Entertainment in Gauteng

  • Entertainment in Johannesburg

    Ellis Park – Emirates Airline Park

    The spiritual home of Jo’burg rugby, just east of the city centre, was the scene of one of the new nation’s proudest moments – victory in the 1995 World Cup. Local supporters are fanatical: a Saturday afternoon at the rugby can be an almost religious experience.

  • Entertainment in Johannesburg

    Katzy's

    This swanky den recalls the atmosphere of an old NYC jazz club. You’ll find mellow, live jazz Tuesday to Saturday evenings from around 8.30pm. It also boasts an exceptional menu of whiskies, cognacs and bourbons.

  • Entertainment in Johannesburg

    Good Luck Bar

    With exposed bricks and iron beams, visible piping and a long bar, the Good Luck Bar has obvious remnants of its previous life as a warehouse for buses and trams. Its latest incarnation is as a grungy live-music venue and bar only open for specific events – so check its website.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Soweto

    Soweto Theatre

    This R150-million complex is a vividly colourful and creative symbol of contemporary Soweto. Even if you don't come for a show or event, do drop by to admire the building and its fun interior artworks. Call ahead to book a free tour.

  • Entertainment in Soweto

    FNB Stadium

    Previously known as Soccer City, this was the headquarters of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The stadium is shaped like a calabash and dominates the abandoned mining tracts on the outskirts of Soweto. It’s an architectural treat, courtesy of Bobby van Bebber, that reminds hazy locals that they did indeed host the famous sporting event.

  • Entertainment in Johannesburg

    Bassline

    Jo'burg's most respected live-music venue gained prominence as a Melville jazz haunt in the late '90s before getting the world-music tip and relocating to Newtown in 2004. Today it covers the full range of international musicianship and more-popular reggae, rock and hip-hop styles.

  • Entertainment in Johannesburg

    Bioscope

    This cool independent cinema in the heart of Maboneng hosts international film festivals, shows throwback movies and airs provocative documentaries. Sit back and relax in old car seats and enjoy the movie. On Sunday from 11am to 2pm it screens short movies, including one about Maboneng, for free.

  • Entertainment in Johannesburg

    Market Theatre

    The city’s most important venue for live theatre has three performance spaces (John Kani, Mannie Manim and Barney Simon Theatres) as well as galleries and a cafe. There is always some interesting theatre on, from sharply critical contemporary plays to musicals and stand-up comedy – check the program online.

  • Entertainment in Johannesburg

    POPArt

    Showcasing up-and-coming performers, fringe productions and other quirky ensembles, POPArt is the kind of place where you see tomorrow’s theatre superstars today. The tiny amphitheatre-style set-up ensures intimate interaction between the performers and the audience. Shows include drama, poetry, live music and a regular Sunday night stand-up comedy gig.

  • Entertainment in Johannesburg

    Bidvest Wanderers Stadium

    This impressive stadium, just off the M1 freeway to Pretoria, is the city’s most important cricketing venue. Watch from the stands or head to the grassy banks near the Western Pavilion and braai yourself a steak while you watch a local limited-overs match or see South Africa’s best take on an international team.

  • Entertainment in Soweto

    Trackside

    Aptly named as it sits within spitting distance of the railway tracks, Trackside holds an independent beatmaking and live-music night on the last Thursday of the month as well as other music events. It also sells cool T-shirts with its own designs and other craft products.

  • Entertainment in Pretoria

    South African State Theatre

    This large theatre complex in the heart of central Pretoria hosts opera, jazz, comedy, ballet and theatre in its five theatres: the Arena, Studio, Opera, Drama and Momentum.

  • Entertainment in Johannesburg

    Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra

    The city’s orchestra stages a regular circuit of concerts at venues such as Wits University and City Hall. Call or check its website for the latest program.

  • Entertainment in Pretoria

    Brooklyn Mall Cinemas

    There are two cinemas here: Ster-Kinekor shows regular blockbusters, while Cinema Nouveau specialises in arty films.

  • Entertainment in Johannesburg

    Ster-Kinekor

    Has the widest distribution of multiplexes, with screens in the Fourways, Westgate, Eastgate, Sandton and Rosebank malls.

  • Entertainment in Soweto

    Orlando Stadium

    Home for the Orlando Pirates and worth a visit, especially when they play against their sworn enemy, the Kaizer Chiefs.

  • Entertainment in Johannesburg

    Market Laboratory Theatre

    An offshoot of the Market Theatre, aspiring actors and theatre practitioners train here. It acts as a showcase for community talent and occasionally student productions are open to the public.

  • Entertainment in Johannesburg

    Pieter Toerien Theatre

    Anyone who is (or used to be) someone in the South African performing arts has had a show here. The theatre, which is part of the Montecasino complex, stages some excellent international and local plays as well as big musicals.

  • Entertainment in Johannesburg

    Joburg Theatre Complex

    This leading theatre hosts mainstream local and international acts. Shows range from musicals to open mic comedy.