We’re in the final quarter of the year, which means summertime in South Africa and a resurgence of events to attend. From the cultural and musical to art exhibitions and food and drinks-related happenings, we’ve rounded up the best things to see and do this month.
WHEN: Sunday, 1 October to Sunday, 15 October 2017
WHERE: Throughout Muizenberg, Cape Town
WHAT: A collection of smaller events make up the Muizenberg Festival, which is all about celebrating the rich culture of this popular seaside suburb. From music, dance and theatre to art, crafts and plenty of food and drinks, this festival has so much to offer that you’ll probably have to visit more than once to take it all in.
in the middle of it: a solo exhibition by angus taylor
WHEN: Wednesday, 4 October 2017
WHERE: Everard Read gallery, 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg
WHAT: Angus Taylor is known for his striking sculptures, and his first solo exhibition In The Middle Of It is set to impress. Created in the UK, the body of work makes use of unusual materials such as red jasper, haematite, bronze and stainless steel. The artist has also carved a bust from Belfast gabbro, a granite that is more than two billion years old and is an extremely difficult stone to work with.
the black filmmakers film festival
WHEN: Friday, 6 October 2017
WHERE: The Toolbox, 260 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Musgrave, Berea, Durban
WHAT: The Black Filmmakers Film Festival (BFFF) is a response to the lack of opportunities and support for people of colour in the African film and media industry. To amplify the voices of black filmmakers and promote inclusivity, the BFFF will screen a selection of films made by people of colour from across the African continent and around the globe. Pizza and refreshments will also be on sale.
dstv delicious festival
WHEN: Saturday, 7 October to Sunday, 8 October 2017
WHERE: Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, Johannesburg
WHAT: A music festival for food lovers and a food festival for music lovers, the DSTV Delicious Festival is returning for it fifth year at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. Mouth-watering culinary finds – including delicacies from street chefs and foodie trends – and a musical line-up of world-class entertainment paired with local acts makes this a not-to-be-missed calendar event.
The centre for the less good idea: season 2
WHEN: Wednesday, 11 October to Saturday, 14 October 2017
WHERE: Various units at Arts on Main, 264 Fox Street and Berea Road, Maboneng, Johannesburg
WHAT: Featuring work by more than 40 Johannesburg-based multi-disciplinary practitioners, the second season of The Centre for the Less Good Idea is here. Curators Nhlanhla Mahlangu, Tegan Bristow and Jamal Nxedlana have worked alongside founder William Kentridge and animateur Bronwyn Lace to present three events. The first is a series of interactive, digital and analogue, movement and sound performances at Unit 11, Arts on Main. At the same time, Unit 9 will play host to Fully Automated Luxury Influencer, an immersive film experience created by Cuss Group. Lastly, the Invisible Exhibition will be happening on 11 October at Unit 13, where augmented and virtual reality drawings created using Google’s 3D painting virtual-reality application, Tilt Brush, will be shown.
sanlam handmade contemporary fair
WHEN: Friday, 13 October to Sunday, 15 October 2017
WHERE: Hyde Park Corner, Jan Smuts Ave and William Nicol Drive, Johannesburg
WHAT: In partnership with Artlogic, the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair promises to be a weekend of high-end design paired with the best food and wine in the country. South African artisans such as Art in the Forest, Mia Mélange, Espadril, GOET Furniture, Kirsten Goss, Pichulik and Rich Mnisi come together under one roof to showcase their newest wares at this much-anticipated annual event.
kalk bay gindig
WHEN: Sunday, 15 October 2017
WHERE: Olympia Bakery, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
WHAT: Set inside the beautiful Olympia Bakery, the Kalk Bay Gindig is a celebration of a few local gin distilleries. You’ll get a complementary cocktail on arrival, while the rest of the afternoon can be spent tasting what Cape’s top gin producers have on offer. Music and freshly baked goods will complete the experience.
shnit worldwide shortfilmfestival
WHEN: Wednesday, 18 October to Sunday, 22 October 2017
WHERE: Multiple venues around Cape Town
WHAT: In its seventh year in South Africa, the Shnit International Shortfilmfestival returns with yet another collection of provocative and thought-provoking short films. The filmfest takes place in eight cities around the world concurrently and brings different cultures together in a range of venues around Cape Town, from the Castle of Good Hope to the Labia Theatre.
tapas with liam tomlin
WHEN: Saturday, 21 October 2017
WHERE: Ginger and Lime Studio, 2b Avenue Disandt, Fresnaye, Cape Town
WHAT: Here’s a cooking class extraordinaire: chef Liam Tomlin – owner of the famed Chefs Warehouse & Canteen – spends a lengthy Saturday morning offering his expert advice on the art of making tapas.
a night of talented womxn
WHEN: Friday, 27 October 2017
WHERE: The Tennis Club, Corner of Bertrams and Miller street, Johannesburg
WHAT: A celebration of incredible womxn in the music and design industry, A Night of Talented Womxn brings a group of diverse and powerful acts to the stage. The line-up includes leaders in the performance industry such as Moonchild Sanelly, Amy Ayanda and LUMA.
season of sauvignon
WHEN: Saturday, 28 October to Sunday, 29 October 2017
WHERE: Various venues in the Durbanville Wine Valley, Cape Town
WHAT: With an off-the-beaten-track wine offering, Season of Sauvignon is in its 13th year. This year, 10 wine farms are participating in the weekend-long festival, so there’ll be plenty to quaff in addition to delicious, homemade country food, live entertainment and kid-friendly activities.