If you live in a township, you’re probably pretty used to all the annual events that take place there. There are festivals, fairs, and markets galore. However, have you ever considered attending any of those events? If you’re a local and have been to most of these events before, why not consider planning something new this year? If you don’t live in a township and are thinking of moving there in the future, however, then perhaps attending one of these annual events is a great way to get acquainted with your potential new home. Either way, here is a list of 5 of some of the most popular annual events in South African townships:
Annual Youth Day Festivities
This annual event, which falls on the 16th of June, is a celebration of all things youth. It is a day where the younger generation of South Africans comes together to celebrate their culture, share in their experiences, showcase their talents, and most importantly; commemorate the youth of 1976. But we’ll cover more about June 16, 1976, in another article.
It is a great way for youth to come together, celebrate their culture, and promote the idea of positivity, harmony, and togetherness. And it’s definitely not just for youth in the townships. Anyone can attend and partake in June 16 festivities! Different people, communities, organisations, etc. have events taking place at various locations across South Africa (for example, in Soweto, Grahamstown, and Kimberley). Furthermore, the National Youth Council in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs and the South African Youth National Council and political parties alike get heavily involved in it. The National Youth Day festivities usually include exhibitions, workshops, sports tournaments, and lots of great music.
Soweto International Jazz Festival
This annual event is one of the most well-known music festivals in the country. It is often held around the month of June and takes place in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. It is a massive music festival that attracts thousands of people from across the country. The Soweto International Jazz Festival features a ton of different artists from South Africa, other African countries, and the world. It is a 3-4 day long festival that kicks off with a massive opening ceremony on the first day, followed by concerts and live music (not only Jazz but soul, contemporary and African music, etc.) all throughout the night. In 2018, Soweto International Jazz Festival is the first international music and arts festival dedicated to the historical region of Johannesburg, South Africa. The SIJF is a one-of-kind experience, which will spotlight the rich cultural currency of the township with a rich supply of international music, art, cuisine, history, luxury accommodation and adventure & exploration.”. It is known to be one of the most culturally significant music festivals in Africa. This music festival also makes it a point to celebrate the rich history and culture that is present in South African townships.
Numerous events take place in various townships across South Africa. The Annual Youth Day Festivity is hosted across the country by anyone who cares, really, about the history of this country. The Soweto International Jazz Festival is hosted in Soweto. These are only 2 events that are a great opportunity for you to discover the cultural heritage that is present in many South African townships. They are also a great opportunity for you to meet new people and to experience the rich culture that is present in many townships across the country.
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