Where to Stay - South Africa
 

Whether you call it Street Art or Graffiti it will always spark debate and discussion. All over the world art gems pop up in the most unexpected places displaying the talents of local artists. All the photos below are of Street Art and Graffiti in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Soweto. Street Art in South Africa is still relatively new having really come to the fore in the early 1980’s. Cape Town was the main catalyst for the growth in graffiti on the streets but the craze quickly spread to Johannesburg (in particular the Newtown district) and Durban.

 

South African street art

Photo Credit: sinsistema_ (Instagram)

 

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Belly Dance has been a type of traditional Middle Eastern dance for centuries. During the late 18th century, the dance was spotted at harems (sacred female temples) in the exotic Turkish Empire, where it inspired global attention. Travelers fantasized about the beautiful fluidity of the body and the shimmying costumes that encompassed the Eastern/Oriental dance and wrote about or painted their admirations. Belly Dance was highly-regarded and eventually flourished in cabarets and public places; spreading to the West and the rest of the world. From traditionally elegant Turkish and Egyptian folk dance to the more energetic contemporary styles, Belly Dance has survived and evolved over time. It’s even managed to wind its way from North Africa to the South…so be sure to check out the swaying hips and dazzling costumes when they roll by in your hometown. READ MORE


Cirque du Soleil in South Africa 2013

The amazing Cirque du Soleil is coming back to South Africa in 2013. It is amazing to think that Cirque du Soleil started life as a small group of 20 performers back in 1984 and has now grown to a successful business that employs 5,000 people and has performed in over 300 cities across the world. The shows have featured over 1,300 performers that come from approximately 50 different nationalities.

Cirque du Soleil will be hosting shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg in March 2013. The 2013 tour is called Dralion a name taken from the Dragon an iconic symbol of the East and the Lion symbolising the West. The show is described as a ‘harmonious blend of Eastern and Western acrobatic prowess’. If you have never been to a Cirque du Soleil show then be prepared to see gravity defying acts and amazing costumes.

The show will represent the 4 elements namely water, air, fire and earth and the costumes the performers will be wearing will identify each element; Green for water, blue for air, red for fire and ochre for earth.

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Young concert-goers around South Africa will be excited to hear that Justin Bieber has announced he will be playing two dates here in 2013 as part of his World Tour. Still only 18 years old Justin Bieber has taken the pop world and social media world by storm. His YouTube videos have been viewed over 3 billion times, he has over 23 million Twitter followers and 44 million Facebook fans.

He shot to fame after appearing in a local talent show at the age of just 12 and then going viral on YouTube. Bizarely he finished second in the talent competition but after both he and his mum started posting videos of his performances on YouTube he became an internet sensation. A chance meeting with Usher a few months later led to him landing a recording contract and the rest as they say is history. He became the first solo-artist to have 4 songs reach the Top 40 before even his debut album was released. READ MORE