Johannesburg hosts regular festivals in nearly every artistic field. These include:

Arts Alive Festival artsalive.co.za. Every September. The city’s major festival for the performing arts takes place over three weeks at various venues, mainly in Newtown, but also in some townships. Live music dominates, but dance, cabaret and theatre are also well represented. “Jazz on the Lake”, on Zoo Lake, is a mainstay of the festival, and always features major South African artists in front of big crowds.

FNB Dance Umbrella Wits Theatre, Braamfontein; 011 492 0709, at.artslink.co.za/~arts. Around ten days during February/March. Africa’s largest festival of dance and choreography hosts international companies but also acts as the major national platform for work by South African talent.

Joy of Jazz Festival Newtown; 011 326 0141, joyofjazz.co.za. Late August/early September. A weekend festival that draws the cream of South African jazz, including the likes of Pops Mohamed and Hugh Masekela, along with international guest stars.

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