South Africa

DECEMBER 2017

2 December

THE LINDEN MARKET X-MAS EDITION, JO’BURG

The Linden Market’s Christmas edition at the Botanical Gardens in Emmarentia will be bigger than ever, with over 130 stalls selling jewellery, antiques, vintage fashion, baby products, accessories, homeware and art. Make it a family day and enjoy some of the best of Jozi’s musicians, while tucking into delicious cuisine from The Kitchen Kid, The Rogue Cheddar, Don Paella, Ritual Café and A la Bouffe among others.

You can cool down with ice-cold beer from Bullcook Brewing Co, sip cocktails created by the likes of Gudgu or enjoy a glass of South African wine or bubbly. Dogs are welcome.

5 December

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER’S DAY

Do your bit on International Volunteer’s Day. Visit forgood.co.za – an online platform that connects passionate people with accredited causes across South Africa – to find out how you can help. Respond to a real-time need or post an offer of your own and an interested cause will contact you. Whether it’s editing video footage or auditing a non-profit’s financials, your actions will make a difference.

“International Volunteers Day is the perfect opportunity to give back; one small act of goodwill can go a long way,” says Andy Hadfield, CEO of forgood. “By connecting to causes through forgood’s online platform, individuals and groups can get involved with social change in a real and impactful way from just about anywhere.”

7 December 

BUYEL’ EKHAYA MUSIC FESTIVAL, EAST LONDON

This significant festival, now in its ninth year, celebrates Pan African culture. This year’s star-studded line-up at Buffalo Park Cricket Stadium i features Amanda Black, Ringo Madlingozi, Black Coffee, DJ Tira, Ntando, Vusi Nova, Oliver Mtukudzi, Berita, Distruction Boyz, Lady Zamar, VJ Nutty and Zahara.

7-13 December

DOLPHINS BY STARLIGHT, DURBAN

Get festive at uShaka Marine World with the eagerly anticipated Dolphins by Starlight. The magnificent uShaka Sea World dolphins will perform to Christmas soundtracks and will be joined by the Durban Gospel Choir, “Divo” Clive Gumede, songbird Haylea Hounsom, a live band and a host of other talented guest artists. Expect plenty of Christmas carols as well as stirring renditions of much loved favourites such as the Halleluja Chorus from Quincy Jones’s Soulful Messiah, Mariah Carey’s Joy to the World, God Bless Africa and the Hip-Hop Nutcracker.

9 December

BUGZ PLAYPARK, CAPE TOWN

Bugz PlayPark is marking its 10th birthday with an exclusive bash to celebrate a decade of parties, playdates and fun. A mime artist, a magic show by Regardt Laubscher, a performance by Limited Edition Drum Corps SA, a bubble corner, a character parade and so much more will add to the fun.

The venue offers a range of play experiences for kids between the ages of 2 to 10 and caters for children with disabilities. The enormous shaded outdoor playpark, as well as the large indoor area filled with obstacle courses, slides, educational boards and challenges keep little ones busy while allowing creativity to overflow.

9 December

PUBS, BARS & ROOFTOP TOUR, JO’BURG

Take a curated open-top bus tour and relax as guide and author Gerald Garner fills you in on the city’s history. Experience some of Jo’burg’s most famous drinking spots – from trendy rooftop bars to the coolest hidden spots in the city. Explore Jo’burg’s inner-city, which is undergoing a remarkable rebirth, offering more world-class entertainment options than you can imagine.

16 December

NUBIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL, NORTH WEST

T-Musicman, in association with Eagle Waters Wildlife Resorts, presents the inaugural Nubian Music Festival. It will be held at the Eagle Waters Wildlife Restort near the Hartbeespoort Dam. The line-up includes top acts such as Caiphus Semenya, Tsepo Tshola, Selaelo Selota, Ringo Madlingozi, Brenda Mtambo and many others.

Peter Tladi, CEO of T-Musicman, says: “We are pleased that Gauteng and neighbouring North West residents who might not be going away for the December holidays finally have a big concert to dazzle them. What makes this a truly special festival is that the scenic Hartbeespoort Dam and the Magaliesberg mountain range will add to the ambiance of what promises to be a musical delight for the whole family.”

26 December     

KWANZAA 16TH YEAR CELEBRATIONS, JO’BURG

The 16th celebration of Kwanzaa at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg will highlight “umoja”, which means unity, the first principle of Kwanzaa. Young and old members of the Afrikan community are invited to celebrate Afrika’s diversity and pride through an array of activities, including a market, food and music.

The opening ceremony will be an eclectic presentation of cultural ceremonies, thanksgiving, appreciation, motivational words and creative messages. In addition to the main programme, there will be a separate educational programme for children and youth, with exciting and interactive activities focusing on Afrikan history and culture.

30 December

LIGHTING UP THE FRIENDLY CITY, NELSON MANDELA BAY STADIUM, PORT ELIZABETH

The much awaited 6th edition of the Annual Ebubeleni Music Festival is set to light up the friendly city and will definitely be BIGGER at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.  “The five-tier state of the art Stadium will host Nelson Mandela Bay’s flagship award winning cultural event on Saturday 30 December 2017. This year’s line up has been carefully selected to cater for young and old and it includes Mafikizolo, Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu, Amanda Black, AKA, Jaziel Brothers, Smashing Soweto, Lady Zamar; just to mention a few. Tickets are available at Computicket. For more information, contact Mahambehlala Communications on 081 738 8792 or pr@mahambehlalacomms.co.za

30-31 December

AFROPUNK FESTIVAL, JOHANNESBURG

The  iconic global cultural movement AFROPUNK will bring two nights of music, style, art and food to Johannesburg’s Constitution Hill under the theme We The People. American R&B star Solange, Anderson Paak, Laura Mvula, Theo Parrish, King Tha vs Blk Jks among other artists are billed to appear on the three stages at the festival.

The Afropunk Festival is a musical institution, defining culture in the music world for over 14 years, a triumph of multiculturalism and diversity for people of all races, genders, colours, creeds and tastes.  New York, Atlanta, London and Paris are all home to global Afropunk events, and now Johannesburg. Festival co-creator Matthew Morgan says: “We are excited about collaborating with South African artists, audiences and service providers in a similar way as we do in America and in Europe, as we establish Afropunk in Africa,” says Morgan. “The theme of We the People, a phrase that begins both the American and South African constitutions, and was chosen specifically to coincide with Afropunk’s first outing in Johannesburg, which makes the Constitution Hill venue even more poignant.”

31 December

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS AT THE V&A WATERFRONT, CAPE TOWN

Plan your last day of 2017 in style, with New Year’s Eve celebrations hosted by the V&A Waterfront. The five-and-a-half hour festivities will include an array of activity and entertainment zones, together with food trucks across the property for visitors to grab a quick bite on the go. For those wanting to unwind with retail therapy or a sit-down dinner, there are more than 450 stores and 80 restaurants to explore while awaiting the arrival of 2018.

Live entertainment by magicians, musicians, jugglers and solo artists will enthral visitors, adding music and vibrancy throughout the property. There will also be a food market, fast food restaurants, food trucks and so on.

As per tradition, the sky will light up at midnight with a beautiful fireworks display, ringing in the first few minutes of the New Year in festive colour.

31 December

NIUE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, EASTERN CAPE

For New Year’s Eve fun for the whole family, visit the Niue Festival of Lights in the Eastern Cape.