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The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is a popular social event in South Africa. Spectators get to watch the game of kings while sipping on some of the finest bottles of champagnes. Socialites and the crème de la crème of African influencers will descend on South Africa’s most prestigious polo estate, Val de Vie Estate to witness international polo players compete for the coveted Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cup. Guests can expect to taste food inspired by glamour and luxury, all enjoyed with Veuve Clicquot champagne, of course. Val de Vie Estate will also be transformed in line with the theme, to ensure guests experience a journey of the senses around the world with Veuve Clicquot, without leaving the picturesque Paarl/Franschhoek valley.
The Good Food & Wine Show is Africa’s largest culinary event, and this year it has been rebranded and launched with a new theme – “Fresh”, which is the golden thread tying everything in the show together. The show’s narrative is a unique interpretation of the prevailing global obsession with sustainability and a healthier planet, and it’s inspired by the global trend for urban farming and the gradual urbanisation of rural contexts. This is being driven by a worldwide foodie revolution and a desire to grow local and eat fresh. The Good Food & Wine Show offers an exciting range of FRESH foodie experiences, of which seven components comprise themes that awaken the senses: tasting, seeing, smelling, feeling and hearing. These sensory experiences will challenge you to refresh your view of good food and wine, and the worlds around them. The golden thread of “Fresh”, is represented throughout the Johannesburg show, and is expressed through innovative culinary experiences, a variety of themes and programmes, and an impressive selection of chefs. Dates: CAPE TOWN: 2 - 4 JUNE 2018 JOHANNESBURG: 28 - 30 JULY 2017 DURBAN: 27 - 29 OCTOBER 2017
The world for the young hearted! Oppikoppi has become the perfect pre-festive “groove”. Do you love live music? Do you love awesome people? Do you love camping? If you do, head over to South Africa’s largest music festival in the Limpopo province and you’ll get a healthy dose of all three! For over 20 years, this gathering of South Africa’s music elite has become an essential pilgrimage for music lovers across the country, now rocking the socks off over 20 000 festival goers. With over 100 live acts, multiple stages and some big international headliners, the festival continues to grow year on year. Oppikoppi started in 1994, making it one of the oldest weekend events in SA.
The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is held in Johannesburg each year, and showcases 35 performances on four stages in three days. It’s an initiative that seeks to contribute to social cohesion, economic growth and cultural tourism. The Joy of Jazz Festival presents a diverse range of jazz styles inclusive of the giants of jazz and the upcoming young artists. There is something for everyone in the line-up every year, which is truly inspirational. The show promises to bring audiences some exciting and innovative collaborations this year.
Whisky Live is an annual festival that focuses on whisky and its culture. It attracts approximately 20 000 people and offers a range of whisky tasting events year-round to suit every palate – from the “just curious” newcomer to the seasoned connoisseur, there is something for everyone. Whisky Live is celebrated in Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban - traditionally held in the first six months of the year. The world’s biggest event of its kind, the Whisky Live Festival is held annually in November in Sandton. This event is a whisky extravaganza in the truest sense of the word, with more than 10 000 people visiting the festival over three nights to sample new whiskies and purchase gift packs ahead of the festive season rush. Tickets go on sale from 1 October 2017
The Nedbank Golf Challenge is annual event held at Sun City, where golf enthusiasts get to get watch the beautiful game. It attracts a number of international and local golfers who all play for the championship title. The golf course at the Gary Player Country Club, since its opening in 1979, has been acknowledged as South Africa’s premier championship test of golf. The home of the Nedbank Golf Challenge since 1981, the immaculately groomed layout has received rave reviews from the world’s top golfers, who agree that it is both demanding and fair. This course has been consistently rated as the best in South Africa, and compares with the best in the world.
This is an ultra-marathon of approximately 89km that is held in KZN. It is an annual event that takes place during the second quarter of the year and is one of the oldest annual events in South Africa, as the first race took place in 1921. Run between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg, the race alternates between an “up” and “down” run, from the coast inland and vice versa. Many call it the world's greatest ultra-marathon, and one of the reasons this fabled South African marathon has the title is because of the wealth of legends in its history.
The Photo & Film Expo is the largest photography event in Africa, with over 400 brands under one roof. It is the perfect platform to interact with your favourite camera brands or bring your camera in for repairs. There are also workshops throughout the expo, where speakers get to share their knowledge of the field. Taking place in Johannesburg, expect great deals on a wide variety of products ranging from professional to the enthusiast. The expo is extremely focused and serves as a platform where photographers and enthusiasts can network and learn. With well over a hundred workshops running during the four-day event, the expo is time well invested. See the latest technologies and a wide range brands related to the imaging industry, and pick up some amazing ideas and bargains as well.
The Turbine Fair is an annual art fair that seeks to promote new work and talent all while establishing an art audience and collector base. Exhibitors – whether galleries, collectors or dealers – are invited to exhibit contemporary artwork priced below R40 000. The Turbine Art Fair takes place at the iconic Turbine Hall in Newtown. It attracts a diverse crowd of visitors ranging from established collectors to guests who have never purchased art but are interested in finding out more and starting a collection. The fair is a lifestyle event with live music performances, delicious food and drinks as well as entertainment for the whole family. Attendees of this exciting art fair have the opportunity to fulfil both their art-viewing and art-buying needs, while the pop-up cafe and bar caters for their discerning taste buds.
A range of Southern Africa’s’ best tourism products while attracting international buyers and media from all corners of the world. INDABA is the largest tourism marketing event on the African calendar and one of the top three “must-visit” events of its kind. INDABA is owned by South African Tourism and has won the awards for Africa’s best travel and tourism show. This award was presented by the Association of World Travel Awards. Exhibitors include provincial authorities, provincial products and African countries. At the Durban ICC (International Convention Centre), exhibitor categories include accommodation, tour operators, game lodges, transport, online travel, media publications and industry associations. Outdoor exhibitors include transport, camping and safari companies. INDABA has a dedicated following of local and international media that provides extensive coverage of the exhibition for the local and international markets through radio, television, newspaper and dedicated travel publications.
The Knysna Oyster Festival is the perfect combination of sport, food and family time. It consists of fun sports challenges, live entertainment, food and wine stalls. The festival offers a diverse programme of sport, gourmet offerings and family activities, and attracts more than 50 000 visitors to Knysna every year. The varied programme caters for all ages and interests. The BIG5 Sport Challenge is most certainly one of South Africa’s most scenic multi-disciplinary competitions, and it includes cycling, running, trail running, swimming and paddling. The Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour, as well as the Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon and Half Marathon are two of the most popular events on the cycle and running calendars. Combine these with the iconic Featherbed Trail Run, the Momentum Health Oatwell, as well as a multiple events featuring oysters, wine and great food, and this is definitely one of the best options for your midyear break.
Macufe is a cultural-based festival that showcases a wide range of African arts and culture to the world. It is held in Bloemfontein every year. Macufe, the ten-day Mangaung African Cultural Festival, showcases the cream of African and international talent. It features jazz, gospel, kwaito, hip-hop, R&B, rock and classical music, as well as dance, drama, cabaret, musical theatre, poetry, fine art and traditional arts and crafts. First held in 1997 before an audience of 30 000, Macufe now attracts over 140 000 people from South Africa, Africa and the world. The festival is presented in late September and early October by the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State.