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Bushfire Festival, Swaziland 2019

The Bushfire Festival is Swaziland's music and arts festival that celebrates creative expression whilst promoting social responsibility.

The festival will be taking place this year on 24th to 26th May 2019 at House on Fire in the heart of Swaziland's Ezulwini Valley. More than 20,000 people attend the festival every year.

The festival is described as being a 'multi-dimensional' festival with a mix of world music on different stages. There is also more than just the music with performance art, speakers, exhibitions and discussions taking place.

The festival profits go to local charities. The festival is family friendly with children aged 5 and under get in for free, day passes are available or a full festival passes for the whole 3 days.

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AfrikaBurn 2019

Afrikaburn, South Africa’s legendary American Burning Man Festival, is set in the arid, semi-desert of the Northern Cape on a private farm called Stonehenge (roughly 300km from Cape Town).

This seven days of art, music, performance and creative expression starts on April 29th, ends on May 5th 2019. Part of the activities includes the display & creation of art, the burning of large-scale structures, unique and colourful costumes, live performance art, theme camps, music, lots of parties, and pretty much everything else your imagination can think of.

Cape Towns Two Oceans Marathon 2019

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon takes place on Easter Saturday, 31st March 2019, and is known globally as "the world's most beautiful and scenic marathon". It's also one of the toughest, with the route taking runners over the steep Chapman's Peak and Constantia Nek.

The two main events are the Ultra Marathon, 56 km (35 miles) and the popular Half Marathon, 21 km (13 miles). Inaugurated in 1970, this competition had a mere 26 runners lining up to face the unknown challenge. Fast forward 45 years, the race now hosts up to 11,000 runners on the Main Ultra Marathon and 16,000 on the Half Marathon.

Ultra Marathon
This magnificent marathon kicks off at 06:30am on the Main Road of Newlands and continues to Muizenburg and Fish Hoek, over breath-taking Chapmans Peak Drive, through Hout Bay and over Constantia Neck before heading to the finishing line at the University of Cape Town. The cut off time of 13:30 gives entrants plenty of time to complete the run.

Half Marathon
The Half Marathon kicks off from the Main Road in Newlands at 06:00am and winds through the beautiful Southern Suburbs before ending at the University with a cut off time of 09:20am.

Both marathons will have water stations and medical point’s en-route. Read more.

In addition to the main events on Easter Saturday, 30th March 2019, Good Friday is also a day that celebrates all things running with fun runs for the kids and trail runs for beginners, so don’t miss out on the fun with the family. And, if you are travelling through or you have a loved one running in one of the races there are great spectator spots to ‘cheer on the crowd’ as they run past! An exciting event for all, whether you are running or not!

Cape Town Jazz Festival 2019

Calling all Jazz lovers! The Cape Town Jazz festival returns for its annual event at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on the 29th - 30th March 2019 for another soul and groove calling performance weekend. Since it’s opening in 2000, this magnificent festival has grown and its acclaim has spread globally with fans travelling from all different countries to experience this magical weekend in the mother city.

With more than 40 local and international artists performing on 5 stages throughout the CTICC, this amazing festival is made up of 50% international and 50% local artists with more than 37,000 jazz-lovers visiting these performances over the showcased two days. Check out the cool line-up here []

Tickets are selling out fast, so you have to be quick. Tickets are booked through Computickets. Prices are as follows:

Weekend Pass - R1290 per person
Rosie’s Stage Tickets R30 per person per performance (only available for those who have purchased a weekend pass to the festival)

If you miss out on a ticket, don’t stress, there is an 8-day community upliftment programme prior to the main weekend hosting a range of workshops and classes for aspiring musicians. Not only that, the festival will host many events around the city including a free concert (not to be missed) at the Greenmarket Square in the central city. A cool and funky place to hang out! For full details on these awesome events and workshops, check out the programmes at Cape Town Jazz Festival. []

Platbos Reforest Festival 2019

Join Greenpop's annual Platbos Reforest Festival weekend running from the 22nd to 24th March 2019. Assist in planting trees, dance to amazing live music under the African skies, participate in eco-workshops including yoga and eat delicious food. A true humanitarian experience, not to be missed!

Every year Greenpop hosts a fun filled, action packed reforest festival where families and travellers join together and camp for a weekend under the starry African skies of Platbos Forest Reserve. This weekend consists of tree planting, dancing to amazing live music, fabulous eco-workshops, lots of fun team building games and of course a wide variety of delicious food. The aim of the weekend is to plant over 8000 trees to restore an ecosystem that is one of the rarest and most endangered in the Western Cape.

Are you keen to join in on the fun? Check out the Greenpop's website for more information.

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