Always aiming to offer what will become precious memories, aha Hotels and Lodges latest marketing campaign titled We Know Its Hard to Say Goodbye confirms staying with them genuinely affects you positively. And, as part of this awesome promotion theres a competition to share your special aha moment that might just win you win free accommodation for a year!
Ready to welcome guests back, in a heartbeat is what drives this promotion. Captured as little *aha moments*, the campaign sees guests break down as a result of having so thoroughly enjoyed their time, through the various brand touch points, that they are reduced to tears at the thought of having to leave.
Share your #ahamoment on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, until 31 August 2016, and you might just be the winner of prize coveted by anyone who is a fan of quality hospitality. 
Simply Like and/or Follow aha Hotels & Lodges, then upload your pic to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Then its tag time. Tag #ahamoments or @ahahotelsandlodges, and repeat if maximum enjoyment floats your boat and youre in with a real chance to score quality downtime. Ts & Cs Apply and can be viewed on

According to Neil Bald, the CEO of aha Hotels and Lodges, The current campaign, coupled with this great competition has been a wonderful, affirming experience for us all, so far. Our guests have shared some incredible moments with us already. I certainly dont envy the judges when it comes to making that final winner the recipient of hotel accommodation, on the house, for a year. That will certainly bring even more moments well worth sharing with friends, family and perhaps those green-with-envy fans of superb accommodation, he concludes, with a smile. This campaign remains our proudest, affirming, calling card, yet.
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Dare To Be Scared at The Good Luck Bar on Saturday 29 October
Joburg's premier #Halloween dress-up party returns on Saturday 29 October featuring two terrorific stages, frightening decor and so much more! After the huge turnout at our ‘A Haunting on Hurlingham’ party last year, the need arose to find a larger haunted venue and so we move to The Goodluck Bar at 1 Fox for ‘A Haunting on Fox’.

Boasting a phantasmagoric line-up that includes Sketchy Bongo, Kyle Watson, L.A Cruz, Kimon Rayne, Das Kapital and many more to be announced, it's the dress up party of the year where all the cool ghosts and ghouls gather. Expect the unexpected, the macabre, devilishly detailed decor, the dying wish wall, and so much more... Who will be crowned the King and Queen of our Halloween?
The venue itself holds an eerie history to add to the setting for this very scary evening. 1 Fox, where The Good Luck Bar is located, was one of the first mining camps that sprung up at the time of the discovery of gold in the 1880s, which makes you think… do some of these miners still haunt the halls and rooms of 1 Fox?
Be warned!! This party is not for the weak of heart ... Enter if you dare.
‘A Haunting On Fox’ Event info
Date: 29th October 2016
Venue: The Goodluck Bar, 1 Fox Street
Line-up: ACROSS 2 STAGES - Sketchy Bongo, Kyle Watson, L.A Cruz, Kimon Rayne, Das Kapital and many more to be announced.
Time: Doors open at 8PM
Ticket Prices:
Early Bird: R100
Early Bird VIP: R200
**VIP hosts a separate Bar and balcony area
(Phase 1 to be released when Early Bird sells)
Phase 1: R150
Phase 1 VIP: R300
(Tickets will only be available at the door if they don’t sell out online)
Door: R200

Sexpo 2016: celebrating 10 years – now bigger and better than ever!

Sexpo 2016: celebrating 10 years now bigger and better than ever!
Sexpo, Africas largest human sensuality and lifestyle expo, and one of South Africas favourite annual exhibitions, is back and its bigger and better than ever. Its 2016 incarnation sees a new date, new venue and the introduction of some new touches.

Sean Newman, managing director, Sexpo Its our tenth anniversary, so were really excited about this years Sexpo, which has been remixed, revamped and reimagined to continue to appeal to an ever-growing and seemingly insatiable market, as well as attract new visitors.

Some key changes have been effected, says Newman, all of them designed to meet current and future needs, as well as address previous input from visitors over the years. So, to start, we have a new venue. Our new home, Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, allows the entire exhibition to take place under one roof.

Were also introducing a limited access ladies-only area, a safe space where women can shop and explore their sensuality complete with wine bar away from peering eyes and male input. But, we havent forgotten the guys, either were also introducing the Ultimate Man Cave this year, a space thats dedicated to select male-interest lifestyle products; it also features a bar stocked with the finest Kraft beers on offer.

We are delighted to welcome Sexpo back to the Johannesburg Expo Centre in October, says JEC Chief Executive Officer, Craig Newman. Its a significant year for a number of reasons. The JEC has been home to Sexpo for a number of years and we have built a successful relationship with the show organisers so we are excited to host it again. Also, the Sexpo celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2016.

Newman says that show fanatics can expect a bigger and better event this year, with a more sophisticated approach. The show will be classier while still delivering the same fun and excitement that fans have come to expect, he says. Of course, the Expo Centre is the perfect venue to deliver a memorable performance, as we provide ample parking space, easy access to and from the venue and multi-purpose exhibition halls, satisfying every possible show requirement. Its an event not to be missed!

This years Sexpo also sees the return of the legendary adult entertainment lounges including Teazers, Teaze-Hers, Phantasm LGBTI Lounge, Pulse Boys Lounge, Coyotes Angels Club and Theatre Erotic. Other highlights include the BDSM Play Area, informative seminars hosted in the Spartan Workshop, extreme body painting by Airvolution and Pricasso, described as the worlds most famous penile artist.

Of course the show would not be complete without local and international stars appearing at the expo. These include Frog productions and their extravaganza shows, the world famous Amateur Strip, Suzie Q Australias aerial and pole queen as well as international porn stars Jessica Drake, Vicki Chase, Tanya Tate and Bonnie Rotten.

But its not all sensual fun and high-spirited games education and health also form an integral part of the Sexpo mix.

Says Sean Newman, Sexpo is about exploring the full spectrum of the sensual side of life, rather than pure sexuality catering to all interests and tastes. Sexpo is a destination lifestyle exhibition that provides a safe space for everyone regardless of race, age or sexuality, or whether youre daring or shy. Theres something for everyone to explore and enjoy.

Dates: Thursday, 27 October to Sunday, 30 October 2016
Times: Thursday 11am to 10pm; Friday 11am to 11pm; Saturday 10am to 11pm; and Sunday 10am to 6pm.
Venue: Hall 6, Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, corner Nasrec and Rand Show roads, Johannesburg

Restrictions: Strictly over 18 years only
Pricing: Thursday R100 (Silver), R250 (Gold); Friday-Sunday R150 (Silver) and R250 (Gold).
Tickets: Computicket

Superheroes & Villains Party At Billy The B.U.M.S Fourways

Whether your as fast as The Flash, as fearless as Wolverine or consider yourself to be more like The Joker, Billy The B.U.M’S Food and Cocktail Bar in Fourways is the place to show off your super powers. You are hereby challenged to get your Suicide Squad and X-Men vibe on.

On Saturday 20th of August the Superheroes & Villains Party featuring DJ Kyle Worde on the decks, will give you the chance to save-the-day in true super hero style.

In the spirit of Billy The B.U.M’S Fourways always being your personal superhero venue, we’ll of course be running some heroic deals to bring out your villainous side – a Limited Edition Absolut 200ml plus 4 Red Bull @ R200. In the words of Spiderman “With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility” – you owe it to yourself, and the universe, to join the madness at Billy The B.U.M’S Fourways this Saturday 20th August.

Popular pop boy band in India coming to South Africa

Popular pop boy band in India coming to South Africa
Dubbed as the Indian equivalent to One Direction, boy band heartthrobs, SANAM, are heading to the Centre Court at Emperors Palace on the 28th of August 2016 to perform in a must-see concert. 
Having taken the Internet by storm, this popular pop-rock group can’t wait to perform in the country.  “We’re really looking forward to our first visit to South Africa and we’ve planned a power-packed show,” says Samar Puri.
The band, who rose to fame after composing renditions of Bollywood hit songs and uploading them to YouTube, consists of frontman Sanam Puri, Samar Puri on lead guitar and vocals, Venky S on bass guitar and Keshay Dhanrai on drums.
SANAM’s YouTube channel, featuring both original and cover songs, boasts over 650 000 subscribers with millions of views. With fans affectionately referred to as SANAMians, the Duaa music video, featuring Sanah Moidutty, has enjoyed a staggering 12 million views!
YouTube was a blessing.  We wanted to store some videos online so we could share them with our friends and the industry.  We didn’t have enough money to hire a team to shoot our videos or edit them.  So we decided to learn to do it on our own.  So our focus throughout was overcoming every obstacle that came our way and our dream of making music and music videos for the world to see.  We never sat to think about fame or where this would take us,”  says Puri.
Humble about their fame, the boy band describes their sound as mix of contemporary pop rock with their distinct blend of Omani and Indian musicians. SANAM’s sound is refreshingly different and this sets them apart from the rest of the Indian Indie music scene. With a string of hits, the band’s original single Main Hoon was also featured in the Indian release of Hollywood blockbuster, The Amazing Spiderman 2.
We don’t limit ourselves to one style of music.  We just want to keep putting out good music and keep our listeners happy,” says Sanam.  “Each of us has different musical inspirations and the blend of all our styles is evident in the music we create,” adds Keshav.

Originally known as The SQS Project and SQS Supastars, the talented youngsters changed their name to SANAM in 2014. Samar, Venky and Sanam attended the same school where they started the band. After school Sanam and Samar moved to Mumbai to pursue their musical dreams and was later introduced to Keshav, where they formed The SQS Project. In May 2010, Times Music launched a nationwide search for a pop band in India. Out of the thousands of entries, The SQS Project won the hearts of the nation. The trio reunited with Venky for the finals and the SQS Supastars were born, and went on to win the coveted title. The band released their first album, Supastars and later released music videos of their songs Hawa Hawa and Bekha.
SANAM is set to take fans, young and old, on an unforgettable musical journey.  Tickets are available from R200 per person and can be booked through Computicket or through the Emperors Palace Box Office on 011 928 1297/1213.  Emperors Palace is a Peermont Resort.  Connect with them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @emperorspalalace.
Enjoy the latest rendition of SANAM’s super hit song Hai Apna Dil To Awara from the 1958 movie Solva Saal (with over 1 million views!):
Another production brought to you by Blu Blood in association with Star Plus and Dabur Miswaak.
“Star Plus is proud to present for the first time ever, SANAM in concert in South Africa.  Star Plus offers premium entertainment with its award winning content and is happy to bring entertainment in an innovative format to viewers in South Africa,” concludes Star International President, Gurjeev Singh Kapoor.

Nataniël’s latest creation, MANNEQUIN, heads to Emperors Palace in August

Nataniël’s latest creation, MANNEQUIN, heads to Emperors Palace in August
Multitalented stalwart of the South African entertainment industry for over two decades, Nataniël is more than just a producer, director, designer, playwright, public speaker and performer – he is a true icon of stage and screen. Nataniël will return to the Theatre of Marcellus stage at Emperors Palace with a new stage production, MANNEQUIN, from 18 August to 25 September 2016(There will be a week of previews from 18 August, with the show opening officially on 25 August and runs until 25 September 2016.)
The production tells the story of an author who toys with the idea of writing a book about the life of a reclusive tailor. MANNEQUIN is the story told by his tailor. A tale of surprise, fear, cruelty, humour, truth and fantasy. The show will not only feature original music, but also Nataniël’s surprise versions of a few of the world’s best known songs from the late sixties and the eighties.

Nataniël will share the stage with long-time fellow musicians Charl du Plessis (keyboards), Juan Oosthuizen (guitars), Werner Spies (bass), Hugo Radyn (drums) and favourite singers Nicolaas Swart and Dihan Slabbert. This show, structured around stories told in both English and Afrikaans, is about visual beauty and tailoring, and features an astounding collection of new costumes by the multi award-winning designer, Floris Louw.
MANNEQUINN, set to captivate audiences with its masterful blend of music, storytelling and breathtaking costumes, will be performed from Wednesdays to Saturdays at 20h00, and on Sunday afternoons at 15h00. Tickets start from R160 per person and can be booked through the Emperors Palace Box Office on 011 928 1297/1213, or by visiting or Computicket. Winners Circle members qualify for discount.
There is an age restriction of No Under 15’s and the show is 90 minutes in duration with no interval. 
Emperors Palace is a Peermont resort. Like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @emperorspalace.

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