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TTo be in South Africa is to be part of a story that goes back to the start of all humanity. Today, South Africa has evolved into an amazing mix of modern cultures, inspiring history and incredible heroes. It really is a melting pot with roots that run deeper than you think.

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Bierfest

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Bierfest

The Bierfest is the closest representation of the German beer culture. Break out the lederhosen and dirndls and get ready for a “top Klaus bier festival” when the Newlands Brewery Village Green transforms into a Bavarian-style beer hall. Dates: Durban: 31 August – 1 September Pretoria: 2– 3 November Cape Town: 28– 29 November

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International Jazz Extravaganza

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International Jazz Extravaganza

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.

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Grahamstown National Arts Festival

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Grahamstown National Arts Festival

The National Arts Festival is an important event on the South African cultural calendar, and the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent. It has become the home for artists from different corners of the creative world. Whether you are a dancer, musician, painter or a mere art lover, the Grahamstown National Arts Festival is where you belong. From theatre to dance, opera to cabaret, fine art to craft art, classical music to jazz, poetry readings to lectures, every art form imaginable is represented in one of the most diverse festivals in the world. For 11 days every year, the Eastern Cape town of Grahamstown transforms from a sleepy haven of academics, students and entrepreneurs into the heart of South Africa’s arts scene.

R500

Turbine Art Fair

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R500
Turbine Art Fair

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. Exhibitors – whether galleries, collectors or dealers – are invited to exhibit contemporary artwork priced below R40 000. The Turbine Art Fair takes place at the iconic Turbine Hall in Newtown. It attracts a diverse crowd of visitors ranging from established collectors to guests who have never purchased art but are interested in finding out more and starting a collection. The fair is a lifestyle event with live music performances, delicious food and drinks as well as entertainment for the whole family. Attendees of this exciting art fair have the opportunity to fulfil both their art-viewing and art-buying needs, while the pop-up cafe and bar caters for their discerning taste buds.

Photo & Film Expo

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Photo & Film Expo

The Photo & Film Expo is the largest photography event in Africa, with over 400 brands under one roof. It is the perfect platform to interact with your favourite camera brands or bring your camera in for repairs. There are also workshops throughout the expo, where speakers get to share their knowledge of the field. Taking place in Johannesburg, expect great deals on a wide variety of products ranging from professional to the enthusiast. The expo is extremely focused and serves as a platform where photographers and enthusiasts can network and learn. With well over a hundred workshops running during the four-day event, the expo is time well invested. See the latest technologies and a wide range brands related to the imaging industry, and pick up some amazing ideas and bargains as well.

Macufe

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Macufe

Macufe is a cultural-based festival that showcases a wide range of African arts and culture to the world. It is held in Bloemfontein every year. Macufe, the ten-day Mangaung African Cultural Festival, showcases the cream of African and international talent. It features jazz, gospel, kwaito, hip-hop, R&B, rock and classical music, as well as dance, drama, cabaret, musical theatre, poetry, fine art and traditional arts and crafts. First held in 1997 before an audience of 30 000, Macufe now attracts over 140 000 people from South Africa, Africa and the world. The festival is presented in late September and early October by the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State.

A commemoration of a bold life – The Luthuli Museum

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A commemoration of a bold life – The Luthuli Museum

Albert Luthuli was the first African to receive a Nobel peace Prize. The Luthuli museum commemorates his life and achievements.

Pollsmoor Prison - ‘A tent of blue which prisoners call the sky’

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Pollsmoor Prison - ‘A tent of blue which prisoners call the sky’

The Iziko Slave Lodge tells a story of slaves who were captured in South East Asia and brought to the Cape by the Dutch East India Company.

The Iziko Slave Lodge sheds light on the history of slavery in South Africa

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The Iziko Slave Lodge sheds light on the history of slavery in South Africa

The Iziko Slave Lodge tells a story of slaves who were captured in South East Asia and brought to the Cape by the Dutch East India Company.

The Old Synagogue - from Jewish place of worship to historic courtroom

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The Old Synagogue - from Jewish place of worship to historic courtroom

Paul Kruger Street Synagogue, the first synagogue to be constructed in Pretoria, was expropriated by the government in 1952 and converted into a special Supreme Court.

Nelson Mandela’s African journey

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Nelson Mandela’s African journey

As he made his way through Tanzania for the first time since 1962, he arrived in the city of Mbeya. This was a cathartic moment for Mandela, marking the first time he had truly felt free. In Long Walk to Freedom, he wrote, “I then truly realised that I was in a country ruled by Africans. For the first time in my life, I was a free man … I felt the burden of oppression lifting from my shoulders … I was being judged for the first time not by the colour of my skin but by the measure of my mind and character.”

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory – the legacy lives on

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The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory – the legacy lives on

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory is committed to preserving the work of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

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