Events in Gauteng – June / July 2010

The Your Family Creative Crafts and Arts Expo: This event will be taking place for the 3rd year running in its new home at Centre Court, Emperors Palace in Kempton Park. The event is held from 2 – 4 July 2010. The Your Family Creative Crafts and Arts Expo will be centered amongst 5 of the Hotels inside Emperors Palace. This expo promises to reach new levels and exceed all expectations. A cross section of crafters will have the opportunity of creating a visual experience to the exhibition goers through the display of finished material, plus encourage participation of their specific craft, through the provision of free demonstrations on the hour, a highlight of the show. Craft demonstrations include Tea Bag Folding, Scrapbooking, Paper Quilling, Parchment Craft and much more. A variety of guilds such as the South African Cake Decorators Guild, The Highveld Smockers Guild and Train Guild will participate in the expo. Dedicated areas will be created to showcase finished pieces of craft from fabric painted items to quilts to sewing pieces etc. More than 120 exhibitor stands will be viewable by visitors. Goodie bags will be handed out to the first 5000 visitors. The Your Family Creative Crafts and Arts Expo will be open from 9 AM to 5 PM daily. Tickets cost R35 per Adult and kids under 12 years can visit for free. Tickets will be available at the door. Phone 0860 383689 or 011 8965701 for more information.

Games people play in 2010 Curated Group Exhibition: The philosopher Wittgenstein maintained that words have a ‘family’ of usages and resemblances: the word ‘game’, for example, could indicate board games, card games, virtual gaming or soccer games. Such games do not hold a single critical mutual attribute, but rather possess common characteristics and similarities. The name of the exhibition was inspired by the FIFA world cup taking place in SA in June and July 2010. The phrase coheres the works on exhibition in a wide sense though. It is particularly applicable to the human arena in terms of political, social, personal, business and other agendas and encounters. Originally ‘Games People Play’ was a song written, composed and performed in 1968 by Joe South. This song inspired the psychoanalytic theories of Eric Berne (who wrote the book ‘Games People Play’). According to Berne, games are ritualistic transactions or behaviour patterns between individuals that can indicate hidden feelings or emotions. In a general sense it can be argued that human encounters involve mind games in which people interact through a patterned and predictable series of “transactions” that are superficially conceivable, but sometimes could mask hidden agendas. Accordingly, the “games” people play form the core of the subject matter in the works on display in Games people play. This exhibition is held at the FRIED Contemporary Art Gallery in Brooklyn, Pretoria. The exhibition features works by Angus Taylor, Diane Victor, Jan van der Merwe, Fabian Wargau and Derek Zietsman. For more information visit http://www.friedcontemporary.com/ – This exhibition started on the 10th of June 2010 and is on until the 11th of July 2010.

Henno Kruger

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