A roundup of our top must-see and must-do’s between CPT and JHB THIS LONG WEEKEND

After almost two years of mostly isolation save for digital events here and there people are ready to be outside socialising with both likeminded and new people. Creatives and nightlife curators are upping the ante on hosting events across entertainment , art ,subculture , music and food related events. These are the events on our radar so there’s plenty opportunity fo you and friends to explore what’s happening on the scene. We have put together a list of 15 festivals, parties and exhibitions.

Basha Uhuru Uprising Festival

In 2021,the Basha Uhuru Creative Uprising is back, and excited to once again be fired up by long term partner Nando’s. The Basha Uhuru Creative Uprising main festival from 28-30 Octobeer 2021 brings the hottest art, music, film, design, dance, theatre, poetry, a makers market and conference sessions to one of Johannesburg’s most iconic landmarks Constitution Hill. Participants will enjoy a three-day  programme that will also be streamed live – showcasing, celebrating and nurturing creative talent.  

Highlights this year include music from Langa Mavuso, Sun El Musician, Ms Party, MX Blouse, SIO, Marcus Harvey, Easy Freek,  Fif_Laaa, Thandonje and more at the music festival on the 30th of October. Tickets are R100 from Webtickets. For more information and tickets for all programs and events from 28 to 30 October visit  www.bashauhuru.co.za . 

Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt | JHB Keyes Art Mile | 28 Oct – 31 Oct

“For much of recorded art history, black people have been projected onto fanciful Utopic or  Dystopic dreamscapes, that underscore the extremities of their identities. Some of these  depictions have been useful to honour the past and to imagine spaces that are ruled by a  different, fairer set of relations. Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt flips the  proverbial script and engages artists who create moments of freedom and upliftment. Rest,  relaxation, leisure, intimacy, and domesticity are at the forefront of these pictorial  conversations. ” Exhibition synopsis 

Read more here.

FNB Art Joburg Open City

This is a highly anticipated gallery hopping event on the creative calendar. This is a dynamic long weekend of gallery, arts & culture programming across Joburg on 2831 October. This event includes 30 restaurant locations, 15 galleries, 11 pop up exhibitions and 6 open studios. A definite must see according to team 10and5

Read more here.

Vogue Nights Jozi | JHB 30 October | The Nest

The annual party hosted by queer people for queer people is back. Vogue Nights Jozi is a space event for members of the queer community who seek visibility, survival, and acceptance in a city that hardly acknowledges their existence. It’s a movement that is redefining culture, shifting norms and proclaiming Johannesburg’s nightlife scene that’s rarely inclusive. It is intersectional and allows freedom of expression through dance, music and art and fashion. The start of Vogue Nights Jozi back in 2018 became a monumental occasion as South Africa’s first ballroom/vogue event. 

As an initiative by NGO BAZ-ART, this unique event showcases the best local and international mural artists. Adding to the 100 murals already painted, artists will create giant artworks on walls in Salt River for the benefit of the community and visitors to enjoy and learn about.

The festival will take place from 12 to 16 February, and will act as the opening of Art Month in Cape Town.

Read more here.

15 years of Zanele Muholi | Stevenson | CT 28 Oct- 4 December

STEVENSON gallery presents Nize nani, a new solo exhibition by Zanele Muholi.

Comprising painting, sculpture and installation alongside photographic portrayals of intimate moments, Nize naniintroduces new directions in Muholi’s visual activism. For their 13th exhibition with the gallery, they observe the ways in which interiority, tenderness and self-expression can be radical and unifying acts. Through these featured bodies of work, Muholi moves away from the iconographic forms of representation that have characterised their output in recent years.

Nize nani simultaneously translates from isiZulu to the statement ‘join us’ and to the question ‘what did you bring with you?’, while offering a meditation on being, belonging and the reality of physical existence in the midst of socially constructed divisions.

The exhibition runs till December. Read more here

Keenan Meyer at The Alchemy of Living at Young Blood | CT

After great reception to the debut project Alchemy of Living , Keenan Meyer is performing at Young Blood Gallery in Cape Town presented by


This emerging pianist and composer, Keenan Meyer will grace the stage to perform his acclaimed debut record at The Young Blood Gallery located in the heart of the Mother City Cape Town.

The Alchemy of Living has gained national and international recognition and now it visits the mother city, featuring some of South Africa’s foremost musicians.

Meyer’s concert experience has been known to have patrons transcending in their seats because of his diverse tonal palette and soundscapes.

Find more information here.

V & A Record Fair and Jo Kunnuji Live at Makers Landing V&A Waterfront  

Come  and discover Makers Landing, a V&A Waterfront Food Community that celebrates SA’s diverse culture through food and while there check out the V&A Record Fair where you will find the best vinyl traders and thousands of records across various genres Funk, Jazz, Rock, Soul, Blues, World and Disco to name a few.

Jook Joint Records, Yesteryear Records, Recycled Records, Roastin’ Records,  Vinyl Cafe’, Caveman Records, Vinyl Trader, AM Vinyl, For The Record, Silver and Black, Bumble Bee Records,  Brian Vinyl, Underground Records, Rustic Groove, M-PIRE, Recreation Records Positive Spin and Dirk Ace Records.

To keep the music playing we have a great line up which includes DJ’s Dreaded Chameleon, Fred Spider and El Vidocq.

Read more here.

Nic Fredman Retrospective  | Spin Street Gallery | CT 30 Oct –

South African-born Nic Fredman presents two decades of oil paintings and mixed media pieces in a show entitled “Nic Fredman: A Retrospective” from 30 October – 30 November 2021.

Works on show include small panoramic landscapes produced over the last 3 years, many of them during the various Covid lockdowns. Earlier pieces date back to 2003 when Nic returned to Cape Town after living in London for 28 years. He completed his under-graduate art studies at Central, Hornsey before studying printmaking at the Reijks Akademie in Amsterdam. He then obtained a postgraduate degree at the Slade School of Fine art in London. Nic is a multiple award-winning artist who has exhibited widely in the UK, Amsterdam and South Africa.

Ebumnandini Nollywood Night | JHB 29 Oct | MOAD Maboneng

Ebumnandini is a youth lifestyle event series founded and hosted by multi-hyphenate creatives including Jakinda and Ayema from Stiff Pap, Francesco “Franadilla” Mbele and Lenzo Magonyane . The event pays homage to present day culture and to the figures who shape it as well as to those icons and genres of yesteryear.

Keep up with Ebumnandi here.

Restaurant Week 2021 | Nationwide| 01 October- 14 November

Support the amazing restaurants in the country and get great deals here

Other Events on our Radar:

AFI Fashion Week | JHB

Tsogo | PTA South African State Theatre | 14 Oct – 30 Oct  | Tickets: R130

Mental Health Month Hike | JHB Nirox Sculpture Park | 17, 24 & 31 Oct | Tickets: R350

Restaurant Week South Africa | JHB & CT 01 Oct – 31 Oct

FOMO FRIDAYS Halloween Party | JHB Carfax | 29 Oct | Tickets: R80 

NEW NORMAL Exhibition | CT Analogue Cape Town | 18 Oct – 31 Oct 

JHB Pride | 30 October | Shakers, Maboneng 

Bru-Fest | JHB 27 Oct – 30 Oct | Hogshead Illovo 

Joint Open Studios | JHB 30 Oct – 31 Oct | Ellis House, Artist Emporium, Victoria Yards 

We Are Connected ft VANCO & ELTONNICK  | JHB 30 Oct | Bunker Newtown | R150@door

GIN-U-WINE Saturdays | JHB 30 Oct | Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel

Halloween Night Market | JHB 29 Oct | Edenvale

Picking Bunches Wine & Food Market | JHB 30 Oct | Modderfontein Sports Complex

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