Before we get into celebration for the month of love, Phumlani S Langa suggests a few leisurely events that have very little to do with Cupid’s messy ways.
Unathi & Friends
Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park
February 1, 10am
R250 at howler.co.za
Space is limited, but the whole family is encouraged to join in the musical fun with Unathi Nkayi. Children under 12 get in for free, and there will be tickets available at the gate, but don’t risk it – you’re not the only person who wants to see this Idols judge do her thing at this amazing outdoor venue.
The Mzansi Awards
The Market theatre
January 28 to February 9
Tuesday to Saturday at 8.15pm
Sundays at 3.15pm
R90 at webtickets.co.za
This light-hearted production will celebrate 2019 and the many momentous occasions we enjoyed. Besides the lights going off, Miss South Africa became Miss Universe, the Boks won the Rugby World Cup and there was the romance of the #KFCcouple.
The Station, Newtown
February 1, 8pm
R100 to R300 at webtickets.co.za
Riky Rick brings you the second Cotton Fest. He has enlisted the help of an extensive line-up including AKA, A-Reece, Ayanda MVP, Black Motion, Boity, Da L.E.S, Dr Peppa, Emtee, K.O, Kabza De Small and Moonchild Sanelly. And pretty much any other local headliner you can think of.
Stance In The Park – Pre Camp Fest Park Off
Eldorado Park Shoprite
January 26, 12.30pm
If you drive a VW and you’re passionate about it, you will be glad to know that a bunch of like-minded people will be gathering to show off their VWs. Individuals and car clubs alike are welcome.
FOOD AND MUSIC
Mboma Chisanyama & Lounge
Braamfischerville Phase 3
February 1, 3pm
Doing the whole braai thing is never a bad way to spend the day with friends or family. Q’s promises local dishes, but with a little twist.
Trackside Live Creative Conference
Twala Street, Orlando West
January 27, 10am
This creative incubator offers workshops, recording sessions and much more at these exclusive idea sessions.
Jungle Comedy Picnic
National Zoological Garden
February 1, 11am
R55 to R480 at computicket.com
The idea is that putting comedians on a stage at the zoo will soften the perception that a zoo is, in fact, a bad place for animals ... whether that will work remains to be seen. On the bill are Bra Thabiso, Sammury, Ntate Modiri, Senzeni and Pastor A.
14th Unisa International Piano Competition
ZK Matthews Great Hall, Unisa
January 31 to February 1, 7pm
R90 to R240 at computicket.com
This contest reaches its conclusion on February 1 when the rhythm section winner will be announced. The JPO Orchestra will perform after the awards ceremony.
Adventure Run River Walk and Run
Smuts Irene River
February 1, 7am; registration starts at 6am
R55 to R115 at webtickets.co.za
Listen, you can get 600 Vitality points for participating; just saying. Sign up for a 21km, 15km, 10km, 5km or 2km run or walk.
Loyiso Madinga in Problem Child
Arena, Artscape Theatre Centre
J anuary 31 to February 1, 8pm
R150 at computicket.com
See the world through the eyes of a rural South African lad. The African correspondent for The Daily Show is one of the funniest comics we have. This will be good.
Until February 28, 10am
R75 to R155 at webtickets.co.za
How about a change of perspective? See Cape Town from this Ferris wheel that gives you a 360° panoramic view of one of the most stunning cities in the world. So they say.