Every July, Durban becomes a playground for local and international
visitors looking for a warm escape during the winter
Not only is the ever-popular Durban July horse-racing event an
entertainment spectacle of note to add to social calendars, but another major
event and art festival worth attending is the Durban International Film Festival
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2018 festivals to experience around SA
DIFF – one of the biggest film festivals on the continent, running
for its 39th year - shines a spotlight on profound social
issues while providing a global platform for the practitioners in the film
The Festival’s programme includes 180 features films,
documentaries and shorts, and takes place in conjunction with the 9th
Durban FilmMart and 11th Talents Durban.
If you are a lover of fine art, nouveau films and have an
appreciation for creative and provocative cinema, then this is a film festival
not to be missed.
What you need to know:
When: 19 – 29 July.
Where: Various venues across Durban. Click here for all
vary per show. Click
here for more information.
Film buffs and entertainment-seekers can make the most of
the opportunity to get acquainted with local and international film talent -
together with family, friends and SA’s flourishing film community.
Film-lovers and filmmakers who travel from other parts of SA
for the festival can make the most of Durban by turning their stay into a short
vacation. See How
to have a sun-kissed mini-break in Durban for top tips.
There are also a number of other events happening in Durban
in winter to make the most of while visiting the coastal city - click here to find out more.
TRAVEL PLANNING: Winter
2018 festivals to experience around SA
But that’s not all - whip out your calendars, gather your
friends and start planning for these other art and entertainment festivals
If you're into arts, culture, drama and dance, chances are
good that you're well acquainted with the 'Grahamstown festival' as it is
affectionately known. Spread over 11 days, this year's festival is jam-packed
with performances, exhibitions, installations, craft markets, lectures and
workshops, some forming part of the main programme and others, the
PLAN YOUR TRIP: A complete
guide to gear up for the National Arts Festival 2018
The National Arts Festival is of great historical
importance, as it served as an important forum for political and protest
theatre during the height of the apartheid era.
A celebration of the arts, visitors can look forward to a
full two weeks of workshops, fashion exhibits, live performances and more.
The small town of Plettenberg Bay will be transformed, with
a festival atmosphere permeating every inch of the town. Music, art
exhibitions, street performances and street food will be available and active
to keep spirits up and bellies filled. Prices vary per film screening, starting
at R950 for an all-show pass - click
here for more details.
Winter school holidays: Fun things to do with the kids
Umhlanga Rocks hosts its first festival celebrating SA music
in the Umhlanga Rocks Festival,
set to take place on 14 July, from 12:00 to 20:00 at Chris Saunders Park in
Local music lovers will take pleasure in jamming to the
sounds of Matthew Mole, Desmond and The Tutus, The Kickstands, Freddy L and
Veranda Panda. There will also be a bar, G&T Garden and artisanal food
stalls to indulge in.
Kids under 8 enter free and must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets are R140 each – click here
Holiday Fun: Spice up your holiday in Durban
126th Rastafari Earth Festival, Knysna 20 - 30 July
Earth Day, or the birthday of the Rastafarian's spiritual
messiah, takes place on 23 July, and is honoured as part of the annual Earth
Festival from 22-30 July at Judah Square Knysna.
The festival includes musical acts, dancing and singing of
traditional songs. Members wear traditional attire, tell stories and recite
poems. The event is family-friendly and open to the public - and serves as a
platform for Rastafarians to openly share the traditions and roots of their
For bookings and
info contact Br Dawie Afrikaner/ Zebulon/ Zebs at 076 649 1034 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Food and Music Festival will take place at Chris Saunders Park in Umhlanga on 9
August, just in time for Women’s Day celebrations.
Goodluck and Josh Wantie headline the show featuring
local artists in this family-friendly music event. Children under 8 get in
free, while adults need to buy tickets at R100 each through Webtickets and R120 at the door.
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Northam 9 – 11 August
Ah, good old Oppikoppi! South Africa's quintessential rock
festival will be drawing thousands of music fanatics and good time chasers to
the dustiness that is Northam in Limpopo once again this year.
start at R575, which includes a festival pass and allows you to pitch a
tent in the designated camping areas. However, if you're after a bit of
comfort, you can always opt for one of the fancy
For the first time in South Africa, the Electronic Music
Dance Festival Tremor Fest will thrill fans at the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria on 18 August.
It promises first
class sound and production with a party from sunset to sunrise, featuring David Puentez from Germany and a local
line-up including Pascal & Pearce,
Chris Taylor, Chunda Munki, VIMO, Austin Cassim and Ricardo da Costa. Click here to buy tickets priced between R180
Poetry enthusiasts will delight in the sixth Poetry in
McGregor Festival, set to take place on 24-26 August, featuring more than 160
poets participating at various venues in the town.
New to this
year’s festival is the Helenvale Poets “back a buddy” project aims to bring 20
emerging poets from Helenvale, Port Elizabeth, to the McGregor Poetry Festival.
Get your tickets at Computicket from mid-July 2018 and remember to book
accommodation in advance.
The largest theatre festival in KwaZulu-Natal, the Hilton
Arts Festival brings some of the best performers and productions in SA to KZN’s
The festival takes the spotlight from 14-16 September at Hilton
College and also features craft exhibits, fine art displays, music shows, food
and drink stalls and the perfect opportunity to enjoy and appreciate all facets
of art with family and friends.
For more information email email@example.com or call
033 383 0126 (Box Office) or 033 383 0127 (festival enquiries).