It’s Halloween on Thursday and Phumlani S Langa has sifted out a few options for those of you who aren’t feeling the Day of the Dead. A touch of wine, learning to ice skate and loads more.
A Halloween Party
Randpark Golf Club
November 1, 5pm
So maybe this isn’t the most South African of celebrations but getting down for a spooky party once a year doesn’t seem so bad. Participate in a best-dressed competition and enjoy live entertainment, kids movies and spooky delights.
Day of the Dead Tequila Party
Chicago’s Piano Bar
November 2, 6pm
This party is a little above the kiddies’ level. If you love the fiery water that is tequila then suit up in your Halloween best and stand a chance of winning six bar vouchers. You can get your face painted between 8pm and 10pm which, for me, is the main drawcard here.
CSP Poetry Showcase 2019
November 2, 7pm
R100 at webtickets.co.za
Snap your fingers to the sounds of the soul-driven, spoken word. In times like these, poets have more than just a little to say and this programme, a mixture of established and up-and-coming poets, will shed light on some of the many issues we face in Mzansi.
14th Soweto Wine Festival
Walter Sisulu Square and Convention Centre
November 2, 6pm
R150 at webtickets.co.za
To think it was once thought that Soweto and the hood in general would not respond to the wine culture and yet, here we are, 14 festivals later, and this celebrated wine gathering is getting bigger and better. Don’t miss out.
Soweto DJs’ Indaba 2019
November 2, 10am
Free event, register at djsindaba.typeform.com
This idea is centred on getting deejays to air the issues they face in this tough field. Captains of the industry will form the panel on the day.
LIVE CHORAL MUSIC
Soweto Gospel Choir
The Soweto Theatre
October 23 to 27
Show times: Wednesday and Thursday 8pm, Friday 11am and 8pm, Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm; R150 to R250 at webtickets.co.za
The Grammy Award-winning powerhouse of choral music is ready to put on quite a show for you. Fresh from their Grammy win earlier this year for their album, Freedom, they are bringing their tremendous talent to you, live and loud and full of music.
Southdowns Night Market Halloween
October 31, 4.30pm
Imagine all the goodness of a night market with food, music and fashion stalls – but all done with an eerie Halloween-inspired theme. The whole family is welcome.
A Night With Sjava
Time Square, Sun Arena
October 27, 4pm
R180 at computicket.com
I saw this guy a few weeks ago in Venda. It is hard to say if he is a rapper or a singer, but the man is a showman. Equipped with a list of hits from his latest album, Umqhele, Sjava will undoubtedly hit you with a set for the summer.
SuperBock Music Festival
Papa Boa Silverlakes
November 2, 2pm
R260 at quicket.co.za
Mi Casa will be taking care of the music at this celebration of food and the Portuguese culture.
Jazz On The Lawn
October 27, 2pm
Avid jazz heads will be thrilled to see the return of this event. A plush setting with delectable food and drinks on offer.
Learn To Ice Skate
Durban Ice Arena
November 2, 8am
R150 to R480 at firstname.lastname@example.org
You’ll get a free shirt when you join. There is a bit of coin in this sport so get the young ones started early – if not for the competition then just for the sheer joy of it.
25th Cape Town International Kite Festival
October 26 and 27, 10am
R15 to R40 at quicket.co.za
Flying kites is an underrated hobby. I miss doing it personally and if I was in Cape Town for the last day of this festival I would revel in it. Kiters from as far as Bulgaria and Italy have come just for this.