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

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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

Smok­ing Dragon

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).

FAM­ILY FRIENDLY

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

Litchi feast

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

EX­HI­BI­TIONS

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

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