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Festivals in South Africa

South Africa’s calendar is filled with more festivals than anyone thinks of. Really, many of South Africa festivals have got international recognition. Festivals in South Africa offer you different tastes and opportunities to know the country very well. Festivals in South Africa are the occasions where people gather and celebrate anything whether religious or film or music or wine to name a few. Besides the religious festivals, South Africa hosts several other festivals or events which are very attractive and filled with joy & entertainment. Some of most famous festivals in South Africa are described here.

Aardklop Arts Festival takes place last September every year. Aardklop means earth beat. The festival is focused on African language & culture but can be enjoyed by everyone. This festival offers a five day feast which includes classical music, jazz, hard rock, cabaret, visual arts, and circus performance. The festival has also a craft and arts market.

The Arts Live International Festival, a yearly festival of dance, music, theater & poetry, is a four days festival which takes place into a cultural village in Johannesburg. This festival ends with the performance of Jazz on the Lake on the final day.

Cape Town Jazz Festival started in 2000 has become a successful international event. It takes place at the last weekend in March every year. Around 40 international & local artists participate in Cape Town Jazz Festival and this festival has around 40 000 audience.

Hermanus Whale Festival is the only environmental arts festival in South Africa. Thousands of visitors come to Hermanus in South Africa during the festival to watch whales, have entertainment in a unique natural environment, watch comedy & cabaret and revel in music. Many local artists find opportunities to show their performance.

South Africa Celebrations 2015

Attending South Africa celebrations are the best ways to know the culture and the natives. South Africa celebrations include every type of festivals and events which take place in the country on various dates. The dates for South Africa festivals vary every year. Festivals in South Africa 2015 start with the celebration of New Year on January 1 and end with the celebration of New Year Eve on the 31st December. Here, we have mentioned the major festivals and events of South Africa -

Festivals Place Date
New Year National 1 January
Prickly Pear Festival Cape Town March
Splashy Fen Festival Kwa Zulu Natal (Near Durban) 5 April
Cape Town Jazz Festival Cape Town 27-28 March
Good Friday Across the country 3 April
Easter Across the country 5-6 April
Klein Karoo National Kunstefees Oudtshoorn 3-11 April
Knysna Oyster Festival Mosel River region 3-15 April
National Arts Festival Eastern Cape 2-12 July
Hermanus Whale Festival Hermanus 22-26 September
Aardklop Arts Festival the university town of Potchefstroom 7-11 October
Cherry Festival Finksburg 4-11 july
Christmas Across the country 25 December
New Year Eve Across the country 31 December