Event Guide

Cultural events around the country during April, May, June and July.

  • by onRoute
  • Mar 15, 2018
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First Sunday each month

Ngwenya Country Market, Muldersdrift

Arrive early and do your weekly shop with local vendors and farmers offering only the finest organic produce, the freshest deli treats and latest artisanal delights. Help save money in the long run by investing in a hydroponic kit in which to grow your own veggies and herbs at home. Also on offer is an array of arts, crafts and live music (follow @ngwenyaglassvillage on Facebook to see who), all in a tranquil country setting. It's simply a splendid way to spend a Sunday outdoors!

Find Ngwenya Country Market at Shady Lane, Muldersdrift (off Beyers Naude Drive and the R114) and the market runs from 9am to 4pm.

082 497 6054 / email viv@shadesofngwenya.co.za

28 June-8 July

National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape – SA’s cultural heartbeat

For eleven days each year, writers, performers, artists and musicians converge on Grahamstown for an extraordinary showcase of creativity. Audiences soak up the scene between binge-watching shows and exploring the small university town and its beautiful surrounds. The programme for 2018 is jam-packed with exciting performances including those from featured artist Mamela Nyamza, an edgy group of Standard Bank Young Artists (who will all present new work) and a visit from internationally acclaimed performance artist Steven Cohen. Mary Watson’s Jungfrau, an exploration of family secrets based on a Caine prize-winning short story penned by Watson, and an experimental retelling of Hamlet by Boris Nikitin are just two items that have already been announced. The extensive festival includes a curated main programme, Fringe, Thinkfest! Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Film Festival and more, so make it part of your winter road trip.


14 April

The Wild Coast Sun Drift Expo, Eastern Cape

This family event is hosted by the Wild Coast Sun and Puren Plant Hire and features music, motorbikes, suicide rides and food stalls. Tickets cost R50 per person and it’s free for children under 12. Petrolheads will find all the action and get their fix at the rooftop car park.


23-29 April

AfrikaBurn, Tankwa Karoo National Park, Northern Cape

For those looking for pure escapism, AfrikaBurn is a not-to-be-missed festival that encourages unlimited freedom of expression. This happens with the building of a surreal and temporary community through collaborative arts projects in a strictly non-commercial environment.

Set literally in the middle of nowhere, this alternative anarchic space is known as a “do-ocracy” – festival goers have to take the initiative since nobody’s directing the action, and you’re free to do as you please as long as no harm comes to anyone else. Collaborate with friends or let your imagination fly solo and build something, sing something, dance something, cook something, make something, gift something, share something, play something or fulfil almost any role that strikes your fancy – this leads to some brilliantly imaginative and intriguing results, every year is different and you never know what to expect!

It’s also an exercise in total self-reliance: you need to bring all your food, shelter, water, fuel and basic first aid supplies too… A pimped-up bicycle – the wackier the better – is recommended, to traverse the vast space. Most important is that, whatever you bring in, must be taken out. You can leave only your footprints to be dispersed by the wind!


The “gift economy” of AfrikaBurn means that there’s no vending, no cash bars and no branded promotion of services or products, the aim being real social interaction and absolute peace and harmony!