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Put on your party dress and shake off the pandemic blues

It’s easy to forget we live in a vibrant, cosmopolitan country with loads of arts and culture on offer. It’s been a rough couple of years with the pandemic literally forcing us to stay away from each other!

But now? The country’s open and we’re ready to come out and play! (Safely, of course, Covid-19 is still with us). 😬 Here are a few events to add to your calendar. 

  1. Fête de la Musique: taking place on Saturday, June 18, in Newtown, Johannesburg this is a platform where amateur and professional musicians share their music with the people. Expect anything from traditional music to rap, hip-hop, techno and so much more. You can’t miss this (and shouldn’t, entrance is free).
  2. The DSTV Delicious Festival is making its return to Jozi in September. The international food and music festival is a great opportunity to dress up and go mingle with the who’s who of Johannesburg. Great vibes, good music and (overpriced) good food. Come full!
  3. If you’re in Cape Town, consider heading to Rocking the Daisies in October. The concert will run from the 7th to the 9th and will have an amazing lineup, including international act Kehlani and Amapiano sensation Focalistic.
  4. If you’re into the arts then you’re in for a treat. The National Arts Festival is taking place from June 23 to July 3 in Makhanda (formerly, Grahamstown). The annual festival is a major event in the South African art scene but the pandemic (raised fist shaking menacingly) disrupted that in 2020. But, thankfully, it came back last year and we’re so excited!

Although most of these events are scattered until the end of the year, you can whet your appetite by attending local markets – like the Fourways Farmers Market in Johannesburg that’s open every Sunday. There are thrift stores, great food as well as live music. It is the perfect environment to start getting social with people.  

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