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Our December issue just hit the shelves and to celebrate the festive season we’re bringing you a round up of the best events happening around the country this month.

Out From Africa

#OFA2013 is a 3-day street fashion show and exhibition in Pretoria.

Are you a developing designer without funds and access to our major fashion weeks?

The Pretoria OUT FROM AFRICA (OFA) Street Fashion Show gives the ordinary youth a chance to be on the same kind of runway platform as the big players!


OFA provides activities and opportunities for up and coming street designers to meet principal designers, celebrities, musical talent, media and fashion buyers.

Activities at the show include:

Street designer fashion shows and designer previews.

Live entertainment including after parties each night with big name artists and local musicians.

Business of fashion seminars and talks.

Photography, interiors, accessories, arts & crafts and hair shows.

When: December 5-8 2013

Where: The DTI Campus in Pretoria, corner Nelson Mandela and Francis Baard.

For more information regarding the event, please visit email or call Gilbert ‘Busta’ Madiba at 082 3032041

ELLE and #OFA2013 are giving away 50 double tickets to the event! To enter leave a comment below telling us why you deserve to win. 



To celebrate her first decade in the music business as well as five studio albums and multiplatinum sales, Lira will be performing her greatest hits at Carnival City in Joburg on Friday 20 and Saturday 30 November 2013.

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Mahikeng Jazz Festival

The Mahikeng Jazz Festival, founded in 2011, has become an unmissable event in the North West and across South Africa. Swing along to Afro-Jazz musicians and revel in the talent of jazz greats. The lineup includes Darius Brubeck Quartet, Marcus Wyatt and Franco & Afro Musica.

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Gugulethu Beer & Whiskey Festival

Enjoy a fusion of the finest beers and whiskeys at the Gugulethu Beer & Whiskey Festival. From 30 November to 1 December people from all walks of life will come together to celebrate local passion and creativity at Mzoli’s in Cape Town. Keep an eye out for local performers Mahoota vs Vetkuk, Oskido and Busiswa.

Where: Mzoli’s Cape Town

When: 30 November to 1 December

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Maxwell Tour in SA


The Grammy Award-winning soul superstar is in SA and his fans are in for a treat! Don’t miss out on the performances by this R&B legend as he tours SA.

When & Where?

The Coca Cola Dome, Joburg, 7 December

Grand Arena, Grand West, Cape Town, 5 December

The Wave House, Gateway, Durban, 9 December



The homegrown Afro-fusion band continues to take centre stage during the festive season.

Where and Where?

Emperor’s Palace in Joburg on 1 December

Mahikeng Jazz Festival at the Lotlamoreng Dam on 15 December

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Summer Concerts at the Water’s Edge

These free acoustic music performances featuring well-known names offer wonderful views and tunes that will get you into the festive groove. Taking place during the whole month of November, spend you summer evenings watching the yachts pull in at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront while listening to great acoustic sets.

Where: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre in Cape Town

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Summer fun at Hartenberg

Hartenberg Estate in Stellenbosch are opening their doors to visitors 7 days a week from November until Easter. Enjoy laid back summer days exploring all the farm, be guided through the multi- award winning wines, indulge in the canapé and wine pairing for R100 per person or have lunch served alfresco on the terrace, with daily blackboard offerings which include grilled Karoo lamb chops and salmon trout salad.

Alternatively you can choose a table under the trees or lounge on cushions on the lawn with a picnic basket including locally sourced, free-range foods and home baked breads for R150 per person including wine for two.

For more information and bookings contact the farm on 021 865 2541 or email

Park Acoustics 

Park Acoustics

It’s the final Park Acoustics for 2013 and Mango Groove is closing it off with a bang! This band have over 12 number-one hits in South Africa and will be supported by the likes of aKING, The Rudimentals, Napalma and Matthew Mole.

When & Where: 24 November, Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria

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The Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

Grab your picnic baskets, it’s time for the Kirstenbosch Summer concerts! Taking place in Cape Town’s historic botanical gardens, these open-air concerts are a Sunday tradition for locals and tourists alike. The popular outdoor live music event returns this year with a varied line-up for December.

Get your tickets:

24 November: Prime Circle

1 December: Jack Parow, Francois van Coke and PH Phat

8 December: Tailor, Matthew Mole and Nakhane Toure

22 December: Mango Groove

29 December: Oliver Mtukidzi

31 December: Goldfish, Yoav, Tailor

Wavescape Surf Film Festival, Cape Town


Surf-inspired art exhibitions, outdoor movie screenings and slide nights – that’s the lineup for Wavescape and it lands in Cape Town from 27 November to 16 December. Set at various places throughout Cape Town, the festival presents a range of film, music and art events all geared at promoting ocean conservation and, of course, creating a killer experience for beach bums.

Find out about the line-up of films and events:

Gangs of Ballet and Zebra & Giraffe at Café Roux

On 14 December, these popular bands will perform live at Café Roux in Cape Town’s Noordhoek Farm Village. Think hot summers days, plenty of wine and festive cheer.

For more information: | 021 789 2538

The Galileo Open Air Cinema at Kirstenbosch

Cape Town’s historic botanic gardens give you the opportunity to enjoy classic film screenings under the stars. They take place every Wednesday evening from November 2013 to April 2014.

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27 November: Mamma Mia

4 December: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

11 December: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

18 December: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

25 December: How the Grinch Stole Christmas


There are more than 150 TEDx communities around the world, but this specific event will celebrate women and the powerful role they play in our society.

When: 6 December

Where: Gordon Institute of Business Science, Illovo campus, Johannesburg

Holi Festival of Colours in Durban

After the success of the festival in Cape Town and Joburg, the Festival of Colours is coming to Durban. The line-up includes Locnville, Pascal & Pearce and DJ Fresh in a celebration of colour you’ll never forget.

When: 28 December 2013

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Synergy Live Johannesburg

A full day of music and fun in the sun, Synergy Live returns to Johannesburg for its second year. The lineup includes Gangs of Ballet, ISO, Zebra & Giraffe, Desmond & the Tutus and more.

When: 1 December 2013

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Lanzerac Ready to Run


Spend a fun day at the races, dress up to the nines and feast on a tasty array of food for a day to remember. Women are encouraged to wear hats and their very best daywear dresses. Remember to place your bets!

When: Saturday, 23 November 2013

Where: Kenilworth Racecourse

Time: 11h00 onwards

Riverside Picnics at Delheim 

The Delheim Wine Estate in Stellenbosch is bringing together good food and nature with its Green Picnics at the river’s edge. The eco-friendly picnics will be set on the banks of the water, under towering oaks at this historic wine farm.

When: Throughout the week

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Cape Town Festival of Beer

The Mother City’s favourite festival of beer is making its comeback. There will be more than 200 beers to taste including local, international, craft and mega brewers. Delicious food & beer pairings, a giant Beer Pong tournament and brewing demonstrations are just some of what you have to look forward to.

Where: Hamilton’s Rugby Club in Green Point

When: 22 to 24 November

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Night Market on Main – Food + Design

Enjoy a variety of food, unique design products, fresh farm produce and beer from independent breweries at this night market in Johannesburg at Arts on Main.

When: 5 December 2013

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Moonlight Market

The Moonlight Market in Bryanston runs until 17 December. Buy your Christmas gifts while enjoying a fun supper with live music and entertainment.

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StyleSociety Pop Up Boutique


Don’t miss out on your chance to get the trendiest pieces for summer with StyleSociety’s Pop Up Boutique! This exclusive one-day shopping experience will have the best of local and international designers. They also have a “Styling Room” where shoppers can get a quick make-over by Estée Lauder and style sessions by experts.

Where: Victoria & Alfred Hotel in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront

When: 30 November 2013 from 9am to 5pm

Tickets: R50 each

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We’re giving away 10 double tickets worth R50 each! To stand a chance to win, just tell us why you deserve a day of shopping in the comment section at the end of this post. 

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