WATCH: Celebrating the Marula fruit in Limpopo + other upcoming Africa events not to miss

2019-03-08 12:00 - Gabi Zietsman
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When most people think of the marula fruit, images of drunken elephants or the creamy drink are probably the first thing that comes to mind.

What you may not know, is that the marula is bound up in a myriad of traditions and forms an important part, not only of Limpopo and South Africa's heritage, but Southern Africa at large as well.

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This thousand-year-old fruit is celebrated by the Limpopo province with their annual Marula Festival held in Ba-Phalaborwa with jubilant celebrations through music, art, cuisine and educational activities. The 14th edition concluded last week at the start of February, and the town was alive with eclectic festivities until the early hours of the morning.

The crowds thronged with excited revellers, but if you were either invited or paid a lot more you could escape the crowds (somewhat) in the VIP section, with easy access near the front of the stage.

However, if you really want to feel what the Marula Festival is all about, you're going to have to melt into the crowds for that ubuntu feeling.

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You may have missed this year's Marula Festival, but there are other amazing festivals coming up that will make you proud to be African.

Cape Town Carnival

When: 16 March 2019

Where: Green Point Fan Walk

Tickets: Free for standing; R350 for seated tickets (book here)

The carnival, a platform for artistic and cultural expression is now approaching its tenth iteration, with increasing boldness and confidence that can be seen in the messages it conveys. This year's theme is VUKA UKHANYE: Arise and Shine!

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Cape town International Jazz Festival

When: 29 - 30 March 2019

Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre

Tickets: R1 290 (book here)

A congregation of the best jazz artists in Africa, this festival boasts five stages with over 40 artists performing to adoring fans and bringing the city alive.

Afrikaburn

When: 29 April - 5 May 2019

Where: Tankwa Karoo National Park

Tickets: R150 - R450 (book here)

Shed the shackles of real life and enter the transcendent world of AfrikaBurn - where art comes to life in the middle of nowhere ready to transport you to another dimension.

READ: Colour me creative: Save the date for these 4 iconic SA art festivals returning in 2019

MTN Bushfire

When: 24 - 26 May 2019

Where: House on Fire, Swaziland

Tickets: R150 - R450 (book here)

This festival is the perfect excuse for a road trip to Swaziland, where the heartbeat of Southern Africa can be felt at the country's biggest festival.

Zakifo Music Festival

When: 24 - 25 May, 1 June 2019

Where: Durban Botanic Gardens, The Winston and The Werehouse, Durban

Tickets: R500 (book here)

Enjoy a cross-cultural music journey in Durban at Zakifo that focuses on Africa and Afro-centric artists across the genres.

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Bassline Fest

When: 25 May 2019

Where: Constitution Hill, Johannesburg

Tickets: R150 - R450 (book here)

Bassline will be celebrating Africa Day with a stellar lineup including Nigeria's Asá and Mr Eazi who will be headlining the extravaganza.

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