It’s time to holiday, so here’s a guide to
From parties and festivals to peaceful picnics and hikes, it’s all yours to enjoy
FESTIVALS Afropunk Festival
The Afropunk Festival is back in South Africa for another twoday affair. So if you’re keen for a mixed masala of cool — from the worlds of music, art, food and style, including the likes of Kaytranada, The Internet, King Tha, Public Enemy, Thundercat, Big Freedia and Phuzekhemisi — maybe this is for you. Details: The festival is on December 30 and 31 at Constitution Hill, 11 Kotze Street, Johannesburg. The price of tickets ranges from R600 to R2900. More information is available on afropunkfest.com/ johannesburg
End the year with views of a majestic mountain range for a three-day music extravaganza. The line-up includes the Zuko Collective, Batuk, Femi Koya, PHFAT and Nonku Phiri. Details: The festivities take place from December 29 to 31 at the Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge near Bergville, off the R74. Tickets cost R795 to R1540. To book tickets or find out more about transport, accommodation, the line-up, other activities (onsite and off), visit smokingdragon.org. Read the fine print, it’s important.
Ebubeleni Music Festival
Hosted by Somizi Mhlongo, this picnic is a perfect way for the family to end the year. Bring your baskets, cooler boxes and camp chairs and enjoy performances by Vusi Nova, Lady Zamar, Ringo, Busiswa, Heavy K and Amanda Black, among others. Details: If you want to be a part of lighting up the Friendly City, head to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, 70 Prince Alfred Road, North End, Port Elizabeth on December 30 and 31. Tickets cost R250 to R750 and can be purchased from Computicket. For more information visit ebubelenifest.co.za
Nieu-bethesda Festival of Lights
Celebrate the arrival of the new year with the Bethesda Arts Centre’s annual Festival of Lights and Lantern Parade. Join the singing procession to Hightown township and then back to the centre. You can make your own lantern or buy one. All are welcome to enjoy a braai and entertainment by a live band after the parade. Details: The festival will take place on December 31 starting at the centre on Miller Street. Tickets cost R150. For more information or to book tickets, visit nieubethesda.org
Cape Town Minstrel Carnival
Formerly known as the Kaapse Klopse Karnival, this colourful parade of thousands of minstrels through Cape Town’s streets takes place every year. Its origin goes back to the 19th century and the days of slavery, when slaves were given the day off on the second day of the new year. The 7km route starts in District Six’s Rose Street and ends near Greenpoint Stadium, where there the minstrel groups will compete. Details: The event starts on the second-last day of the old year (December 30) and ends on the second day of the new year (January 2).
Taken from Afrikaans, the “goggas” refer to insects. In this children’s play by Gillian Katz, a British butterfly befriends a Johannesburg ant who tries to get her back home to London. Through their travels the young audience has an opportunity to explore the diversity of South Africa’s heritage. Details: The play runs until December 23 at the National Children’s Theatre, 3 Junction Ave, Parktown, Johannesburg. Tickets cost R100 for children and R120 for adults. To book, contact the theatre on 011 5484 1584 or email book[email protected] For more information visit nationalchildrenstheatre.org.za
The holiday season also signals the litchis season. Explore the 100-year-old orchard on a trailer trailer and buy the fruit that has been picked and packaged at The Litchi Orchard. The farm that is also home to other small business owners who run restaurants and lifestyle designs. Makers’ markets are held on the second Saturday of the month and Orchard nights on Friday evenings. Details: Find the venue at 118 Seaforth Avenue, Salt Rock, Kwazulu-natal. The GPS coordinates are 29˚ 28’ 59.68” S and 31˚ 13’ 43.48” E. For more information write to [email protected]chiorchard.co.za or phone 0325255 Well-behaved dogs on leads are also welcome
Inflatable Space Maze Experience
With a guardian’s supervision, children aged four to 12 can get lost in this interactive inflatable maze for 45 minutes. The package includes a visit to a planetarium. Details: The maze is open until December 23 at Greenstone Shopping Centre, corner of Van Riebeeck and Modderfontein roads, Greenstone Hill, Johannesburg. Tickets cost R45 to R75 and are available from webticket.co.za. For more information visit greenstonemall.co.za
Night market and picnic and then New Year’s Eve celebrations
Pull in at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden for a picnic under the stars. Pack your own basket or splurge on goodies from the market. There’s also a night gathering for those who want to enter the new year in a chilled way. Details: The market and picnic will take place on December 22 and the new Year’s Eve event will be on, well, December 31. The botanical garden is in Malcolm Road, Roodepoort, Johannesburg. Tickets for both events cost R40 for children and R80 for adults. To buy tickets or for more information visit miid.co.za
by Mia Chaplin
With the use of feminine tropes and aesthetics, Mia Chaplin explores privacy, performed identity and the power of women. In this exhibition she moves from painting to the more dimensional mode of sculpting. Details: The exhibition runs until January 26 at Whatiftheworld Gallery, 16 Buiten Street, Cape Town City Centre. For more information visit whatiftheworld.com.
Let’s get high: See things from a different perspective by booking a sunrise balloon safari (above) in the Magaliesberg, or by travelling to the Drakensberg Amphitheatre for the Smoking Dragon festival, which features Femi Koya (below). Photo: Alet Pretorius/gallo Images