Heritage Day (24 September), which falls on a Saturday this year, is a South African public holiday that celebrates our rainbow nation’s diversity and that calls on South Africans to unite despite their differences.
Controversially nicknamed National Braai Day in 2005 as a result of a pointed media campaign led by Jan Braai, the occasion traditionally sees families, friends and strangers unite over Webers, drums and potjies to share in South Africa’s favourite pastimes: vuur, choppies en chommies (fire, chops and friends)! If you’re a braai-ginner, have a look at the top tips from an oke who braais for a living: BraaiBoy.
However, let's not lose sight of what this special day is really about: our melting pot of heritages that collectively make our country what it is. From Cape Malay cooking and culture, to the legend of Shaka Zulu, South Africa is rich in culture and traditions and the 24th of September is the day we get to reflect on and celebrate these in style.
IN_HERIT FESTIVAL AT IZIKO MUSEUMS (19 – 25 SEP)
Visit the prestigious Iziko Museums across Cape Town for free this Heritage Week and learn all about the history of the Western Cape and South Africa. You could visit a different museum each day of the week! Take a trip to the South African National Gallery, the South African Museum, the Slave Lodge, Koopmans-De Wet House or the Bo-Kaap Museum. There will be a variety of events taking place at these stunning museums for the whole family to enjoy.
COST: Entry to any Iziko Museum is free for the whole week. For more information call +27 (0)21 481 3800 or email email@example.com. The museums are open from 10am to 5pm.
BOSCHENDAL HERITAGE DAY FARM FEAST (24 SEP)
Picture this: a farm over three centuries old with activities suited for every age. From incredible wines to spa treatments and mind-blowing accommodation, you’ll love what Boschendal has to offer. This picturesque Winelands retreat awaits and on Heritage Day, up to 220 guests will sit down to a veritable feast, with live music provided by indie-folk artist Blair Taberer. This Franschhoek-based wine farm is offering guests an intensely delicious 'nose-to-tail' menu. With slow-cooked spit-braai nosh, live music and all-round family fun on the cards, this afternoon at one of the Cape's picturesque farms is just the thing to get into the swing of spring.
COST: R325 for adults, R95 for kids under 10 years of age. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +27 21 870 4274 for bookings. Visit www.boschendal.co.za/events for further details.
ARTSCAPE HERITAGE FESTIVAL (24 – 30 SEP)
Celebrate Mzansi’s rich culture at the 2016 Artscape Heritage Festival that takes place from Saturday, 24 September to Friday, 30 September 2016. This mixed bag of dance, theatre and musical performances aims to not only pay homage to our diverse nation, but also to highlight the country’s journey to democracy and its subsequent successes and failures. Alongside various headline and award-winning productions – 1976 Spiritsand Hinterland – there will be a number of powerful community pieces on the bill.
COST: Tickets are available via Computicket.com or by calling Dial-A-Seat on +27 (0) 21 421 7695. Tickets are priced individually per performance and cost between R30 to R80p/p.
SPRING FEST AT WILD CLOVER BREWERIES
Are you a lover of local beer? Whether you’re brewing or buying, the SouthYeasters Homebrewers Club Spring Fest is the best place to be if you want to enjoy some proudly South African beer. The club is hosting a Beer Judge Certification Program competition on Heritage Day with a South African theme – brew up your best wit, weiss or saison beer and find a unique way to give it a lekker local twist. There will also be a brew-off between SouthYeasters and Helderberg Brewers where you get to choose the best beer to enjoy at a braai. There will be food trucks at the venue so you can grab a bite to eat between beers.
COST: Entry to Spring Fest is FREE of charge. The event starts at 11am. For more information contact email@example.com.
CLYBOURNE PARK AT THE FUGARD THEATRE (16 AUG – 1 OCT)
Bruce Norris’s award-winning production is showing at The Fugard Theatre for a limited time. Clybourne Park tells a tale of race relations in the 1950s when a black family moves into a white community, then fast-forwards to 2009 and shows the effect of a white couple buying property in the now all black neighbourhood. The show stars a cast of the country’s best performers such as Andrew Buckland (Tobacco, and the Harmful Effects Thereof), Susan Danford (Broken Glass) and Lesoko Seabe (Siembambe). Since the link between race and geography is such an enormous part of South Africa’s heritage, this performance could not be showing at a more appropriate time.
COST: Tickets are available from Computicket.com and Computicket outlets and range in price from R120p/p to R240p/p depending on the selected seating. It’s advised to book as soon as possible as tickets are set to sell-out fast. For more information, please click through to the event.
HERITAGE MONTH AT AZURE RESTAURANT (SEP)
Come and enjoy a classic South African dish with a gourmet twist. Visit the 12 Apostles Hotel anytime in September and try Executive Chef Christo Pretorius’s Vetkoek and Curried Saldanha Bay Mussels at Azure Restaurant. This scrumptious meal will be served with Malay spiced mussels velouté, yoghurt curd, hydrated sultanas and mini fennel vetkoek.
COST: Meals are priced at R215 per dish. To make a reservation visit 12apostleshotel.com or call +27 (0)21 437 9029.
CAPE TOWN FRINGE FESTIVAL (22 SEP - 8 OCT)
Organised by the National Arts Festival (the same crowd responsible for the Grahamstown fiesta), this two-week extravaganza showcases the best of the country’s creative culture with a medley of singing, dancing, theatre and arts and culture performances. Based on the Fringe festival concept originating in Edinburgh after World War Two, the fest is characterised by a collection of small performances run by independent practitioners. The event will span most of Cape Town, housed at various locations in the CBD and Langa, with each venue staging between six to eight performances per day.
COST: Direct all booking and box office enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +27(0)79 605 7871 / +27(0)86 000 2004.
LIVE LOUD MUSIC CONCERT (24 SEP)
Rock out to local bands, singers and DJs at this epic 13-hour long concert that showcases the best musical talent in the country this Heritage Day. Mingle with celebrities at the Kenilworth Racecourse for this awesome 5FM experience and see live performances by Black Coffee, Al Bairre, Goodluck, TiMO ODV and more. If you’re keen for some electro beats, some of 5FM’s DJs will be hitting the turntables to keep the music pumping.
COST: Tickets are priced between R100 – R345p/p and can be purchased from Computicket.com. The concert starts at 10am. For more information email@example.com or call +27 (0)861 915 8000.
HERITAGE DAY BRAAI AT CONSTANTIA GLEN (24 SEP)
Constantia Glen is celebrating Heritage Day with a delicious braai platter for two that includes spit braai lamb, boerewors, potato salad and braai bread. The platter will be accompanied by a selection of wines from the Constantia Glen and Constantia Saddle collections. In addition to the main meal, a selection of cheese and charcuterie platters, Mediterranean salad and biltong will be available for guests to try out.
COST: The platter is priced at R290 and is available from 12pm to 5pm. To make a reservation call +27 (0)21 795 5639 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
HERMANUS BOTANICAL SOCIETY FLOWER FESTIVAL AT FERNKLOOF NATURE RESERVE (22 – 25 SEP)
Become one with nature this Heritage Weekend and attend the flower festival with your family. This year’s theme is Fynbos and Fire, which takes a look at the way fynbos regrows after it is damaged by fire. The Hermanus Botanical Society will have over 300 specimens on display and plenty of activities for flora-loving folk. Visit the Fernkloof Nursery to buy beautiful indigenous plants, visit the marquee and the Hermanus Botanical Society stand to see environmental exhibits and other floral fun such as artwork and crafts made with flowers. You can also enjoy a light meal at the Fynbos Café and there will be loads of fun activities for children to enjoy.
COST: Entry costs R20p/p and the festival will take place from 9am to 5pm. Children under 12 or in school uniform enter for free. If you’d like more information contact +27 (0)28 313 0819 or email@example.com.
BRAAI DAY COMPETITION AT KLAWER WINE ESTATE (24 SEP)
Do you consider yourself a braai master? Prove it at the Klawer Wine Estate Braai Day Competition this Heritage Day. All you need is your braai kit, meat and side dishes as well as your own wood and gazebo – Klawer Wine Estate will supply braai stands and chairs. The fires start burning at 9am and you have until noon to cook up the best chops the Western Cape has ever seen. There will be live music and stalls at the venue so you’ll have lots to do after enjoying a delicious South African lunch.
COST: Entry to this event is free. For further information contact Carin at +27 (0)27 216 1530 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMBUKO BRAAI DAY IN WELLINGTON (24 SEP)
The sixth annual Imbuko Braai Day will see eager attendees clustered around blazing fires, while feasting, singing and enjoying general Heritage Day merriment. This year’s event boasts much to look forward to in the way of top-notch titbits, including braaied delicacies, pizzas, ice cream, a candy land, craft beer, wine and more. Additionally, there will be plenty of fun and games to keep kids occupied. Live entertainment will be provided by Newton & Co and Gerry Liberty.
COST: Braai day entry tickets cost R125p/p, which includes a free wine glass and four glasses of wine, and are available from Webtickets.co.za. The event starts at 10am and ends at 5pm. The first 100 guests to sign up will receive a free gift bag.
SOPHIA TOWN HERITAGE DAY COMMEMORATION AT THE RIVER CLUB
Soul Lekker Africa invites you to commemorate Heritage Day with them at Slug and Lettuce Restaurant & Bar at The River Club. The organisation has invited a group of young artists from disadvantaged areas to perform live alongside established local musicians, dancers, comedians, poets and more. This is a great opportunity for the youth to take part in performance arts in a formal setting while interacting with professionals in the industry. The theme for this event is ‘Vintage’ so guests are invited to dress up in chic retro outfits for the day.
COST: TBC. If you would like more information call +27 (0)63 045 5573 or email@example.com. The show will start at noon and end near midnight.
TAKE A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE WITH NEDERBURG
Nederburg Wines invites you to celebrate Heritage Day on Saturday, 24 September 2016 at The Red Table Restaurant located at the Nederburg manor house in Paarl. Guests will be offered a glass of Nederburg Cuvée Brut and cheese platters with fresh flat bread on arrival before tucking in to a meal of chimichurru beef rump, venison sausage, wild Atlantic prawns, spicy chicken wings and an assortment of vegetables, followed by a selection of mini desserts. The meal will be paired with a range of wines from the award-winning Nederburg Heritage Heroes collection.
COST: R350p/p for adults, R150p/p for children under the age of 13. The event will commence at 12pm. To make a reservation, call +27 (0)21 877 5155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AL ANSAAR SOUK AND MINI FOOD FAIR AT OTTERY MOSQUE HALL
Al Ansaar Madrassah is hosting its annual fundraiser on Heritage Day this year and they are giving locals the option to shop or sell goods at their market. The hall will host plenty of stalls selling scarves, clothes, jewellery and accessories, crafts and household utensils as well as a cake and tea area with delicious halaal food on sale. This fair is family-friendly and there will be a children’s area with games, a jumping castle, face painting and henna artists for all to enjoy.
COST: Entry to the food fair is free. Food voucher booklets can be purchased for R50 each. To book a stall or for more information call +27 (0)74 106 0713 or email email@example.com.
BRAAI AND BURGERS AT OUDE WELLINGTON RESTAURANT (24 SEP)
Have a truly South African Heritage Day and celebrate with a huge meal at Oude Wellington Restaurant. The ‘Viking Chef’ John Tecklenburg is preparing a feast of homely South African dishes including braai, burgers and tasty desserts like designer milkshakes and waffles along with Potstill brandy from the Oude Wellington Estate. There’ll be brandy and biltong tastings and craft beer on tap! The restaurant is offering games, pony rides and fun activities for kids too!
COST: Meals will cost between R90 – 190p/p for adults and R40 – R70 for kids. Children under eight-years eat for free. To book, call +27 (0)83 836 8924 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUR LEGENDS PASSING THE BATON 2 AT ARTSCAPE (23 – 24 SEP)
See veteran musicians hand the stage over to up-and-coming artists. Camillo Lombard will be hosting a stunning show that celebrates Cape Town legends, featuring tunes from the 1980’s such as indigenous music, Cape jazz and Ghoema. Directed by Basil Appollis, this showcase is the perfect display of South African excellence on Heritage Day.
COST: Tickets are priced at R125p/p and can be purchased from Computicket.com. For more information call +27 (0)21 421 7839 or send an email to email@example.com.
CAPE TOWN COFFEE AND CHOCOLATE AT GREEN POINT CRICKET CLUB (24 – 25 SEP)
Spend the entire Heritage Weekend eating chocolate and drinking coffee at this fun festival. The two-day feast is hosting plenty of tasting sessions and workshops to give you a sugar and caffeine rush all weekend. Visit the steampunk-themed Coffee Theatre for a warm drink, chill out at the Cocoa Mokka Music Lounge, show off your coffee-making skills at the Home Barista Jam Experience, try out whisky and chocolate pairing at the Mardi Gras Pairing Theatre or meet other coffee and chocolate loves at Pallet Point. If you’d like to become chocolatier, attend a workshop and learn all about the craft.
COST: Tickets can be purchased from itickets.co.za for R100p/p or at the door for R120p/p. Children under the age of 10 enter for free. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIVE MUSIC AT THE CRYPT JAZZ RESTAURANT (24 SEP)
Celebrate your Heritage Day in Cape Town with an evening of top-notch tunes provided by stellar Mother City artists at The Crypt Jazz Restaurant on Saturday, 24 September 2016. Housed in the city centre’s historic St. George’s Cathedral, this one-of-a-kind live music venue pays tribute to jazz music artists with regular evenings (from Tuesday to Saturday), and this public holiday is no different. From 8pm to 11pm, attendees can check out Sisanda Myataza, a young jazz singer who is on her way to becoming South Africa’s next big star. The Crypt offers a permanent five-day-a-week programme, the venue also offers light snacks and meals, and patrons can order something to eat while enjoying first-rate artists and tunes.
COST: Cover charge for the night is R85p/p. Booking is essential as space is limited, and to do so, jazz enthusiasts can SMS or WhatsApp +27 (0) 79 683 4658 or simply email email@example.com.
FRANSCHHOEK UNCORKED (24 - 25 SEP)
Celebrating our French Huguenot history is an excellent excuse to indulge in the spectacular Franschhoek valley’s finest wines. The much-anticipated annual Uncorked festival takes place across 18 different estates, each of which feature exciting itineraries jam-packed with fun activities, and opportunities to wine and dine a la Francais. From showing off your swing at the Dieu Donne golf day and shucking succulent oysters at Anthonij Rupert Estate to tucking into Ryan Smith’s braai table at Black Elephant and snacking on braaied snoek at Plaisir de Merle, there’s bound to be something you don’t want to miss out on. The theme this year is Braai4Heritage – very fitting for the Heritage Day weekend – and many of the estates’ events are centred on bringing their braai A-game.
COST: A weekend pass costs R140p/p and is available for purchase from Webtickets.co.za. For more information, contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley at +27(0)21 876 2861.