The Macufe Festival 2017


The Macufe Festival is a nine-day Mangaung African Cultural Festival, showcasing the best African and international talent. In 2017, the much anticipated event will be taking place from 30 September – 8 October 2017 at various locations around the beautiful area of Bloemfontein. This amazing festival has grown to be one of the biggest, most culturally balanced showcases of African Arts and Culture in the world.

The Macufe Festival is essentially Bloemfontein’s answer to cultural festivals, in line with that of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival in Oudtshoorn or the Aardklop Festival in Potchefstroom. The Macufe Festival has established itself as quite a force on the festival scene, this is clearly evident with thousands of people that this event has attracted to this town over the years, selling out all accommodation in Bloemfontein for the first half of October, every single year. Many eager concert goers will book their accommodation a year in advance just to make sure that they do not miss out! A clear example of how popular this event has grown throughout the years.

2017’s line-up includes some amazing acts such as Andy Narell, DaLes, Casper Nyovest, DJ Shax, Lira, Zonke, Amanda Black, Gigi Lamayne, Davido, Kwesta, Naima Kay, Prince KB, Sfiso Nene, Solly, Sphokazi, Teboho and Friends and Tsepho Tshola.

Gospel stars include Dr Tumi, Deborah Fraser and Moneoa, and the funny man of the evening is Comedy Star David Kau.


The Macufe Festival is an initiative of the Free State Provincial Government and was developed with the aims of showcasing the best local and international African artists across various disciplines. This has been done by providing a quality professional service through an extensive and structured marketing campaign as well as utilizing the multi-skilled professional staff, established infrastructure and resources at its disposal.

There will be art, music, theatre, crafts and even sport exhibitions at venues throughout the city of Bloemfontein. The festival is spread out over ten days, and during this time attendees from all corners of the globe will have a chance to experience some of the most interesting aspects of African culture. Tickets will be sold at the door for individual events.

With more than 10 years running, the Macufe Festival continues to prove to that Bloemfontein’s got culture too!

Click here to find out the prices to each event.

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