South African Cultural Observatory

Heritage Month

27 AUG 2019 - 29 SEP 2019
Category: Art
Region: Eastern Cape
Town: Various
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JOMBA! CONTEMPORARY DANCE FESTIVAL – Durban (27 August – 8 September)

The JOMBA! Festival – which celebrates its 21st edition in 2019 – is South Africa’s premier space for the growth and development of young Durban, KZN and South African dancers and choreographers and for bringing Durban audiences the global world of dance. JOMBA! Is globally recognised as the premier African dance festival and, for artists participating, it has a reputation for being a serious and nurturing space for dance development. JOMBA!’s 21-year sustained history has put Durban on the global dance map!

WILLISTON WINTER FESTIVAL – Northern Cape (30 August – 1 September)

This year the festival will be the best thing to do in the Karoo over the flower season and is the best time to visit the Karoo. Not only will there be again more than 100 "rieldancers" but you will also be entertained by a variety of local talents as well as famous bands. There will be lots of stalls and a chance to sample delicious Karoo food. Williston is a small town so you should book early if you want to sleep over. The festival will be concentrating on showcasing the interesting and unique talents, customs and landscape of the Northern Cape Karoo. This is something not to be missed. Come and enjoy the fun!


The event was first launched at the Orlando stadium in Soweto in 1998 and has grown bigger and better each year with locals and visitors enjoying all the fun and excitement. The Moretele Park Tribute Concert is an annual festival, which is held at Moretele Park in Mamelodi, Pretoria. The Concert is a great way to spend your day. Invite all your friends and your family to join in the festivities of the day. There will be a fantastic line-up of local artists bringing entertainment to all visitors.

JOZI BOOK FAIR – Johannesburg (29 August – 1 September)

The JBF Festival is held over four days in September. The Fair will open at 09h00 and close at 17h00 every day. Special events may be held beyond 17h00 by arrangement with the organisers and will be reflected in the Final Programme. The Festival provides a platform for readers, writers, artists, school youth, children, adults and the public. The Festival is organised around the JBF’s work with its constituencies and the public throughout the year. The Jozi Book Fair annual event includes book launches, conversations with writers, art and literature exhibitions, a networking space for small publishers’; a discussion forum of Reading Circles, especially youth groups from townships in South Africa; and a space for local writers to interact with writers from Africa and the world.

Moshito Music Conference – Johannesburg (5 – 7 September)

Moshito Music Conference and Exhibitions is Africa's premier event for the music industry to engage on the business of music and has positioned itself as a platform for the music industry businesses and organisations, small enterprises, artists, and musicians to engage the business of music. Since 2004 Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition has established itself as Africa's premiere music industry event. With a purpose to broaden the business intelligence of music industry professionals in Africa, strengthen business networks for participants and inform delegates, traders and the public about the multifaceted and dynamic nature of the global music industry.

VOORKAMERFEST DARLING – Western Cape (6-8 September)

The Voorkamerfest is a festival like no other, where the theatre productions are performed in resident’s homes. Intimate performances welcoming performers and audience … the hosts proudly open their homes adding true South African hospitality. Each year the village comes together and 21 home owners throughout Darling volunteer their homes to host the theatre production –  a warm Darling welcome awaits you… this being the charm and secret ingredient of The Voorkamerfest – the coming together and sharing of live theatre performances under the umbrella of the arts!

SOWETO FESTIVAL – Soweto (6 – 8 September)

Jo’burg Tourism invites you to celebrate 10 years of wine in Soweto at the 10th annual Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival. Taste over 1000 wines; delight in Gauteng’s finest foods, and unwind to the soulful sounds of Soweto’s finest DJs and musicians; browse through one of the many travel and wine lounges and learn to pair food and win at the Nederburg Wine and Robertson Herbs and Spices Taste Theatre.

HILTON ARTS FESTIVAL – KwaZulu Natal (13 – 15 September)

The annual Hilton Arts Festival is a feast of theatre, music, dance, craft and visual art, as well as excellent food. Hilton College Theatre is the second largest, fixed-seated venue in KwaZulu-Natal, with a seating capacity of 486. The theatre is used both by the school, as well as for commercial ventures. A large number of well-known local and international stars have appeared on the Hilton stage.

JOBURG ART FAIR – Sandton (13 -15 September)

The annual Joburg Art Fair will showcase the best in contemporary African art and design, with 23 Galleries and 11 Special Projects. The Alfa Romeo Art Talks Program will feature local and international gallerists and artists. Grolsch have commissioned glass artist Martli Jansen van Rensburg to create a green glass installation that will be exhibited at the Fair for the first time. St Leger & Viney will be creating a special fabric based on a design by artist Lawrence Lemaoana that will be on sale at the Fair and used in exclusive spaces at the Fair itself.

SCOPEX – Johannesburg (14 September)

At the Telescope & Astronomy Expo, you can expect a large variety of quality telescopes, accessories and books and exhibitions of self-made telescopes, accessories and AstroPhotos. There will be telescope making demonstrations, science shows, rocket displays, camera obsucra, presentations and lectures.

THE CAPE TOWN BAROQUE FESTIVAL – Cape Town (18 – 24 September)

Since 2017, the annual Cape Town Baroque Festival (CTBF), presented by Camerata Tinta Barocca, has been a highlight in the Cape Town music scene. After the successes and exponential growth of the 2017 and 2018 baroque festivals, Camerata Tinta Barocca (CTB) will present the third Cape Town Baroque Festival (CTBF) from 18 to 24 September 2019.

FREE STATE FASHION WEEK – Bloemfontein (19 – 21 September)

The Free State Fashion Week is an annual prestigious Fashion, Lifestyle, Arts and Culture event held in Bloemfontein. FSFW provides a platform for designers and artists to explore their creativity and display their designs in a manner where their work can be recognized and appreciated, We also provide for them to be able to attain international exposure for partaking in the event. FSFW also offers a fashion experience to remember, it also displays diverse lifestyle items and accessories designed by the youth within the province and offers a great ambiance of celebrating the essence of arts and culture by featuring top talent and entertainers from the province and all across South Africa.

MONTAGU MAKITI FESTIVAL – Western Cape (20-22 September)

This family and heritage festival is scattered over a number of locations all over the town. There will be olive tastings at the Olivenhof Olive Estate (a working olive farm), stalls at which to shop at the Bath Street Market, a tractor ride at the Protea Farm, and live music at Kloof Padstal.

Umuzi Week of Festivals – Secunda (20 – 29 September)

Umuzi Week of Festivals is a 10-day festival madness. The Umuzi Waterfront transforms into a hub of festivities for ten days featuring a wine festival, Oktoberfest, local musicians, sports tournaments and the Aqua Zone Waterpark providing endless fun for the whole family.

MAGOEBASKLOOF SPRING FESTIVAL – Limpopo (21 – 24 September)

The Magoebaskloof Spring Festival boasts a varied selection of stalls and exhibitors. Arts and crafts include items made out of ceramics, glass, wood, and wrought iron, as well as mosaics and jewellery. Clothing and goodies for the home are always a hit too. There are even handmade soaps and organic lotions from which to choose.

The AfroFest – Cape Town (21 – 24 September)

The AfroFest is a movement that supports local African Culture makers, by building awareness about local artists and businesses that uphold African Culture on a daily basis. Our action builds towards an inclusive festival for the Heritage Weekend celebrations (24th September every year), catering for all African entertainment across Cape Town. Celebrate with us the different aspects of the African culture such as music, dance, arts, crafts, fashion and food, and support our local entrepreneurs and artists!

COMIC CON AFRICA – Midrand (21 – 24 September)

Comic Con Africa is a 4-day event showcasing comic books and science fiction/fantasy related film, television, and similar popular arts. The exhibition will also feature a larger range of pop culture and entertainment elements across virtually all genres, including animation, toys, gadgets, clothing, collectible card games, table top games, anime, manga, video games, web comics, and fantasy novels.

CAPE TOWN FRINGE FESTIVAL – Cape Town (21 September – 6 0ctober)

The Cape Town Fringe Festival is all about fresh new theatre, dance, and comedy by local and international artists. This festival will rock Cape Town and the line-up includes firm favourites like Police Cops (an acclaimed comedy from the UK), and the national debut of a local adaptation of The Gruffalo, especially for the children.

AARDKLOP NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL – Potchefstroom (24 – 29 September)

The Aardklop National Arts Festival in Potchefstroom offers a wide variety for festivalgoers - from huge concerts at the new festival grounds to an outstanding theatre programme. Last year's artists performing at the respective concerts included Theuns Jordaan, Kurt Darren, Riana Nel, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Steve Hofmeyr and the international acts Smokie and Pussycat (Toni Wille). In Riders on the Storm, six of South Africa’s best guitarists can be seen on one stage.

KALAHARI DESERT FESTIVAL – Northern Cape (24 -26 September)

A soul cleansing and truly inspiring experience ignites the red dunes of the Kalahari Desert, as South Africa’s very own ‡Khomani San welcome you into their community and way of life. The Kalahari Desert Festival lives dramatic dance, music, culture and history, and breaths the reconnection of both historically and geographically diverse cultures and South African communities in a way that most feel inspired and thrived. Donkey rides through the picturesque dunes will run throughout the festival or you can go on a trek with the San and explore your taste buds. There is so much to learn, see and feel at this festival and it promises to be spectacular and rejuvenating.

STANDARD BANK JOY OF JAZZ – Sandton (26 – 28 September)

Celebrating its 22st anniversary in 2019 The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz has a fantastic line up of top international and local artists. This year international artists hail from America, Sweden, Spain and the Netherlands and will be joined by top performers from South Africa and the African Diaspora. This premier event on the Johannesburg Jazz calendar will take place at six venues at the Sandton Convention Centre.

WHITE MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL – Central Drakensburg (26 – 29 September)

The festival offers acoustic performances by some of the country’s finest established up-and-coming artists including Craig Hinds, Cape Town singer and top of the chart performer Matthew Mole, Brett Newski, duo Margaret's Daughter, as well as Paige Mac, Gerald Clark and Luna Paige to mentioned a few. Look forward to ample space within the beautiful surroundings where you can enjoy fishing at the dam, swimming in the pool, or watching your children enjoy the playground area. As soon as you feel slightly hungry tuck into the charming restaurant's menu or relax with an ice-cold beer at the pub.



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