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Mandela Day at the United Nations Church Centre in New York "The Hope and Promise of Leadership"

Wednesday, 18 July 2012, 1:00 pm.- 3:00 pm.
Church Centre for the United Nations
777 UN Plaza, (1st Avenue & 44th Street), 2nd Floor,
New York City

On the occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day 2012, the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, which is an international NGO in general consultative status with UN-ECOSOC and affiliated to the UN-DPI, is hosting a special event, "The Hope and Promise of Leadership".

This event is designed to illuminate the path to a more promising future, as carved by legendary leaders, by inspiring young and emerging leaders, who are the hope in carrying this legacy forward.   Brahma Kumaris is committed to helping young leaders develop into a pro-active, purposeful, constructively engaged and innovative network of young people equipped to make a positive impact on the nation. It is also keen to showcase this innovative method of youth leadership development to stakeholders who have a vested interest and concern for the future generation of leaders.

For more information, please visit  Register online.  

2nd Annual ACT Hope Gala

Wednesday, 18 July  2012
Offices of Skadden & Arps
4 Times Square on 42nd Street
between Broadway & 6th Ave

Active Compassion Transforms (ACT) is hosting it's 2nd Annual Hope Gala on Wednesday, 18 July at the offices of Skadden & Arps. The Hope Gala is an opportunity to honor our student mentees from Cape Town, South Africa who have completed the interACT Mentoring Program.

The 10 students will be in New York City meeting their mentors, job-shadowing, and experiencing the city's rich cultural experience. This year's Hope Gala is unique since it falls on Nelson Mandela Day!

Celebrate with ACT and enjoy live South African music by Christine Vaindirlis!

2nd Annual ACT Hope Gala
Tickets:  $30 in advance online; $40 at the door.

ACT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; all donations are tax deductible under U.S. Tax law. 

Wits University Alumni Get Together

Thursday, 26 July 2012
South African Consulate General
333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor
New York City 10016


  • Welcome
  • Wits at 90: Overview (audio-visual) |
  • Overview of Wits and the Wits Alumni Programme by Peter Maher, Director of Alumni Relations
  • Q & A Discussion

For security reasons you must respond by July 20, 2012 . Your name/s will be listed for admission only if you have responded.  For more information and to RSVP, please visit Wits Alumni Reunion (New York) page.

Tin Bucket Drum

An Original Play from South Africa
New York Premiere
26 July - 5 August
Press Performances July 26, 27, & 28
The Kraine Theater
85 East 4th Street (between 2nd Avenue and Bowery)
New York City

Tin Bucket Drum Trailer from Karen Logan on Vimeo.

The Imbewu Trust aims to celebrate local South African theatre internationally by highlighting original work with a global resonance. In collaboration with Horse Trade Theater Group, The Imbewu Trust will showcase Think Theatre Productions’ TIN BUCKET DRUM, performed by leading South African artists that have enriched the South African theatre landscape with their original and unique approach to theatrical storytelling.

Neil Coppen's (2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner) play, directed by Karen Logan, follows the story of Nomvula, a spirited child with a revolutionary heart born into a country with a cruel and silent dictatorship. Tin Bucket Drum weaves together elements of magical realism, shadow puppetry, Kabuki theatre and live percussion while offering a fresh twist to the traditional conventions of African storytelling.

Critically acclaimed with standing ovations at the Grahamstown and Hilton Arts festivals, Tin Bucket Drum won the Audience Vote Award for Best Production at MUSHO 2007, A Durban Theatre Award for best actress and best new South African script 2007, and a Standard Bank Ovation award at the Grahamstown 2010 festival. It was featured as The Star, Pretoria Times, The Herald and Witnesses Newspapers pick of the Grahamstown Fringe in 2007.

The production will run 26 July through 5 August 2012 at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery), Thursday through Saturday at 8pm. Tickets ($18/$15 students & seniors) are available online or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444.   

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

29 - 30 July 2012
City Winery
155 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013

Multi-Grammy winning South African group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, is to perform two shows at City Winery in New York City on 29 and 30 July 2012.

For over fifty years, the voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo have brought the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds of Christian gospel music. The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience representing every corner of the religious, cultural and ethnic landscape.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a Zulu choral group that sings in the vocal style of isicathamiya or clicks and mbube. Formed by Joseph Shabalala in 1960, the group gained global fame from their work on Paul Simon's landmark African themed album "Graceland." Simon later produced Ladysmith Black Mambazo's first international album, "Shaka Zulu," which went on to win the group's first of three Grammy Awards. The group won their last Grammy in 2009 but have been nominated fourteen times including their most recent release, "Songs From A Zulu Farm."

The group is currently on a European Tour with Paul Simon which is being billed as a Graceland 25th Anniversary Reunion Tour. Once that concert tour finishes the group will arrive in the USA to begin a two week North American tour with the City Winery shows being the first post Graceland Reunion concerts.

Tickets at $40.00 and $65.00.

To purchase tickets online, go to City Winery.  

Wouter Kellerman U.S. Tour Dates

26 July: The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Washington, DC
27 July:  CNY Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival, Syracuse, NY
3 August: The Lily Pad, Cambridge, MA
4 August: Harmony, Woodstock, NY
6 August: Summerstage, Marcus Garvey Park, New York City, NY
7 August: Joe’s Pub, New York City, NY
9 August: Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles, CA
10 August: Caesars Palace, National Flute Convention

Wouter Kellerman at Summer Stage

Free Admission
Monday, 6 August 2012, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Marcus Garvey Park
18 Mount Morris Park West New York, 10027

Presented in Association with: Museum for African Art

Wouter Kellerman’s live shows demonstrate why he is regarded as one of South Africa’s most musically adventurous world-music proponents, incorporating a fusion of influences and styles into his music – from South African sounds and rhythms to Irish influences, from traditional Senegalese songs to tango-inspired numbers. His concert is an extraordinary opportunity for local audiences to experience an exciting array of musical styles emanating from Kellerman’s flute. Supported by an ensemble of wonderful artists, they unite to create a fresh and exhilarating performance with beautiful vocals, flute artistry and exciting African dance.

For more information, please follow this link.

Wouter Kellerman at Joe's Pub

Admission:  $12.00
Tuesday, 7 August 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Joe's Pub
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003

Wouter Kellerman’s latest album ‘Two Voices’ won the 2011 SAMA (South African Music Award, the SA equivalent of the Grammy) for ‘Best Instrumental Album’. He has performed all over the world in France, USA, Australia, China and at the Soccer World Cup Closing Ceremony to 700 million people. This concert is an extraordinary opportunity for local audiences to experience an exciting fusion of musical elements and influences emanating from Wouter's flute. He is supported by an ensemble of wonderful artists. Listeners are in for a treat as Kellerman demonstrates why he is regarded as one of the most musically adventurous world-music proponents, who keeps his sound fresh and progressive by incorporating a fusion of influences and styles into his songs. Kellerman and his world-class ensemble of musicians will explode in a dynamic fusion of global sounds – be sure not to miss one of the most exhilarating live music experiences of the year.

For more information and to buy tickets, please follow this link.

Celebrating 20 Years of African Cinema in the ADIFF
Screening of Come Back Africa by Lionel Rogosin

27 - 29 July 2012
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street, Room 263

A devastating yet uplifting portrait of the inhumanities of state-sponsored racism in South Africa in the 50's and the glimmers of hope found through community, dance and music.

Train 1 to 116th Street
FREE PARKING on weekends
Photo ID required to enter the building

Ticket price:  

Free on Sunday, 29 July, 6:00 p.m. Screening followed by discussion with Consul Gugulethu Gingqi from the South African Consulate General.

$11, $9 for seniors and students per show on 6/29 at 8:00 p.m. 6/30 and 7/1
* Day Pass: $20
* Weekend Pass: $30
Tel:  (212) 864-1760

Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits with Special Guest Timbila

Wednesday, 1 August 2012
Doors: 7:30 p.m. Show: 9:00 p.m.
SOBs (Sounds of Brazil)
204 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014

Admission: $20 advance tickets, $25 at the door.  To buy tickets online go to SOBs.

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the ANC
Come Back Africa! with Goapele and Yolanda Zama

Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Central Park
New York City

This year, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ANC, ImageNation will collaborate with Central Park Summerstage to present an outdoor screening of Come Back, Africa preceded by a performance from South African soul singer Goapele proceded by performance from Yolanda Zama. This program will be hosted by South African Music Award winning artist, Nomsa Mazwai.

For more information, please visit Imagenation's website.


Brunch with Christine Vaindirlis

Sunday, 26 August 2012
12:30 and 2:30 pm, $29.50 including brunch
Blue Note Jazz Club
131 West 3rd Street
New York, NY 10012
Tel: (212) 475-8592

African American Day Parade - Largest Black Parade In America

Sunday, September 16, 2012, 1:00 p.m.
From 111th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard
to 136th Street in Harlem


David Paterson
David Dinkins
Rev. Al Sharpton
Dr. Adelaide Sanford
Congressman Charles Rangel
William Thompson
Lillian Roberts

For more information, please visit the African American Day Parade website.

Got Zulu? A Symposium on South African Dance & Culture

26 September 2012
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Bradley Hall
Rutgers Newark Campus

On 26 September 2012, for its fall World Dance Symposium, the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University will explore South African Dance and Culture with “Juxtapower,” a company of NYC dancers and musicians.

Juxtapower will provide a comprehensive representation of South Africa through a program that encompasses both traditional and urban dance and music. For its educational component, the Institute is partnering with NJPAC’s Arts Education program to bring the ensemble’s director, Sduduzo Ka-Mbili into the Newark Vocational High School, which participates in its Arts Education program. The artists will offer a workshop called “Zum-boot” on traditional South African dance for students who have been studying other West African dance forms.

In the evening, Juxtapower presents a performance at our traditional space, the Bradley Hall Theater on the Rutgers-Newark Campus beginning at 7 p.m. The concert will feature a journey through South African dance styles from traditional Zulu and Gumboot - a precursor to modern stepping that originated with rural gold mine workers – to “Pantsula,” urban, hip hop-style dance. A reception will follow the performance in which the audience will be able to meet the artists.

October 2012

Join AFAR Experiences for a once-in-a-lifetime travel event in South Africa this fall.

If South Africa is on your list of destinations to experience, this is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to journey with a group of endlessly curious, unfailingly empathetic cultural explorers who embrace serendipity and relish sharing their experiences.

AFAR Experiences-South Africa will immerse you in the vibrant and fascinating traditions of ancient tribes, bring you to the kitchen tables of locals where you will hear personal stories of South Africa’s turbulent history, and introduce you to a host of influential and inspiring South Africans working to develop the nation.

For more information please visit AFAR Experiences.


Otelo Burning - Red Carpet Premiere and Party

Wednesday, 3 October 2012
MIST Harlem
46 West 116th Street
between Lennox and 5th
New York City

Directed by award winning documentary director and producer Sara Blecher.

Somewhere between City of God and Blue Crush, the film tells the story of a group of township kids who discover the joy of surfing. It is set in 1989, against a backdrop of brewing conflict between two political groups in Lamontville.  When 16-year-old Otelo Buthelezi takes to the water for the first time, it is clear that he was born to surf. Then tragedy strikes. On the day that Nelson Mandela is released from prison, Otelo is forced to choose between surfing success and justice. This beautifully made, insightful and entertaining film captures a turbulent time in the history of SouthAfrica. Filmed in Zulu with English subtitles, the film also includes music from South African Hip Hop artist Reason.

Advanced Tickets: $30
Tickets at the door: $40

Purchase ticket(s) online at

Calling all University of Pretoria Alumni - Renew your connection to Tuks

Vice-Chancellor and Principal of University of Pretoria, Prof. Cheryl de la Rey, will be hosting TuksAlumni regional functions in the U.S. during 2013.  Particulars will follow.

Update your contact details with the TuksAlumni Office by e-mailing or do it online at, your gateway to TuksAlumni.

Innovation Africa Summit in Cape Town to Bring Together World Leaders in ICT, Education, and Technology

5 - 7 October 2012
Cape Town

Featuring participation by top level ministers and officials from across Africa as well as representatives of the world´s top technology brands, the Innovation Africa Summit to be held 5-7 October in Cape Town aims to be the networking event of the year, facilitating crucial public-private partnerships to guide the future development of Africa´s fast growing ICT, education, and technology sectors.

Gala Dinner: An Evening in Africa

Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Cocktails at 6:30 p.m. 
Dinner at 8:00 p.m.

Africa Foundation (USA)'s Annual New York Gala Dinner. 

For ticket sales, please contact Wendy Wood at (360) 370-5746.

Breytenbach: District Six
A Selection of Photographs and Projections

10 - 24 October 2012
White Box
329 Broome Street
New York City 10002
Tel: (212) 714.2347

Wednesday to Friday: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm
Monday and Tuesday: Closed

An exhibition of photographs taken by South African Cloete Breytenbach of the people and their surroundings of District Six, a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa that was demolished during the years of Apartheid in the late 1970's. 

A calendar and full set of photographs signed by the photographer will be available upon request at

Gazelle and the Ambassadors

Thursday, 11 October 2012
White Box
329 Broome Street
New York City 10002
Tel: (212) 714.2347

South African band Gazelle and the Ambassadors will be playing live at White Box on Thursday, 11 October 2012.   A South African wine tasting will be held at 7:00 pm followed by a concert at 8:30 pm.  






South African Wine Tasting

Thursday, 11 October 2012
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Hartford Hilton
315 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Enjoy an evening of fabulous South African wines paired with delicious cheeses and appetizers for a worthwhile cause.  Proceeds will go towards CREC's Metropolitan Learning Center for International and Global Studies for students to take part in international leadership and civic engagement field experiences.

Tickets are $25.00. To purchase online, go to Capital Region Education Council's (CREC) website or call (860) 509-3657. 

Business Networking Seminar:
South Africa: The Business Opportunity

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

The South African Consulate General and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce will host a business networking seminar to discuss the dynamic trade and investment opportunities that South Africa, on the most sophisticated emerging markets and the newest member of the BRICS group of nations can offer to New York based companies. 


The mission of the David MacEnulty Chess Foundation is to utilize chess to promote critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and social development in children living in disadvantaged circumstances, both in the United States and internationally.  Encouraging success through chess in South Africa is a major goal of the Foundation.

The David MacEnulty Chess Foundation is seeking your support to the Cheers to Chess Fundraiser.

For more information, please visit the David MacEnulty Chess Foundation's website. 

Mies Julie

Written and Directed by Yael Farber­
­­Based on Miss Julie by August Strindberg
­­Music and Sound Design by Daniel and Matthew Pencer­­
Set and Lighting Design by Patrick Curtis
­Featuring Hilda Cronje, Bongile Mantsai, Thoko Ntshinga, and Tandiwe Nofirst Lungisa­

8 November to 16 December 2012 ­

Buy tickets online:  Tickets start at $35 for Members, $40 for General Public

Mies Julie runs 90 minutes with no intermission.

2nd Annual US-Africa Ambassadorship

Saturday, 10 November 2012
Mason Hall, Baruch College

US-Africa Synergy Inc is proud to present the 2012 Edition of The US-Africa Ambassadorship scheduled on 10 November 2012 from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm at Mason Hall, Baruch College Performing Art Center, in Manhattan between Lexington Avenue and 23rd Street.

The US-Africa Ambassadorship is a Leadership Program launched in 2010 to develop the self-confidence and build the self-esteem in addition to uplifting and inspiring young African women. It’s also a platform to raise awareness on issues affecting women in African communities and to uphold the African heritage in the United States.

12 women from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Guinea-Conakry, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Senegal and South Africa will deliver a memorable show of talents while competing for the prestigious titles of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd US-Africa Ambassadors.

The active participation of the African community and of the large public is paramount for the success of the program and a motivating factor to foster the leadership and entrepreneurship skills of our daughters and sisters enrolled in the US-Africa Ambassadorship.

Leading to the memorable event of 10 November 2012, the candidates will engage each other and the public through a streaming debate at and will participate in outreach activities in the African community

RSVP in advance @

For more info contact the host at
Tel : 646-600-4774

at the African Diaspora International Film Festival

  • Saturday, 24 November 2012, 2:00 pm, The Chapel,
    Teachers College, 525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027
  • Thursday, 6 December 2012, 1:30 pm – Schomburg Center
    515 Malcolm X Boulevard @ 135th Street. New York, NY 10027

Directed by John Trengove, 2012, 90 min, South Africa, Drama, English/ Zulu/ Sotho, Afrikaans with English subtitles.

Hopeville tells the story of Amos, a reformed alcoholic on a mission to forge a relationship with his son Themba. When both arrive in the dusty town of Hopeville, they discover a community with a long history of hate, corruption, fear and apathy. Through patience, determination and above all courage, Amos will strive to turn things around for himself, his son and his new community.


Online tickets: 

Premiere Event: OTELO BURNING

Wednesday, 28 November 2012, 7:00 pm
MIST Harlem
46 West 116th Street, New York City

Directed by Sara Blecher

Filmed in Zulu with English subtitles, the film also includes music from South African Hip Hop artist Reason.


Limited Tickets: Buy it online
Advanced Tickets: $30
Tickets at the door: $40
Note: Please bring your ticket(s) to the event. 

Christine Vaindirlis at Ginger NewYork  TV  Show LIVE

30 November 2012, 2:00 pm
Manhattan Neighborhood Network TV Studios
537 West 59th Street, between 10/11th Avenues
New York City

The show will be in the large "Open Studio" located on the main floor of the building and audience members are welcome to attend.  Aired on Time Warner Cable Channel 34 (Manhattan only) and does live STREAMING LIVE on the website, Channel 1— at MNN.

Inside Story: The Science of HIV/AIDS
at the African Diaspora International Film Festival

  • Saturday, 1 December 2012, 2:00 pm – The Chapel,
    Teachers College, 525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027
  • Tuesday, 4 December 2012, 6:00 pm – Thalia at Symphony Space
    2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10027

Directed by Rolie Nikiwe, 2011, 98 min, South Africa/USA, Drama, English. Q&A after the screening.

Kalu, a promising soccer player, leaves town in Kenya for the bright lights of Johannesburg to pursue his dream of becoming a professional player and supporting his family. His new life is full of all kinds of encounters, and love quickly comes his way; however, his past life comes back to haunt him as he does not know that he is HIV-positive and infects his new girlfriend. This very entertaining film’s intention is that of educating a great deal of people who see their dreams shattered as they do not take the preventive measures to avoid the infection.

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Annual South African Wine Tasting

Tuesday, 4 December 2012
African Presidential Center
Boston University
141 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

For more information please visit the African Presidential Center's website.

Film: Otelo Burning

30 November to 14 December 2012
MIST Harlem
46 West 116th Street
(Between Lenox and 5th Avenues)
New York City

Tickets available at: