Johannesburg, a vibrant and booming metropolis of South Africa, is home to magnificent monuments, gorgeous parks, nature reserves, and other tourist attractions that’ll stun visitors. Exciting festivals and events throughout the year add lots of colour to the destination’s character. Here, we have presented some of the most popular events and festivals in Johannesburg.
Standard Bank Joy of Jazz
The country’s oldest and biggest jazz festival, the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz features a stellar line-up of musicians from across the globe. Their mind-blowing performances, win the heart of the audience effortlessly. This year’s line up included prominent personalities such as Deborah J. Carter, Moreira Chonguica, Jonathan Butler, and Barney Rachabane. Furthermore, special shows are hosted for senior citizens, the disabled, and community workers of orphanages and social welfare centres.
FNB Joburg Art Fair
The FNB Joburg Art Fair is an international event dedicated to contemporary African art. Over 600 artists and more than 50 exhibitors participate in this fiesta. Also, there is a series of talks, lectures, and discussions by leading performers and curators. According to the official blog, The FNB Joburg Art Fair plays an ‘important role in harnessing the value that artists bring to society’.
Whisky Live Festival
The name says it all! The Whisky Live Festival is a great place to relish a wide range of whiskies from the key regions of the world. Over here, one may sample Single Malts of Scotland along with blends from Speyside, Islay, the Highlands, the Lowlands, and Campbeltown. Irish Whiskeys will be good for newcomers who simply want to chill out. Do not ignore the South African whiskies! Their astonishingly complex flavours tantalise one’s tongue.
Johannesburg Arts Alive Festival
Johannesburg Arts Alive Festival is a 24-year old festival frequented by artists from different corners of the world. This year saw performers from Portugal, USA, Jamaica, France, and Zimbabwe. All in all, the festival is known for music, theatre, literature, poetry, traditional dance, and everything else one may imagine! Participants should be aware that bottles, alcohol, and firearms may not be permitted at several venues.
Your Family Creative Craft Expo
A family-friendly event, Your Family Creative Craft Expo is the place where one can check out what’s new in the fields of handmade cards, jewellery, embroidery, scrapbooking, beading, and pewter creations etc. This is the perfect spot for broadening one’s creativity and going beyond the known. If you are a newbie, don’t worry! There are amazing demonstrations for introduction to these fields.