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Also see Holidays observed by the South African Consulate General


Monday, 18 January is Martin Luther King Jr. Day (US)


February is Black History Month (US)
Monday, 15 February is President's Day  (US)


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

25 March is Good Friday
Monday, 28 March is Family Day


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


Wednesday, 25 May is Africa Day
Monday, 30 May is Memorial Day (US)


June is Youth Month
Thursday, 16 June is Youth Day


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


Tuesday, 9 August is National Women's Day (SA)


September is Public Service Month and Tourism Month (SA)
Monday, 5 September is Labor Day (US)
Saturday, 24 September is Heritage Day (SA)


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


25 November to 10 December is 16 Days of Activism (SA)
Thursday, 24 November is Thanksgiving Day


Thursday, 1 December is World AIDS Day
Friday, 16 December is Day of Reconciliation (SA)
Monday, 26 December is Day of Goodwill (SA)

Dada Masilo's Swan Lake

2 - 7 February 2016
The Joyce Theater
175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
Joyce Charge: (212) 242-0800

Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday at 2:00 p.m
Curtain chat: Wednesday, 3 February

Combining classic and contemporary dance that is strongly influenced by her African heritage, Johannesburg-born dancer and choreographer Dada Masilo creates explosive, passionate work. Her reimagining of Swan Lake is no exception as the dancers are not only propelled by Tchaikovsky, but also by Steve Reich as they turn the classic Swan Lake on its head to tackle issues of gender and homophobia in a country ravaged by AIDS.

For tickets and more information, please visit the Joyce Theater.

Underwriting support for The Joyce’s presentation of Dada Masilo’s Swan Lake provided by Kerry Clayton and Paige Royer, and Amit Wadhwaney of Moerus Capital Management LLC. Support for The Joyce’s presentation of international dance provided by the R. Britton Fisher and Family Gift for International Dance. Support for The Joyce’s community outreach and inclusive programming provided by The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. The presentation of Dada Masilo’s Swan Lake was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Special support provided by South Africa’s Department of Arts & Culture.

Fashion Roars

Thursday, 4 February 2016
7:00 p.m. to Midnight
Broad Street Ballroom
41 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004

Generation Ubuntu’s second annual Fashion Roars is a one-night only theatrical fashion show with a life-saving mission. It offers a full night of performance, live music, dancing, and chances to win luxury prizes. All proceeds will go toward providing care services for children and teens living with HIV in South Africa. Amy Freeze of WABC will emcee, and 40 professional dancers will be donating their talent to the runway show produced by Katy Parnello of the Telluride AIDS Benefit.

Host: Amy Freeze - Meteorologist for New York City's TV station WABC
Auctioneer: Paul O'Reilly Hyland - Co-Founder and CEO of OCP Capital LLC

For more information and tickets, please go to:

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Friday, 19 February 2016, 8:00 pm
The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street
New York City

For over 50 years, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifiting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter. This year, the four-time Grammy Award winning group, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of their groundbreaking collaboration with Paul Simon on his seminal album, Graceland.

This concert is part of World Music Institute's Masters of African Music Series

Tickets are available through: or

Starfish USA Gala 2016

60th Anniversary of South African Women's March Of 1956: Sharing the Milestones of South African Women

Saturday, 19 March 2016, 5:30 pm
For My Sweet Garden and Event Space/Kalahari Gallery
1103 Fulton Street (at Claver Place), Brooklyn, NY 11238

Presentation by South Africa's Minister of Social Development, Ms. Bathabile Dlamini, with Executive Director of Ilitha Labantu S.A., Ms. Mandisa Monakali.

For more information, please call (917) 757-0170 or email

Imagine Scholar Inc. Fundraiser

Tuesday, 22 March 2016, from 6:00 pm til close
Madiba Restaurant
195 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Madiba Restaurant invites you to a dinner supporting education in South Africa through the charity, Imagine Scholar Inc.

Guests can look forward to an open bar cocktail hour, complimentary hor d'oeuvres, raffle prizes and a "Taste of South Africa" multi-course meal.

RSVP by confirming your dinner reservation with Madiba Restaurant at Dinner starts promptly at 8:00 p.m, and will cost $50 a person.

For more information, please visit or contact Caitlin at

A Tribute to Sara Baartman - The Staged Reading

Thursday, 24 March 2016, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Grinton I. Will Public Library ...
1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10710

This ensemble performance piece will explore the life of Sara Baartman.

Sara, a South African woman of the Khoisian people was put on display by Europeans as a freak show attraction in the early 19th century. Fascinated with her body and body parts she was a spectacle; exploited and degraded for all to see. Through 'Reflection' we will share our empathy for Sara and find out how she came to be known as the Hottentot Venus.

Produced by Lyricsoulsproductions
Directed by Aixa Kendrick

For more information, please contact organizer Adrienne Lyric at (917) 721-5187 or email

Uhadi: All-Stars of Johannesburg Jazz

1-3 April 2016
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Broadway and 60th Street, 5th Floor, New York City

Set Times*
7:30 & 9:30pm nightly
Late Night Session Tuesday-Saturday
Doors Open at 11:15pm
*unless otherwise noted

With Musical Director and saxophonist McCoy Mrubata, vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, trumpeter Feya Faku, pianist Paul Hanmer, bassist Herbie Tsoaeli, and drummer Justin Badenhorst

Uhadi, an all-star jazz band from Johannesburg, returns by extremely popular demand to set Dizzy’s alight with its joyful, high-energy brand of jazz. This time, the vocalist will be Jazzmeia Horn, winner of the 2016 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition. The multi-talented Horn has recently led her own group at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and performed before an awe-struck audience at New York’s historic Abyssinian Baptist Church. Now she further expands her artistry into this exciting new territory. Don’t miss this exciting collaboration. Buy tickets online.

Johnny Clegg at Ridgefield Playhouse, Connecticut

Wednesday, 30 March 2016, 8:00 pm
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Tel: (203) 438-5795, Fax: (203) 438-4543

VIP Party Pass available! Includes priority parking and open bar from 6:30 – 7:15 pm. Available for $25 by calling box office (203) 438-5795. More information available at

The Box Office is open Monday - Friday: 9:00
Saturday: 12 noon-4:00 pm and 1 hour prior to a live performance.

Johnny Clegg at BB King Blues Club and Grill in New York

31 March 2015 and , 1 April 2016
237 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
Tel: (212) 997-4144
Showtime: 8:00 pm, Doors open at 6:00 pm
Tickets: $40 in advance, $45 day of show

Opening Act: Jesse Clegg

Johnny Clegg is a singer, songwriter, dancer, anthropologist and musical activist whose music has exploded onto the international music scene and broke through barriers in his home of South Africa. Clegg and Sipho Mchunu formed mixed-race Juluka in the late 70's and went on to record two platinum and five gold albums. In 1986 he formed Savuka and by the end of 1989 the band's debut album had sold over 1 million copies, their second reaching 700,000. Savuka received a Grammy nomination for the Best World Music Album in 1993 but disbanded shortly thereafter.

Three years later Clegg and Mchunu temporarily re-found Juluka and recorded Ya Vuka Inkunzi (also released as Crocodile Love). Since then, Clegg has recorded several solo projects including his last album One Life (2007), New Survivor (2002) and A South African Story (2003). The Johnny Clegg Band just completed a 32-city North American Tour. It was a celebration of his 30-year anniversary as a performer and Human (2011), his first release in North America in 17 years.

Johnny Clegg Band returns to North America again in Spring 2016 for a headline tour of PACs, clubs, and universities.

For more information and to buy tickets, please visit

Second Annual South African Craft Show

16 April 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th Street, New York NY 10001
Use 11th Street Entrance

South African Freedom Day Bring and Braai

Saturday. 30 April 2016, 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Riverside Park, located on the Hudson River, Lower Deck
between West 145th and West 158th Streets
Manhattan, New York

Come and celebrate Freedom Day with the South African Consulate General and the South African community in New York on Saturday, 30 April 2016. Bring your children, brothers, sisters, wives, husbands, and friends from Africa and the Diaspora. Everyone is welcome.

Please note that the State Park and the New York City Park are at the same location. Our event will be held at the New York City Park which is located at the lower deck of the State Park.


If you have a grill and charcoal, please bring them. Kindly note that smoking and drinking are prohibited at NYC parks.


You are encouraged to wear your favorite South African Gear: Springbok jersey, cap, South African flag, Bafana-Bafana t-shirt; whatever makes you a proud South African.


Catch A, B, C,D or # 1 trains to 145 Street (Manhattan) and walk westward towards Broadway and Riverside Drive. If you are driving, enter the park from West 158th Street. There is parking and restrooms.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ntabiseng (347) 264-6911, Sandra (201) 663-3574 or Isaac (914) 391-9925.

New York African Film Festival: Cuckold

Thursday, 5 May 2016 at 8:30 pm – followed by Q&A with Director Charlie Vundla
Tuesday, 10 May 10 2016 at 3:45pm
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society Lincoln Center
144 W 65th Street, New York, NY 10023

Directed by Charlie Vundla, South Africa, 2015, 95m.

Synopsis: The second feature by Charlie Vundla (director of How to Steal 2 Million, a selection of the 2012 New York African Film Festival), Cuckold tells the story of a young African-American professor in Johannesburg (played by Vundla) who falls apart after his wife leaves him for another man. While trying to drink himself into oblivion, he has a chance encounter with an old schoolmate who is now a homeless life coach. Together (with a little help from the drug trade), the two men prop each other up, and things soon ease back into normalcy… until the professor’s wife reappears sobbing at his doorstep. An unusual ménage à trois arrangement follows, one that seems destined to wreak havoc on the fragile state of affairs.

Tickets available at:

New York African Film Festival:
While You Weren't Looking

Friday, 6 May 2016, 2:00 pm
Sunday, 8 May 2016, 9:15 pm
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society Lincoln Center
144 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023

Tickets available at

Directed by Catherine Stewart, South Africa, 2015, 104m.

Synopsis: The changing landscape of post-Apartheid South African politics and lifestyles is portrayed through two central relationships: a successful black real estate woman who is cheating on her white wife, and their bohemian daughter dating a gender non-confirming woman in the Khayelitsha township.

40th Anniversary Production of Sarafina!

Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 10:00 am
Mann Center for the Performing Arts
5201 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts will present the musical Sarafina! to kick off the Mann's 2016 Young People's Concert Series on 14 June 2016. This special performance, presented by the Mann, Howard University's Department of Theater Arts and NEWorks Productions, is a musical inspired by the 1976 Soweto Student Uprising, when more than 10,000 South African youth boldly defended their right to an education that affirmed their cultural identity and heritage. Now, 40 years later, the inspiring story of these brave South African students comes to life on the Mann's main stage in this production by Howard University. Sarafina! is Directed by Eric Ruffin with choreography by Jakari Sherman, the book, music and lyrics are by Mbongeni Ngema and arranged by Mbongeni Ngema and Hugh Masekela.

The Honorable Speaker Baleka Mbete will be a special guest at this event.

More information at http:// philadelphia/article/ SARAFINA-Set-for-Manns-2016 -Young-Peoples-Concert-Ser ies-614-20160608

40th Anniversary of the Soweto Youth Uprising

Wednesday, 15 June 2016
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

The Maryland/KwaZulu-Natal Sister State Committee cordially invites you to a special evening commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Soweto Youth Uprising. Local and international activists and historians, including the Honorable Baleka Mbete, South African Speaker of Parliament and His Excellency Mninwa Mahlangu, South African Ambassador to the U.S., will reflect on the domestic and international significance of the Soweto uprising and the important role of women and youth in advancing social change.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jean Bailey, Chairperson, at (202) 421-5552 or

UNISA Alumni Cocktail Function

16 June 2016, 18:00/18:30
The Westin New York Grand Central
212 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017

RSVP to :
Ms. Lynette van Niekerk
Tel: +2712 441 5830

South African Community to Host Informal Celebration Commemorating the 40th Year of South Africa's Youth Day

Saturday, 18 June 2016, from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Riverside Park, located on the Hudson River, Lower Deck
between West 145th and West 158th Streets
Manhattan, New York

For inquiries regarding directions to the venue, please contact Isaac Johnson at (914) 391-9925 or

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Andile Dyalvane's First Solo Exhibition Opens
in New York City

24 June 2016 to 19 August 2016
Friedman Benda
515 West 26th Street, Chelsea
New York, NY 10001

Southern Guild is proud to celebrate Andile Dyalvane, and the extraordinary body of work in this groundbreaking solo exhibition, CAMAGU, presented by one of the world’s leading design galleries, Friedman Benda.

Camagu loosely translates from Xhosa to English as "I am grateful" and is a spiritual expression of gratitude from Dyalvane to his ancestors. For Andile, Camagu has come to be the mantra for his practice, stamping the phrase onto many of his works.

For more information, please visit Friedman Benda's website at

The Meeting of the Minds:
South Africa's Enterprising Next Generation

Saturday, 25 June 2016, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Farm Soho, 2nd Floor
447 Broadway
New York, NY 10013

Tickets: $35
Reception includes appetizers and wine.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Friday, 8 July 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Paramount Hudson Valley
1008 Brown Street
Peekskill, NY 10566

Tickets available at Paramount Hudson Valley.

The Peace Train Tour Across America: New York

Saturday, 9 July 2016, 8:00 pm
New York Society for Ethical Culture New York City Concert
2 West 64th Street New York, NY 10023

Price: $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Save $5 and buy tickets in advance at:

Live Performance: Mandela

Friday, 8 July 2016, 7:00 p.m. / Sunday, 10 July 2016, 4:00 p.m.
The National Black Theater
2031 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10035

New York City Mayor David Dinkins to celebrate his birthday as well as Nelson Mandela's during his performance on July 8, 2016.

Director/Co-Writers and Co-Producers John Ruiz and Yolanda Brooks were inspired by Nelson Mandela and has brought together a cast of Actors led by Former NYC Mayor David Dinkins and Audelco Award Winner Lloyd Goodman who plays Nelson Mandela for this limited engagement of "Mandela".

For more information and to buy tickets, please visit

2016 The Fascinating Africans Committed to Excellence (FACE) Awards

Saturday, 9 July 2016
ESPACE Ballroom
635 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

For more information, please visit FACE's website.

Loyiso Gola Live In New York/Comedy Show & Live Taping

Wednesday, 28 September 2016,
Doors: 7:00 pm Show: 7:30 pm
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn, New York City
Tickets: $10

Two-time Emmy-nominated comedian, Loyiso Gola, brings his frank and outspoken comedy to the U.S. from South Africa, where he has been breaking taboos, with no fear of controversy, for over a decade.  Star of the hit political satire show, Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola, and winner of South Africa’s Comics' Choice Awards, Loyiso’s no-holds-bar comedic style comes to New York for the taping of his first-ever U.S. comedy special, a Vimeo original.  

Winner of numerous accolades, Loyiso’s credits include appearances on Comedy Central Africa, BBC’s Mock the Week and Australia’s The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, among many others, and he has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, as well as at top international comedy festivals, including Just for Laughs and a smash hit run at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  As Men’s Health put it, “[Loyiso is] a genuine thinker masquerading as a fool and the reluctant voice of a cynical generation." For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to Eventbrite.

Miriam Makeba: Mama Afrika

Monday, 3 October 2016, 7:30 pm
NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
566 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012

Presented by the New York University Institute for African American Affairs and University of Missouri

The production tells the story of activist and Grammy award-winning musician Miriam Makeba, outlining her role in bringing down apartheid, her varied musical career, betrayals, failed marriages and death of her only daughter while in exile. Set in Africa, the USA and Belgium, this musical is an inspirational and universal story that will appeal to multi-generational audiences worldwide.

For more information and to buy tickets, please visit NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities
A Special Evening With Cirque Du Soleil

Tuesday, 4 October 2016, 8:00 pm
Under the Big Top at Randall’s Island Park
New York, NY 10035

Proceeds from tickets sales will support Zip Zap Circus outreach and training programs for young people in the USA and South Africa.

For more information and to buy tickets, please go to

Joyous Celebration: Heal Our Land U.S. East Coast Tour

Free and open to the public. Check out the performance dates below.

05 December 2016, 5:00 pm
Duke Ellington Performing Arts School
2501 11th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

06 December 2016, 7:30 pm
Bishop Hezekiah Walker of Love Fellowship Church
464 Liberty Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207

07 December 2016, 7:00 pm
Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown
610 Summit Avenue, Jenkintown, PA 19046

08 December 2016, 7:00 pm
Bishop George Searight of Abundant Life Family Worship Center
259 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

09 December 2016, 6:00 pm
Salvation Army Harlem Temple Corps
540 Lenox Avenue between 137th and 138th Streets
New York, NY 10037

Reception in Celebration of the Life of Nelson Rohlihlahla Mandela

Saturday, 10 December 2016
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
at the South African Consulate General
333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Space is limited. RSVP is required.
RSVP online at

NB: This event is for South African nationals only.