that doesn't tell the whole story. The market space has been renovated and the event is celebrating its fourth birthday. This special edition of the market will feature an audio-visual installation powered by the Red Bull Music Academy Weekender and a pop-up gaming arcade from Berlin’s A MAZE Festival. It combines work by well-known video and photographic artists with the sounds of South Africa’s top electronic music producers. The arcade will offer cutting-edge games from leading independent designers. Follow the market news on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Find out what's lekker in local cinema at the fifth annual Jozi Film festival, which will highlight the best in filmmaking with a variety of works by emerging and established directors. There will be shorts, full-length movies, documentaries, student work and a selection of new international features. You can have your questions answered in sessions with filmmakers and attend the awards ceremony to see who gets top honours. Find out more about the venue and tickets.
Once a year the Joubert-Tradauw Vineyards in the Klein Karoo are open for fun with music, food and wine. This year the organisers, Red Hot Events, have lined up blues rocker Albert Frost, Majozi, the Nomadic Orchestra, the gypsy jazz outfit Manouche and several exciting newcomers for your entertainment. Nine bands will play from Friday evening at 19:00 until Sunday morning at 11:00. Tickets include access to camping facilities and a Klein Karoo lunch on the Saturday. There will be a tasting market with cheese, olives, freshly baked goods, biltong and more. Find out more and book tickets for a great family weekend away.
Get some fresh ideas for making the most of your patch at this year's flower show, a showcase of landscaping, planting trends and designs for outdoor living. The venue is the newly renovated Castle of Good Hope and the main attraction is eight gardens designed by local landscapers. A new attraction is the MasterFlorist competition for both amateurs and pros. Entries for Round One are open until the end of July and you can submit your creation here. There will also be displays of floral art, a chance to stock up on all kinds of garden accesories and a food and drink garden. Find out more and book.