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  • Caption: Author and top newspaperman Fred Khumalo is a judge in the Short Sharp Stories Award

NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL’S Short Sharp Stories Award” for South African short-story fiction invites submissions of thrilling crime fiction stories. Entries must be of previously unpublished fiction, written in English, and are to be between 3000 and 5000 words in length (which will enable submission to the Caine Prize). Closing date for entries for the inaugural competition is 30 November 2012. The cash prizes to be won include R20 000 for best story, R5000 for most original story, R5000 for most thrilling story and R5000 for best new voice. Stories must be set in South Africa and will be judged by among other top newspaperman and author Fred Khumalo. Complete rules and requirements can be viewed on the National Arts Festival website: www.nationalartsfestival.co.za

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS artists whose work has made an impact and who are within the first three years of their professional careers are eligible to enter the ImpACT Awards. Nominations in the Visual Art, Theatre, Music and Singing and Design categories are open. The closing date for nominations is the 7th of September 2012. Nominations can be submitted by following the link: http://tinyurl.com/dx49gh6.

THE SCHOOLS POETRY WRITING competition invites learners to submit material about any topic and written in English, isiZulu or Afrikaans. No more than two poems per learner will be accepted, with a maximum length of one A4 page per poem. Poems must be submitted to Centre for Creative Arts or faxed to 031 260 3074 by 20 September. Winners will read their poems on the main stage of the Poetry Africa festival on the evening of 19 October. For more details about this year’s Poetry Africa, visit: www.cca.ukzn.ac.za or call 031 260 2506.

WRITERS WRITE presents a Coffee Morning with Man Booker Prize Winner, Alan Hollinghurst on September 18 from 10am at Ten Bompas Road, Dunkeld in Johannesburg. Admission is R250.

ASSITEJ International development and exchange invite theatre practitioners that are in their 20s, to apply to participate in the Network African Talent project. The initiative brings together young African practitioners to make a production in three stages in three countries. The first stage will be at the FATEJ festival in Cameroon in November 2012, the second will be in Senegal in early 2013 and the third will be the final performance in Ravenna, Italy. Applications have to be accompanied by a letter of motivation and reference with full CV. Closing date is September 17. Information can be obtained by phoning Themba Mzondi on 021 822 0070/1/2 or e-mail fundmarket@assitej.org.za

AUDITIONS to search for a Whitney Houston impersonator to feature in a tribute show, titled The Greatest Love of All, will be held at the Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein on 3 October, Cape Town’s Artscape Theatre on 5 October and at Durban’s Sibaya Casino on October 07. All auditions start at 13h00. Interested artists are required to send a CV, a current headshot and an audio demo to sales@showtime.net.au by no later than 1 October.

STARS FOR CHARITY gala dinner and show on September 20 from 7.30pm at Big Top Arena, Carnival City, Brakpan, Ekurhuleni. The event is hosted in aid of Abraham Kriel Childcare and feature entertainment from Heinz Winckler, Jennifer Jones, Dozi, Monique and Willem Botha among others. Abraham Kriel Childcare services include residential care in 21 homes as well as community care. In total, more than 1 000 children are served. Tickets are R110 each at Computicket. For Table bookings at R15 000 a table, phone Annamart Viljoen on 011 839 3058.

KING SHAKA International Airport near Durban hosts Zulu 200’s pageant on 29 September 2012 as part of the build-up to the bicentennial celebrations of the Zulu Nation in 2016. Traditional Zulu dancers, Reed Dance maidens, Izimbongi and musicians performing are scheduled to perform. A week-long exhibition of traditional Zulu art and craft will be on display on the airport site preceding and during the day-long celebration on the 29th. Admission is free.

CREATIVE WRITING course is scheduled from September 3rd to the 7th in Craighall Park, Johannesburg. Offered by Allaboutwriting, a Johannesburg writing school, the course guides participants through the full range of writing skills and is interspersed with writing exercises. Course facilitators are novelist Jo-Anne Richards and script-writer Richard Beynon.  For more details of email Helen at admin@allaboutwritingcourses.com  or on 082 652 4643.

CULTURAL TOURISM enthusiasts from Kuruman in the Northen Cape have an opportunity to take a tour to Gauteng from September 21st to 23rd. Included on the tour are stops at the Jazz & African Music Nights at the Pretoria State Theatre, a visit to Lion Park in Joburg, attendance of a stage performance at the Market Theatre and the MTN 8 Cup Final. The cost is R1 700 including accommodation and transport. Call 072 267 7427 or 076 210 8010.

THE HERO’S JOURNEY: Exploring Archetypes is a creative arts therapy workshop for adults conducted by music therapist Kobie Swart and Drama Therapist Sian Palmer. At the workshop, the mediums of music, drama, art and movement are used to explore a number of archetypes that may enrich a person’s life journey. The workshop will be held on October 20 and 21 from 9am in Northcliff, Joburg. Costs are Cost are R1800 or R1500 if paid in full before 10 September. Phone Sian Palmer on 082 854 9821 or email palmer.sian@gmail.com or Kobie: kobie@aquadivers.co.za

DANCE FOR ALL TEACHER Training Programme offers a yearlong Teacher Training Programme, starting in February 2013. An audition class to gain acceptance onto the Programme will be held at Dance for All, 10 Aden Avenue, Athlone, on Saturday 13 October 2012 from 10h00 to 13h00. To book for the audition class, contact Marlene Carstens on 021 697 5509

A NIGHT OF STARS with Dance for All, will be held at the Grand Café & Beach in Granger Bay, Cape Town on October 3rd featuring celebrities who will showcase their cha-cha, rumba and samba moves.  The evening includes live music and performances by tenor James Bhemgee, Latin Dance Adjudicator, Dancesport champion and trainer Grant Mandon, with his partner Gabi Geffen; and the Soma Fusion Bellydance Company. A ticket is R650 for a three-course sit-down meal or R450 for a lounge and informal mingling set up while enjoying canapés. Bookings for a full table of 10 cost R5 000 each. For details, phone 021 697 5509 or e-mail admin@danceforall.co.za


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