October is the month that brings us closer to summer and closer to the end of the year. Now is the time where the trees and flowers are all showcasing their magnificent blossoms and preparing for summer. October also brings a host of historical events such as Walt Disney opening in Orlando in 1971, the comic strip Peanuts appeared for the first time in newspapers in 1950, and in 1966 the first US Department of Transportation was created. These are just a few historical events that all took place in the month of October.
October is the kick off month as we have Christmas and new Year to look forward to, and people are starting to get ready for the festive season and summer months. Here are just a few events and entertainment schedules you can look forward to this month:
- Wonders of Rock Art Lascaux Cave and Africa – from 17 May till 1 October 2018 at Sci-Bono Discovery Center. The French Embassy is showcasing this incredible display with over 2000 figures painted on the walls which is a replica of the world famous 17 thousand year old Lascaux Cave in France. Included is the Wits Art Museum collection making this a not to miss and important exhibition of ancient rock art. Kids have the opportunity to turn stone to paint and create their very own master pieces.
- Centennial – A Century of South African Art from the Sanlam Art Collection 1918–2018. Sanlam is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary held from September 5th to December 14 2018 at the Sanlam Art Gallery in Sandton. The exhibition hosts 70 iconic works, making it one of the largest in South Africa. Sanlam curator Stefan Hundt will lead guided tours of the exhibition.
- The Art of Lithography – at Wits Art Museum from 26 September to 20 January 2019. The exhibition showcases the museums large print collection which also pays tribute to Leshoko Joe Legate and includes the Robert Hodgins Print Archive. In addition there are new collections by young inspired artists that showcase their personal conversation stories that was shared with the print maker while producing their work.
- Neighbourgoods Market – held every Saturday in Juta Street Braamfontein. This popular market attracts around 4000 people and offer a wonderful selection designer clothing, leather articles, vintage treasures and a wide selection of food and drink option. Listen to live bands over lunch and drinks on the terrace. A fun day for the whole family.
- RMB Wine Festival – 31 October to 2 November 2018 in Sandton. SA’s premier wine show offers a huge selection of wines to suit every palate. Mingle with the Josi jet set and winemakers while you savor through a myriad of cuvees and varietals. There are over 150 exhibitors representing wine routes, big brand names and boutique wineries. There is a host of food products to choose from including olives, cheeses and chocolates.
- The Musical Matilda – 17 October to 2 December 2018. This multi-award winning musical presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company comes to South Africa for the first time. A gifted little girl sets out to change her destiny and defend her friends is a guaranteed hit for all ages.
- Whiskey Live Festival – at the Sandton Convention Center 31 October – 2 November. This is the largest consumer whiskey festival in the world with South Africa leading the way. This event caters for both occasional sippers and connoisseurs. The festival showcases over 180 top brands of which some are new releases.
- The Knife’s Edge – 5 October to 1 December 2018 at the Standard Bank Gallery, City Center. This is the first exhibition in 35 years exhibiting the work of Christo Coetzee, who was a leading exponent in South Africa and Abroad of abstract expressionism. Coetzee’s most noted Gutai movement was in 1975 when his exhibition opened in Cape Town, and where he then returned and slashed his paintings. Coetzee then reinvented his paintings by repairing the damaged work with shoelaces and rope. Not to be missed.
These are just some of the events you and the family can enjoy this October. Have a wonderful month everyone!