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CHRISTOPHER DUDGEON - TROLLEY DOLLIES - JO'BURG THEATRE
The Trolley Dollies, your favourite First Class Flight attendants, are finally touching down in Johannesburg! Gird your loins, however, because they’re not quite in their usual fine fettle; Cathy Specific and her sassy sidekicks, Holly and Molly have spent the last few months quarantined in their dressing room – purgatory for a drag, let’s be honest – and they’ve got a few things to say about it. During Saturday’s Role, Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to visionary and Director of Trolley Dollies, Christopher Dudgeon.
10:36
November 23, 2021
KATERINA SIMBONI PARASKEVA - TRIBUTES
During Saturday’s Role with Renos Nicos Spanoudes, our representative in Greece, Katerina Simboni Paraskeva pays tribute to Greek actor, Kostas Tsakonas whose first appearance was in film and became famous after appearing in a short length movie ‘Kostas Zirinis’. Later, he played many protagonist roles in film, theatre and television. Katerina also updates us on all the latest news. Don’t miss this podcast!
59:40
November 23, 2021
DR THOKOZANI MHLAMBI
After a successful showcase in Durban and Cape Town, the accomplished South African composer and cellist Dr Thokozani Mhlambi closes-off his South Africa circuit of concerts in Johannesburg later this month. The 35-year-old KwaZulu-Natal composer and cultural thinker will present his new material created in Paris as well as some of the favourites from his debut album in a must-see concert at The Linder Auditorium, in Parktown on Saturday 20 November. Radio host, Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Dr Thokozani Mhlami during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
07:28
November 23, 2021
KATE DENNILL - FAITH DENNILL TRUST
“A child’s laugh could simply be one of the most beautiful sounds in the world.” Kate and Bruce Dennill have two daughters, Bethany aged 15 and Faith aged 13. Their journey with Faith has been unexpected in almost every way. During Saturday’s Role, radio host Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Kate Dennill about the journey and the www.faithdennilltrust.co.za fund that was formed to aid with high costs.
09:08
November 23, 2021
DR THOKIZANI MHLAMBI
After a successful showcase in Durban and Cape Town, the accomplished South African composer and cellist Dr Thokozani Mhlambi closes-off his South Africa circuit of concerts in Johannesburg later this month. The 35-year-old KwaZulu-Natal composer and cultural thinker will present his new material created in Paris as well as some of the favourites from his debut album in a must-see concert at The Linder Auditorium, in Parktown on Saturday 20 November. Radio host, Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Dr Thokozani Mhlami during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
07:28
November 23, 2021
BANNERS FOR LIBERTY
During Saturday’s Role this week, Renos Nicos Spanoudes hosts an 8-way call where he chats with students from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and lecturer Stergios Proios, as well as students from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and their lecturer Raita Steyn. Listen to the podcast and find out about the colossal programme they’ve been working on named ‘Banners for Liberty’.
31:17
November 23, 2021
CARLI J MYERS - AUTHENTICALLY YOURS
The totally awesome and talented Carli J Myers is back with another smash hit ‘Authentically Yours’. Carli says music is her passion. Life is her inspiration!  Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Carli during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast for more!
13:40
November 10, 2021
KATERINA SIMBONI PARASKEVA - MOVIE RELEASES
During Saturday’s Role with Renos Nicos Spanoudes, our representative in Greece Katerina Simboni Paraskeva presents some of the recent movie releases in Greece. She also updates us on all the latest happenings. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
37:37
November 10, 2021
ALAN COMMITTIE - Apoca LAUGHS Now! OF LAUGHS
It’s been the wildest year yet with the most unexpected and crazy pandemic turning our existence inside out and upside down. Renowned funny-man, Alan Committie, however is determined that we keep laughing in the face of it all. Committie explores how we can stay sane and healthy in body, mind and soul with his usual madcap verbal wit and physical comedy shenanigans. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Alan Committie about Apocolaughs Now! during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
14:26
November 10, 2021
ZOI LIANTRAKI - SAN TRAGOUDI TIS PSIXIS - ‘Σαν τραγούδι της ψυχής’
During Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio, Renos Nicos Spanoudes and Katerina Simboni Paraskeva chat to well-known Greek Artist Zoi Liantraki about her new song and ofcourse her career. Listen to the podcast! Η Ζωή Λιαντράκη παρουσιάζει το νέο της τραγούδι ‘Σαν τραγούδι της ψυχής’, ένα υπέροχο τραγούδι με άρωμα Κρήτης. Ο Renos Nicos Spanoudes και η Katerina Simboni Paraskeva μιλάν με την Ζωή κατά τη διάρκεια του Προγράμματος ‘Ο Ρόλος του Σαββάτου’ στην Νέα Πανελλήνια Φωνή. Ακούστε το Podcast!
36:16
November 10, 2021
STEVEN FEINSTEIN - SHAKESMOD - AN INDIGO VIEW ACADEMY SHOWCASE
As human beings we all share universal struggles, trials, victories and failures; these are the experiences that remind us that we all have more in common than we think. SHAKESMOD, Indigo View’s Advanced Actors Academy showcase, is a theatrical staging where students, who have been undergoing training with industry professionals over several months, perform a series of dramatic and comedic scenes. This year, the cast of 20 actors have undergone some additional training and will be visiting some of Shakespeare’s well-known characters that have been thrown into the mix! During Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio, Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to the visionary behind Indigo View, Steven Feinstein. Listen to the podcast for more!
11:33
November 10, 2021
KATERINA SIMBONI PARASKEVA - TRIBUTES
During Saturday’s Role with Renos Nicos Spanoudes this week, our representative in Greece, Katerina Simboni Paraskeva pays a special tribute to Ohi Day or Oxi Day, the 'Anniversary of the ‘No', celebrated throughout Greece, Cyprus and the Greek communities around the world on 28 October each year. Ohi Day commemorates the rejection by Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas of the ultimatum made by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on 28 October 1940, the Hellenic counterattack against the invading Italian forces at the mountains of Pindus during the Greco-Italian War, and the Greek Resistance during the Axis occupation. Listen to the podcast
01:11:19
November 2, 2021
JODI JANTJIES - WOORDE
Jodi Jantjies will soon become a household name to reckon with on the South African music scene as this talented singer and songwriter releases her long-awaited debut album. The 21-year-old Mitchells Plain-born singing sensation, released her 10-track album titled, WOORDE, across all major digital music platforms. On her debut album, Jodi realised her dream collaboration when she approached her idol, singer and songwriter Karen Zoid, to duet with her on the album’s lead single, “Gee My Die Woorde” – which dropped on all digital platforms on Friday 22 October 2021. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Jodi during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
12:08
November 2, 2021
MORITZ WRUBEL - VIVA CON AGUA
The Villa Viva guesthouse, hub and networking space is the latest addition to the family of Viva con Agua, which means “Life with Water” in Spanish. It operates as a social business, using profits to fund Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) & Community Development Projects in South Africa. The Villa Viva guesthouse was launched on 7 October in The Mother City. It features 31 individually designed rooms in various sizes and different ambiences which are named after famous artists, freedom fighters, activists and places in Africa. Financed by a committed group of social investors, the main purpose of Villa Viva Guesthouse is to be a place of togetherness with the vision: “WATER FOR ALL – ALL FOR WATER!” During Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio, radio host, Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to co-founder of Viva Con Agua, Moritz Wrubel. Listen to the podcast to find out more!
09:31
November 2, 2021
QVDB FOUNDATION - AXIA - 100 MAKING A DIFFERENCE
During Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio, Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to the president of Generosity Water Global, entrepreneur, philanthropist, media mogul and founder of QVDB Foundation, Quinton Van Der Burgh about the Foundation and AXIA who come on board to support Quinton’s Charitable Release of 100 Making a Difference. The project will be allocating funds to all the organizations featured in the book. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
12:42
October 28, 2021
KATERINA SIMBONI PARASKEVA - TRIBUTES
During Saturday’s Role with Renos Nicos Spanoudes this week, our representative in Greece, Katerina Simboni Paraskeva pays tribute to Greek actor, Orestis Makris who excelled in the portrayal of folk characters, especially the stock role of the "drunkard". Makris also participated in about forty movies, mostly as an over-strict father. He is considered one of the most significant modern Greek actors. He was decorated with the Order of the Phoenix. Listen to the podcast!
01:10:46
October 28, 2021
REUBEN PASHA - BASHA UHURU CREATIVE UPRISING FESTIVAL
The Basha Uhuru Creative Uprising, birthed in 2020, has grown into an always on programme in 2021.  During Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio, Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Heritage and Education Manager at Constitution Hill, Reuben Pasha about the creation of various amazing programmes like the Bashal Uhuru Creative Uprising Festival which has been running for 9 years now. Listen to the podcast for more!
11:33
October 27, 2021
KATERINA SIMBONI PARASKEVA- TRIBUTES
This week our representative in Greece, Katerina Simboni Paraskeva pays tribute to actor Speranza Vrana during Saturday’s Role with Renos Nicos Spanoudes. Katerina also updates us on all the latest news. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
01:06:38
October 5, 2021
DR JOHN KANI - THE ISLAND - SIZWE BANZI IS DEAD
During Saturday’s Role, Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Internationally acclaimed Icon, Playwright, Actor, Director-School Setworks, Dr John Kani about The Island and Siswe Banzi is Dead. Listen to the podcast!
24:54
October 5, 2021
ARTHI RABIKRISSON - GENDER MAINSTREAM AWARD IN TWO REGIONS
During Saturday’s Role, Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Business coach Arthi Rabikrisson about winning the coveted Gender Mainstreaming Award in two regions. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
15:48
October 5, 2021
WHADEN JOHANNES - MOSSELBAAIPUNT
During Saturday’s Role, Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to SA musician Whaden Johannes about his new single Mosselbaaipunt. List to the podcast for more!
15:58
October 5, 2021
GRETCHEN WILSON PRANGLEY - THE LOST WORLD OF DINOSAURS EXHIBITION
- During Saturday Role, Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to CEO of Play Africa, Gretchen Wilson Prangley about the Lost World of Dinosaurs Exhibition and Dinosaur Dig. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
17:28
October 5, 2021
NICHOLAS JOUBERT - SOMEONE NEW
During Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio, radio host Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Nicholas Joubert about his new debut single Someone New. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
16:30
October 5, 2021
YAYA MAVUNDLA - PRIDE CATALOGUE LAUNCH- LGBTIQ+Pride SA
October being Pride month in South Africa, multi award-winning transgender activist and reality TV star Yaya Mavundla in partnership with Constitution Hill launch Pride Catalogue to commemorate 31 years of LGBTIQ+Pride in South Africa. Mavundla was recently named SOWETAN Women’s Club Trendsetter in the arts and culture and launched Layers of a Black Transgender Woman Exhibition at Constitution Hill. Listen to the podcast for more!
16:31
October 5, 2021
ANDREAS DOUMAS - LIVE FROM GREECE
During Saturday’s Role this week Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to our representative in Greece, ANDREAS DOUMAS who updates us on all the latest news in Greece. Listen to the podcast!
15:28
October 5, 2021
KATERINA SIMBONI PARASKEVA - TRIBUTES
During Saturday’s Role with Renos Nicos Spanoudes on 11 September 2021, Hellenic Radio’s representative in Greece, Katerina Simboni Paraskeva pays tribute to Aleka Katselli who was born on October 19, 1917 in Athens, Greece. She was an actress, known for Electra (1962), Zaira (1952) and That's How My Life Ended (1952). She was married to Pellos Katselis. She died on September 11, 1994. Following the tribute, Katerina updates us on the latest news in Greece. Take a listen to the podcast to find out more!
01:17:49
September 29, 2021
NINA STAMPER - LANGUAGE OF LOVE
Celebrated Cape Town singer and songwriter, Nina Stamper, returns to the spotlight this Heritage Month with the release of her latest music single: “Language of Love”. Nina, who hails from Gugulethu in the Western Cape, is ready for the SA audience to finally hear what she has been working on in the studio during the pandemic, after previously releasing two music albums: Unleashed (2012) and Ewe#Yes (2017). Nina’s music can at best be described as global – which combines a variety of different styles and influences. She fuses Afro-Soul, Jazz, Pop and even House music into all her songs, and demonstrates flexibility and versatility usually associated with seasoned musicians. The accomplished singer and songwriter describes this much-anticipated track as an “empowering song”. During Saturday’s edition of Saturday’s Role, radio host, Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Nina. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
16:05
September 29, 2021
PAUL SLABOLEPSZY & WILLIAM COLLINSON - MR JOHNSON
“Mr. Johnson”, a new film starring Paul Slabolepszy and Jana Cilliers, is a bitter-sweet drama, which looks at the ways older people are ignored and invisible to society in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world. The film follows the adventures of David Johnson (Paul Slabolepszy) who wakes from a 47-year coma at the age of 73.  He has a hard time dealing with his aged body and the fact that he has missed out on more than half his life.  But as he slowly makes his way into a strange new world, his youthful exuberance is undimmed and, with a little prodding, he tackles life, and love, with the energy of his 26-year-old self. With the help of a kindly internet café assistant, he tracks down his college sweetheart, Helena McCarthy (Jana Cilliers). Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Paul Slabolepszy and Director William Collinson during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
43:49
September 29, 2021
PAUL EMMANUEL - ART EXHIBITION - SUBSTANCE OF SHADOWS
Paul Emmanuel is a South African artist best known for his prints, drawings and installations. Paul’s latest Art Exhibition at the University of Johannesburg will run from 11 September to 2 October 2021. ‘These carbon ‘shadows’ are all metaphors for carbon copies and products of one of life’s greatest narratives – the carbon cycle” says Emmanuel of the exhibition. Using carbon paper as his medium, Emmanuel works from dark to light, delicately incising images into the fragile, semi-transparent film. He leaves the carbon residue to collect below the work as ‘discarded information’ or ‘lost memory’. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Paul during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast!
16:10
September 29, 2021
NONSIKELELO NDLOVU - MAMA WAMI
During Saturday’s edition of Saturday’s Role, radio host Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Nonsikelelo Ndlovu about his new song Mama Wami which was dedicated to his late mom and released on the 4th September 2021. Listen to the podcast to find out more!
27:07
September 29, 2021
KATERINA SIMBONI PARASKEVA - ATHENS LIVE - TRIBUTES
This week, during Saturday’s Role with Renos Nicos Spanoudes, Hellenic Radio’s representative in Greece, Katerina Simboni Paraskeva pays tribute to Greek theatre and film actor Giannis Gionakis. Katerina also updates us on the latest news. Take a listen to the podcast!
01:12:09
September 7, 2021
RYAN BEECH - MR ROBOT'S PYTHON CLASS - INTRODUCTION TO VARIABLES
During Saturday's Role, radio host, Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Ryan Beech about his book Mr Robot's Python Class - Introduction to Variables. Listen to the podcast and find out more!  
22:42
September 7, 2021
TOGETHER - ZUKO SOL
Zuko Sol has launched an exciting new Web Series; TOGETHER, a series that will be showcasing young entrepreneurs, himself a 24-year old entrepreneur. Episode 1 has released, entitled Coffee in the Morning and alongside that release, Zuko Sol drops the two singles from the episode, the title track Together and Coffee In the Morning. Both singles are now available across all digital platforms for streaming and downloading along with Episode 1 of the Together Web Series now available on YouTube. During Saturday’s edition of Saturday’s Role, radio host, Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to singer/songwriter, dancer, videographer and photographer, Zuko Sol.  Don’t miss the podcast!
19:54
September 7, 2021
12TH CHAIR DESIGN COMPETITION - VANESSA SEPTEMBER
Design competition calls for an imagining of a ‘People’s chair’, where all people will take a seat in expression of their power.  The Constitutional Court has 11 chairs for the 11 judges who uphold the Constitution. To remind us that the Constitution was written by and for the people of South Africa, Constitution Hill has put out a call for the design of a ‘12th chair’ – a ‘People's chair’. The call is for a chair that represents the people’s seat of power as guardians of the Constitution, to express their values and from which to speak boldly.  During this week’s edition of Saturday’s Role, radio host, Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to CEO of the Constitution Hill, Vanessa September. Listen to the podcast!
18:43
September 7, 2021
LERATO KHIBA - ROSEBANK MANAGEMENT DISTRICT - ROSEBANK MEDIA WALKABOUT
A vibrant vision of an integrated, diverse and walkable neighbourhood, Rosebank has in recent years emerged as Joburg’s leading mixed-use lifestyle, business and residential district. Even with the great challenges created by Covid-19, and the neighbourhood’s burgeoning development, the Rosebank district has seen a number of recent positive developments. As Rosebank embarks on increased growth and deeper stakeholder engagement, the district is reaching out to City of Joburg entities to help cement its status as Joburg’s most successful City Improvement District.  Radio host Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Rosebank Precinct Manager, Lerato Khiba, during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Take a listen to the podcast!
15:24
September 7, 2021
KATERINA SIMBONI PARASKEVA - TRIBUTES - ATHENS LIVE
During Saturday’s Role with Renos Nicos Spanoudes this week, Hellenic Radio’s representative in Greece, Katerina Simboni Paraskeva pays tribute to Kostas Doukas who was born in 1895 in Izmir, Ottoman Empire as Kostandinos Aslanidis. He was an actor, known for World Gone Mad (1963), Menousis, o leventis tis Ipeirou (1969) and Ehei Theio to Koritsi (1957). Listen to the podcast!
51:01
August 24, 2021
ROBIN DEAN FOURIE - DIE HOOFLIG - ATKV
Music is a universal language that brings people together, with the platform sessions, we want to bring joy, peace and cohesion, says Robin Fourie, ATKV – Crescendo ambassador and mentor. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Robin Fourie about his single DIE HOOFLIG and the ATKV Mentor Programme 2022. Listen to the podcast!
16:09
August 24, 2021
ANTI GANG APPAREL @ CRESTA - ROEMELLO SHEMBE, SONTI ALPHEUS LEBOPA, SAMANTHA TOWEEL-MOORE
Growing up in extremely adverse circumstances, two young entrepreneurs and change leaders from Growing Champions (NPO) have risen from that hostile environment and are taking a stand against gangs with the production of their inspiring new clothing brands, AntiGang and OMW, Overule Manaba Way, now on display and available for sale to the general public at Cresta till 30 August 2021. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to the two budding entrepreneurs, Roemello Shembe and Sonti Alpheus Lebopa during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Renos also chats to Founder of Growing Champions Samatha Toweel-Moore. Take a listen to the podcast!
20:54
August 24, 2021
DUSK @ THE MARKET THEATRE - PALESA MAZAMISA & MARK SCHEEPERS -
A new one-act drama by Mark Scheepers makes its debut at the Market Theatre from 3rd to 29thAugust 2021. Dusk is a mysterious story of murder and memory set on a farm in rural Limpopo. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Director Palesa Mazamisa and Playwright Mark Scheepers during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast to find out more!
45:47
August 24, 2021
ANTHONY OLUOCH - KENYAN PROGRAMME DESIGNER - CONFERENCE
The Dynamic Kenyan Programme Designer, Anthony Oluoch, is an experienced panellist and strategic planner with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organisation management industry - strong Legal professional skilled in non-profit organisations, Program and Project Management, International Human Rights Law, Policy Analysis, Legal Assistance and LGBTIQ + Activism. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Anthony Oluoch during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
20:59
August 24, 2021
BROADWAY ON MELLE - NATIONAL SCHOOL OF THE ARTS - THE DOME THEATRE
From 26 to 28 August, musical theatre will be in the spotlight when BROADWAY ON MELLE takes to the outdoor DOME at the National School of the Arts. Devised and directed by acclaimed industry professionals Tshepo Ncokoane and Yamikani Mahaka-Phiri, BROADWAY ON MELLE features a rich variety of songs from older musicals like Pippin, Miss Saigon, Chorus Line, You’re a Good man Charlie Brown and Sunday in the Park with George, as well as a selection from more contemporary musicals like Avenue Q, Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, Parade, Beetlejuice, Wicked and 13. It was devised with the utmost care to showcase the unique talents of the 17 learners who successfully made the final cast of BROADWAY ON MELLE. Their peers in the band will accompany them under the careful and inspired direction of Nhlanhla Ngwenya of the NSA music department. Vocal coaching is in the hands of NSA music educators and professional opera singers, Thabang Phiri and Themba Maseko. The production will be staged from the 26th – 28th August in The Dome@NSA starting at 19h00 on Thursday and Friday and at 18h00 on Saturday. Renos Nicos Spanoudes of Hellenic Radio chats to directors Tshepo Ncokoane and Yamikani Mahaka-Phiri as well as Brenda Sakellaridis, Artistic Director/Marketing & Development at the National School of the Arts. Listen to the podcast!
18:12
August 24, 2021
KATERINA SIMBONI PARASKEVA - ATHENS LIVE - APOSTOLOS AVDIS
This week, Hellenic Radio’s representative in Greece KATERINA SIMBONI PARASKEVA pays tribute to Greek actor APOSTOLOS AVDIS during Saturday’s Role with Renos Nicos Spanoudes on Hellenic Radio. Katerina also updates on all the latest news.
49:03
August 17, 2021
SAMANTHA TOWEEL-MOORE - GROWING CHAMPIONS
Growing Champions NPO is a youth mentoring programme in the business of changing lives based in Northcliff and Soweto. Their passionate team of professionals, volunteer their services, to provide the scaffold for children born into the depth of poverty, criminal rings, addiction, violence and abuse to rise and free themselves of the shackles of their inheritance. Two inspiring young change leaders from Growing Champions are taking a stand against gangs with the production of their new clothing lines; AntiGang and Manaba. Cresta Shopping Centre has kindly sponsored these two entrepreneurs a stand in their centre for the month of August to sell their wares to the public, ranging from T-Shirts, beanies, tracksuit sets and warm winter jumpers. All with their distinctive AntiGang and Manaba logos. Growing Champions and the Clothing Stands will be at Cresta until 30 August 2021. To learn more, follow them on Facebook: facebook.com/growingchamps, Instagram: growingchampions, Website: ww.growingchamps.co.za. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Founder & Leadership Coach at Growing Champions, Sam Toweel-Moore during Saturday’s Role at Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast to find out more!
24:54
August 17, 2021
ROB LUCE - SONGSMITHS
Rob Luce is the owner of Songsmiths, an indie record label based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Rob auditions artists, produces songs and releases a single every month (time permitting). He maintains a website and social media accounts for the label and has produced tons of content, including a fully-realised, artistic music video. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Rob during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast!
14:36
August 17, 2021
ALISON POLLEY-GREEN - DRAMA FOR LIFE - PERFORMING DEMOCRACY - FREE ONLINE FESTIVAL
Enacting Democracy? Drama for Life Playback Theatre, founded in 2008, makes personal stories come alive. Nothing is scripted, they facilitate stories shared by an audience; and their actors and musician spontaneously perform these stories. In doing so, they open up pockets of dialogue that create moments for reflection and the possibility for transformation. Through listening and being open to stories of all kinds, they break down the walls that divide us. Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands-A Playback Theatre performance. Register now at www.dramaforlife.co.za, Online Conference 2021 tab, #dramaforlife, #performingdemocracy, #onlineconference, #conferenceandfestival2021, #buildingdemocracyproject. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Alison Polley-Green during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast!
14:46
August 17, 2021
ERIKA MARAIS - UNLIKELY SECRET AGENT
The cast of The Unlikely Secret Agent, which had a highly successful opening in June are set to take to the boards again when the production reopens. The production will reopen at the Drama Factory in Strand on the 17th August for a limited run. Due to COVID regulations the production of The Unlikely Secret Agent had to stop performances. Says producer Erika Marais “We are so excited to be back in the theatre and cannot wait for the audiences to see this production. We were lucky enough to have such positive feedback and people who had booked tickets can exchange them for a performance when we reopen. The story of Eleanor Kasrils is an important one to tell. And with August being woman’s month, what better way to celebrate our women than honouring the legacy of this remarkable woman.” Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Erika during Saturday’s Role at Hellenic Radio 1422AM. Erika also discusses the Drama for Life’s Performing Democracy online conference and festival, taking place from 16 to 19 August 2021. Listen to the podcast for more!
15:36
August 17, 2021
PETER RABBIT - NATIONAL CHILDREN'S THEATRE - ROBYN EVANS & DALE SCHEEPERS
National Children’s Theatre is thrilled to present the story of how one of the most beloved children’s stories of all time, the story of Peter Rabbit, came to be written. This is a happy production filled with fun, adventure and, of course, with Peter in the story, a load of mischief! This is family entertainment at its very best – an occasion not to be missed in our terrific outdoor theatre, observing all covid19 protocols. There is plenty of space for a picnic tea or lunch in our large and secure grounds. Note: Booking is essential. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Phone 011 484 1584 and speak to Cindy Facebook: @NCTheatreSA Instagram: @nctheatresa Twitter: @NCTheatreSA Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Musical Director, Dale Scheepers and cast member, Robyn Evans during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast!
16:53
August 17, 2021
NOAH'S ART - Shelley Meskin, Simphiwe Libazi & Janice Lurie
The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown levels and restrictions have negatively affected many businesses, causing high levels of unemployment especially the hospitality and entertainment industries where financial aid is mostly non-existent. With the industry at a virtual standstill and performance venues indefinitely closed, many performers, some possibly regarded as local stars with celebrity status together with riggers, sound engineers and behind the scenes crew are in dire financial straits with nowhere to turn for assistance. Johannesburg-based Noah’s Art, conceptualised and operated by eight caring theatre and dance professionals worked together, raising funds for food parcels and food vouchers. So far Noah’s Art has distributed 1800 grocery vouchers to performers and their families in Soweto, Orange Farm, Johannesburg, Alexandra, Cape Town, Durban and Gqeberha. As the pandemic and lockdown continues especially in winter, the need for food and basic nourishment is ever increasing and funds are about to run out. During Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio, radio host, Renos Nicos Spandoudes chats to Shelley Meskin from Noah’s Art, and Simphiwe Libazi and Janice Lurie from Ezasi Kasi. Listen to the podcast to find out more!
17:06
August 17, 2021
ROYAL VIEW - Barry Kaganson, CEO of Auria Senior Living
ROYAL VIEW is the latest offering from the Auria Senior Living team and will have all the hallmarks that have become synonymous with Auria Senior Living communities, including luxury apartments designed for independent and assisted living; restaurant-style dining; 24/7 security; concierge services; a fully equipped exercise and wellness centre; comprehensive on-site care facilities and 24hr nursing response and support. At Auria Senior Living they believe that your later years should be defined by choice, and not by compromise. Their beautifully designed, centrally located, purpose-built communities provide the ideal setting for residents to enjoy full and enriching lives with the daily support and continuum of care that provides complete peace of mind. Chris Theodosi of Hellenic Radio chats to CEO of Auria Senior Living, Barry Kaganson. Listen to the podcast to find out more!
28:26
August 16, 2021
KATERINA SIMBONI PARASKEVA - ATHENS LIVE
This week, Hellenic Radio’s representative in Greece, Katerina Simboni Paraskeva, pays tribute to Greek actor, Spyros Kalogirou. Spyros was an actor, best known for his roles in Jimmy the Tiger, The Trial of the Judges and Love and Blood. Following the tribute, Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Katerina who updates us on the latest news. Listen to the podcast to find out more!
01:03:37
August 10, 2021
Iain Mac Donald - Artistic Director, Joburg Ballet - SOLO FLIGHT
Iain MacDonald was born in Johannesburg and studied at the National School of the Arts in his home city as well as privately with Ethné Ferraris. On completing his dance training, he joined PACT Ballet (later The State Theatre Ballet) in 1991 where he rose to the rank of Principal Dancer. He danced principal and soloist roles in the company’s extensive repertoire of the classical ballets, full-length narrative ballets and many shorter works by major 20th century choreographers. He danced at the inauguration of President Nelson Mandela in 1994. Following the closure of The State Theatre Ballet in 2000, he, together with five others, formed The South African Ballet Theatre where he served on the company’s management while continuing to pursue his career as a dancer. He has now retired from the stage. He was later appointed the company’s artist director and continues to hold this post today with SABT’s successor company, Joburg Ballet. As a choreographer he has created several shorter works for Joburg Ballet as well as two full-length productions, Cinderella to music by Johann Strauss II and Snow White with music drawn from the compositions of Dmitri Shostakovich. As a teacher and coach, he works extensively with the dancers of Joburg Ballet as well as regularly serving on the teaching faculty of the American Academy of Ballet in New York, USA, as a visiting lecturer. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Iain MacDonald during Saturday’s Role about SOLO FLIGHT, which will be performed at the Joburg Theatre for six performances from 12 to 15 August 2021. Listen to the podcast to find out more!
17:14
August 10, 2021
HILTON MANDELA ANDRIES - MORE SAL DIE SON WEER SKYN
On Friday 16 July, Hilton released his latest single, Móre Sal Die Son Weer Skyn, across a number of major digital platforms including on Apple Music. This 37-year-old artist from Cloetesville, Stellenbosch singing from the age of 3 years old. Hilton, who has been singing professionally for 15 years, grew up in an artistic family, who loved music made me realize that he did not choose music, music chose Hilton. Hilton started emceeing events from the age of 16 years old and his love for theatre and music is what led him to pursue a career in the arts and entertainment industry. As an actor, he initially only focused on drama and moved his singing a bit backwards, before he spotted an advert in a newspaper, detailing the news about the AKTV music auditions in 2016. He returned to audition again for ATKV in 2017 and that's when he conceptualized the song Hier Is Ek - as a tribute to his mother, who was living with Parkinson's disease for 25 years at the time - and he had taken care of her for 17 of those 25 years. Hilton describes Móre Sal Die Son Weer Skyn as “one of those songs that can carry you through any challenge and bring comfort especially with loss”. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Hilton during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast!
22:27
August 10, 2021
CAROLYN STEYN - 67 BLANKETS - SECRET SCARF MISSION
The annual Secret Scarf Mission is a nationwide initiative by 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day taking place this year on the 19thAugust 2021 at 14h30 at Zoo Lake. The Secret scarf Mission is a winter wonderland of love, joy and colour. KnitWits for Madiba around the country spend months knitting and crocheting beautiful scarves to distribute by draping them around trees and poles all around South Africa. According to the founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, Carolyn Steyn, the initiative is no longer secret as people expect it every once a year.  Every scarf that’s hung on a tree has a love note attached to it reading, ‘I am not lost, if you are cold and need me, please take me’. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Carolyn Steyn during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast!
11:06
August 10, 2021
IVOR JONES - PETER RABBIT
Everyone’s favourite rabbit comes to life in Peter Rabbit and Me at National Children’s Theatre’s Imagination Outdoor Theatre. National Children’s Theatre is thrilled to present the story of how one of the most beloved children’s stories of all time, the story of Peter Rabbit, came to be written. This is a happy production filled with fun, adventure and, of course, with Peter in the story, a load of mischief! The play is directed by Ivor Jones, Set and Costumes by veteran NCT loyal heavyweight Sarah Roberts, and Musical Director is Dale Scheepers. The versatile talented cast of five, Robyn Evans, Sandi Dlangalala, Marvin Molepo, Lesego Molotsi and Donae-Dalene Brazer (alas no children from our NCT workshops due to COVID-19) promises to enrapture audiences young and old. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Ivor Jones during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
12:56
August 10, 2021
KATY KATOPODIS (SANEF) - NAT NAKASA AWARDS
During Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio, Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Gauteng Convenor at the South African National Editor’s Forum (SANEF), Katy Katopodis, about the NAT NAKASA AWARDS. Nat Nakasa was a South African journalist who died in exile in 1965 at the age of 28, after a brief but dynamic career characterised by his journalistic courage and integrity. The Nat Nakasa Award is awarded annually in recognition of any media practitioner – journalist, editor, manager or owner – who has:   shown integrity and reported fearlessly; displayed a commitment to serve the people of South Africa; tenaciously striven to maintain a publication or other medium despite insurmountable obstacles; resisted any censorship; shown courage in making information available to the South African public; any combination of the above. Katy also chats to us about SANEF’s partnership with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) as it strives to prioritise journalism wellness in all newsrooms across the country.
06:04
August 10, 2021
NOLOBABALO MEMESE - CONSITUTION HILL
01- During Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio, Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to the NOLOBABALO MEMESE who is the Visitors Services Co-ordinator at Constitution Hill. Nolobabalo updates us on all the latest happenings at Constitution Hill, now operational again from Monday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
10:34
August 10, 2021
ALISTAIR KILBEE - SPLITBEAM
During Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio, radio host Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to the managing director of Splitbeam, Alastair Kilbee about his love for theatre and what led to the creation of various passion projects. Alistair has been fulfilling lighting design and theatre staffing requirements as well as managing full production aspects, including the coordination of sound, lighting, rigging and set companies for a variety of productions over the years. His theatre industry experience has proved invaluable in assembling the stockholding and expertise required for this niche market.  He tells us about the impact Covid-19 has had on the entertainment industry and the challenges they currently face. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
15:08
August 10, 2021
KATERINA SIMBONI PARASKEVA - ATHENS LIVE
This week, Hellenic Radio’s representative in Greece, Katerina Simboni Paraskeva, pays tribute to Rena Pagrati. Rena was a Greek cinema, TV and theatre actress. Rena was also a singer in the Greek musical band "Nostradamus". Following the tribute, Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Katerina who updates us on all the latest news. Listen to the podcast to find out more!
01:03:51
August 2, 2021
JONATHAN ROXMOUTH - SHOWSTOPPERS ONLINE ENGAGEMENT
Durings Saturday’s Role this week, Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to multi-award winning star of local theatre and the internationally acclaimed Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” Jonathan Roxmouth, regarding his career and his newest and first time ever on line show, SHOWSTOPPERS! Listen to the podcast!
15:19
August 2, 2021
LIZ MEIRING - COOK & CONCERT
Liz Meiring is one of SA's most versatile showbiz pro's: multi awarded- actor, director, voice artist, writer, MC, speaker, Tv presenter, auctioneer, Arts & Creative consultant. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Liz Meiring during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio about Cook & Concert. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
18:27
August 2, 2021
JOHN ANTHONY BOERMA - Innibos National Craft Awards
Entries are now open for the fifth Innibos National Craft Awards, supported by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC). The awards are organised by John-Anthony Boerma and Jan Bhuda of ArtAid Africa and are hosted under the auspices of the National Innibos Arts Festival.  DSAC’s partnership with the Innibos National Craft Awards was motivated by the Department’s desire to encourage and stimulate creativity and innovation in the craft sector, which has the potential to help people break free from poverty and use their hands to create a livelihood. Four categories of the awards are aimed specifically at those people who aim to commercialise their work. These categories are: • Corporate gifts (items that can be branded for clients), • Beadwork (traditional or innovative), • Recycled materials (primarily made from recycled/found materials), and • Souvenirs (items depicting a South African tourist attraction that can be mass produced). One winner will be identified in each category and will walk away with R20 000. In addition, a winner and two runners-up will be identified in the once-off category (one-of-a-kind items). Prizes are R50 000, R20 000 and R15 000, respectively. Entries in all disciplines, from grass-weaving and ceramics to beadwork, wirework, wood, jewellery, paper, fabric painting and printing, quilting, leatherwork, pewter, glasswork, embroidery and mixed media are invited. Final judging will be done by a panel of independent and expert adjudicators, with a virtual exhibition and prize-giving taking place in September.  For more information, please WhatsApp Jan Bhuda on 071 621 3597 or email John-Anthony Boerma at artaid@lantic.net.  Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to John Anthony Boerma during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast!
09:22
August 2, 2021
JOSH MOREIRA - HOMEGROWN
The engaging 18-year old singer/songwriter Josh Moreira delivers a bumper release to his South African supporters on Friday 30 July with his debut EP Homegrown, his second single off the EP as well as its music video; Fingertips, now being available across all digital platforms. All this before he heads overseas to fulfil a life-long ambition to study in the USA in early August. The 7-track EP Homegrownand across all digital platforms via Distrokid with the new single Fingertips available HERE . The music video for Fingertips can be viewed HERE. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Josh during Saturday's Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast!
10:34
August 2, 2021
LANA CROWSTER- FAKE
After having spent years working on a number of successful musical endeavours, including performing on the current season of Music Roulette on SABC 2, South African music sensation, Lana Crowster, returns to the national music scene with the release of her latest single release: “Fake”. With a career already spanning 19 years, and which includes sharing stages with local and international artists such as Josh Groban, George Benson, Karen Zoid, Toya Delazy, Arno Carstens, Zaki Ibrahim to name a few, this vocal powerhouse has already proven that her creative skills extend far beyond the stage and is excited to release her latest single. Radio host Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Lana during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
16:47
August 2, 2021
KATERINA SIMBONI PARASKEVA - ATHENS LIVE
This week during Saturday’s Role with Renos Nicos Spanoudes, Hellenic Radio’s representative in Greece, Katerina Simboni Paraskeva pays tribute to Greek acress, Sapfo Notara, known for her supporting capabilities in acting. In Greek films, she acted in comedies as an aunt or a housewife. Notara had a radio programme called I Kiria Kiriaki. One of her last theatre appearances was in the play Pornography. Katerina also updates us on all the latest news. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
01:13:10
June 16, 2021
ALYSSA HARRISON - LAMPLIGHT
Lamplight – A Celebration Of Modern Musical Theatre Songs / Directed by Alyssa Harrison. A small (blame COVID-19) restaurant gig featuring five different singers, Lamplight was the result of a more detailed plan and vision that is usually the case for such events. A collaboration between the Oakfields College Faculty of Musical Theatre and Dance and VR Theatrical, it was directed by Alyssa Harrison and musically directed by Bryan Schimmel, who accompanied the singers on piano. And the event also played a role in raising funds for the Oakfields College/Anthony Farmer Trust, which makes contributions towards student bursaries for students in need who are attending the college. During Saturday’s Role, Renos Nicos Spanoudes gets to chat to Alyssa Harrison. Listen to the podcast for more!
11:56
June 16, 2021
NTLANHLA MORGAN KUTU- THE UNLIKELY SECRET AGENT
Ntlanhla Morgan Kutu is a Cape Town based theatre and screen actor, nominated for a Fleur du cap theatre award in 2020 for most promising student. The Unlikely Secret Agent, created by writer, actor and director Paul du Toit is based on Ronnie Kasril’s Alan Paton award-winning book. The play tells a true story of bravery and hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds and stars Erika Marais, winner of an Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival, in the role of Eleanor, Kasril’s wife. The cast also includes du Toit as Ronnie himself, Ntlanhla Morgan Kutu, making his professional theatre debut, Gideon Lombard (Kyknet’s Suidooster Treknet and on stage Stressed to Kill, Orpheus in Africa) and Sanda Shandu, multi-talented actor and TV star (Netflix’s “The Kissing Booth” and SA’s “Skemerdans”). Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Ntlanhla during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast to find out more!
18:28
June 16, 2021
TALIA SMITH - UMAMA
South African student Talia Smith, who is currently studying at New York University (NYU) in the USA, won GOLD in the prestigious 2020 Student Academy Awards for her poignant short film ‘Umama’, based on a true life account of her ‘domestic worker’.  It’s not the first award Talia has received. Earlier this month she won the First Time Female Filmmaker Award at the HER International Festival in Ireland. Talia was born and raised in SA, in a very large, tight-knit family filled with passionate storytellers, so from a young age she learnt that “keeping an audience engaged was a skill” and that you have to have a great ending. She was also drawn to filmmaking because both her mom (a producer) and father (an editor) work in the industry. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Talia during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
22:29
June 16, 2021
JODI JANTJIES - SINGER-SONGRWRITER
Despite a speech impediment, 20-year-old Mitchells Plain songbird Jodi Jantjies has not hesitated to raise her voice. The Afrikaans singer and songwriter gained recognition after she auditioned for ATKV Crescendo when they visited Cedar High School in 2016. She’s had to overcome a serious stutter that made her nervous to perform on stage, or even just speak to anyone. But with training over the past five years, the talented meisie has developed self-confidence. Now she’s being groomed into one of Afrikaans music’s rising superstars, who prides herself on being a songwriter and is excited for audiences to hear her original music, which will be released digitally on all platforms on Friday, 12 March. This includes the release of her EP album and a music video. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Jodi during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast to find out more about Jodi!
19:11
June 16, 2021
MARIAPOALA McGURK (MP) - CREATIVE UPRISING HUB -CONSTITUTION HILL
Mariapoala McGurk, or MP as she is known, is the Public Programmes Coordinator at Constitutional Hill andis currently working on developing the Creative Uprising Hub. MP started the Coloured Cube in 2014 in a warehouse in Benrose as a space for creatives to meet and connect. This grew into the Co-Lab, a communal space where creatives could have access to shared tools and equipment as well as peer support and training. Constitution Hill has held many cultural festivals and creative programmes so an institutional framework for cultural networking is already in place.  Enter the third player in this creative hub: Robbie Brozin of Nando’s fame (and flame) who has always been a visionary, lobbied for local, backed the creative industry and been a supporter of entrepreneurship and change makers.  With so many creatives having to abandon their careers after the devastating effects of Covid Lockdown as well as the shocking mismanagement of the sector’s funding from the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme, one only hopes that this initiative is not too late for a decimated industry.  Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Mariapoala during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
07:37
June 16, 2021
COLOUR OF EVERYTHING - BRUCE DENNILL & KATE NORMINGTON
Kate Normington is a South African actress, singer, and songwriter. Bruce Dennill is a writer, musician & editor. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Kate and Bruce about their new song THE COLOURS OF EVERYTHING during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
28:15
June 8, 2021
KWANELE FINCH THUSI
Since 2015, Kwanele Finch Thusi has collaborated with the Forgotten Angle Theare Collaborative and Drama for Life, teaching and mentoring and also creating solo works for festivals such as AfroVibes, My Body My Space, and a collaboration titled AfriQueer, directed by Warren Nebe, which was performed in Botsana and The national Arts Festival where it won the 2016 Adelaide Tambo Award for Human Rights. He is a senior lecturer in Theatre and Movement Studies and the University of Witwatersrand. His work involves Theatre, Dance and Performance art. He has performed works in Johannesburg, Kwa Zulu Natal, Spain, Ghana, Mpumalanga and Port Edward. The most important aspect of his work involves CBO (Community Outreach). The works are also performed in live or outside contexts by untrained performers and young artists who come from the same rural communities. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Kwanele Finch Thusi during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast!
16:53
June 8, 2021
SLIVERS OF LIGHT - JESS ROBUS
With a maturity that belies her 14-years, vibrant Jess Robus is already a singer, songwriter, debater and musical theatre aficionado. On 3 June 2021, she adds ‘author’ and ‘published poet’ to those accolades, with the release of her debut book A Few Slivers of Light, now available for purchase online on Amazon, on her own website or via PayStack. A Few Slivers of Light is a beautifully-written, vulnerable and emotive collection of poems of a teenager’s journey with anxiety and depression. Author Jess Robushopes she will inspire other teens and young adults to speak up about their struggles and to reach parents who might have children experiencing these challenges. RENOS NICOS SPANOUDES chats to JESS ROBUS during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
15:04
June 8, 2021
67 BLANKETS - BRENDAN GREALY
In 2019 the Springboks reminded South Africans that we are “Stronger Together”. Little did we know that in the few short months following the victory we would be pulled apart by a pandemic that demanded lockdowns and social distancing. But through it all the “KnitWits” of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day have embraced this iconic motto, and on 9 June 2021 they will be joined by Johan 'Rassie' Erasmus, John Smit and the Beast Tendai Mtawarira to show their colours in the #BokkeBlanket Reveal at Steyn City School, Steyn City. Unfortunately due to the new COVID-19 restrictions outlined by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the event can now host no more than 120 guests. 67 Blankets family members are to please watch the event live on various social media platforms including Facebook and YouTube from the safety and comfort of your own homes. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to BRENDAN GREALY during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
14:05
June 8, 2021
A MOMENT - ROBERT DOS SANTOS
During Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio, Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Film & Commercials Director, producer, creative and entrepreneur – Robert dos Santos. The Cape Town-based director and producer has released a short film, A MOMENT, which stars SA-born, Hollywood-based actor Sean Cameron Michael as well as Jonathan Boynton-Lee. The film has been picked up by 3 international film sites. Movie-blogger.com, Film Shortage, and Think Shorts. Earlier this month, Robert received the news that the film was accepted into the Los Angeles Film Awards. This past week it was also selected to be a part of the Hollywood International Golden Age Festival (an IMDB affiliated festival run out of LA and New York which promotes films for their artistic quality and not for who made them) as well as the Berlin Short Film Festival (a 4 day festival held in Berlin Germany which plays host to over 100 different films from around the world). Do listen to the podcast!
14:26
June 8, 2021
CONSTITUTION HILL YOUTH MONTH - RETHABILE MAIFADI
This Youth Month, as we remember the fallen heroes of June 16th, Constitution Hill calls on the Youth of South Africa to lend their voices to strengthening our democracy. Educational institutions are invited to join in the call to action by issuing an invitation across your databases for youth to submit their messages at www.willofthepeople.co.za. Be part of the change by declaring your dreams, hopes, and aspirations for the South Africa we want. Come along on #YouthDay & enjoy a ConHill tour – FOR FREE! Book your free tickets for the 16th of June at https://t.co/POOouVC2jC. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Remathile Mafadi during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
08:46
June 8, 2021
KHUBU ZULU - AFTERMATH EXHIBIITON
Khubu Zulu’s first solo exhibition, is a meditation on the climate crisis and global warming, drawing on African and global cultures, including Zulu mythology. Her abstract paintings reflect her concerns at how colonisation and the resultant neoliberal capitalist economy are putting the natural world and humanity under unprecedented strain and the need for us to reconnect with the essence of our existence to both heal and protect the planet. Khubu is also a film director. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Khubu during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast!
22:22
June 8, 2021
KATERINA SIMBONI PARASKEVA - ATHENS LIVE
This week, during Saturday’s Role with Renos Nicos Spanoudes, Hellenic Radio’s representative in Greece, Katerina Simboni Paraskeva pays tribute to Greek actor Kostas Evripiotis. Listen to the podcast and find out more! Αυτή την εβδομάδα, η εκπρόσωπος την Νέας Πανελλήνιας Φωνής στην Ελλάδα, Katerina Simboni Paraskeva, κάνει ιδικό αφιέρωμα στον ταλαντούχο ηθοποιό της τηλεόρασης, του θεάτρου και του κινηματογράφου, Κώστα Ευριπιώτη. Ακούστε το podcast!
01:13:14
May 31, 2021
LOUW BREYTENBACH - GREEN - MR GAY WORLD SA 2021
TV presenter Louw Breytenbach, of Boksburg, took home the Mr Gay World South Africa 2021 crown. The pageant was held on May 21 at The Galleria Conference & Events Venue in Sandton, where 12 contestants aged between 19 and 40 were vying for the title. The 31-year-old founder of LALT House of Growth (HOG), also a mental health activist and social media influencer, said he entered the competition to raise mental health awareness, adding that his new platform will allow him the opportunity to draw attention to mental health. Breytenbach will also represent South Africa in the Mr Gay World pageant in September, where he will compete against other titleholders from across the world. To take part in this year’s mental health awareness, community members are encouraged to tie a green ribbon on the gate of the theatre house located at 20 Bartlett Road in Beyers Park. The public can also tie a gold ribbon to honour those lost to suicide. The campaign will run until the end of October. For more information on the awareness campaign, members of the public can contact Breytenbach by email: louwbreytenbach@gmail.com. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Louw during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast to find out more!
23:55
May 31, 2021
ERIKA MARAIS - THE UNLIKELY SECRET AGENT
The world premiere of a new play based on Ronnie Kasrils’ The Unlikely Secret Agent is to be staged at The Drama Factory this June. This is the setting for writer, actor, and director Paul du Toit’s latest play based on Ronnie Kasrils’ Alan Paton award-winning book, The Unlikely Secret Agent, premiering on 9 June 2021 at The Drama Factory in Somerset West. The play tells a true story of bravery and hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds and stars Erika Marais, winner of an Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival, in the role of Eleanor, Kasrils’ wife. During Saturday’s Role, radio host, Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Erika Marais. Listen to the podcast!
17:04
May 31, 2021
Tshepo Samuel Ratona - TIN TOWN THEATRE
Tshepo Samuel Ratona is a South African Filmmaker, Playwright and Television writer and the Executive Director and Producer at The Tin Town Theatre. Building towards the recovery of the arts sector, particularly theatre, The Tin town Theatre NPC commissions for plays in the season 2021 and offers its office space in a form of a hub and then resources to the playwrights to resume office activities in their independent production companies. In this period, the artists create and develop theatre works to be staged in May 2021. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Tshepo Samuel Ratona during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast for more!
15:33
May 31, 2021
KATERINA SIMBONI PARASKEVA - ATHENS LIVE
Hellenic Radio’s representative in Greece, Katerina Simboni Paraskeva pays tribute to Greek comedian Vasilis N. Triantafillidis, also known by his artistic nickname Harry Klynn, during Saturday’s edition of Saturday’s Role with Renos Nicos Spanoudes. Katerina also updates us on all the latest entertainment news in Greece. Listen to the podcast to find out more! Η εκπρόσωπος της Νέας Πανελλήνιας Φωνής στην Ελλάδα, Κατερίνα Σιμπόνι Παρασκευά, κάνει ιδικό αφιέρωμα στον κωμικό και σατιρικό ηθοποιό XARY KLYNNκατά τη διάρκεια της εκπομπής Ρόλος Του Σαββάτου με τον Reno Nicos Spanoudes. Η Κατερίνα μας ενημερώνει επίσης για όλα τα τελευταία νέα στην Ελλάδα. Ακούστε το podcast για να μάθετε περισσότερα!
01:20:33
May 25, 2021
IN LOVING MEMORY OF LOEKIE - Dr Nathani Lüneburg
Joint Exhibition by Artists Dr Nathani Lüneburg and Dr Liezel Lüneburg at the White River Gallery this winter – Nathani’s In Loving Memory of Loekie, and all the others is a multi-layered exhibition celebrating her dogs who have brought calm, solace and protection to her life. Named after her dog Loekie, who passed away shortly after lockdown, the exhibition showcases various pieces of work including 28 pen sketched portraits of all the loving dogs that have protected and supported Nathani from childhood to adulthood and a powerful stop-frame animation titled Diaphragmsfeaturing 2613 frames exhibited in a life size cubicle which can only be occupied by one person per viewing functions as a device meant to emulate the isolation Nathani experienced during lockdown. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Nathani during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
22:37
May 25, 2021
PAUL KEURSTEN - THE BANK
Workshop17 has recently opened its new The Bank facility in the trendy suburb of Rosebank in Johannesburg. This is the sixth addition to the company’s existing footprint of central business district and suburban state-of-the-art facilities. During Saturday’s Role this week, radio host, Renos Nicos Spanoudeschats to Workshop17 CEO, Paul Keursten, about the future of co-workspaces in SA as well remote working for employees, along with the growing demand the pandemic has afforded for more businesses to look at pursuing co-workspaces as office settings, or working from home. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
17:41
May 25, 2021
PAUL DU TOIT - THE UNLIKELY SECRET AGENT
1963, South Africa. The country is on a knife edge.  Political protest, sabotage and violence has engulfed the country. Government forces of the Apartheid regime, under Hendrik Verwoerd, brutally suppress resistance. Under the State of Emergency, the feared Special Branch of the police arrest anyone suspected of being involved in underground activities. This is the setting for writer, actor and director Paul du Toit’s latest play based on Ronnie Kasril’s Alan Paton award-winning book, “The Unlikely Secret Agent”. The world premiere is on June 9 at The Drama Factory in Somerset West. Says du Toit, who also directs the play: “This is one of those South African stories that simply must be told. A story of sacrifice from someone who, though she would never consider herself one, is nothing short of a national hero. A story that reminds us of just how much these heroes were prepared to risk fighting oppression in our country. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Paul du Toit during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast to find out more!
23:35
May 25, 2021
IMPERFECTIONS - Dr Liezel Lüneburg
Joint Exhibition by Artists Dr Nathani Lüneburg and Dr Liezel Lüneburg – Artists Dr Nathani Lüneburg and Dr Liezel Lüneburg bring evocative solo exhibitions to the White River Gallery this winter. The sisters will share the White River Gallery space, in two new, deeply reflective, and thought-provoking solo exhibitions. Liezel’s Imperfections will be opened by Gwenneth Miller, senior lecturer, UNISA on 29 May 2021 and will run until 20 June 2021 at the White River Gallery, White River, Mpumalanga. Imperfections looks to Liezel’s life-long fascination with circles and curves, as well as her personal struggle with and acknowledgement of imperfection. Liezel calls her drawings “mandalas”, in reference to the Tibetan meaning for the word “mandala” – “that which encircles a centre”. A centre in this context symbolising meaning and that which encircles it is a representation of the meaning. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Liezel Lüneburg during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
18:21
May 25, 2021
KATERINA SIMBONI PARASKEVA - ATHENS LIVE
Hellenic Radio’s representative in Greece, Katerina Simboni Paraskeva pays tribute to actor THANASIS VENGOS during Saturday’s edition of Saturday’s Role with Renos Nicos Spanoudes. Katerina also updates us on all the latest entertainment news in Greece. Listen to the podcast to find out more! Η εκπρόσωπος της Νέας Πανελλήνιας Φωνής στην Ελλάδα, Κατερίνα Σιμπόνι Παρασκευά, κάνει ιδικό αφιέρωμα στον ηθοποιό Θανάση Βέγγο κατά τη διάρκεια της εκπομπής Ρόλος Του Σαββάτου με τον Reno Nicos Spanoudes. Η Κατερίνα μας ενημερώνει επίσης για όλα τα τελευταία νέα στην Ελλάδα. Ακούστε το podcast για να μάθετε περισσότερα!
01:05:25
May 18, 2021
HELENE BRAMWELL - MASK & BODY CLINIC'S 50TH
Founded by industry icon, Helene Bramwell, The Mask Skin & Body Clinic in Parkview, Johannesburg, turns 50 this year. It is a truly extraordinary achievement for any South African beauty salon to have been in business for five decades. What is quite amazing is that 47 of the 50 years of The Mask’s existence have been in the same location, at The Village on Tyrone Avenue in Parkview. Due to the salon’s longevity, Bramwell feels privileged to be treating the third generation of clients. “These are the children of the children of clients. Unfortunately, many have immigrated or moved to other parts of South Africa but when in town, they pop by to have a treat or just to say hello. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Helene Bramwell during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast to find out more!
15:07
May 18, 2021
CARUSO & LANZA IN AFRICA - PHENYE MODIANE & CHARL DU PLESSIS
Acclaimed SA Tenor Phenye Modiane and Steinway pianist Charl du Plessis in concert at Affies, Pretoria. The Aardklop Aubade classical music concert series in collaboration with the Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool presents Caruso & Lanza in Africa on Sunday, 06 June 2021 at 11:00 in the school hall. This is the fifth concert in the series that now combines the vocal prowess of the multi-talented opera tenor, Phenye Modiane with Steinway artist and celebrated pianist, Charl du Plessis on piano. Both artists have performed internationally and the combination of their talents at home for the first-time next month is a major coup for Aardklop Aubade. Tickets for this 75-minute concert are priced at R100 for learners, R170 for pensioners and R190 for adults are on sale at www.ticketpros.co.za. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Phenye and Charl during Saturday’s role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast to find out more!
25:30
May 18, 2021
CAROLYN STEYN - 67 BLANKETS - NELSON MANDELA DAY
Carolyn Steyn holds an honours degree in Speech and Drama from the University of the Witwatersrand and a T.L.S.D. (Teacher's Licentiate in Speech and Drama) from the University of South Africa. Carolyn lived in the United States for 10 years and in England for 5 years. She was nominated as one of the 'Most Exciting Women', by the Beverly Hills Sheet in 2004.  Carolyn is also the Founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, an "initiative with a very big heart" which has attracted thousands of members not only in South Africa but also around the world. Initially aiming to distribute just 67 hand-knitted blankets to the needy on Mandela Day, the 67 Blankets has now grown into an annual record-breaking event that generates warmth for thousands of needy South Africans. In 2020, 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day’s Carolyn Steyn challenged new and long-term committed KnitWits to keep their fingers moving as they whiled away the long socially distanced hours. In response, these wool-warriors have tackled skeins of wool, and hooked multiple stitches to ensure they knit and crochet the world’s largest Springbok Blanket. The ‘blanket’ will cover the entire rugby field with the image of our iconic ‘Bok’ and South African flag - so large, it will only be visible from the sky earth’s atmosphere and via satellite. This green and gold achievement will not only celebrate the Boks’ historic 2019 Rugby World Cup win, but also ensure some warmth and hope for many vulnerable people in South Africa this winter. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Carolyn Steyn during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
20:55
May 18, 2021
FED - MTHOKOZISI ZULU
Not knowing that she carries the keys, she lives in her cage, trapped.  Nothing to see here.  Just another case of Gender Based Violence. Life goes on.  Or does it? Reneilwe, like most women in South Africa, wakes up not knowing if the sun on her face is shining for the last time or not.  The majority of women living in this country don’t feel safe outside their gates.  This one, feels safe outside the gates but chooses to remain inside because of the choice she made when she said, “I do”.  Written and directed by Mthokozisi Zulu with support from the National Arts Council of South Africa and the Department of Sports, Arts & Culture, FED, starring Mpume Ngwenya and Kwandi Mathonsi, tells the unfortunate story of many of our sisters, mothers, daughters and friends. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Mthokozisi Zulu during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast!
18:03
May 18, 2021
ATHENS LIVE - KATERINA SIMBONI PARASKEVA
Hellenic Radio’s representative in Greece, Katerina Simboni Paraskeva pays tribute to actor Nikos Rizos during Saturday’s edition of Saturday’s Role with Renos Nicos Spanoudes. Katerina also updates us on all the latest entertainment news in Greece. Listen to the podcast to find out more!  Η εκπρόσωπος της Νέας Πανελλήνιας Φωνής στην Ελλάδα, Κατερίνα Σιμπόνι Παρασκευά, Αποτίει φόρο τιμής στον ηθοποιό Νίκο Ρίζο κατά τη διάρκεια της εκπομπής Ρόλος Του Σαββάτου με τον Reno Nicos Spanoudes. Η Κατερίνα μας ενημερώνει επίσης για όλα τα τελευταία νέα στην Ελλάδα. Ακούστε το podcast για να μάθετε περισσότερα!
01:00:32
May 11, 2021
WESLEE LAUDER - AESOP'S FABLES
Multi-talented Weslee Lauder directs Aesop’s Fables, currently showing at National Children’s Theatre from the 9th to 30th May 2021. Aesop’s Fables is the second production of 2021, in a new healthy, safe, outdoor Imagination Theatre. This is a fresh version of the timeless fables, which have been given a creative spin. In this production Aesop takes audiences on a trip through some of his most well-loved stories, such as The Fox and the Grapes (known for the origin of the idiom "sour grapes"); the Tortoise and the Hare in a hare-raising adventure of Olympic proportions where the racers undertake one of the most famous contests of all time. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Weslee during Saturday’s role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast to find out more!
09:54
May 11, 2021
KATHY-JO ROSS - MY CHILDREN, MY AFRICA
Kathy-Jo Ross has appeared in Stepping Out, My Children!, My Africa! Isn't It Romantic, Old Boys, Beehive, Fiddler on the Roof. She also directed the Drum Cafe and Market Theatre production of Drumstruck. During Saturday’s Role with Renos Nicos Spanoudes, she chats to us about My Children, My Africa, a play written by Athol Fugart. Listen to the podcast!
21:18
May 11, 2021
RAJESH GOPIE - OUT OF BOUNDS
RAJESH GOPIE, Durban-born actor and writer, takes us into the life and times of a South African Indian family in the play OUT OF BOUNDS. He brings to life some twenty-eight characters in this thought-provoking play that both wounds and heals the human heart and ultimately celebrates family - here and everywhere. Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Rajesh Gopie during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast!
30:27
May 11, 2021
BACHELORETTE SA - KINGDOM KOME PRODUCTIONS- CAMERON SCOTT
Seen most recently on South Africa’s first Bachelorette as a surprise contestant, 25 year old Johannesburg-based, multi-hyphenate artist Cameron Scott is not just an eligible bachelor, not just a charmer – there is so much more to him than meets the eye! A ‘Joburg boy’ born and bred, Scott attended five different schools growing up, matriculating at St Stithians Boys College, on a part-scholarship from the Drama department. After finishing school in 2013 he went to Los Angeles. Bigger things now lie ahead for this young but accomplished actor with his entertainment company, Kingdom Kome – which he established with his business partner and friend, cricketer Kagiso Rabada – releasing its debut project later this year. Renos Nicos Spanoudes spoke with Cameron during Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
20:53
May 11, 2021
BOSS BABES OF SA - KOVINI MOODLEY
Early in 2020, Kovini Moodley; feminist, philanthropist, Chartered Accountant and Diversity Advocate, experienced the direct and unfortunate impact that occurs when women tear each other down in the name of jealousy, insecurity and unnecessary competition. After reflection and a need to effect change in a positive, candid manner, Boss Babes of South Africa (BBSA) was born. During Saturday’s Role on Hellenic Radio, radio host, Renos Nicos Spanoudes chats to Kovini Moodley. Listen to the podcast and find out more!
11:10
May 11, 2021
HOLY FRIDAY - DR M. GRIVA
Listen to the podcast about Holy Friday with Dr M. Griva. Ακούστε το podcast για την Μ. Παρασκευή με την Δρ. Μ. Γρίβα!
15:09
April 30, 2021
HOLY THURSDAY – DR M. GRIVA
Listen to the podcast about Holy Thursday with Dr M. Griva! Ακούστε το podcast για την μεγάλη Πέμπτη με την Δρ. Μαριλένα Γρίβα!
15:20
April 29, 2021
HOLY WEDNESDAY BY DR. M. GRIVA - Μεγάλη Τετάρτη
Listen to the podcast about Holy Wednesday with Dr. Marilena Griva. Μεγάλη Τετάρτη με την Δρ. Μ. Γρίβα
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