Life isn’t measured by how many breaths you take, but it’s the moments that take your breath away…..Welcome to exhilarating events that are full of such moments!
Jazz concerts: Jazz live with Isaiah Katumwa, 25th April
Its official, Earl Klugh, America’s powerhouse acoustic guitarist and composer is the guest artist for this year’s edition of Jazz with Isaiah Katumwa. Famed as the most anticipated A-class concert in Uganda, this annual live performance is hosted at Kampala Serena Hotel. It celebrates jazz, a genre that has greatly evolved in the country thanks largely to Isaiah Katumwa. Born and raised in Kampala, Isaiah is a legendary saxophonist and jazz promoter who stands out as an icon of progress who keeps walking. Among the global icons who have graced the event in the past include Angelique kidjo, Jonathan Butler, Oliver Mtukuzi(RIP), Hugh Masekela(RIP), Jimmy Dludlu and Seweto Kinchy. In addition to booking international jazz icons as headliners, each edition of the magazine also designates an artist-in-residence. Previous artists-in-residence include Juliana Kanyomozi, Rhema and Joel Sebunjo among others.
Films: Zanzibar International Film Festival 6th – 16th July
Now in its 24th year running, this Tanzanian event emphasizes the role of storytelling in modern society, highlighting feel good flicks but most importantly, it promotes films as a facilitator for regional, social and economic growth. It takes place in Stone Town, a breathtaking UNESCO World heritage site in Zanzibar Island.
The eight-day-long festival which draws approximately 7,000 tourists and an audience over 100,000 showcases best blockbusters at local and international levels. And if those numbers weren’t impressive enough, the Zanzibar film festival also screens a staggering 200+ films each year. Additional activities include discussion panels and training sessions as covered by over 80 journalists from different corners of the earth.
In honour of creatives for their hard work, the festival is crowned with 12 International Awards presented by 5 International Juries. Being the largest multi-disciplinary art and cultural festival on the continent, this film festival draws.
Once through with the festival, you can wrap your stay in Zanzibar with a refreshing swim by the ocean side, snorkeling excursion, spiritual contemplation as well as white sand beach life.
The Vodacom Durban, 4th July
Welcome to the greatest racing, fashion and entertainment extravaganza on the African continent, takes place at Greyville Racecourse. Television has brought great sporting events right into the living rooms of homes around the world but there is still no substitute for being right there, in the middle of things to experience the sights, the sounds and, above all, the adrenaline rush that comes with live action. The Vodacom Durban July is probably one of the oldest horseracing events in the country. The first race was run in 1897 and was contested over 1.6km, and ever since then it has become an event not to be missed in South Africa. This event calls for celebrities, socialites and the elite to show off their outfits, their bets and their social skills. The excitement of Vodacom Durban July surpasses that of any other event on the African continent, with huge crowds expected on course and millions of others around the country taking serious bets or having their annual flutter.
Rides: CBA Vintage Car Show 10th edition, 25th July
If you have a soft spot for vintage cars that don’t shout for attention like a Subaru, this event will take your breath away! Hosted at the tranquil gardens of Sheraton Hotel Kampala, it showcases a vast collection of well-maintained vintage cars that come with power, class and pomp. Cars older than many of our parents. Cars that look like they have a private masseur and they are on a diet. Among the top 10 that graced last year’s edition were a 1951 Citreon, 1975 Datsun B210 and a 1934 Wolsely. At the CBA Vintage Car Show, you will mix and mingle with car owners who have emotive connections to their machines, (most of which were made in the 19th and 20th centuries). They are always happy to tell told long tales about how they got to own them. Some inherited them from their parents and, to honour them (parents), it’s their obligation to keep them in great shape.
2020 NEDBANK Golf Challenge, 12 – 15 November Sun City
The Nedbank Golf Challenge is one of the highlights of the South African sporting calendar. In a 39 year history, the event has featured the biggest names in world golf. With 63 players, playing over 4 days, for a purse of $7.5 million. The tournament forms part of the Rolex Series on the European Tour and is the penultimate event on the Race to Dubai.
The golf course at the Gary Player Country Club, since its opening in 1979, has been acknowledged as South Africa’s premier championship test of golf. The home of the Nedbank Golf Challenge since 1981, this immaculately groomed layout has received rave reviews from the world’s top golfers, who agree that it is both demanding and fair.
The International Jazz Extravaganza, 16th-17th June
This platform showcases all the greats of jazz music. The line-up is usually filled with a combination of international acts and local jazz legends. The International Jazz Extravaganza will be held in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, along the lush eastern seaboard of South Africa, and of course will also once again be wowing jazz fans with inspiring star performances and unmatched hospitality when it returns to the Durban ICC Arena. So far three acts for the night have been announced – the edgy US jazz vocalist, Kurt Elling; well-known local artist, Nduduzo Makhatini; and highly-acclaimed vocalist and pianist, Thandi Ntuli. The first IJE offered something that no other jazz event in South Africa catered for – entertainment for the pure jazz lover. This, along with a luxurious hospitality experience that combines music, food, and travel is what makes IJE so unique.