South Africans have a wide array of annual events and festivals to look forward to in 2019. From music festivals, to literary events, conferences and Expos, whether for leisure or to become more informed, there are numerous ones from which to choose.
Digital Marketing Conference
6-7 March 2019
Set to be held in Cape Town, this conference will be highly useful for individuals, practitioners, marketers, consultants, etc who are interested in learning more about how to use digital marketing services for their industries. As the world moves towards everything digital, this conference serves as the ideal event to network, engage and interact with industry experts who will help to keep up with or ahead of the trends. Add this to your list of annual events and festivals to look forward to in 2019.
Abantu Book Festival
5-8 December 2019
An annual book festival for black writers and readers founded by Thando Mgqolozana, Abantu Book Festival was designed to celebrate the rich and diverse literary heritage emerging from the African continent.
Day events are held at Eyethu Lifestyle Centre, where entrance is free, while evening events are held at the Soweto Theatre at an entry fee of R20.
Featuring an array of the best novelists, biographers, literary scholars, activists, thinkers, musicians and actors, the festival offers a unique literary experience.
Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival
28- 30 June 2019
This will be the seventh annual festival, which is focused on empowering youth in creative industries by affording them platforms for freedom of artistic expression. The event typically features a programme with contemporary art exhibitions, discussions, film screenings and youth cycling tours that link up with youth cultural hubs in the city of Johannesburg. The music concert features a line-up pf diverse musical talent from both emerging and established artists.
30-31 December 2019
AfroPunk is an annual festival hosted at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg in December. It’s been described as “an influential community of young people of all backgrounds speaking through music, art, film, lifestyle, sports, fashion and photography”.
For over 13 years, AfroPunk has been defining culture in the music world, a triumph of multiculturalism and diversity for people of all races, genders, colours, creeds and tastes. AfroPunk happens in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Paris, London and Johannesburg.