The Whisky & Spirits live festival has over the years become one of South Africa’s sought after-shows for whisky lovers, and spirit connoisseurs. Organizers are anticipating that what they have planned for the 2019 edition of the show will blow audiences away. Prior to the event taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 6 – 8 November, a number of Whisky and Gin Live celebrations in Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban displayed the success of the event.
Whisky Live now brings its biggest whisky and spirits festival to Johannesburg – under one roof to taste and learn about a range of whiskies plus a premium selection of rum, vodka, gin and other spirits.
As part of the experience, guests can expect to experience exciting changes at this year’s festival. Kicking off from Wednesday evening, Whisky Live CEO Kenneth Varejes has expressed excitement at the prospect of this years’ event.
“This year’s show promises to create an experience rich in exceptional products and brands to tantalize your taste buds and offer you a unique and enjoyable experience,” says Varejes.
President Donald Trump’s longtime accounting firm must hand over eight years of his tax returns to New York prosecutors, a US appeals court ruled Monday in the latest setback for Trump in his tenacious efforts to keep his finances secret.
The ruling by the New York-based 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals backed the ability of prosecutors to enforce a subpoena for the returns against accounting firm Mazars LLP. With the Republican president due to appeal, the ruling sets the stage for an expected showdown at the US Supreme Court, whose 5-4 conservative majority includes two justices appointed by Trump.
The office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, a Democrat, is seeking the returns as part of a criminal probe into Trump and his family real estate business. The scope of that probe is not publicly known.
Vance’s office has agreed not to enforce the subpoena while Trump petitions the Supreme Court. Under the agreement, Trump has 10 business days to file the petition. Trump, who built a real estate empire with his New York-based business before becoming president, also faces an impeachment inquiry in the Democratic-led US House of Representatives.
After 16 years of making inroads within South Africa’s entertainment scene, the name Black Only Comedy has become closely associated with the cream of the crop of South Africa’s top comedians. At the forefront of this production is director, producer, MC, and comedian David Kau.
Kau, whose outlook on everything South African has earned him a strong following. He has over the years managed to entice audiences by putting together a show that constantly ensures edgy topics are brought closer to home through bone humour. Blacks Only has become one of the country’s biggest comedy shows – becoming the platform for established comedians as well as upcoming performers to test their mettle.
The first of the last shows for 2019 took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre last weekend – a show that Kau describes as the benchmark of the versatility that Blacks Only Comedy has to offer. This heavy anticipated event on the social calendar showcased the country`s top comedians which included Marc Lottering, Siya Seya, as well as Tatz Nkonzo amongst many.
The success of the Cape Town leg is what the producers hope will be replicated when the jokes and laughs descend to Emperors Palace on Friday as well as Durban on the 30th of November. Speaking to SABC News ahead of the Johannesburg show, Kau says audiences should brace themselves – he has a desire to pull no punches; any and everything will be talked about on Friday.
“ The crazy thing is that I have one or two ideas or plans about what I” ll talk about. Then a few days before or like the weekend before something crazy just happens and be all over the news or trend.”
The star-studded lineup includes the likes of Tumi Morake, Nina Hastie as well as Noko Mosoete – amongst the large feast of comedians on show.
With tickets selling fast at various Computicket outlets – for both the Johannesburg and Durban shows, Kau maintains that the last remaining shows are going to be special as he aims to serve a little more than just comedy for the remaining shows.
“ It’s a fun show, it’s not just a comedy show – it’s a brand, it’s a following – it’s like a lifestyle,” says Kau.