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ON THE GRID FEB 2017

If you’re not ‘On the Grid’ you’re ‘Off the Grid’ which means you’re in the dark. We’re here to shed some light on all the glamorous events, exciting adventures and new innovations happening in a city near you.

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1. Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, 29 November 2016

 The stylish Melrose Arch Urban Precinct is soon to become the home to an exciting new art gallery. The Melrose Gallery, a 290sqm space situated on The High Street, will open to the public on 01 December 2016. The gallery is collaboration between Justin Divaris, well-known entrepreneur and CEO of Daytona – sole importers of Aston Martin, McLaren and Rolls-Royce, Clint Strydom acclaimed South African photographer, and Craig Mark of Kizo Art Consultants.The collaboration is a natural extension of the Aston Martin Elements project done by Strydom with Divaris at Daytona that saw Strydom appointed by Aston Martin UK to create a body of modern, abstract photographic works that captured the essence of their iconic brand. These were recognised as part of Aston Martin’s brand identity for rollout via their global dealership network.

The Melrose Gallery will see cultural collaboration with Melissa Goba and other respected curators in aspects of the 2017 Exhibitions Programme. Craig has previously collaborated with Melissa and Thembinkosi Goniwe on the project ‘SPace: Currencies in African Contemporary Art’.  Craig and Thembinkosi also worked together on ‘Impressions of Rorke’s Drift’ in 2013 and 2014. Given the success of these and other collaborations, The Melrose Gallery is set to be an innovative custodian of South African and African Contemporary Art. 

Mark envisions The Gallery as a space that “provides a warm home and contemporary platform for talented artists of Africa to meet, exchange ideas, network, exhibit and perform and for collectors to view and acquire quality artworks “Melrose Arch is excited to be hosting this new gallery which we hope will be the start of a unique creative energy within the precinct that will flow onto the public spaces for the benefit of our residents, corporate tenants and visitors” says Mike Vermaak, Managing Director Melrose Arch.The gallery opens to the public on 01 December with an open day from 09h00 to 21h30 as part of the First Thursday Fringe programme.  Artists on display include: Willie Bester, Esther Mahlangu, Clint Strydom, Arlene Raviv, Anastasia Pather, Mbongeni Buthelezi, Gavin Rain, Loyiso Mkize, Ndabuko Ntuli, Roel Roelofsen and Heidi Hadaway.

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2. Jamie’s Italian

World renowned celebrity chef and food campaigner, Jamie Oliver, and Whisky Creek Brands are proud to announce that they have opened the very first South African Jamie’s Italian restaurant in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg. Located in the vibrant Melrose Arch Boulevard, north of Johannesburg, is filled with the spirit and vibe of Jo’burg, bringing an authentic South African culture to the Italian-inspired eatery and antipasti bar. Jamie’s Italian SA will feature only the freshest ingredients sourced from established local suppliers while the rustic menu will include artisan breads, pasta and pizza made fresh daily on site, with signature Italian dishes and desserts prepared in front of diners in the open-plan kitchen. When asked what South Africans can expect from Jamie’s Italian SA, Oliver said, “Jamie’s Italian was designed to be accessible and affordable – a neighborhood restaurant where everyone is welcome and feels comfortable no matter what the occasion. Each restaurant is uniquely designed to incorporate the personality of the city, as well as creating an environment where the focus is on exceptional food, good company and the relaxed conviviality of the Italian table’Many lucky enough to have had the Jamie’s experience are in love and the already very long waiting list bears testament to this.

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3. Roulette Masters is Back

The popular Tsogo Sun series is back with even more prize money. Launched at Suncoast Casino on 26th January, the event looks to keep the wheels spinning in grand style once again. A buy in of R100 will get you a seat at the table and a chance to win big! R2 million big. We had some fun with ‘dummy chips and that got our adrenaline going. We can only imagine what it would be like in a real game, exciting and fun we’re sure.

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4. Jeremy Loops: HOME (SA Tour)

Saturday the 28th of January was a special night under the stars in Durban at The Botanical Gardens and even the weather couldn’t keep the crowds away! Jeremey Loops didn’t dissapoint as he serenaded the crowd with his popular tunes like Mission To The Sun and Skinny Blues.

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