South African Cultural Observatory


Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape's Finest Comedians Year-End Series - KOMANI/QUEENSTOWN

 20 to 23 Dec

 "The Eastern Cape - the most comedically talented province" invite you to the 2nd Annual Eastern Cape's Finest Comedians Year-End Series, a province-wide comedy tour like no other. Almost as good as the Springbok tour some would say. Enjoy side-splitting performances by the Eastern Cape's comedy gems, featuring Siya Siya, Virgil Prins, and the incredibly talented Khanyisa Bunu amongst your other favourites. From the lively streets of Gqeberha to the charming towns of Komani and the bustling happenings of Mthatha,

Eastern Cape, we're making our way to your town for a dose of humour and homecoming.

Umculo Sisininzi Festival

17 December 2023

FIKA is proud to present mini festival taking place on the beautiful town of Matatiele at the Golf Club, 80 High Street, Matatiele on the 17th of December 2023 from 12pm to 6pm.

The Festival will feature live musical performances by Xhanti Nokwali and band all the way from East London.Ta'Mag and band from Matatiele will be also offering a performance. We will also have a visual art exhibition by Zukile Valisa from Gqeberha and K-Sla a visual artist from Matatiele. We will have a Cultural Group Gracing us with their presence. Crafts and Food will be on Sale. No Alcohol Allowed but will be on sale at the venue. 

Western Cape

Cape Town Arts Festival

9 December 2023

Calling all Arts Enthusiasts! Music Lovers! The Cape Town Arts Festival is back!

Join us on December 9th and 10th 2023 at the iconic Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town, for a two-day extravaganza that's all about art, culture, music, food, and community. Expect a dazzling array of experiences, from live performances and art exhibitions to delicious food, handcrafted treasures, wellness activities, and captivating poetry. It's an event that's set to capture the heart of Cape Town and beyond!

Supported by: Department of Sport, Arts and Culture , Ariva Arts Foundation NPC, Western Cape Government Cultural Affairs and Sport, Castle of Good Hope , City of Cape Town, and College of Cape Town

Stand Up Comedy

16 December 2023

“Stand Up Comedy" hosted by "Make Me Laugh" is a monthly premium comedy show featuring established comedians and a high level of quality comedy. The comedy show is scheduled to start at 7 pm at the Royal Pub in Claremont. The show will be hosted by Prince M'baya and will feature Lazola Gola as the support act. The headliner of the night will be Mokgadi KG, one of the funniest comedians in South Africa. This promises to be an entertaining and hilarious evening filled with laughter and top-notch comedic performances. 


Automotive Photography

25 Nov 2023 09:00

Join Nikon South Africa and professional photographer and lecturer Eugene Nagel for a Hybrid Automotive Photography workshop. Come and get creative with this hybrid practical as we explore different lighting solutions and creative angles for Automotive Photography & Video. You will also get some tips on postproduction on both Photos & Video. 

Location: Nikon House Centurion

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28 March 2024 08:00

Africa’s Premier Entrepreneur Conference and Exhibition. With a goal to produce a world-class inspirational & informative show. We are rallying South Africa’s key domains of the entrepreneurship ecosystem together for a high-level dialogue & action-tank. The largest gathering of entrepreneurs in Africa under one roof. Composed of separate streams of event activities incorporating an exhibition, conference, sector presentations, company presentations & group mentorship seminars. With An objective to deliver important unique insights, ideas & concepts in four key areas that affect the potential of our entrepreneurial ecosystem, in areas of regulation, finance, support & education.

Venue Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton  

Soweto Night Out - Before You Kill Us Exhibition And Audio Experience

7 December 2023

The Soweto Night Out Before You Kill Us night walk exhibits artwork across the heritage sites along the walking night tour. The artworks are either from female visual artists or showcase women existing in the world without the threat of violence. The walk is called #BeforeYouKill us to humanize the many faces of femicide. Artworks are sourced and artists are also invited to submit applications to be exhibited. Artworks are exhibited and are also available for sale. 

KwaZulu Natal



16 December 2023 -14:00

A cultural pageant, showcasing cultural diversity and social cohesion. An initiative aimed at strengthening cultural identification amongst Mzansi’s youth, in collaboration with the Department of Arts and Culture. An extravaganza show – including fashion, dance, theatre as well as traditional performances. More Info Durban ICC, 45 Bram Fischer Rd, Durban


29 February to 2 March 2024

KZN Theatre Festival is a celebration of a shared African heritage and behavioural change intervention through staged performances by South African creatives. The festival highlight’s themes from both African Heritage and behavioural change intervention, with a focus on the cultural and artistic impact of the theatre on humanity. 


7th Dec 2023 - 14th Jan 2024

Kick-start Theatre is proud to present Steven Stead’s magical pantomime, Aladdin in December 2023. Featuring flying carpets, giant genies, popular songs, jokes galore, gorgeous costumes and sumptuous sets ranging from a Cave of Wonders full of dancing jewels to a golden Chinese palace, Aladdin is a ‘must-see’ in any family’s holiday diary.

Aladdin is directed by Steven Stead and Darren King, with sets and costumes designed by Greg King, choreography by Evashnee Pillay, and lighting by Tina le Roux. Performances are scheduled from 7 December to 14 January, at 2.30pm Tues-Fri, 11am and 3.30pm on Saturday, and 2.30pm on Sunday.

Influential Women & Artes Award 2023 - Golden Horse (PMB)

23 December

An unforgettable evening of empowerment and celebration at the Influential Women & Artes Award Live at the prestigious Golden Horse Casino in Pietermaritzburg (PMB). This extraordinary event will recognize and honour the incredible achievements of top celebrities and influential women from various industries. Prepare to be inspired as we highlight the outstanding contributions these remarkable individuals have made to society. From the dazzling world of entertainment to groundbreaking endeavours in business, activism, and beyond, we will celebrate the true essence of leadership, passion, and resilience.

A Curatorial Journey By Zinhle Khumalo

14 December

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new exhibition, Durban: A Curatorial Journey by Zinhle Khumalo. This exhibition marks the debut of our new curator, Zinhle Khumalo, and showcases her curatorial style and palate through a diverse group of local urban-based artists who work in different mediums.

Khumalo's curatorial perspective is focused on seeing Durban through the lens of the creator and through a diverse narrative of what makes you call Durban home. In this exhibition, she brings together artists who are shaping the city's contemporary art scene, and whose work offers unique and insightful perspectives on what it means to be a Durbanite.

SOÖCHI Debut Exhibition

26 January 2024

Ashleigh Francis is thrilled to announce the debut exhibition of SOÖCHI. She is a self-taught contemporary South African artist. Where she brings her impressionistic minimalism signature style to The Pencil Club, under the umbrella brand SOÖCHi. SOÖCHi visually encapsulates the beauty of simplicity. These expressions are derived from a personal need to transcend ordinary understandings into tangible work, evoking emotion in a simplistic form that is still familiar to the general world.

Northern Cape

North West

NERAM Exhibition: Inspiration and Iterations

Fri Sep 29th - Sun Feb 4th 2024

Culminating NERAM’s 40th anniversary year is an exhibition celebrating the collections and many of the wonderful artists NERAM has worked with over the years. Inspiration and Iterations features 40 works selected from NERAM’s collections, along with 40 original contemporary responses by invited artists. The exhibition not only highlights much-loved works in the collection but outstanding work by established, emerging, and student artists that have an ongoing connection to NERAM and its impact and legacy.

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On 13 October 2023, the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO), in partnership with the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC), exhibited and presented at the Minister's Sectoral Consultation event (Imbizo) at the Miriam Makeba Centre of Performing Arts, in East London.

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