Gauteng Events for 2011

JANUARY

Unisa International Music Competition, Pretoria

The UNISA Music Foundation’s mission is to promote music in all its forms and expressions at the University of South Africa, as well as in South and Southern Africa.  The first International Music Competition (for piano) was held at UNISA in Pretoria in 1982.  The winner of this event a Canadian pianist Marc-André Hammelin has since then established himself as a sought after international pianist.  Other prize winners at UNISA include sopranos René Flemming and Summu Yo, tenor Johan Botha and Kobie van Rensburg, cellists Alexander Knasyer, and Jerôme Pernoo, violinists Benjamin Schmidt, Dmitri Makhatine.  Famous judges include Guido Agosti, Georgy Sandor, Marie Claire Alain, Maria Kliegel, Martina Arroyo, John O’Conor, Sergey Dovensky etc.

The 94.2 Traffic Classic (Cycling Race), Centurion

It’s the richest cycle race in South Africa and the 94.2 Traffic Classic has brought cycling a lot closer to competing with other sports in cash terms.

Johannesburg International Mozart Festival

The Johannesburg International Mozart Festival will be showcasing musical excellence. The theme this year was Exploring Musical Hemispheres.  The festival started in 2006 to commemorate Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 250th birthday anniversary and has grown into a well loved classical music festival. The audience can look forward to symphony, chamber and solo concerts.  The festival aims to bring music lovers from all corners of South Africa together to celebrate beautiful classical music.

FEBUARY

PGA Golf Tournament, Johannesburg

The Joburg Open is a men’s professional golf tournament on the Southern Africa based Sunshine Tour. The event was founded in 2007, and is played at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club in Johannesburg. Since its inauguration, the tournament has been co-sanctioned by the European Tour, which has helped provide a larger prize fund and attract stronger fields. It is one of four tournaments in South Africa on the European Tour’s international schedule, alongside the Alfred Dunhill Championship, the South African Open and the Africa Open.

First National Bank Vita Dance Umbrella, Johannesburg

The South African Dance Umbrella is rather less well known than its British counterpart, from which arts consultant Phillip Stein and local dance writers took inspiration when the festival was created in 1987. In less than ten years, however, it has grown from a modest presentation of pioneer dance groups into a large-scale annual event that aims to provide “a democratic platform for the development of all South Africa’s dance forms.”

Joburg Fashion Week

The four day fashion showcase features the nation’s best designers unveiling their creative forecast of the season’s trends, to a global audience of media, fashion buyers, and fashion consumers. This visual feast will grant attendees a sneak preview into the upcoming season

MARCH

The Administrators Cup (horse racing), Johannesburg

“Rub shoulders with some of South Africa’s most influential punters and experience the sheer exhilaration of watching top-quality racehorses and jockeys, the spectacle of fashion, celebrities and exceptional hospitality.”

The Windybrow Arts Festival, Johannesburg

Regarded as Johannesburg’s breeding ground for young playwrights, the Windybrow Theatre hosts its annual Arts Festival annualy. Since its inception as a purely in-house showcase of theatre productions through the festival, the Windybrow, situated in the throes of the inner city, continues to provide this very important event on the cultural calendar of Johannesburg.

Groot Gat Fees

The unique village of Cullinan, named after Sir Thomas Cullinan, bears the distinction of being the site of discovery of the world’s largest diamond – the legendary Cullinan diamond weighing an incredible 3,106 carats in 1905. What most people didn’t know about Cullinan is that is has the biggest mine hole in South Africa, four times the area of The Big Hole in Kimberly. The Kimberley Diamond Mine holds the (disputed) title of being the largest hand-dug hole in the world, where Cullinan hole was mechanically excavated.
Come and enjoy a day in the historic town of Cullinan. Arts, antiques, cheese, wine and whiskey tasting. Food stalls, beer garden, mechanical bull, rock climbing, children’s entertainment. Walk for food, cycling and 4X4 challenge. Music, stage, gospel and rock shows!

APRIL

The Rand Easter Show (Trade and Consumer Fair), Johannesburg

This is the largest consumer exhibition held in the country of South Africa. The event attracts a number of people from the city and outskirts who gather to collect articles, ranging from furniture to home ware and sports products. Apart from the exhibits, the visitors can also enjoy the musical soirée, thrilling rides and mouthwatering delicacies.

MAY

Standard Bank Fine Brandy Festival

This is the only event of its kind dedicated entirely to the art and enjoyment of South African brandy. The Festival brings together major distillers, small, single-estate brandy makers and brandy lovers at a sumptuous yet sophisticated gathering. Not only can visitors nose and sip their way through a collection of potstill and vintage brandies, trendy brandy cocktails will also be on everybody’s lips. Cutting edge cuisine – which draws on the explorations of molecular gastronomists and culinary deconstructionists – will be paired with adventurous cocktails and presented at special masterclasses and live demonstrations. The aim is to unveil progressive brandy-based drinks that make people rethink how tastes and textures, especially classic combinations, can work together.

JUNE

Castrol Extreme Motor Show

The Castrol Extreme Auto Show is the biggest and the best custom, modified and classic car show. This show focuses on the aftermarket i.e. those individuals who want to restore, customise and enhance their vehicles.

Gauteng Astrology &  Psychic Festival

The Festival consists of psychics, astrologers, palm readers and spiritual healers; it also includes an informative yet entertaining program of events. The program of events will consist of live crossing over sessions that allow people to communicate with deceased loved ones. Patrons will also be able to attend free live workshops hosted by experts in the respective fields. Sales of esoteric items.

AUGUST

Pretoria International Show (Trade and Consumer Fair)

Established in 1939, the show celebrated its 65th packed programme in 2004 in the re-titled Tshwane Events Centre (formerly the Pretoria Showgrounds). The region’s biggest agricultural show, the 12 days are packed with family entertainment (including an amusement park) and music.

National Boat Show

Now in its 6th year, the National Boat Show once again brings the industry leaders together in a spectacular 360 degree display of power boats and yachts, water and adventure sports, fresh and saltwater fishing, and of course featuring scuba diving through the Dive Expo – all the latest and greatest you have come to expect. Consider yourself an ‘aquafanatic’? – then this is the place to be. Three days – 24 000 m2 of show space – over 200 exhibitors. Huge prizes, Bass Africa Classic, Wake Wars, competitions and a whole lot more.

Joy of Jazz

This event is one of the most popular musical events of the world. Preserving the country’s heritage and era of Jazz musicians, Johannesburg holds this jazz festival in various venues.

SEPTEMBER

Arts Alive Festival, Johannesburg

This festival promotes visual art, drama and dance but the emphasis is on superbly rendered contemporary music. Arts Alive, held at the Newtown Cultural Precinct, is just one of the projects attempting to revitalise the central part of Johannesburg.

Johannesburg Pride

The original and largest South African Gay and Lesbian Pride celebration, Johannesburg Pride offers a week of activities leading up to the final Saturdays Pride March.

Soweto Wine Festival

The sixth annual Soweto Wine Festival will be held at the University of Johannesburg in Soweto. There will be over 100 of South Africa’s top wineries showcasing in excess of 800 wines. This is a a fun and exciting introduction to the wonderful world of South African wines. You will learn how to fully enjoy your bottle of wine.

OCTOBER

Show Jumping Derby of South Africa, Johannesburg

Besides the thrilling Show Jumping Derby, there is also Dressage, Equitation, Driving, Compleat Horse and Showing. Come and watch the best riders in South Africa battle it out over the heart stopping Derby course. There’s loads of fun for the whole family; kids play ground, pony rides, face painting and more.

Newtown Diwali Festival

Festival goers can participate in a wide array of fun activities ranging from children’s art workshops, dance workshops, an esoteric fair, a textile and crafts fair, fashion shows, retail and food stores and a dazzling entertainment line-up which culminated in an exquisite fireworks display.  Hosted by the City of Johannesburg and sponsored by Medal Paints, the Newtown Diwali Festival has become an integral inclusion to the City’s cultural calendar.

NOVEMBER

National Choir Festival, Johannesburg

The National Choir Festival is one of the main musical events on the southern African calendar.
The festival is seen as an instrument to promote high quality choral music in the region, while giving the audience something spectacular to remember. The festival also strives to improve the standard of choral music by conducting music workshops in each province. This gives competing choirs an opportunity to work with other groups, professional conductors and music experts, thereby increasing their chances of progressing and, eventually, winning the competition.

Mediaeval Fayre

Experience a jousting demo as well as fully armoured armed combat and plenty more mediaeval fun at the Mediaeval Fayre, taking place in Pretoria. Over the two days the fayre will host a number of tournaments with at least 12 medieval knights who have traveled from far and wide. Witness stunt shows or take a walk through the mediaeval village with olden day crafts on display – such as blacksmithing and armoury. Be entertained with Highland and fire dancers and many more mediaeval entertainment. With a food and beer tent as well as live music, this will be a great day out for the whole family.

Faerie Realm Midsummer Festival of Enchantment

This Festival is Carnival – meets Midsummer Nights Dream – meets the Froudian Faerie Art and this all takes place in Fourways, Johannesburg.  In an enchanting setting at the perfect venue, the Festival will showcase crafts vendors, (mostly featuring handmade art inspired by the Realms of Fantasy & Enchantment), performances by a host of artists. Some of the artists include folk, fantasty, electro, Celtic and tribal musicians, fire dancers, stiltwalkers, drummers and so many more. Also avaialble will be food stalls and an earth awareness area.

DECEMBER

Garden of Lights

Emperors Palace will once again be bathed in a magical sea of light as the spectacular Garden of Lights display is switched on in the Gardens of Vespasian at the magnificent Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel. Every year visitors experience the splendour of the Garden of Lights and every year seems more magical than the one before. Children will be enthralled by a wonderland of Christmas lights, fantastic characters and surprises around every turn. (Entrance is free). Santa and his elves are always a big hit as kids can make a wish and take pictures at the candy cane Christmas tree. Santa’s helpers will be on hand too with tasty treats for hungry tummies.

Carols by Candlelight at Walter Sisulu Gardens

Carols by Candlelight at the Garden are brought to you by Botanical Society of South Africa in association with Old Mutual. Come join us and sing Christmas Carols with the Mzansi Youth Choir – entertainment for the whole family. Christmas is a time for giving. Please bring along items for donation, such as clothing, toys, soaps and canned food.

5 thoughts on “Gauteng Events for 2011

  1. Pingback: Festivals Around the World

  2. wanted to know if there is any information already available about the national choir festival in Johannesburg..

  3. Please send me information on the Medieval Fair, the Midsummer Festival and any other fairs or festivals being held between August 2011 and March 2012.
    Even just websites would be a huge help.
    Thanks

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