Cultural in Zululand

King Shaka Day Celebration

On 24 September, as a part of the larger nationwide Heritage Day celebration, thousands of Zulus converge on KwaDukuza (Stanger) for the King Shaka Day Celebration. The annual event, attended by the current Zulu kin…
Cultural in Zululand

Reed Dance

Every year thousands of bare-breasted Zulu ‘maidens’ gather before their king, honouring the ancient tradition of the Reed Dance. In days long past, the king would select a new bride from among the beautiful throng.…
Cultural in Zululand

Shembe Festival

During October more than 30,000 Zulus gather at Judea, 15km east of Eshowe, to celebrate the Shembe, the Church of the Holy Nazareth Baptists – an unofficial religion that manages to combine Zulu traditions with Chr…
Film in Durban

Durban International Film Festival

A cinematic showcase of 200-plus films, held in July. One of the oldest and largest film festivals in Southern Africa.
Religious in Durban


The three-day Diwali (towards the end of the year; dates change) is also known as the Festival of Lights.
Music in Durban

Awesome Africa Music Festival

Highlighting music and theatre from across the continent.