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Mind-blowing May Festivals In South Africa

Zakifo Music Festival
Written by See Africa Today

As the month of May takes on the year, it is a significant month in South Africa’s festivals.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic tore down social life, South Africa would already be soaking in the riveting in different festivals all of which are held during the fifth month of every year. Among the festivals are those that showcase music and art while others are about film and the best of cocktails in town.

Music is a big part of culture not just in South Africa but Africa as a whole. The festivals have a cultural significance to African natives. They speak to the mind and soul in a unique language. Here are the festivals held in South African every May of the year.

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Zakifo Music Festival

Zakifo Music Festival

Zakifo Music Festival. [Photo: Zakifest]

Zakifo Music Festival is held every year in Durban, South Africa. It celebrates pop and world music which makes it an international festival. The festival is held for seven days with different things on the play. Besides the music, there are workshops and music coaching sessions.

The highlight of the festival is the electrifying performances. South African pop artists grace the stage while invited international artists give a dose of the best.

Trails In Motion Film Festival

Trails In Motion Film Festival is an international film tour that gives the best of film trails to audiences who love film in South Africa. It goes down every May in different cities in South Africa.

Dîner en Blanc Johannesburg

Dîner en Blanc Johannesburg

Dîner en Blanc Johannesburg. [Photo:

Dîner en Blanc Johannesburg traces its roots to France where it was first held in 1988 courtesy of François Pasquier. In Paris, this dinner event hosts at least 10,000 people. Usually, it is an all-white affair. The Paris version has been replicated in Johannesburg. People interact, exchange ideas and enjoying a rich cuisine picked by diners. Besides the Dîner en Blanc Johannesburg and Dîner en Blanc Paris, it is held in other four continents.

Arnold Classic South Africa

The Arnold Classic South Africa is a fascinating sports event held in May in South Africa. It is an international event held in different parts of the world. In South Africa, it has captivated a sizeable section of South Africans. It has sporting activities such as foosball, body painting, IFBB Pro League Meet & Greet. The partying side of it all comes with the party with pros event that is the last on the schedule where people mingle and have fun.

Bassline Africa Day Concert

Vusi Mahlasela

South Africa’s Vusi Mahlasela. [Photo:

For years, South Africa has been holding the annual Bassline Africa Day Concert. It is a pure musical affair drawing jazz artists from South Africa, Ethiopia and West Africa. The beauty of the Bassline Africa Day Concert is that it is dynamic and diverse in nature. It accommodates artists from other genres, for example, hip hop, Afro-pop etc.

The Bassline Africa Day concert is among the oldest music festivals in South Africa. It is revered for its great mentorship to upcoming artists who credit the event for nurturing them.

While May has several events in South Africa, it is just the tip of the iceberg in the number of festivals that follow thereafter. South Africa is the only African country with diverse festivals celebrating culture, music, food, sporting and motor. All these events have in the past had a special appeal to international enthusiasts who flock to South Africa ready to enjoy, learn and make an impact in these festivals.

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However, the deadly Covid-19 pandemic has slowed down things on festivals. Social distance and avoiding crowds are among the universal safety precautions spelt out to contain the spread of Covid-19.

With that, the zeal with the festivals – should they beheld – many not meet that of past events but the Cyril Ramaphosa-led country will remain a festival powerhouse in Africa.

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See Africa Today

Pharis Kinyua is the editor of See Africa Today. With over seven years of experience in digital media, he has a soft spot for African tours and travel. His drive is to tell the rest of the world what Africa offers, the best accommodation facilities, national parks, culture, shopping malls and best airline deals to travel to Africa

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