The centre of festivities (November 14 to December 5) is the famous Vilakazi Street
By CityLife Arts Writer
The lockdown rules have been relaxed to level 1 and The Soweto Festival Expo (SFE) is cashing in on the opportunity by re-launching the 37th festival around Soweto’s top venues, with emphasis on Gender based violence awareness in a fun filled string of festivities lined up between the 14th of November and the 5th of December 2020.
The festival kicks off this coming Saturday the 14th of November at the historic Vilakazi Street’s Sakhumzi Restaurant where the guests will be entertained with the best of Soweto’s finest entertainers. Each event will showcase different activities to keep the crowds entertained to their best festival pick.
Some of the greatest events to look forward to include the Soweto International Film Festival (SIFF) taking place at Ster Kinekor at the famous Maponya Mall at a posh red carpet event. During the 22nd of November 2020 guests can look forward to locally produced films and meet the directors and producers. There will be a series of Soweto movies, documentaries around Gender Based Violence, African movies, stage plays as well as Nollywood sessions presented by John Chuka.
Music and sports lovers can all enjoy under the same event “the battle of the giants” happening on the 28th of November 2020 at Sharp Jabavu Stadium. Guests will be spoiled to a soccer challenge contest for the 2020 ‘ cup top 8 and Maskandi vs Jazz music performances by various award winning artists. On the 29th of November there will a monthly 7 colours festival which will take place at the Soweto Theatre its original home of the event. On this day there will be a food, drinks and music.
Maponya mall frequents will be spoiled to a 4 days of fun filled and good food expo and tasting at a “Soweto Food and Bev Festival” every day from 09: 00 am on the 01st of December until the 04th. Other events include a Soweto Golf Challenge, Soweto Awards and the main event “The Soweto Family day” is scheduled to take place on the 05th of December 2020 at the Nasrec Expo Centre, to wrap up the festival with various artists performances amongst other entertainment activities schedule for the day.
Ticket sales for all these events start from as little as R50 to R200 per person per event and will be sold at the gates of the various venues.
The Soweto Festival Expo prides itself as the principal event in Soweto that connects businesses, SMMEs, youth, community organisations, consumers and the Soweto Community at large. It is also an annual platform to celebrate Soweto’s richness, culture and diversity.