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Calendar of Events


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Also see Holidays observed by the South African Consulate General



February is Black History Month (US)


8 March is International Women's Day
21 March is Human Rights Day (SA)


27 April is South Africa's Freedom Day (SA) 


25 May is Africa Day


June is Youth Month


4 July is Independence Day (US)
18 July is Nelson Mandela International Day (SA)


9 August is National Women's Day (SA)


September is Public Service Month and Tourism Month (SA)


October is Mental Health Awareness Month (SA)
17 October is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty


25 November to 10 December is 16 Days of Activism (SA)


1 December is World AIDS Day
16 December is Day of Reconciliation (SA)
26 December is Day of Goodwill (SA)

Save Rhinos with Rugby Star and Conservationist Joe Pietersen

Friday, 27 January 2017, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST
The Australian NYC
20 West 38th Street
New York, NY 10018

Space is limited, so please buy your tickets in advance.

Ticket Price includes: 2 hours of free-flow beer and wine, light nibbles and a tax-deductible donation for rhino conservation.

For more information and to buy tickets, please follow this link.

Breaking Walls: Celebrating Our Global Family

Monday, 30 January 2017, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
330 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011

Join breaking walls for a wonderful night.

Celebrate with our Brooklyn Artists and Ambassadors as we welcome:

  • Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York, and
  • Consul (Political) of the South African Consulate General.

Honoring 2017 Mentor-of-the-Year: Dr. Sheryl Simmons.

Suggested contribution: $50.

For more information and to buy tickets, please follow this link.

Journey From Johannesburg

Sunday, 5 March 2017, 2:00 pm
Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center
100 Crescent Beach Road
Glen Cove New York

South African Toby Tobias shares his story of hope during a time of war and upheaval across three continents...from Johannesburg to Jerusalem, then here.

Suggested donation: $10.00

Space is limited. RSVP in advance to Deborah Lom (516) 571-8040 or to

For more information about Toby Tobias, please visit

US Release of the Musical Album "The Journey"

Saturday, 25 March 2017, 7:30pm
Jalopy Theatre
315 Columbia Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

The Ukes and Kids songwriting project gives kids in South Africa the opportunity to meet, collaborate, create, play music, write songs and learn from each other and a host of local and international volunteer performing artists, educators, and mentors.

On Saturday, March 25, 7:30pm, Ukes and Kids in collaboration with Jalopy Theatre present the album release of “THE JOURNEY” – an audio diary with music and songs chronicling the journey of the kids’ relationship to music, what they want to do as they grow up, how music has changed their lives and how they hope music can be an agent for social change. The evening features performances by Robbi Kumalo, Abraham Mennen and Zwelahke-Duma Bell Le Pere, The Ukuladies, and Timbila. Also part of the evening will be light fare from the South African restaurant, Madiba, and an open marketplace with South African goods for sale by Art Aids Art.

Admission:  $15 general and $10 for students and seniors, children: free

Tickets available at

The Journey

Step Afrika!

Saturday, 1 April 2017 at 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College
2900 Avenue H, Brooklyn, NY 11210

Step Afrika

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2016-17 season with the much-anticipated return of Step Afrika! on Saturday, 1 April 2017 at 8:00 pm. Holding the distinction of the first professional company in the world dedicated to the art of stepping, the company will conduct a three-day residency that includes not only a public performance but also a free after-school stepping masterclass on Thursday, March 30 at 3:30 pm and three educational shows for schoolchildren.

Tickets for Saturday evening are $25 and can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tuesday-Saturday, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm).

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' presentation of Step Afrika! is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by TD Bank and the Mertz-Gilmore Foundation.

Cape Town Youth Choir at Carnegie: Songs of Loss and Hope

Monday, 3 April 2017, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Zankel Hall, West 57th Street & 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Cape Town Youth Choir

More information about the event.

Empowers Africa Annual Event: 
Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit

Thursday, 20 April 2017
The Explorers Club
46 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021

6:30 pm Cocktails
8:00 pm Dinner

Tickets $250 – $7,500

For more information please contact or call (917) 328-1611. Purchase tickets online.

Black Mambas

Sharon Katz and the Peace Train

March 14, 15 Middleburgh Film & Concert Series
Middleburgh Library
Middleburgh, New York
April 22 Screening & Concert
First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 27, 28 Screening & Performance, Lessons from South Africa
8th Annual Arts & Health Conference
Lesley University
Cambridge, Massachusetts
April 30 Celebrating South Africa's Freedom Day
Joe's Public Theater
New York City, New York
May 2-13 The Peace Train's West Coast Initiative
Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Santa Cruz, San Francisco
May 20 Camp Jam in the Pines
Pine Barrens, New Jersey
May 26-28 Virginia Women's Music Festival
located between Richmond and Charlottesville, Virginia

For more information, please visit

The Jazz Epistles:  Featuring Abdullah Ibrahim, Ekaya and Hugh Masekela

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 8:00pm
The Town Hall
123 West 43rd Street
New York City

Jazz Epistles

Legends of South African music reunite for a historic concert to tell the story of The Jazz Epistles, arguably the most important jazz album ever recorded in its country’s history. Abdullah Ibrahim welcomes special guest musicians from his youth, and from the original Jazz Epistles band — superstar trumpeter Hugh Masekela — to reimagine music for his Ekaya Chamber Ensemble. This music was almost lost forever -- only 500 copies were made in 1959, buried, and rediscovered decades later after the tyranny of apartheid. These giants of South African jazz tell their story at this extremely rare concert at The Town Hall in New York City.

Abdullah Ibrahim – piano
Hugh Masekela – flugelhorn, trumpet, vocals
Noah Jackson - bass, cello
Will Terrill – drums
Cleave Guyton Jr.– alto saxophone, flute, clarinet, piccolo
Lance Bryant – tenor saxophone
Andrae Murchison - trombone, trumpet
Marshall McDonald – baritone saxophone

This unique performance will be captured for Jazz Night In America on NPR and The Checkout produced by WBGO. For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to

3 - 29 May 2017

In May, the New York African Film Festival returns to the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Maysles Cinema and Brooklyn Academy of Music for its 24th edition. A special program will take place at Lehman College on 10 May, in collaboration with the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment's One Book, One New York program.

This year, the flagship festival takes on the theme, The Peoples’ Revolution, to illuminate the swell of creatives throughout Africa and its diaspora seeking reform and taking the artistic and sociopolitical actions to do so.

Tickets for Film Society of Lincoln Center will be available on Thursday, 20 April. A pre-sale to Film Society members will begin Tuesday, 18 April. BAMcinématek tickets are available now. Check out this year's festival program at

South African Film at the 2017 New York African Film Festival


Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 7:00 pm (Q&A with Akin Omotoso)
Friday, May 5, 2:00 pm
Film Society of Lincoln Center
165 W. 65th Street & 144 W. 65th Street
New York, NY 10023

Vaya, Akin Omotoso, South Africa, 2016, 115min.
Zulu with English subtitles

Three strangers on a train traveling from the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal to Johannesburg are bound by interlocking destinies. Nkulu (Sibusiso Msimang), charged with retrieving his father’s remains from the capital for burial, is unaware that a whole other set of relatives have their own plans. Zanele (Zimkhitha Nyoka), chaperoning a young girl en route to reuniting with her singer mother, is given an exciting offer to appear on television that may be more than meets the eye. Nhlanhla (Sihle Xaba), excited by the prospect of getting rich quick, gets caught up in criminal activities.

Purchase VAYA tickets online.

General public: $14.00
Senior: $11.00
Student: $11.00

South African Film at the 2017 New York African Film Festival


Saturday, 6 May 2017, 8:30 pm (Q&A with Thabo Rametsi & Pearl Thusi)
Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 3:30 pm
Film Society of Lincoln Center
165 West 65th Street & 144 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023

Kalushi, Mandla Dube, South Africa, 2016, 110min.

English, Afrikaans, and Tsotsi-taal with English subtitles

Kalushi is a true story about Solomon Mahlangu, a 19-year-old hawker from the streets of Mamelodi, a ghetto township outside Pretoria, South Africa. After being brutally beaten by police during the 1976 Soweto uprisings, he goes into exile and joins the liberation movement; a series of violent events lead Mahlangu on a journey that culminates in his being forced to stand trial for his life, using the courtroom as his final battlefield. A hero of the struggle against apartheid, Mahlangu would become an international icon of South Africa’s liberation.

Purchase KALUSHI tickets online.

General public: $14.00
Senior: $11.00
Student: $11.00

South African Film at the 2017 New York African Film Festival

Uprize! (U.S. Premiere)

Sunday, 7 May 2017, 4:15 pm (Q&A with Sifiso Khanyile)
Film Society of Lincoln Center
165 W. 65th Street & 144 W. 65th Street
New York, NY 10023

Uprize!, Sifiso Khanyile, South Africa, 2016, 58min.

On the morning of June 16, 1976, students gathered to protest the use of the Afrikaans language in schools. What started out as a planned peaceful march turned into a bloody confrontation with the police. The student protests spread to other parts of South Africa, causing an economic instability that rapidly plunged the country into crisis. Uprize! looks at the political, social, and cultural conditions that shaped the uprising, how those ideas we transformed into liberatory action, and how those actions helped shape the democratic society we live in today.

Purchase UPRIZE! tickets online.

General public: $14.00
Senior: $11.00
Student: $11.00

South African Film at the 2017 New York African Film Festival

Noem My Skollie (New York Premiere)

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 8:15 pm (Q&A with Daryne Joshua)
Monday, 8 May 2017, 2:00 pm Film Society of Lincoln Center
165 W. 65th Street & 144 W. 65th Street
New York, NY 10023

Noem My Skollie (Call Me Thief), Daryne Joshua, South Africa, 2016, 125min.

Afrikaans with English subtitles

Daryne Joshua’s debut feature is a portrait of life on the mean streets of Cape Town’s lawless Cape Flats in the 1960s. Barely into their teens, Abraham and his three friends form a gang, more out of self-preservation than malice. As they grow up, Abraham (now played by the intense Dann-Jacques Mouton) and his gang turn to petty thievery. After he is arrested, Abraham’s storytelling abilities protect him from the worst that prison life has to offer. Once he’s out, he hopes to reunite with his childhood sweetheart and get his stories down on paper—if, that is, his gang friends and society give him a chance. Noem My Skollie is both a tribute to the human need for stories—and storytellers—and a realistic look at youth gang behavior.

Purchase NOEM MY SKOLLIE tickets online.

General public: $14.00
Senior: $11.00
Student: $11.00

Shared Interest's Annual Event: Conversations For Change

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Columbia University Low
Columbia University Low Memorial Library Rotunda

An evening of provocative and lively conversation with South African and U.S. thought leaders hosted by Shared Interest.

10% off tickets (use code: C4C10) ONLY UNTIL MARCH 31st

Attire: Cocktail

Register at

Conversations for Change