Jozi diary: what’s on in May

May 09, 2019

Joburg is one of the biggest and busiest cities in South Africa. Just look at its increasingly expanding events calendar to see just how fast things move!

From expos and festivals to concerts and sports, here’s a taster of what to look forward to over the next few weeks in Johannesburg:

16 May: Whiskey tasting festival at the Good Food Studio

Whiskey lover? Head to the Pick n Pay Good Food Studio in Sandton to embark on a taste adventure, sampling whiskeys from around the globe. Expect everything from Irish whiskeys, Scottish single malts and blends from the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands, to the strongly contrasting US whiskeys and bourbons and flavourful South African varieties.

You will also be able to savour a delectable selection of canapés and snacks prepared by the Good Food Studio chefs throughout the evening.

Where: The Good Food Studio, Pick n Pay, Cnr William Nicol Drive and Republic, Sandton, Johannesburg. The event starts at 5.30pm.

Cost: R180 per person

Buy tickets here.

17 to 19 May: Arnold Classic Africa 2019

The Arnold Classic Africa, the continent’s biggest three-day multisport event, is back for the fourth year in a row. Athletes and fans can look forward championships, exhibitions and other activities involving around 80 sporting disciplines, taking place at four locations, with the Sandton Convention Centre being the main venue.

The event will feature athletes from across the globe and anything and everything from archery and badminton to a strongman competition. There is even an Arnold Classic Got Talent competition where visitors will be invited to showcase their talent on stage.

Don’t forget to stop by the Africa Fitness Trade Expo at the convention centre, where more than 100 lifestyle brands will display their goods.

Where: Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude Street, Sandton;

Crawford College, Waterstone Drive, Benmore Gardens, Sandton;

The Country Club Johannesburg, corner of Woodlands Drive and Lincoln Street, Woodmead;

Northcliff Bowl, corner of Beyers Naude Drive and Milner Avenue, Northcliff.

Cost: R20 to R150 per person

Buy tickets here.

22 to 29 May: Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra winter season

Combat the winter chills with the soothing classical sounds of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra’s winter season kicks off on 22 May and will run until 13 June. The programme features the likes of international stars pianists Edith Peña and Sodi Braide, cellist Alexander Ramm) and violinist Ye-Eun Choi.

The season is broken into four concerts, each headlined by a soloist, and consists of a total of nine performances:

Concert 1 with Edith Peña: 22, 23y and 24 May 2019

Concert 2 with Alexander Ramm: 29 and 30 May 2019

Concert 3 with Sodi Braide: 5 and 6 June 2019

Concert 4 with Ye-Eun Choi: 12 and 13  June 2019

Where: Wits Linder Auditorium, 27 St Andrews Road, Parktown, Johannesburg

Cost: R150 to R345 per person

Buy tickets here.

24 to 26 May: Design Joburg

Redecorating you home or passionate about staying up to date about interior design trends? Then don’t miss Design Joburg! The show will bring together trailblazing local and international designers under one roof.

Whether you’re simply looking for inspiration or to connect with suppliers, this is a premier event on the Joburg calendar and a must-do.

Where: Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude Street, Sandton, Johannesburg

Cost: R80 to R120 per person

Buy tickets here.

25 May: Kingsmead Book Fair

An annual event on the South African literary calendar, the Kingsmead Book Fair celebrates South African books and authors with a series of talks, debates and dialogues hosted by authors and personalities. This year’s line-up includes Heather Morris, Haji Dawjee, Christy Chilimigras, Craig Higginson, Karen Dudley, Lesego Semenya, Khaya Dlanga and many more.

Aside from the delicious eats and drinks available, festive atmosphere and many interesting literary events, you will of course also be able to stock up on books.

Where: Kingsmead College, 132 Oxford Road, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Cost: R70 per person for general admittance. Thereafter, tickets cost R60 per event (debate, discussion, etc). Make sure you book your slots online in advance as the sessions fill up fast.

Buy tickets here.

25 to 26 May: Last Night of the Proms

Calling all music lovers: it’s time for the annual Last Night of the Proms music extravaganza! Join the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg, the Jeppe Girls’ High School choir and the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra for an evening of musical delight.

This year’s theme is “Spanish fiesta” and will include Spanish dancers. Dress up to the theme to add to the party atmosphere!

Where: Wits Linder Auditorium, 27 St Andrews Road, Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Cost: R130 to R330

Buy tickets here.

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