Nirox Sculpture Park, Cradle of Humankind

The Nirox Sculpture Park, the first of its kind near Johannesburg, offers a relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy an art form not ordinarily enjoyed by the general public. A single visit to the park could very well turn you into a lifelong lover of art, and more specifically, of sculptures. more

AmaZink township theatre, Kayamandi, Stellenbosch

AmaZink is a township dinner/theatre experience that takes place in Kayamandi, on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, every Friday night between October and March (in 2013/14 it was celebrating its third season). more

Land art in South Africa

Site-specific land art is different to anything you’ll find in a gallery in South Africa. Created by artists at locations around the country, it is inspired by South Africa’s beautiful and diverse environments. In most cases, the art is made using materials from nature. It is not always permanent and is designed to interact with the landscape and the people who experience it. more

Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Yvonne Chaka Chaka is an acclaimed singer-songwriter whose music has found favour across the African continent. Using her position in society as a platform for change, Chaka Chaka is also a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and United Nations Children’s Fund Goodwill Ambassador for malaria in Africa. more

Light from Africa

As well as serving a functional purpose, the art of pottery is rooted in the culture of many South Africans. Working with clay is a way to express our heritage, identity and creativity. It’s also a way to stimulate healing and confidence, which is why the Light from Africa Foundation in Cape Town runs a programme of pottery lessons and clay therapy for orphaned and vulnerable children. more

Comedy in South Africa

South African comedy took on a new life after the heavy cloak of apartheid oppression lifted in 1994, creating a multitude of diverse comedic personalities, styles and lingoes. Comedy in South Africa is now in hot demand, filling out venues and putting the country’s comedy acts on an international level. more

Icons of the Arts

South Africa has produced icons of the arts from an array of disciplines. Celebrated at home and abroad, these visual artists, writers, dancers, musicians and performers represent the country's diversity as well as its creative potential. They are all heroes of the arts. more

Dance culture in South Africa

Dance culture permeates South Africa, be it in the streets of its shanty towns or on the stages of its magnificent art houses, South African dancers have always displayed the kind of skill that leaves audiences awestruck. A naturally rhythmic country that, to a certain extent, jived to its freedom. more

South African architecture

Whether it’s the colonial splendour of Herbert Baker’s Union Buildings or the funky vibe of Johannesburg’s Arts on Main or the eclectic mix of design in Cape Town and Durban, South African urban architectural design has much to offer visitors. more

Jewellery Design

Jewellery design in South Africa is a sophisticated art. It reflects aesthetic trends and celebrates the country’s cultural and mineral riches. South African jewellery ranges from simple gold rings and leather bangles to elaborate diamond earrings. Designs are inspired by western as well as indigenous South African jewellery-making techniques and traditions. more

Contemporary Dance

Contemporary dance in South Africa demonstrates Africa's primal energy, drawing on ancient rhythms that have vibrated here since the beginning of humankind as we know it. With its finger firmly on the pulse of these rhythms, South Africa offers timeless expressions of contemporary dance. more


Besides providing access to reading materials and serving as resource centres for schools and tertiary education, South African libraries are custodians of South African knowledge, and essential in preserving the history and identity of the nation. Discover rare collections of books from around the country, as well as periodicals, newspapers and Africana. more

JRR Tolkien

Writer JRR Tolkien might have only spent three years in Bloemfontein, but South Africa is proud that the author of 'The Lord of the Rings' was born in the capital city of what is now the Free State province. His father's grave can be found in Bloemfontein’s cemetery. more