The Organisation of African Unity (now known as the African Union or simply the AU) came into existence on the 25th of May 1963, and while this date is still celebrated, Africa Day has come to mean so much more.
While Africa Day is still an official commemoration of the AU’s beginnings, it has come to celebrate the achievements of Africa as a whole as well as the achievements of individual Africans. Today Africa Day casts a light on the brighter side of the continent and celebrates all that is African.
To date Africa’s milestones include the election of female presidents (Malawi and Liberia), an overall drop in AIDS related deaths by a third and the instigation of the Great Green Wall Initiative, where a 6000 kilometre tract of land running from east to west through the Sahara has been allocated for tree-planting to curb the scourge of desertification and land-degradation which threatens the livelihoods and food security of Africa’s most vulnerable communities. These are certainly feats worth celebrating.
If you find yourself in Cape Town, South Africa on the 25 May 2013, join in the Africa Day celebrations! There are loads of things to do in Cape Town on Africa Day but here are some African themed options.
Artscape Music Bonanza
What: A musical variety performance with a distinctly African flavour. On the bill is the Indigenous Orchestra, headed up by marimba aficionado Bongani Sotshononda, a well-known African jazz/ world music performer and composer. Also on the line-up are the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and some well-known South African choirs to take your breath away.
The show is from 19.30 to 22.30 and tickets are available from Computicket for R80.
Gugulethu Wine Show
What: A show case of South Africa’s best wine offerings, brought to the unlikely community of Gugulethu. The idea behind the Gugs Wine Show is to educate people about this lucrative South African product. After all, says organiser Mzoli Ngcawuzele, people can hardly benefit from South Africa’s wine industry if they don’t know anything about it. There will be food on sale, live music and of course, wine tasting by some of the Western Cape’s best wine producers.
Buy tickets for R90 from Webtickets then head the Gugulethu Square mall.
What: A club, some DJ’s (Toby2shoes and Kimon to be precise) and one helluva party. If you feel like celebrating Africa Day in the good old-fashioned, let-you-hair-down kinda way, head to Frieda’s on Bree Street (in the city centre) on the 25th. Doors open at 21:00 and the party will be pumping ‘til late.
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