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Five 2020 events you do not want to miss

South Africa - Cape Town - 30 March 2019 - Rapper and Gqom artist Sho Madjozi perfoming at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival’s Baseline stage.Photograph :Phando Jikelo/African News Agency(ANA)
South Africa - Cape Town - 30 March 2019 - Rapper and Gqom artist Sho Madjozi perfoming at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival’s Baseline stage.Photograph :Phando Jikelo/African News Agency(ANA)

How often have you had a conversation with friends about an event they’ve just attended and you think to yourself: “Next year…” only to discover when “next year” comes, you’ve once again left it too late to book.
 
The old adage, therefore, still rings true: if you don’t want to miss out on yet another year, it really is important to book early to avoid disappointment. 

“And, as the new year begins, this means checking on the dates of events as soon as possible,” advises James Tagg, director and co-founder of Quicket, an online platform that facilitates transactions between event organisers and ticket buyers. “Plus, in many cases, booking as early as possible means taking advantage of great early bird discounts.”  

Here are five popular events happening once again in South Africa in 2020 that you really don’t want to miss out on this time around.
 
Cape Town International Jazz Festival 

The 21st production of this highly popular event will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 27 to 28 March and once again boasts a lineup of great local and international talent. Over 2 500 musicians will take to the many stages lined up this year.
 
With day passes at R649 and weekend passes at R999, for more information and to see the full line up click here  
 

Afrikaburn 

Modelled on the USA’s popular annual Burning Man event, this social experiment sees a community of participants come together in the Tankwa Karoo once a year to create a temporary city of art, costume, theme camps, mutant vehicles, music and performance.  All of this is created through a volunteer and gifting culture. The dates for the 2020 event are 27 April to 3 May.

Ranging in price from R200 (this lower price requires an application) to R3 500 (although pensioners over 70 are allowed in for free), tickets can be purchased via Quicket at: www.afrikaburn.com/the-event/tickets#1. 
 
Comic Con Cape Town &Johannesburg 2020 

A multi-genre entertainment, comic and fan convention filled with geeky fun, Comic Con Africa is brought to South Africa by the world's largest producer of pop culture events. Happening twice this year, the first will take place at the Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, from 1 to 3 May and the second will be at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 24 to 27 September.
 
For more information on the event and to book, visit: (for Cape Town) or (for Johannesburg). Ticket prices range from R160 to R525 per person.

Grahamstown National Arts Festival 

The biggest and best-known arts festival in South Africa, this really should be a “must attend” at least once in your life if you are a lover of art, music, theatre, dance or film. The 11-day festival will this year run from 25 June to 5 July, across 90 venues, in the picturesque town of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. 
 
Regulars advise newbies to plan carefully to take in everything you’d like to see, with prices varying per venue. For everything from the full schedule to ideas on where to stay, click here 


Rocking the Daisies 

The 15th anniversary of this music and lifestyle festival and the last of its kind to be held will be happening in Cape Town from 2 to 4 October 2020. #Daisies15 will celebrate an incredible era of music, camping and good vibes. Early bird tickets at R595 (excluding camping) are already available, with camping passes and additional festival tickets to go on sale later in the year.

For more information on the event and to book via Quicket, click here  

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