Entertainment in Africa

  • Entertainment in Malabo

    L'Institut Culturel d'Expression Française

    All sorts of artistic endeavours are represented here, from debates to musical evenings, fashion shows, dance and art exhibitions. Both locals and visitors from France are represented. Find the program on the website and on the placemats in the restaurant, La Vie est Belle.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Tangier

    Cinema Rif

    The brightest light on Tangier’s cultural scene, Cinema Rif is a combination art-house cinema, cafe and archive. Young locals come to soak up the ambience and use the free wi-fi in this well-restored art deco building. It shows both indie and mainstream films, mostly American, Moroccan, Spanish or French (with Spanish and American films often dubbed into Arabic).

  • Entertainment in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

    Fugard Theatre

    Named in honour of Athol Fugard, South Africa’s best-known living playwright, this very impressive arts centre was created from the former Congregational Church Hall. There are two stages, the largest theatre also doubling up as a ‘bioscope’ – a fancy word for a digital cinema where top international dance and opera performances are screened.

  • Entertainment in Accra

    Alliance Française

    With several concerts a week (rock, jazz, reggae, hip-hop), exhibitions and various cultural events, the cultural arm of the French embassy is a good bet whenever you're in town.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Accra

    +233

    This 'Jazz Bar & Grill', as the strapline goes, is probably the best live-music venue in Accra. Bands come from all over the continent and there is a great atmosphere.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Darling

    Evita se Perron

    This uniquely South African cabaret, featuring Pieter-Dirk Uys as his alter ego Evita Bezuidenhout, touches on everything from South African politics to history and ecology. Nothing is off limits – including the country’s racially charged past. Although the shows include a smattering of Afrikaans, they’re largely in English and always hilarious and thought-provoking. Buffet meals are available for those attending a show.

  • Entertainment in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

    Cape Philharmonic Orchestra

    The grand auditorium to the rear of the old City Hall has very good acoustics that are taken advantage of by this orchestra and accompanying local choirs. Entrance is on Corporation St. Concerts happen throughout the year: check online for the schedule.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Kampala

    Ndere Centre

    If you’re interested in traditional dance and music, try to catch a dinner-theatre performance of the Ndere Troupe at Ndere Centre. It showcases dances from many of Uganda’s tribal groups with high-energy shows taking place in a 700-seat amphitheatre on Sundays at 6pm and Wednesday at 7pm. On Fridays it's afro-jazz from 7pm. Dinner is mediocre (and optional).

  • Entertainment in Southern Suburbs

    Newlands Cricket Ground

    Newlands would be a shoo-in for the title of the world’s prettiest cricket ground – if it weren’t for a nearby mega-brewery messing up the view towards the back of Table Mountain. With room for 25,000, the ground is used for all international matches. Tickets cost around R60 for local matches and up to R250 for internationals.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

    Alexander Bar & Café

    Playwright Nicholas Spagnoletti and software engineer Edward van Kuik are the driving duo behind this fun, eccentric space in a gorgeous heritage building. Downstairs is a very popular LGBT-friendly bar, while upstairs is a studio theatre with a packed programme of plays, musical performances and other speaking events.

  • Entertainment in Cairo

    Makan

    The Egyptian Centre for Culture & Art runs this intimate space dedicated to folk music. Don’t miss the traditional women’s zar, a sort of musical trance and healing ritual on Wednesday nights (doors open at 8.30pm). Tuesday evening has various performances of folk music, often an Egyptian-Sudanese jam session (doors open at 7.30pm).

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Tangier

    Beit Al Tarab

    This red-brick teahouse is so gorgeous and well decorated it may indeed be a museum. The walls are adorned with striking artwork and instruments from the owner's personal collection – even the bathrooms are stunning. After 7pm, the place fills with locals drinking tea, eating organic cookies and clapping to traditional live music. Who needs alcohol to have fun anyway?

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Nairobi

    Live at the Elephant

    This may just be the most appealing live-music venue in town. It draws a trendy, upmarket crowd with its fair share of Nairobi hipsters for the regular program of up-and-coming artists (mostly Kenyan with some from further afield in Africa). Check out the Facebook page to see what's coming up.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Casablanca

    Grand Théâtre de Casablanca

    About to open at the time of research, this dazzlingly white, ubercontemporary structure designed by a Pritzker Prize–winning architect dominates one of Casablanca's most popular squares. The largest theatre in Africa, it's a multidisciplinary art space including two halls that will hold 2400 people, and a music space for 300. And it’ll be inclusive of the wider community, with performances projected on to the Place Mohammed V.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Southern Suburbs

    Baxter Theatre Centre

    Since the 1970s the Baxter has been the focus of Capetonian theatre. There are three main venues at the centre – a 674-seat theatre, a concert hall and a studio – and between them they cover everything from comedy and kids’ shows to classical music and African dance spectaculars.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Lagos

    New Afrika Shrine

    Just by showing up you'll get a political education, a lesson in shakin' it and a contact high. Though Fela's original Shrine was burnt down, this replacement run by his children is the best show in town. Femi Kuti plays on Thursdays (free) and Sundays. Fela's most approximate reincarnation Seun Kuti plays the last Saturday of the month.

  • Entertainment in Zanzibar Town

    Hurumzini Movie Café

    Come for coffee, a meal or a movie – or all three. With comfortable sofas, funky decor and an imaginative menu (snacks from Tsh3000; meals Tsh9000 to Tsh15,000), this is a great little place. Swing by during the day to see what's showing in the evening; between 10am and 5pm customers can choose the film, or just enjoy the food and friendly ambience.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Centre Ville

    Théâtre National Tunisien Le 4ème Art

    Built as a cinema but now functioning as an intimate theatre space, this is the epicentre of Tunis' cultural scene. Home of the Théâtre National Tunisien (Tunisian National Theatre), it hosts performances of theatre, dance and music. The cafe Cercle des Amis du Théâtre National in its foyer is a popular meeting place and has occasional free performance events.

  • Entertainment in Southern Suburbs

    Galileo Open-Air Cinema

    Most Wednesday evenings from November to April, you can watch a movie outdoors in Kirstenbosch gardens (entry is from 6pm; movies start between 7.30pm and 8.30pm, depending on sunset time). Check the website for what's showing, and note that screenings will only be cancelled in extreme weather and that you cannot bring your own backrest or chair.

  • Entertainment in Chã das Caldeiras

    Casa Ramiro

    If you're staying overnight, don't miss the nightly performance (around 6pm) at Casa Ramiro, a grocery store where you can try local goat cheese and homemade manecon wine. Ramiro and his children, neighbours and friends all perform live music.