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Annual Events and Festivals

This category includes posts about upcoming events and festivals happening throughout South Africa and reviews of events our editors attend. As South Africans, we love to celebrate our Heritage and Culture and generally just enjoy having a really good time … To find out whats happening, visit SA-Venues.com to view our comprehensive events calendars at South Africa Events.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Cape Town Design Capital 2014 – diarise these events and projects

Cape Town was recently listed one of 52 places the New York Times regards as THE places to visit in 2014. The loss of Mandela has placed South Africa in the hearts of many the world over.

Cape Town as World Design Capital 2014, the article says, is grappling with the challenge of transformation since Mandela’s first address as a free man 20 years ago.

2014 is the year the city’s creative class take on this challenge by celebrating design in all its forms over the year … Continued

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Hair Raising Halloween Shenanigans

Halloween is also known as All Hallows Eve and is a holiday celebrated every year on 31 October. This devilish day originates from Samhain, which is an ancient Celtic festival that celebrated the end of the harvest season. During this period, Pagans would prepare for Winter and count their stock. The Gaels believed that on this day, the land of the living and the land of the dead overlapped, allowing the dead and ghastly gouls to enter our world and wreak havoc on the crops or cause illness amongst the living. Costumes were worn to imitate the dead and evil spirits, as this was supposed to calm them and deter them from causing trouble.

Halloween is now celebrated all around the world and some of the activities that take place on this creepy day include trick or treating, costume parties, pumpkin carving, bonfires, telling scary tales, playing pranks, watching horror movies or snooping around ‘haunted houses’ in search of ghostly spirits.

Here are some spooktacular events and other things to do on the hallowed eve: Continued

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Afro Optimism at ABSA Vuka Showcase

This year sees the very first of a brand new event that promises to whip South Africa and the rest of the continent into a vibe of unique arts, music and the delicious cuisine of the nations. The Absa VUKA Showcase will highlight all that is African, progressive and exciting… Continued

Monday, 2 September 2013

Party the night away at the Two Oceans Hermanus Whale Festival

Sponsored by Checkers, Coca-Cola and the Overstrand Municipality, along with some major supporting sponsors, the Two Oceans Hermanus Whale Festival is all about rip-roaring fun in the heart of the Western Cape.

Hermanus is the whale-watching capital of the world, with the last remaining whale crier still in operation. This gentleman is adept at spotting Southern Right and Humpback whales as they frolic in the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast. When he does, he sounds his horn, alerting all in the vicinity so that they are able to watch as these massive mammals perform for the spectators. Continued

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Monthly Events Lineup and Don’t Forget McGregor Food and Wine Festival is Coming Up

We’re already well into the halfway point of the year and instead of thinking about all of the events and festivals you might have already missed get out those diaries and plan what is coming up. It doesn’t matter if you’re a sports enthusiast or into good music there is something for you here. Beat the winter blues and get out and be a part of some of these awesome events taking place near you. What events will you be attending? Continued

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Annual Events That You Just Cant Miss

Innibos

Innibos

There are so many events in South Africa that are dedicated to the huge variety of local talent. These are not only enormous amounts of fun, but also showcase the best parts of this country to locals and tourists alike. They include cultural celebrations, sports events and musical experiences that rival the world’s best. Here are some of the top Annual Events in South Africa:

InniBos

Nelspruit is home to the increasingly popular InniBos, which is a music and arts festival that is dedicated to the South African culture. Hundreds of stalls are complemented by more than 200 artists and performers, who entertain the huge crowds (exceeding 100 000 people) and make for a great outing. Dedicated entertainment areas for children mean that this is a perfect family event. Continued

Monday, 27 May 2013

FOUR Annual Festivals You Don’t Want To Miss!

City of Gold Festival

City of Gold Festival

Every city has one – a festival you just cannot miss. One that is worth going to because it’s spectacularly unusual, and for a moment you can almost pretend that your life is hip and happening (I’ll speak for myself, shall I?).

Here are four such festivals – unusual, creative, slightly whacky (a couple of them) and worth attending for the promised exhiliration you will feel as a result.

There will be those of you who argue about other equally as entertaining festivals, but I’ve selected those I think stand head and shoulders above the rest, mostly for originality.

CITY OF GOLD FESTIVAL

I missed it. Darn. To those of you who managed to get there, wow, this is one festival that looks simply unmissable. April 2013 was the third year for this Urban Art Festival. Graffiti and street artists from around the world hit the streets of Johannesburg in various events at different locations in the inner city. International artists are there to inspire the local graffiti / street art community by exposing them to new skills and stimulation. Continued

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Monthly Events Lineup and Don’t Forget Christmas in Winter is Coming Up

Who would have thought it would almost be the middle of the year already. If you’re reading this wondering where time has gone this year and what you’ve already done perhaps you need to get out that diary and plan to get to some of these awesome annual events and festivals. Do you have a favourite event in South Africa? If so we’d love to hear what it is … Continued

Monday, 29 April 2013

Workers Day 1 May in South Africa

If you are reading this, there’s a good chance that you form a part of the international working class and are lucky enough to have an eight hour day job.

Since the dawn of agriculture, thousands of years ago, the working class has existed, and has been exploited by a wealthier class. In times gone by people like you and I had no choice but to give into the desires of others in return for the bare minimum of living conditions equivalent to slavery. In more recent, “civilised” times this oppression has been hidden by the wage system which is only a few hundred years old. Continued

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Freedom Day 27 April in South Africa

You have to love the simplicity with which public holidays in countries, the world over, are named. South Africa’s Freedom Day is no exception. Independence and liberty are two words that come soberly to mind when taking a moment to reflect upon what this day means to us as a nation.

South Africa, our land, was set free from more than three hundred years of colonialism and more than forty years of the enforced, vicious racial segregation system, Apartheid.  It was designed, quite literally, to keep us apart and indeed, ignorant. Freedom Day is the culmination of years of protest, suffering, injustice and inequality, a day upon which every single South African man and woman, were given the rights for which so many had fought and died for. The 27th of April 1994 saw the first ever democratic election held in South Africa. Continued

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Get to Music in the Mountains this Weekend

If you have no plans this weekend consider yourself booked or if you have already made plans consider them changed because if you are anywhere near Champagne Valley in the Drakensberg you need to ensure you’re at the Music in the Mountains. What is this you ask, why it is a music festival that has been happening for over 20 years and is hosted by the Drakensberg Boys Choir. Come and be entertained with music for all, from classic melodies to the latest chart topping hits. Browse through the variety of arts and crafts stalls, enjoy a cold beverage in the beer garden and fill your bellies with some of the tasty food on offer. Guest artists at the 2013 festival include DBC, Navi Redd, Ses Snare, Blarney Brothers, Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters, Rocco and more. Full programme details can be seen below: Continued

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Monthly Events Lineup and Don’t Forget Franschhoek Literary Festival is Coming Up

It has been a while since we shared some of the fantastic annual events that take place all around South Africa, but here are a couple of events that are taking place in April and May. Don’t let the start of winter send you into hibernation, you’ll need to get up off your couch and into action. With so many wine festivals you’ll need to get yourself into one of the sporting events to counteract the indulgence. What festivals will you be visiting this upcoming month? Continued

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Craft Beer in Joburg – Which Watering Holes Serve The Brew

Craft Beer in Jozi

Craft Beer in Jozi

It isn’t only Cape Town where craft beer has made an impact on the market in much the same way as local food and farmers’ markets have impressed themselves on the food scene around the country.

Jo’burg too has managed to cast off its addiction to SAB long enough to explore the idea that beer doesn’t just come in a bottle, nor is it necessarily a lager.

But what is this fondness for putting ‘craft’ in front of the word ‘beer’ and then charging more for it?

Craft beer is beer brewed by artisans in micro-breweries. Translated into South Africanese: it’s made by a curious boet who learned the rudiments of beer making in his garage and then discovered that if you play around a bit you end up with a damn fine brew. And then he got a little more serious about it. Continued

Monday, 18 February 2013
South African Hiking Trails

Scaling Vlakkenberg – a hike in the heart of Cape Town’s suburbs

Start of the hike

Start of the hike

Vlakkenberg peak, within the Table Mountain National Park, is right in the heart of Constantia, linking Price Drive to Constantia Nek. It’s regarded as the seldom visited half of Constantia Nek (access it across the road from the parking at Constantia Nek via a pedestrian gate, partway down the road towards Hout Bay, or conversely from the top of Price Drive). The hike, whilst pretty steep, takes you up Vlakkenberg peak to the summit with views out over False Bay, Hout Bay and Constantia.

‘Ideal weather tomorrow,’ I inform Rob, who organises our hikes, ‘perfect for a walk, as it’s due to rain!’. Whilst this isn’t the standard during summer in Cape Town, when it’s as hot as it has been, days without sun – whilst pretty dire in terms of good photographs – are welcome, and make hiking a pleasure.

We access Vlakkenberg via Price Drive in Constantia, having already left one of our cars back at Constantia Nek. It’s hard to believe that you can escape into wilderness so close to residential areas. But in the cul de sac is the typical National Parks sign announcing the reserve. Continued

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Go Bos at Innibos Kunstefees

Innibos Kunstefees

Innibos Kunstefees

Every year for the past nine years, the Innibos Arts Festival has welcomed an influx of people to Nelspruit, in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. Recently, these people have exceeded 100 000 in number. In the annual Fiesta Awards in Cape Town, Innibos was voted the country’s most popular festival and, watching the attendance numbers escalate every year, this is not surprising.

Innibos began in 2003 and will, therefore, be celebrating its tenth consecutive year in 2013. So, the next festival is likely to be an even greater success as locals and tourists flock from all over to share in the fun and celebrations.

Being an arts festival, Innibos focuses on theatre and children’s theatre, cabaret, literature, dancing, drama, and so on. More than 200 artists, actors and musicians attend it each year, eager to showcase their talents and creative ingenuity, and to receive feedback, inspiration and comments from their valued spectators. Continued