Events in June – it’s not just about the World Cup
June 2010, for many people this means that finally the Soccer World Cup will be here and that means something for every South African. Either you will be excited by this event and will be planning your life around the matches or you will be looking for other things to do. We’re once again bringing you a brief update on the upcoming events and festivals around South Africa but with a bit of a twist. We thought we’d also let you know about some of the events specifically about the World Cup (see World Cup Events below) and a few shows you can catch at your local theatre.
June is also significant in South Africa’s history and we celebrate Youth Day (previously known as Soweto Day) on 16 June. This day commemorates the events surrounding the 1975 protests started in African schools on the issue of Bantu education. On 16 June 1976 more than 20000 pupils from Soweto took to the streets in a protest march, after clashing with police and the violence which took place over the next few weeks approximately 700 people were killed. Take some time out on this day to remember our history.
Events in the Western Cape:
Global Icons will be the country’s biggest cultural extravaganza, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 10 June to 11 July 2010. Every day the CTICC will be transformed into a new nation.
If you’re in need of a laugh make sure you book your ticket to the Vodacom Funny Festival from 7 June to 11 July at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch. Enjoy side splitting comedy from some of the best local and international talents.
Greyton hosts two events this June, first up is the Greyton Winter Classical Music Festival from 12-13 June with five concerts from top performers. Tickets can be purchased from Computicket or you can contact the Greyton Tourism office on +27 (0)28-254-9564. On Saturday 19 June take part in either the 26km or 42km cycle at the Greyton MTB Classic the 42km starts at 09h30. For more information telephone Angie on +27 (0)83 566-5783. (If you still need to book a place to stay for this event see Greyton Accommodation).
Join thousands of wine lovers at South Africa’s biggest regional wine festival, the Wacky Wine Weekend. This wine and lifestyle festival takes place in the beautiful Robertson Wine Valley from 3rd to 6th June. Contact the The Robertson Wine Valley on (023) 626-3167 for more details. (If you still need to book a place to stay for this event see Robertson Accommodation).
Celebrate Christmas a bit early this year in Tulbagh at the annual Christmas in Winter Festival on 26 and 27 June 2010. Local restaurants will be serving traditional Christmas dinners and the village will be decorated with Christmas lights and trees. For more info telephone Tulbagh Tourism on +27 (0)23 2301-348 / 75.
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Events in the Garden Route:
Turophiles will be happy to hear about the Vodashop George Cheese Festival which takes place from 10-13 June 2010 at the Outeniqua Primary School, Cathedral Street in George. Enjoy interactive cooking demos with Top South African Chefs, Champagne with Cheese, Oysters & Strawberrys! Supervised Children’s Area for under 10s and a play park for older children. Come and have your fill of delicious cheeses, wine and entertainment. For more information telephone the info line on +27 (0)82 032-4589.
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Events in the Eastern Cape:
For something a little different why not attend the Royal McNab in Lady Grey from 17-19 June. If you’re a hunter then this is just up your street. The main event on Saturday begins at 06h00 and you have the whole day to catch a trout, shoot both a Mountain Reedbuck and Greywing Francolin within 12 hours (in no particular order). For more information telephone +27 (0)51 603-0421.
A firm favourite on the Eastern Cape calendar is the Grahamstown National Arts Festival from 20 June to 2 July 2010. This is a huge festival and showcases talent from many genres and is also a great way to discover new talent. Every hall or large room becomes a stage and the parks and sports fields are transformed into markets. This is something you should book for far in advance, so if you have missed your opportunity this year make sure you get there in 2011. (If you haven’t found a place to stay yet, see Grahamstown Accommodation).
Sharleen Surtie-Richards is Shirley Paulse – the mom and the wife in Shirley Valentyn which hits the stage for one night only, Sunday 20 May at the Kingswood Theatre in Grahamstown – Tickets are available from Computicket and cost R60.
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Events in KwaZulu Natal:
Something which will definitely be an experience is the annual Sardine Run which takes place this year from 11 June to 12 July on the South Coast in KwaZulu Natal. Come and witness the annual migration of millions of sardines, who are closely followed by a large number of dolphins, sharks, whales and seabirds. Watch the press for details!
The Mallards & Mercury Ski-Boat Festival takes place from 30 June to 3 July in Shelly Beach and is one of the most successful ski-boat competitions in the country. There is a full programme of entertainment from face painting for the kids, a fish braai and live entertainment for adults. For more information telephone Jackie Pratt on +27 (0)83 654-6922.
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Events in Gauteng:
Winter seems to have settled in quite nicely and a fun way to spend one of these days is at the Nickel Winter Market from 16-26 June in Pretoria Accommodation. Browse through over 200 stalls or sit and relax with friends in the tea garden. The market is open daily from 09h00 to 17h00, including Sundays. The market is held at the Paul Jungnickel Home. For more information telephone +27 (0)12 809-0020/1.
If you’re looking for something alternative why not come to the Gauteng Astrology and Psychic Festival from 24-27 June 2010 at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park. There is a full programme of events with live workshops by experts in their respective fields.
A fairytale for all who are young at heart is Cinderella directed by Jill Girad and Keith Smith. Be transported into this fantasy world at the People Theatre with this singing and dancing cast, tickets start from R95 per person (available from Computicket) and the show runs from 1 June to 8 August 2010.
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Events in Mpumalanga:
The Komatipoort Prawn Festival (24-26 June) in Komatipoort is fun for the whole family with a wide variety of activities and takes place at the Komatipoort Sports Ground. Artitsts performing on large outdoor stage, wide variety of stall, beer tent, fun fair and much more …
From 24-27 June the Komatipoort Festival offers a “not for profit” local event with many activities and stalls for the whole family. South African artists such as Kwagga, Fredi Nest, William, Karlien Husselman and Jaycee and DJ Ossewa. The Komatipoort Festival also offers other popular family entertainment including food and other market stalls, childrens’ activities such as face painting and of course a merry go round. For more information you can contact Sue Steele on +27 (0)13 793 8262.
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Events in Limpopo:
Lephalale hosts The Ellisras Bushveld Festival from 30 June to 3 July and includes a cattle show, game auction, horse jumping, dog shows, agricultural activities, entertainment, food and lots more. For more information contact Marié Seegers on +27 (0)82 061-1382.
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Events in the North West Province:
From 10 June to 11 July visit the City of Matlosana’s Expo and Extravaganza at the PC Pelser Airport in Klerksdorp. This is a SMME Business Conference and Expo and you will be able to watch the World Cup Soccer at the soccer viewing area. For more information contact Lara on +27 (0)83 626-8440.
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In the Free State:
On Saturday 12 June the Smithfield ‘Bibber’ Chill Festival takes place in the . With many activities planned which include motorcycle and bike events, competitions and agricultural displays this will be a great way to see just what the charming little town of has to offer. (Need to book? See Smithfield accommodation).
Come and celebrate Lesedi FM’s 50th birthday at the Le Fihlile Music Festival in Welkom on Saturday 5 June at the Phakisa Raceway, tickets start from R90 per person and can be booked through Computicket.
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World Cup Events:
The 2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert happens on 10 June, the night before the opening ceremony at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto. This is the first kick-off celebration concert and has quite a line-up of both international and local artists. Alicia Keys, Amadou & Mariam, Angelique Kidjo, Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, The Parlotones and Vusi Mahlasela are a few of the performers and the concert will start at 20h00. Tickets for this event can be purchased from Computicket and will set you back a few rand as the tickets range from R450 to R1400 per person.
MTN Fan Zone at Montecasino is open from 11 June to 11 July and will only cost you R50 per person, this will be a fabulous place to be if you can’t be at the game. With a heap of entertainment and live screenings on the huge Outdoor Piazza screen as well as other areas you will certainly have soccer fever.
International Football Village at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg is another place to sit back, relax and watch the soccer live on a big screen. Tickets are R100 per person and there will also be plenty of food to keep you full as well as a Brazilian Caipi bar, an African shebeen and a Bavarian beerhouse to quench your thirst.
Artscape and the Western Cape Education Department have joined forces to celebrate the World Cup with ten Arts and Culture Focus schools performing works from professional choreographers in My Country – South Africa, on 15 and 16 June at the Artscape Theatre. Tickets cost R50 per person.
The Boys in the Photograph is both powerful and passionate and its central theme is the game of soccer. Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and written by Ben Elton come and watch this South African cast as they tell the tale of these young adults who are trying to live their lives. The show runs from 25 May to 11 July at the Mandela At Joburg Theatre in Johannesburg and tickets start from R293 per person.
If nothing else can get you off the couch this June then stand up in your lounge and learn the soccer based moves of South Africa’s diski dance a fun and energetic dance that will get you into the spirit of June 2010.