This year’s shindigs: from pop to politics

2012-01-21 11:06

The holidays are barely forgotten and already overeager party organisers have sent out invitations to make sure they get first dibs at celebrities.

With that said, there are some parties that will make any self-respecting socialista question their self-worth if the invitation doesn’t land in their inbox.

J&B Met: The big party to start off the year is this annual horseracing event in Cape Town. It attracts the cream of the A-list crop who don’t fail to surprise, shock and, more times that not, raise eyebrows with their choice of outfits to match the theme.

This year, the Made Different theme should provide Mzansi with enough conversation for months to come.

If you don’t have your ticket yet for Kenilworth Racecourse on January 28, well, let’s just say you must be feeling quite “square”. Get it? Be there or be square? You get the idea.

The Opening of Parliament:
Once again, the Mother City provides the venue for another big event on the local social scene, when the leaders of the country descend on Cape Town for a weekend of parties with politicians and their entourages that include tenderpreneurs, the BEE brigade and the Girls of the BEE mansion.

The weekend kicks off on February 9 with outfits on our beloved political leaders and pre and afterparties hosted by the likes of Kenny Kunene and Zizi Kodwa.

If there’s any justice in the world, sometime in April or May, the South African Music Awards will go back to their previous fun venue of Sun City.

Last year, Montecasino was the place to be, but turned out to not be such a great choice for the organisers.

Hopefully, they’ve come to their senses because these music awards are just not the same without the phrase, “what happens in Sun City, stays there”, which most of our artists take to put to good use, bless them.

The Durban July:
To borrow a joke from Golden Globe awards’ Ricky Gervais, the Durban July is to the J&B Met what the Kardashians are to the Oscars, “a bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker”.

The July is where people completely forget that horses are the main reason they are in KwaZulu-Natal.

What do you expect when you have marquees owned by local businessman Mabheleni Ntuli, who keeps making sure that the nouveau riche get to live out all their silly party fantasies and dress up while pretending to care or know something about horseracing.

It’s also a place where you get to see all the tomfoolery, from celebrities arriving in choppers to grown men with gout dancing like they’re 19 years old all over again.

The ANC Centenary razzmatazzes:
Dear South Africa, marry the word “centenary” and “ANC” together for the rest of the year because nobody will hear the end of this until the party turns 101 years old.

Since the big bash at the beginning of January, the political party has been having party upon party to celebrate its 100 years – it does seem that they’re aiming to do that by throwing 100 parties.

Look out for a random ANC centenary party at a club, shebeen, soccer stadium, park, schoolground or town hall near you.

The celebrity birthday parties:
Every year, locals get to see just what embarrassing lengths celebrities will go to outdo each other (and themselves) in order for their party to be named “the birthday party of the year”.

Mind you, they’re aren’t necessarily celebrating any significant milestones. Any random age will do.

This year, look out for Kodwa in the next few weeks, then Julius Malema sometime in March while he’s still relevant, and Khanyi Mbau and Kunene in October.

And of course, there’ll be other celebs in between, but just keep your eyes peeled for those ones who always go all out like they’re celebrating their 21st all over again.

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