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Zanzibar International Film Festival 2018

This is East Africa's largest film, music and arts festival. The festival show's films ranging from world premieres to local shorts, showcasing the best talent from all over the world.

The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) Is a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit organization. The festival was established in 1997 and the films submitted are based on a different theme each year, this year's theme is 'Finding Joy – Kusikia Furaha'

The festival will run from the 7th - 15th July 2018 and attracts international guests as well as those from the African continent.

Not only does the festival have the best cutting edge cinema but it also provides the best parties with live music, DJ's, dance and performance happening at several venues across the eight days. The festival also gets you involved with the local community with exhibitions, workshops, and cultural tours.

Knysna Oyster Festival 2018

The Knysna Oyster Festival is a popular sport and lifestyle festival in South Africa with over a hundred events taking place over ten days between the 29th to 8th July 2018.

This fun-filled family-friendly event includes marathons, swimming races, golf tournaments, cooking competitions, whisky tastings, live music, gourmet food and of course, oysters. The Wine Festival & Night Market showcases some of South Africa’s premier winemakers, and tastings are available as well as delectable food and wine pairings.

Bushfire Festival, Swaziland 2018

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 25th to 27th May 2017 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 2018

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 Monday, 23 April to Sunday, 29 April 2018. 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 Town Jazz Festival 2018

Calling all Jazz lovers! The Cape Town Jazz festival returns for its annual event at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on the 23rd - 24th March 2018 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. []

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