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Join a host of events celebrating Youth Day

African children’s play, free entry to museums, braai competition + more

Last updated: Tuesday, 13 June 2023

Enter a braai competition with the fam (there’s 4x4 rides too), party at an inner-city festival or listen to music and poetry in an art gallery. Or, commemorate with free entry to museums and a documentary film screening. Here’s what you can get up to on Youth Day (and this long weekend).

TAKE THE KIDS TO AFRICAN PLAYS  

The Jungle Theatre Company’s latest performance at the Masque Theatre, Makhulu Indlovu, is based on a Kenyan folktale. The play follows a herd of elephants who travel to lay their matriarch's bones to rest, and through this, heal the wounds of the past. This will be followed by When Lion Had Wings, a Khoi folktale about overcoming fear and challenging greed. A ticket includes entrance to both shows and is most suitable for kids 6 to 12 years old. 

Date: Saturday, 17 June; 10am - 11.30am
Cost: R60, book via Quicket 


Masque Theatre | Muizenberg | @jungletheatre | Image: Jungle Theatre

RUN (OR WALK) FOR A CAUSE  

Youth in Transformation, a local NGO which equips young people with resources and skills to succeed in their education, is hosting its annual fundraiser. Running for Transformation is offering a 5km and 10km road race in Newlands, designed for the whole family. There’ll be food, coffee, kids activities and prizes. 

Date: Friday, 16 June; from 8am
Cost: From R50, book via Webtickets 


SACS | Newlands | @youthintransformation | Image: Youth in Transformation

VISIT THIS APPLE FARM FOR SUNDAES   

This working apple farm has a country café with tables that look out onto the rolling greenery of the orchards. On Youth Day, Cheverells Farm is serving old-school ice cream sundaes (who remembers knickerbocker glory?) and waffles. The proceeds support Siphila Sonke which provides education, care and outreach to the informal settlement in Elgin. There’s also deliciously fresh farm food on the menu

Date: Friday, 16 June; 8am - 3pm
Cost: Varies


55 Highlands Road | 060 861 104 | cheverellsfarm@gmail.com | @cheverellsfarm | Image: Cheverells Farm

WATCH A (FREE) FILM SCREENING 

Youth Capital, an advocacy campaign that focuses on evidence-based solutions to youth unemployment, is debuting its short film Lean on Each Other at the Labia Theatre. The film features seven stories of diverse South Africans and demonstrates the impact of youth unemployment, as well as the viability of social connections as a solution to this crisis.  

Date: Friday, 16 June; 10am - 11.30am
Cost: Free, book via Google Form 


68 Orange Street | Gardens | @youthcapitalsa | Image: Lara van Zyl

ENTER A BRAAI COMPETITION  

Prepare to braai like you’ve never braaied before: You and up to 5 teammates will have seven hours to make a starter, main and dessert completely from scratch. Hosted by Dirt and Dust, an off-road track in Durbanville. There’ll also be kids activities, 4x4 and 4x2 competitions, a beer garden and tons of food stalls. 

Date: Friday, 16 June; 8am - 6pm
Cost: R100pp, book via Quicket 


Fisantekraal | Durbanville | 066 373 7586 | infodirtdust@gmail.com | Facebook | Image: Dirt and Dust

LISTEN TO MUSIC + POETRY IN AN ART GALLERY  

Prepare for a soulful and intimate evening with The One Who Sings (Zolani Mahola from Freshlyground) and The Feminine Force. Their powerful harmonies and unique lyrics explore nostalgia, innermost truth, and the merging of the past with the present. Joined by poet Kush Mahleka, who will explore the nostalgia of childhood and youth while unravelling the truths that shape the present, it will be held at Youngblood art gallery. 

Date: Friday 16 June, 6pm - 9pm
Cost: R300, book via Quicket 

 
 
 
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GET FREE ENTRY TO THE IZIKO MUSEUM

Iziko Museums is commemorating Youth Day by allowing free entry for the Iziko South African Museum, Slave Lodge, Bo-Kaap Museum, Rust & Vreugd and Koopman de Wet House. View exhibitions like Hidden Wonders (see an extinct Quagga foal or a preserved specimen of the “living fossil fish”) or JellyWorld, which explores the role that jellyfish play in marine ecosystems. Or, pay respect to the history of slavery in the Cape or learn about the iconic colourful neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap. 

Date: Friday, 16 June 2023 
Cost: Free entry 


Various locations | Web | Image: Iziko Museums

GO TO AN INNER-CITY FESTIVAL   

ComUnity is back with another festival on Youth Day. Last year there were tons of food stalls, clothing racks with local fashion, the latest RnB, hip hop and amapiano hits, and more. This year you can expect something similar, with a few new surprises. It’ll be held at The Lookout at the V&A Waterfront. 

Date: Friday, 16 June; from 12pm
Cost: From R250, book via Quicket 


The Lookout | V&A Waterfront | @comunityza | Image: ComUnity

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