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What started off as a just a fashion show has now become an annual lifestyle event that showcases the best of South African talent. From firm fashion favourites to emerging artists, the shows feature everything from glamorous garments, ready-to-wear pieces, wedding couture and the latest development in menswear. African Fashion International (AFI) was established as part of an unequivocal determination to propel and restore refined African fashion brands on the global stage. Apart from the established names in the business, the annual couture conference affords young designers the opportunity to dazzle audiences with their fresh ideas and share the runway with the elite crew of trendy exhibitors. Aside from checking out the competition, business-savvy fashionistas can also look forward to the much-anticipated conference where speakers give budding designers business advice and tips on how to stay relevant. This event takes place in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
This is an ultra-marathon of approximately 89km that is held in KZN. It is an annual event that takes place during the second quarter of the year and is one of the oldest annual events in South Africa, as the first race took place in 1921. Run between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg, the race alternates between an “up” and “down” run, from the coast inland and vice versa. Many call it the world's greatest ultra-marathon, and one of the reasons this fabled South African marathon has the title is because of the wealth of legends in its history.
The International Jazz Extravaganza is a platform that showcases all the greats of jazz music. The line-up is usually filled with a combination of international acts and local jazz legends. The International Jazz Extravaganza will be held in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, along the lush eastern seaboard of South Africa, and of course will also once again be wowing jazz fans with inspiring star performances and unmatched hospitality when it returns to the Durban ICC Arena. So far three acts for the night have been announced – the edgy US jazz vocalist, Kurt Elling; well-known local artist, Nduduzo Makhatini; and highly-acclaimed vocalist and pianist, Thandi Ntuli. The first IJE offered something that no other jazz event in South Africa catered for – entertainment for the pure jazz lover. This, along with a luxurious hospitality experience that combines music, food, and travel is what makes IJE so unique.
The Turbine Fair is an annual art fair that seeks to promote new work and talent all while establishing an art audience and collector base.
The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is held in Johannesburg each year, and showcases 35 performances on four stages in three days. It’s an initiative that seeks to contribute to social cohesion, economic growth and cultural tourism. The Joy of Jazz Festival presents a diverse range of jazz styles inclusive of the giants of jazz and the upcoming young artists. There is something for everyone in the line-up every year, which is truly inspirational. The show promises to bring audiences some exciting and innovative collaborations this year.
The Nedbank Golf Challenge is annual event held at Sun City, where golf enthusiasts get to get watch the beautiful game. It attracts a number of international and local golfers who all play for the championship title.
The first Cherry Festival was held in 1968 and is the longest-running festival in South Africa. You can indulge on fresh, succulent cherries – harvested from October to December. The festival stretches over three days and attracts up to 30 000 people. The festival offers quality family shows and activities such as the herding of sheep, horse rides, camel rides, helicopter flips, steam train rides at Sandstone Estate, and tours through the town to see the beautiful sandstone buildings and architecture. Ficksburg is situated on the scenic landscape of the eastern Free State, nestled between the foot of the Imperani Mountain and the banks of the Caledon River. It is known as the cherry capital of the world, and to celebrate this fact, the town hosts the annual cherry festival. It is the largest cherry-producing area in South Africa, and the first successful cherry trees were planted in this area in 1905.
The Free State Flower Festival – scheduled to take place in Parys, a small, vibrant town on the banks of the Vaal River – will be the flower event of the year. The event is a joint venture between the governments of the Free State and Madeira in Portugal, who host the world’s largest flower festival. Included in this extravaganza are 500 dancers, five massive floats and giant flower puppets performing around a spectacular flower precinct in a Disney-like flower story. It is the first time a fully-fledged, massive flower parade takes to the streets, anywhere in South Africa. The Flower Precinct is the area where several floral exhibits will be located. These will include regional exhibitors, wholesalers, retailers and delicious food and drink vendors. Various activities and fun-themed events will be staged over the two days of the festival, and will provide entertainment for the entire family. Among the highlights will be a fully-flower production narrated by the renowned Gina Hlope, musical performances, kid shows and various floral competitions.
The Ultra South Africa music festival is a franchise event of Ultra Worldwide. This is a two-day music event where legends of house music such as Black Coffee, Felix Jeahn, David Guetta, DJ Snake and many others get to entertain a packed audience with their sets. Ultra is one of the most celebrated festival brands in the world, and though 2014 was the first time the thumping bash descended on the African continent, the event has been staged all over the globe, with audiences in Brazil, Korea and the party capital of the world, Ibiza. It all began in Miami, Florida, back in 1999, and the music festival has since become internationally renowned for bringing together the hottest names in the dance scene. To date, the massive outdoor party has managed to conquer nine countries on five continents with the same epic flair that was made famous by the original event. Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town 1 March 2019Exo Centre, Nasrec, Johannesburg 2 March 2019
The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is a popular social event in South Africa. Spectators get to watch the game of kings while sipping on some of the finest bottles of champagnes. Socialites and the crème de la crème of African influencers will descend on South Africa’s most prestigious polo estate, Val de Vie Estate to witness international polo players compete for the coveted Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cup. Guests can expect to taste food inspired by glamour and luxury, all enjoyed with Veuve Clicquot champagne, of course. Val de Vie Estate will also be transformed in line with the theme, to ensure guests experience a journey of the senses around the world with Veuve Clicquot, without leaving the picturesque Paarl/Franschhoek valley.
The Sun Grandwest Motorshow is one of the biggest motorshows held in Cape Town. The showcase is a made up of the latest bikes, concept cars, trucks as well as food and family entertainment. This incredible event will get your engine revving with an impressive array of cars, bikes and trucks – from the vintage classics to modern exotics and big-rigs. Let your inner-child loose and run amok through the rows of slender speed machines and screaming engines. This year, you can expect a classic car section, an outdoor 4x4 area, a drifting zone, a bike zone and plenty of amazing engines to ogle. The organisers have arranged for drivers from SA and all over the world to come and show off their awesome tricks and quirks, making this a very unique opportunity for motor enthusiasts. This is a world-class, family-friendly event with live music and food stalls to keep the atmosphere vibrant and your stomach satisfied.
The Cape Town Cycle Tour is a 109km rush through Cape Town and its beautiful surroundings. Most of the Mother City's residents turn out to cheer and watch 35 000 cycling enthusiasts go by in a glorious multi-coloured, light-weight Lycra wave. First sponsored by one of the local newspapers, this is the world's largest individually-timed cycle race, and attracts people from all over the world every year. Taking place in the first quarter of the year, it is always considered a great day out, watching the cyclist head up the dreaded Suikerbossie or enjoying the views along Chapman’s Peak or the Sea Point promenade