There’s a lot happening in Johannesburg this Wednesday, 24 September, Heritage Day.
Johannesburg Heritage is offering a fantastic bus tour to Soweto, including the usual tourist attractions but also the lesser-known historical sites. The tour will take in the Credo Mutwa Cultural Village, James Mpanza Sofasonke’s Orlando house, the Soweto Theatre and Freedom Square. The cost is R 250 per person and departs from The Sunnyside Park Hotel at 8 am. Book at 011 – 482 3349.
Greenside is getting creative; hosting a celebration of art and design. The event, called Cumulus Johannesburg, will connect local creators and International thinkers, and there will be markets, exhibitions, music, an art and graffiti expo, a hair show, and all the restaurants and cafes will be open and welcoming. All day, free of charge, and you can just turn up!
Parkview are holding a full day literary affair – ParkWords. It starts at 10 am; there are informal literary talks and debates, kids entertainment, books and delicious food. There is no charge, and events take place at Scusi, Croft, Stelle, Europa, The Perfect Cup and at the library. The topics are varied, anything from travel to politics to publishing, and there’s even a motorsport events taking place at the Zoo Lake Garage. This will be good; there are some amazing speakers.
The Sophiatown Heritage Center is reviving the historical Fiestas Street Market, once the hub of the thriving Sophiatown community. Emphasis is on music, art, poetry and of course the market. Look for info at www.sophiatown.net. This will be colorful and vibrant!
And then there’s a color fun run at Emmarentia. It’s a 5 km run followed by a day of music. For your R 220 you get a race shirt, a sweat-band and a bag of colored powder to throw in the air, and then a day of music and dancing with amazing Jozi DJ’s. www.thecolorrun.co.za. Be at the start at 9 am, the race begins at 10 am.
Remember Heritage Day is also National Braai Day. Get to the butcher today, stock up on Wors and Steak, and plan a fab family braai. Delta Park, Zoo Lake, Emmarentia, the George Hay Park are all open, take a picnic blanket, a couple of balls and bats and spend a long lazy afternoon.
If you want to celebrate early, try Turbine Hall in Newtown on Tuesday the 23rd, for a fantastic night of jazz and tapas. Tickets are R 75.00, the venue opens at 5.00 pm, and you can find all the info at www.theforum.co.za
And if jazz isn’t your thing but you want brilliant house music, then Randlords is the place for you on the 23rd. The doors open at 7.00 pm, tickets start at R 130, and the views and music will be wild.
So. Have a fantastic Heritage Day this Wednesday, 24th September. Your Johannesburg guest house will direct you to the activities that are nearby, and will most likely, be joining in the festivities! Enjoy.