From fine dining to art exhibitions, South Africa is host to a wealth of events that celebrate our country’s creative spirit. Discover our favourite shows, festivals, fairs and food events taking place in Cape Town and Joburg in March 2017, and keep an eye out for our report-back on Design Indaba 2017, coming soon.
art africa fair
WHEN Now until Sunday 5 March 2017
WHERE V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
WHAT The inaugural Art Africa Fair is a showcase of emerging and established voices in the art scene. Challenging the status quo, the fair moves away from the traditional booth set-up and focuses on a museum-style experience. Explore the Bright Young Things programme curated by curator and critic Salimata Diop and mingle in the VIP Lounge & Social Hub managed by designer and artist Pierre-Christophe Gam.
rgb sky by jake singer
WHEN Saturday 4 March
WHERE Hazard Gallery, Joburg
WHAT Presenting his second solo exhibition, sculptor and photographer Jake Singer imagines a world after the fourth industrial revolution. Responding to urban landscapes, Jake uses building construction materials to show the relationship between the monumental and decay. This contrast results in thought-provoking pieces that are highly relevant to contemporary society.
pimp my street kitchen fundraiser lunch
WHEN Sunday 5 March
WHERE King Kong, 6 Verwey St, Joburg
WHAT In an effort to give back to the community, South African design collective Being Frank invites you to a three-course meal in support of their initiative Pimp My Street Kitchen. Using design as an agent of change, the ladies of Being Frank will use the proceeds of the event to help three vendors grow their business by rebranding their food trailers. With only 100 tickets available, ensure you book yours now.
entropy into a third landscape: a solo show by io makandal
WHEN Thursday 9 March
WHERE Kalashnikovv Gallery, Braamfontein, Joburg
WHAT Io Makandal’s debut solo show focuses on the relationship between man-made and organic materials and nature’s constant battle in urban environments. From sculptures to drawings, you’re in for a multimedia exhibition, and get there early so as not to miss a talk by art curator Wilhelm van Rensburg.
plump kitchen’s ‘gin to gin’ pop-up restaurant
WHEN Sunday 12 March
WHERE Plump Kitchen, Kensington, Joburg
WHAT Celebrate the ever-popular spirit of gin with Plump Kitchen’s latest pop-up kitchen event. Using Time Anchor Distillery gin, Plump Kitchen presents a three-course meal featuring London Dry Gin, Botanics Gin and their Gincello, all with perfectly paired food to match. Refresh with a complimentary Quicksand gin cocktail on arrival.
cape town carnival
WHEN Saturday 18 March
WHERE Green Point, Cape Town
WHAT Experience all the colours of the rainbow nation at the famous Cape Town Carnival. In a convergence of Mardi Gras and the spirit of Ubuntu, the CBD comes alive with music, costumes, parades and dancing. This year’s theme is ‘AMAZA – Ocean Odyssey’, so expect plenty of under-the-sea excitement at this annual event.
fairview harvest table luncheon
WHEN Saturday 25 March
WHERE Fairview Wine and Cheese, Paarl, Cape Town
WHAT Relax in the magnificent surrounds of Fairview Wine Farm while sampling artisanal platters prepared by Goatshed’s head chef SJ Nel. From cheeses and breads to olives, charcuterie and homemade preserves – along with a bottomless supply of Fairview’s new young wines – the lunch offers paddock-to-plate dining at its best.
WHEN Sunday 26 March
WHERE Work Shop New Town, Joburg
WHAT If you’re looking for authentic, down-to-earth eating, make your way to Bite Club. Crammed full of savoury and sweet gourmet food, craft beer from Zwakala Brewery, designer shopping and live music, this street event is not to be missed.
cape town international jazz festival
WHEN Friday 31 March – Saturday 1 April
WHERE Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town
WHAT Immerse yourself in the melodic sounds of some of the best of local and international musicians at the International Jazz Festival. From jazz legends and up-and-coming artists to musical storytellers and upbeat acts, the annual two-day festival beckons to both fervent jazz devotees as well as mainstream music lovers.