Events

Performing Arts in Gaborone

Maitisong Festival

Botswana's largest performing-arts festival has been running since 1987 and is held over seven days in late March or early April. It features an outdoor program of music, theatre, film and dance, as well as an indoo…
Cultural in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Cape Town Minstrel Carnival

Tweede Nuwe Jaar (2 January) is when the satin- and sequin-clad minstrel troupes traditionally march through the city for the Kaapse Klopse (Cape Minstrel Festival) from Keizergracht St, along Adderley and Wale Sts …
Art in Grahamstown

National Arts Festival

Africa's largest arts festival runs for 10 days at the beginning of July. Remember two things: book ahead, as accommodation at this time can be booked out a year in advance; and bring something warm, as nights can b…
Cultural in Northern Malawi

Malipenga Dance Season

Around northern towns such as Nkhata Bay and Karonga, locals celebrate both the end of the harvest and their Tonga culture with malipenga dances. Malipenga imitates military drills: it was devised by northerners who…
Music in Malawi

Lake of Stars Music Festival

One of the region’s largest spectacles, this three-day music festival features live acts from around Africa and Europe. It takes place in a different lakeshore venue each year, with proceeds benefiting charity. Book…
Cultural in Ibo Island

Kueto Siriwala

Since 1773 Ibo has celebrated Kueto Siriwala (meaning 'don't forget your roots'), one of the best festivals in northern Mozambique. Marking the date the island was made capital of Cabo Delgado province, celebrations…
Music in Harare

HIFA – Harare International Festival of Arts

The annual event, held over six days around late April or early May, brings international acts to produce a crammed timetable alongside Zimbabwean artists. Performances include Afrobeat, funk, jazz, soul, opera, cla…
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…
Music in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Cape Town’s biggest jazz event, attracting big names from both South Africa and overseas, is usually held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre at the end of March. It includes a free concert in Greenmark…
Cultural in Namakwa & the Hantam Karoo

AfrikaBurn

The subcultural survivalist blowout happens about 100km south of Calvinia, off Rte 355 (untarred) to Ceres, near Tweefontein and the Tankwa Karoo National Park. It's a weeklong event, usually taking place in late Ap…