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TGE in partnership with Limpopo Tourism Agency showcases the beauty of Limpopo Province this Tourism Month

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#TGEspring18 is set to usher in SA’s Tourism & Heritage month with a host of curated cultural experiences taking place from 06 September to 08 September in the majestic city of Venda. Numerous luxury travel activities with a local twist of cultural flavour are in store for the thousands of patrons that will flock to Venda to come and enjoy a momentous weekend of arts, culture, craft and music.

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Does life begin at 40?

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Getting older is no joke but Riaad Moosa has managed to find the lighter side of things in his hilarious one-man show, ‘Life Begins’!  The fans have spoken and ‘Life Begins’ returns to Durban by popular demand on the 12th and 13th of October at Sibaya Casino.

 

Following sell-out shows around the country, Riaad continues to entertain audiences as he tries to figure out whether life really does begin after the big 4-0!  The show is a snapshot into his life after turning 40 and how he has to juggle being a father of four children, a husband, a comedian and an actor, all while taking in the current cultural and political climates around us.

 

Even though I am now 40, in many ways, I feel like I’m still crawling and I’m looking back at my journey from being an aspirational doctor, coming from a relatively conservative Muslim background, where both my parents were doctors, and how I actually journeyed to becoming a stand-up comedian,” says Riaad.

 

As an award-winning comedian, actor, writer and presenter, Riaad Moosa is one of South Africa’s most popular and acclaimed funny men and he happens to be a qualified medical doctor too!  Although he never ended up practising medicine, Riaad is still fondly known as the “Comedy Doctor” and he certainly seems to have the remedy for the nation’s ills – a healthy dose of laughter, straight up – and hold the aspirin!

 

The show is very philosophical and existential.  It involves the normal issues of getting older while at the same time experiencing, at a maturity where I’m supposed to be wise, a world that is completely turned on its head.  And it’s about how I negotiate all these things happening around me while trying to maintain a positive attitude.  Through my comedic lens, I hope to put a different spin on that and hopefully my next 40 years will be lived with renewed vigour and excitement,” Moosa adds.

 

The show is rated PG for language and starts at 20h00.  Tickets from R160 and are available through Computicket (https://online.computicket.com/web/event/riaad_moosa_life_begins).  Sibaya Casino is located at 1 Sibaya Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban.

 

Another hilarious production brought to you by Blu Blood.

 

Follow Riaad Moosa on Twitter (@RiaadMoosa) and Facebook (Riaad Moosa).

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The Diwali Shopping Festival is coming!

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The festival of Diwali may still be a few months away, but it’s never too early to get your shopping done. , the DIWALI SHOPPING FESTIVAL at Greyville Racecourse from the 17th August to 2nd September will showcase wares and delights from local and international exhibitors.

Boasting the very best in international Indian clothing, cosmetic jewellery, make-up, silk carpets, homeware, astrologer and more, walk the lanes of “India” and take in the sights and sounds of true Indian fashions and accessories.

You’ll find intricately detailed and exquisite saris, perfectly cut and styled Punjabis or with wedding season upon us too: the bridal gown of your dreams.  With an array of stalls loaded with beaitufil clothes, jewellery, shoes and other giftings, there is something for the whole family.

 

An Indian shopping experience cannot go without traditional Indian cuisine, of which there will be plenty of options of tantalizing and flavourful foods and treats.  The kaleidoscope of colours, cultures, goods and flavours on offer will have you coming back for more, no matter what your Indian influence and interest.

DIWALI SHOPPING FESTIVAL at Greyville Racecourse (150 Avondale Road, Greyville, Durban) is open to the public from 11h00 to 21h00 daily from August 17 to September 2.  Entry costs R10 per person, but entry gets refunded once a patron has spent R300 or more.  Free secure parking available at the venue.

Visit the Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/309850949758382/

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Full steam ahead for Bobby van Jaarsveld in new animated kids’ movie, Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie

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Bobby van Jaarsveld, South African pop music superstar and chart-topping recording artist, will sing the local version of the theme song in the exciting new CG-animated children’s movie Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie, officially launching in South African Ster Kinekor movie theatres on 5 October 2018.

 

The Big World Adventures theme song shares the message that we should be open to exploration; to traversing the globe, seeking out adventures, engaging with new and different people, and making new friends along the way.

 

Says Bobby: “This film resonates with me partly because my own friends are such a big part of my life. I feel much the same way as Thomas does about friendship: for me, the true meaning of friendship is acceptance.”

 

But this isn’t the only connection that Bobby feels with Thomas. He says: “For as long as I can remember, I’ve grown up with Thomas. Now, as a dad of three children (a 2 year old daughter and two sons aged 5 and 6) I’m going to be the hero of the house just for taking them to see the movie. Once they realise I’m singing in it, we’ll be watching it the entire year.”

 

The 80-minute movie is the 13th feature-length film in the Thomas & Friends stable and is considered to be the brand’s biggest, boldest and most relevant release to date. It has an exciting plotline full of twists and turns, and seven new musical pieces that are bound to delight pre-schoolers and their parents.

 

In line with its quest to resonate strongly with the next generation, the movie introduces a diverse group of new friends – including Nia, an African tank engine from Kenya – and takes them on an epic global journey.

 

Voiced by Yvonne Grundy, a rising star of Kenyan descent, Nia is smart, fun and playful, with a strong moral compass. Her name, pronounced Nee-Yah, means ‘purpose’ in Swahili; her engine design is based on the East African Railway’s ED1 class; and her exterior is inspired by iconic African textiles.

 

In building this character, Thomas & Friends’ first African female engine, Mattel, Inc. received input from the UN Woman’s African Programme Advisor on the portrayal of gender equality and female empowerment. This was part of a greater collaboration with the UN, with the goal of incorporating into Thomas & Friends five of its 17 Sustainability Development Goals.

 

A consultant from the Royal African Society also came on board to advise on cultural representation, including Nia’s scripting, animatics, and voice casting.

 

Says Bobby: “The involvement of a character from Africa adds an extra-special dimension to the story. I’m proud to know I’ve been involved in a film, with this kind of history and global reach, that’s working to represent diversity. Plus, my wife and I love Kenya, because we honeymooned there!”

 

Another new character, Ace, is voiced by Australian singer and entertainer Peter Andre, who says: “It’s incredible for me to help introduce young viewers to the range of cultures, ways of life and animals that exists on our planet. We have access to more countries than we did when Thomas started 73 years ago…so it’s nice to see that the whole world is part of this movie.”

 

Despite his 13 years in the South Africa’s music industry, this is Bobby’s first collaboration of this nature. He adds: “It’s a dream come true. I chose to be part of this particular film because its morals and family values appealed so much to me.”

 

Bobby will attend the VIP premiere of the movie at Ster Kinekor Sandton, where the new South African version of the Big World Adventures theme song will officially be released. Afterwards, fans will be able to download the song for free from Bobby’s official website: www.bobbyvanjaarsveld.com

 

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ALL ABOARD FOR THE WORLD’S BIGGEST ADVENTURE AS BRAND NEW CG-ANIMATED CHILDREN’S MOVIE – THOMAS & FRIENDS™: BIG WORLD! BIG ADVENTURES! THE MOVIE – LAUNCHES IN SOUTH AFRICA

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New movie sees Thomas leave Sodor for the very first time to travel to Africa, South America, USA and China meeting new friends along the way including first Kenyan tank engine Nia, guest-voiced by Nairobi born voiceover artist, Yvonne Grundy and racing car Ace, guest-voiced by Australian singer Peter Andre

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