When Arts and Lifestyle are celebrated

It’s the winter in Southern Africa… And then ? There is no reason to stay at home.

Why not to go and enjoy two of the most popular festivals during the winter season in South Africa which start this weekend ?

The first one is called the National Arts Festival. It takes place at the university town of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, at 130 km from Port Elizabeth. The National Arts Festival is an important cultural event because it is one of the largest South African annual celebrations dedicated to the arts.

All kind of arts are actually present: theater (classical, street, physical …), dance, comedy, music (opera, jazz, etc.), movies and even crafts. Beyond the festival itself, don’t miss this great opportunity to visit the city and the historic monuments which are a stone away. The festival, which runs from June 27 to July 7 2013, is likely to be a vibrant forum for new artists to express their ideas and a platform about the future trends. If you are nearby and keen on arts, let’s pop in.

Website: http://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/


The second event is the famous Knysna Oyster Festival which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The festival offers more than 100 events about sports (running, cycling, rowing, paddle ..), family (concerts, workshops for children) and food with wine tasting, whisky and cooking competitions. These latter are referring to the famous oysters which make this festival so popular.

Thus, like every year, festive goers will be invited to take part in the shucking oysters, enjoy different varieties of oysters (cultivated or wild). Nothing friendlier in my opinion. The festival will take place from 28 June to 7 July 2013 in Knysna, known as” the” Pearl of the Garden Route thanks to its amazing lagoon.

Website: http://www.oysterfestival.co.za/

The choice is yours!

Amélie Fages

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