Things to do in Joburg, Durban and Bloemfontein this holiday

By Charlene
28 December 2013

If you’re not heading to Cape Town this holiday there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Try these great options.

The Sleeping Beauty On Ice – Johannesburg

Direct from a worldwide tour, international ice dance sensation The Imperial Ice Stars make a triumphant return to South Africa with The Sleeping Beauty on Ice. The Sleeping Beauty on Ice tells the timeless fairy-ale love story through mind-blowing high-speed leaps and throws, graceful and sublime ice dancing, awe-inspiring acrobatics and aerial gymnastics, stunning stilt skating and spectacular visual effects.

Date: 5 Dec 2013 to 12 Jan 2014

Price: Between R100 and R400

Performances: Tuesday, Friday at 7.30pm; Saturday 2.30pm and 7.30pm; Sunday at 2pm and 6pm

Venue: The Teatro Montecasino; 1 Montecasino Boulevard, Magaliessig, Johannesburg

Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (Parktown)

Now in its 9th year the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival will be showcasing musical excellence. The theme this year is Exploring Musical Hemispheres. The festival started in 2006 to commemorate Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 250th birthday anniversary and has grown into a well-loved classical music festival.

Date: 25 January 2014 to 9 February 2014

Venue: Parktown

Riaad Moosa – Doctors Orders

Doctor Riaad Moosa seems to have the remedy for the nation’s ills at the moment: a healthy dose of laughter, straight up – hold the aspirin. Don’t miss this comedy show.

Date: 31 January 2014

Time: 8pm

Venue: Silverstar Centre, Johannesburg and Reef, Gauteng

Riaad Moosa is one of South Africa's greatest comedians. Don't miss his hit show. Riaad Moosa is one of South Africa's greatest comedians. Don't miss his hit show.

Ann Roberts – Body of Work

This exhibition focuses on obesity. The exhibition consists of a series of charcoal drawings on Fabriano Paper and a work animating the main subject of the exhibition into a “moving image”.

Date: 22 November to 20 January

Venue: ROOM, Braamfontein, Johannesburg (visit urbanartprojects.org for more info).

Bastille live

Bastille, one of Britain’s new exciting bands, is coming to our shores for the first time and will perform in Johannesburg on 11 January 2014. Fans will rock out to Bad Blood, Overjoyed, Flaws and the chart-topping Pompeii in the magnificent surrounds of SA’s greenest festival locations. They’ll be supported by Bed on Bricks, Beatenberg & Matthew Mole

Date: 11 January

Venue: Emmarentia Dam

Time: Starts midday

Cost: R365 per person

Bruce Springsteen live

The Boss is coming! Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be coming to South Africa for the very first time to perform three concerts, two in Cape Town and one in Jozi.

Venue: FNB Stadium, Johannesburg

Date:  1 February 2014

Time: 7:30pm

Strictly No 1's

Featuring an 11-piece cast, the show’s crazy DJ will take you back to the hit parade number one songs on radio stations including Heaven is a Place on Earth, Eye of the Tiger and Another Brick in the Wall.

Date: 24 December to 5 January

Venue: Barnyard Theatre, Gateway, Durban

Time: 8pm

Cost: R75 – R150 a person

Prepare to party! Prepare to party!

Elvis Forever

Join us and enjoy the hip-swinging tribute to the King of Rock 'n Roll, Elvis Presley!

Date: 14 January to 19 January

Times: Tue 8pm; Wed – Sat 8pm; Sun 8pm

Cost: R105 per person (Tuesdays), R140 a person (Wed-Sat) | R95 a person (Sun)

Venue: Barnyard Theatre, Gateway, Durban

Clarens Craft Beer Festival

Seventeen of South Africa’s top micro brewers showcase their hand-crafted brews. Come out and meet the brewers, enjoy fresh craft brew, a wide selection of gourmet foods and be entertained by the awesome line-up of top South African bands.

Dates: 21 and 22 February

Time: Noon on 21 Feb

Cost: R100 – R150 per person

Colour Me Crazy

Fun while getting fit? Sounds like a great plan to us! Join this 5km family fun race.

Date: 8 February

Venue: Woodland Hills Wildlife Estate

Time: 9am

Tickets will be available at the door for R250; 10 and under enter for free

Sources: weeklywhatson.com; eventsnow.co.za; southafrica.com; eventsnow.co.za; computicket.com

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