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  • Area: 334.81 km² (129.27 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: 011
  • Currency: South African Rand (ZAR)
  • Population (EST): 957,441
  • Official language: English, Zulu, Afrikaans, Xhosa
  • Time Zone: UTC/GMT +2

Johannesburg – Events

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Joy of Jazz Festival

The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival features an eclectic mix of jazz music from trios, soloists and big bands. A must for jazz lovers, the event showcases an impressive line up of established and up and coming talent. Venues in the Newtown Precinct include the Market Theatre and Bassline.

Arts Alive

Lasting throughout September, Arts Alive celebrates the coming of spring with a dazzling cultural programme. Visitors can experience an eclectic mix of poetry readings, theatre performances, stand-up comedy, film and workshops. Events are held in the Newtown Precinct.

Newtown Diwali Festival

The colourful Newtown Diwali festival has experienced a surge in popularity and is now attended by 40,000 people each year. Lively celebrations include Bollywood style street parties, an array of delicious dishes and spectacular fireworks display.

Joburg Carnival

Johannesburg residents celebrate New Year in style at the annual Joburg Carnival. Thousands of revelers take to the streets to enjoy a vibrant parade, free open air music concert and firework spectacular.

FNB Dance Umbrella

February brings the FNB Dance Umbrella to Johannesburg’s venues. The event showcases a vibrant display of experimental and contemporary dance by local and international choreographers. Dance workshops will also accompany the festival.

Joburg Art Fair

Each year the Joburg Art Fair attracts thousands of galleries, buyers, sellers and art lovers from all over the country. Over three days the event showcases the best of cutting edge contemporary South African art work via display and discussion. The fair is usually held at the Sandton Convention Centre.

Rand Easter Show

The Rand Easter Show is held annually at the city’s Expo Centre and features a diverse range of lively events and exhibitions. Perfect for families, the festival includes an amusement park, live music concerts, sports and shopping.

South African Ballet Theatre

Hosted at Johannesburg Civic Theatre, the South African Ballet Theatre performs its annual season of dance. Lasting a number of weeks, culture lovers can experience unforgettable performances of classic and contemporary ballet.

The Wine Show

South Africa’s leading Wine Show comes to Johannesburg’s Gallagher Convention Centre each June. Visitors can sample delicious wines from over 130 different estates, or take away some food tips from top chefs and wine makers.

Football for Hope

The annual Football for Hope festival promotes social development and celebrates the power of football. The event has a diverse programme of activities that culminates in an exciting tournament between youth teams, who compete without a referee.

Joy of Jazz Festival

The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival features an eclectic mix of jazz music from trios, soloists and big bands. A must for jazz lovers, the event showcases an impressive line up of established and up and coming talent. Venues in the Newtown Precinct include the Market Theatre and Bassline.

Arts Alive

Lasting throughout September, Arts Alive celebrates the coming of spring with a dazzling cultural programme. Visitors can experience an eclectic mix of poetry readings, theatre performances, stand-up comedy, film and workshops. Events are held in the Newtown Precinct.

Newtown Diwali Festival

The colourful Newtown Diwali festival has experienced a surge in popularity and is now attended by 40,000 people each year. Lively celebrations include Bollywood style street parties, an array of delicious dishes and spectacular fireworks display.

Good Food and Wine Show

Food lovers can tantalize their taste buds at Johannesburg’s annual Good Food and Wine Show. The four day festival allows visitors to sample local food and wines, meet international chefs and join cookery classes.

Carols in the Garden

Each December Johannesburg hosts a candlelit concert in the magical surroundings of Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens. Perfect for families, the event features bands, children’s entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus.

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