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  6 May 2016 Issue 169 - Diplomacy is Art






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The Diplomatic Corps in Pretoria is organising a charity concert on Saturday 28th of May, 2016.
The goal of the concert is to support young musicians from townships around Johannesburg and Pretoria to acquire musical instruments so that – after the finalization of their studies – they can start to earn a living by teaching music or performing at concerts and other public and private events.
The different music schools in the townships (beneficiaries) shall be supplied with musical instruments that can be handed out on loan (free of charge) to these musicians who have completed their studies and had to return their instruments (e.g. to the UNISA Music Foundation). The instruments are meant as a start up and have to be returned to the music school they come from as soon as the young musician has earned enough money from his/her trade to buy an instrument himself/herself.
The Concert costs have been covered by sponsors. Also corporate sponsors have provided generous donations to acquire a number of instruments for the township music schools. Individual donations also will be accepted at the entrance door of the Concert hall. Please note that all donations will be used in their entirety to purchase instruments for the beneficiary township music schools.

The concert will take place on Saturday 28th of May, 2016 at 3pm at the Ennoch Sontonga Hall, UNISA Sunnyside Campus, (c/o Steve Biko and Justice Mahomed Street, Pretoria).

The EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL kicks off today.


The Czech Film Festival takes place between 12-15 May 2016 at the Bioscope, Maboneng Precinct.

Wits Theatre and Wits School of Arts present Ruined.

Pretoria Art Museum

The Past and the Present: Collaboration of South African and Nigerian Icons - an exhibition by Taiwo


Carnival Time in Seychelles

People from all over the world converge on the Seychelles every year for the cultural event they have themselves named as the United Nations Gathering of Culture. The latest edition of this carnival in the tropics took place from the 22nd to the 24th of April 2016 and 23 International Delegations joined the proud Seychellois people to walk alongside delegations from seven of the top and most popular carnivals of the world.

It was a colourful celebration from the community of nations. The theme for this year’s carnival was unity and peace and this message was echoed by the island’s Minister Alain St.Ange in his opening remarks. The Minister emphasised that the Community of Nations should not only work together, but to get to know each other in cultural events such as the Carnaval in Seychelles where everyone is treated as children of the world immaterial of the colour of their skin, immaterial of their religious beliefs and immaterial of political affiliation.

Easing travel regulations between South Africa and Kenya

3 May 2016

South Africa and Kenya have announced measures that will make travelling between the two countries easier.
South African Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba is in Kenya where he met with Joseph Nkaissery, Kenya’s Minister of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government.
The two Ministers held a meeting where a number of steps were agreed upon to make travelling between the two countries smoother.


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