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Through Positive Eyes: Exhibition



Through Positive Eyes is a new exhibition which builds on the work of South African photographer Gideon Mendel, harnessing the power of the arts to banish HIV stigma, which is on at the Durban Art Gallery to coincide with AIDS2016.

Exhibition at Durban Art Gallery for AIDS2016

A global exhibition to banish HIV stigma

Jul. 17 –Sep. 30, 2016

Award-winning photographer Gideon Mendel and UCLA professor David Gere have, for the last 10 years, been building Through Positive Eyes, a participatory photography project in which people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) share their stories in the form of photos, video, and narrative. Through Positive Eyes features over 100 photographs, an array of commissioned two-dimensional and sculptural works, and live storytelling documenting the realities of individuals living with HIV across the globe.

The exhibition opens at the Durban Art Gallery on July 17 coinciding with AIDS2016: the international Aids Conference taking place in Durban. In the eighteen months following the Durban opening, the exhibition will travel to the Adler Museum of Medicine at Wits University, Johannesburg (November 1-December 31, 2016), UNISA Gallery in Pretoria (January 15-March 1, 2017), and the Iziko Slave Lodge in Cape Town (April 1-December 31, 2017). Thereafter, it is slated to travel to venues in Europe and the United States.

Through Positive Eyes began as a series of photographic workshops co-directed by award-winning photo artist Gideon Mendel and the Art & Global Health Center of the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA).  The exhibition in its current form has been curated by David Gere (Los Angeles), Stan Pressner (New York) and Carol Brown (Durban).

In his 2003 book, Through Positive Eyes Mendel developed a method for interlacing images of People Living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) with first-person accounts, a potent combination that served to reduce the irrational stigma surrounding HIV. Through Positive Eyes takes Mendel’s image-and-text concept a step further, by putting cameras into the hands of the HIV-positive people themselves, so that they are encouraged to shape their own visual narratives and accompanying stories. The resulting work is especially raw and honest, revealing the deepest thoughts and feelings of PLWHA around the world.

The goal of Through Positive Eyes workshops is to empower HIV-positive people to pursue their own artistic voice and to develop their own individual narratives. Themes in the show include the “Burden of Stigma,” “Alive and Well,” “What Makes Me Laugh,” and “Stories My Body Tells.” Since 2007, 122 HIV-positive people in nine major cities have taken part in this unique initiative, contributing to an archive of over 120,000 photographs, thousands of hours of video footage, hundreds of photo-essays, and a wide array of mini-documentaries, all available online at Workshop locations include Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Mumbai, Bangkok, Port-au-Prince, and London. A group of HIV-positive people from the Durban area is being convened by the AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) just prior to the opening at Durban Art Gallery. This group of Durban “Artivists”— artist-activists — will share their stories live in the galleries throughout the run of the exhibition, in a theatrical environment created by New York artist Stan Pressner.

Through Positive Eyes

Through Positive Eyes

Other Artivists contributing works to the exhibition include Adriana Bertini (Brazil), Mandisa Dlamini (South Africa), Daniel Goldstein (United States), Ross Levinson (United States), Gordon Mundie (United Kingdom), and Parthiv Shah (India).

Through Positive Eyes and the activities of the UCLA Art & Global Health Center are made possible through the generous support of the Herb Ritts Foundation. Additional funding provided by the Electronic Theatre Controls, Ford Foundation, Teiger Foundation, UNAIDS, UCLA AIDS Institute, Gere Foundation, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. 

About Gideon Mendel:

Gideon Mendel is a London-based South African photographer and AIDS activist who has been chronicling HIV and AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa since 1993. Since then his groundbreaking work on HIV and on climate change has been widely recognized, most recently with the inaugural Pollock Prize for Creativity from the Krasner-Pollock Foundation.

About the UCLA Art & Global Health Center:

The UCLA Art & Global Health Center in Los Angeles is an art-and-health think tank specializing in reinventing sexual health education, devising new methods for HIV stigma reduction, reinforcing human empowerment, and catalyzing behavior change.

UCLA Art & Global Health Center:

120 Westwood Plaza, Suite 188, Los Angeles, CA 90095

About Through Positive Eyes:

Through Positive Eyes and the activities of the UCLA Art & Global Health Center are made possible through the generous support of the Herb Ritts Foundation. Additional funding provided by the Electronic Theatre Controls, Ford Foundation, Teiger Foundation, UNAIDS, UCLA AIDS Institute, Gere Foundation, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Through Positive Eyes Exhibition Information:

Where: Durban Art Gallery

When: Jul. 17, 2016–Sep. 30, 2016 Opening reception: July 17, 2016, 3:30 p.m.

Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 8:30am – 4:00pm

Sunday 11am – 4:00pm

Special extended hours July 18-22 8:30am-6:30pm

July 18-22 special live performances by Drama for Life at 11AM, 12PM , 1PM and 5PM

Durban Art Gallery

Smith Street, 2nd Floor Smith Street, City Hall, Durban, 4001, South Africa

Phone: +27 31 311 2264

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I heart Market – February Sale Market Saturday 3 February: 9am – 2pm



February is the month of love and the I heart Market will celebrate with its traditional bi-annual “sale” market on Saturday 3 February from 9am to 2pm at  Northlands Primary School, in Durban North.

Following two busy and packed festive season markets in its new home at Northlands Primary School, which was well received by customers, February’s I heart Market will offer a range of discounted products.

“We were over the moon with the turn for our first markets at Northlands Primary, with a steady stream of customers, and great sales for our traders who are all small business entrepreneurs,” enthuses Manager of the Market, Tanith Molliere. “Our February market is kind of the “January Sales” market with great offers to help those budgets that may have been stretched during the holidays.”

February’s Market promises a magical shopping experience with wares created with love and care by local artisans and small businesses, reflecting a deep commitment to their artistry and craft.  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner – there will also be a gorgeous array of “romantically-inspired” products available.

As always, the market is filled with handmade treasures ranging from fine leather goods, unusual ceramics, exquisite jewellery and accessories, innovative visual art, home decor, plants, clothing, condiments and pickles, cured meats, a delightful selection of delicious baked goods. Of course, the usual mouth-watering array of food truck eats, catering to every palate including vegan and vegetarian.

There is also a secure play area for children between the ages of 1 and 6, with qualified Teacher’s Assistants in attendance available for the morning for those parents who want to take a break to shop or enjoy some delicious food. There is a fee of R100 for the morning or part thereof. A “pram park” is also available for people to leave their prams whilst shopping to help avoid congestion in the hall.

The market is housed in the school hall and surrounding gardens from 9am to 2pm, and takes place rain or shine as most of the traders are under cover.  Parking is available in designated school areas, with security guards to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

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East Coast Radio House + Garden Showcases Diverse Crafts and DIY Experiences




The East Coast Radio House + Garden Show is back, and this year it promises to be a haven for craft enthusiasts and those seeking interactive DIY experiences. Crafting has come a long way from scrapbooking and papier-mâché, we have an incredible line up of specialist crafters that will expand your imagination! With a focus on engaging activities for all, this year’s craft traders will offer a variety of hands-on experiences at their stalls. From crafts for the kiddies to offerings for health and beauty enthusiasts and creative entrepreneurs, visitors can expect an exciting showcase of talent, innovation, and creativity.

Craft for the Kiddies
A Toy for You, distributor of toy brand Melissa & Doug, will be a highlight of the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show. Renowned for their classic wooden toys and realistic pretend play sets, Melissa & Doug products inspire creative thinking through screen-free open-ended play. At the show, visitors will have the opportunity to see and purchase top Melissa & Doug items that are well-crafted and designed to ignite the imagination. The exhibit will also feature a colorful and creative play zone where children can engage with popular toys, such as a wooden kitchen, art easel, and wellness area. Daily themed activities, including sand art and slime workshops, will also be hosted, providing children with countless ways to encourage creativity, imagination, learning, and discovery.

Craft for Health and Beauty Enthusiasts
Alchemists’ Lab offers a unique and new way to experience self-care. With a focus on discovering top-notch, safe, and naturally derived skincare products for diverse skin types, The Alchemists’ Lab sources and develops high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. Visitors to their exhibit will have the opportunity to engage in a live interactive Bath Bomb and Bath Salts Station. Participants can personally tailor their products using premium ingredients, choosing scents, colours, and botanicals to create bath bombs and salts that suit their preferences. This immersive crafting experience allows individuals to unleash their creativity and produce items that bring joy and tangible health benefits. In addition to exclusive show discounts, visitors who tag Alchemists’ Lab on social media will receive a promo code for their online store. Every purchase made at their stall during the House + Garden Show will enter visitors into a giveaway to win an entire range of their products.

Craft for Creative Entrepreneurs
Cricut™, a worldwide phenomenon and pioneer in smart cutting machines, opens doors for small business owners and creative individuals through their user-friendly app and versatile devices. Their cutting-edge technology enables the personalisation of various items, from custom cards to unique apparel. At the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show, the highly anticipated EasyPress 3 will be made available for purchase. This portable heat press combines speed and convenience with the genius of the Cricut Heat™ app. Visitors at the Cricut stand will have the opportunity to participate in a “spin the wheel” activation and win the chance to personalise a mug, water bottle, or t-shirt free of charge. The aim is to inspire creativity through hands-on experiences, ensuring that everyone leaves the Show with a sense of accomplishment and takes home a personalised item they can cherish. Make sure to visit the Cricut stand for daily prize giveaways and stand a chance to win an exciting Business In A Box competition.

“The East Coast Radio House + Garden Show offers a unique platform for craft traders to showcase their talents and engage visitors in exciting DIY experiences. Whether it’s exploring the world of imaginative play, indulging in self-care through customised products, or unlocking creativity for aspiring entrepreneurs, you will find an array of creative exhibitors ready to inspire your inner artist,” shares Cairey Baxter-Bruce, Show Director of the House + Garden Show.

For more information and to stay updated on the latest news about the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show sponsored by Plascon, visit or follow @housegardenshow on Instagram and Facebook.

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Julie Andrews – Uncut



Julie Andrews – Uncut: An acclaimed one-woman production from East London which celebrates the phenomenal life, career and music of much adored timeless icon of stage and screen, Dame Julie Andrews, comes to the Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban for one weekend only – from 9 until 11 December.

Julie Andrews is an English actress, singer, and author, who has been honoured with a host of accolades and awards throughout her career spanning over seven decades, acknowledging her enormous body of work. She is also dubbed Britain’s “youngest prima donna”, as a 13-year-old Andrews became the youngest solo performer ever to be seen in a Royal Variety Performance on 1 November 1948 – the annual fund-raising gala event attended by senior members of the Royal Family.

She is known and loved for her enduring feature films – Mary PoppinsThe Sound of MusicVictor / Victoria and more recently The Princess Diaries. As a voice artist, her distinctive voice appeared in ShrekDespicable Me and Bridgerton.

She is widely known as a composed, elegant, well-spoken and a typical English lady. A lady and a dame (In 2000, Andrews was made a dame by the late Queen Elizabeth for her services to the performing arts). But not born of noble blood. Julie Andrews is a self-made woman. She spent her childhood performing on the Vaudeville circuit, singing and dancing, two shows a day, six days a week, alongside Pops and Barbara Andrews. Little Julie would stand on a crate to sing a duet with Pops while mom Barbara accompanied them on piano.  All was not well in the Andrews family. Pops’ drinking was out of control. He was a violent drunk, completely unemployable. So the Julie became the sole provider for the bickering Andrews clan.

Vaudeville was her training ground, Broadway made her and Hollywood immortalised her.  Julie Andrews – Uncut tells the of the rials and tribulations that shaped Julie Andrews into a shining star.

Julie Andrews Uncut features Alison Hillstead, and is written and directed by Amanda Bothma with musical director and pianist:  Nathan Johannisen.  The production is the latest offering from Wela Kapela – an East London-based production company, established in 2019 to create opportunities for performers from East London, creating fresh new work to encourage new audiences. To this end, at least one of their productions annually is targeted at a younger audience.  “Wela Kapela” is a colloquial phrase often used by young people in Cape Town, to tease or to boast.


Good To Know:

R 180-00 a ticket

Bring food picnic baskets or buy at the venue.

Limited secure parking available

Booking is essential.

Bar Available

(no alcohol may be brought on to the premises)

Cell 0824998636   / email   / Computicket /

Friday 09 December 2022 – 19.30

Saturday 10 December 2022 – 14.00 & 19.30

Sunday 11 December 2022 – 14.00 & 17.00

(Venue opens 90 minutes before show for drinks)

Running Time 60 min.

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