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Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week

21 April to 1 May

Preparations for the first autumn edition of the popular culinary event Restaurant Week are in full swing. More than 65 restaurants have registered to take part. Among them are some of the top venues in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and the Winelands. Booking opens on 1 April and you can register online as a V.I.P. to get info about promotions and extras. Let the foodie fun begin!

Capital Craft Beer Fest

Capital Craft Beer Fest

11 June, Pretoria

Trek to the National Botanical Gardens for a day of local micro-manufactured brews and exciting new music. More than 30 micro-brewers from all over the country will be taking part. The organisers want you to know they've sorted out last year's problems with getting into the venue. Check the website for more information.

Parklife festival


May/June, Johannesburg and Cape Town

One day, three stages and gourmet food high-lighting local farmers’ produce. Parklife quickly established itself as a premier music space. They’re mum on the 2016 line-up, but previous stars included Modest Mouse, Xavier Rudd, American Authors, Seether and KT Tunstall. When it’s not festival time, the Parklife team also brings out acts like Creed’s Scott Stapp and Canada’s Crystal Castles – and they manage Jeremy Loops. It’s worth keeping an eye on their Facebook page.

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment

Johannesburg, Cape Town Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment is an action-packed ice spectacular featuring four Disney stories and many of the beloved characters from The Little Mermaid, Cars and Toy Story 3. Also skating along will be Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and the stars of Frozen. The show is on at Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg, from 24 June to 3 July and at Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town, from 6 to 10 July. Find out more and book at Computicket.

National Arts Festival

30 June to 10 July, Grahamstown

‘Grahamstown’ has become one of the country’s finest stages for jazz talent. Anchored in long-standing connections with international arts councils, the festival boxes way above its ticket prices in terms of the line-up. From obscure Swiss quartets to beefy Scandinavian big bands, the performances range from easily hummable tunes to mind-warpingly intricate experimentation. It also showcases the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz winner, and for the 2016 line-up that would be Siya Makuzeni. She plays trombone, composes, riffs free-form with the best, and has a deep understanding of African traditions – and she sings like an angel. More info and bookings

McGregor Poetry Festival

Poetry Festival

26 to 28 August, McGregor

Time to open that folder of verse and share it with the world. International and local poets, published or not, can now submit applications to take part in this wordfest. The audience is mostly English and Afrikaans at the moment, but poetry in any of the official languages are welcome. Describe your presentation in about 50 words, include a short title and make sure you're material runs between 30 and 40 minutes. Send it by e-mail or post to PO Box 361, McGregor 6708. The closing date is 30 April, so no time to waste. If you don't make the cut, there are open mics at the event where you can do your thing.