What’s on in Gauteng: 16 to 22 June 2017

We're doing arts, crafts and the youth are expressing their creative spirit this week. We also have a comic and gaming convention, a children's play and a free music concert in Newtown. Have fun!

Crafts Alive

15 to 17 June

The Bryanston Organic & Natural Market in Bryanston, Johannesburg, looks forward to welcoming you to the Crafts Alive weekend, from 15 to 17 June 2017.

The market features music, food, and a variety of activities for adults and children alike, such as T-shirt painting, woodwork, candle making, postcard painting and more. 

The market will be open from 9am to 3pm daily and entrance is free.

ICON Comic and Games Convention 2017, Home of the Super Hero

16 to 18 June

Don't miss the 25th anniversary of South Africa's longest-running comics, gaming and pop culture convention, the ICON Comic & Games Convention 2017 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg, from 16 to 18 June 2017.

Visitors can expect to see and experience everything from gaming, role playing, cosplay and comics to pop culture, with panel discussions, presentations and other mini-events held throughout the convention. 

Tickets cost from R60 to R120 per day, and R250 for a weekend pass. VIP tickets are sold out.

Youth Expressions Festival 2017

16 to 30 June

The ninth annual Youth Expressions Festival is taking place at the South African State Theatre in PretoriaTshwane, from 16 to 30 June 2017, and this year’s theme is “Step Up”.

The two-week festival celebrates the creative spirit of the youth, and programme items include a CapCity Hip Hop Revival workshop, the Psalm 69 one-woman theatre production and the Go Goa Mamoya dance production. 

Tickets cost R60 for each show.

Fête de la Musique – Music For All

Newtown Junction in Newtown, Johannesburg is coming alive with a music celebration on 17 June 2017. Don't miss Fête de la Musique – Music For All on 17 June 2017.

This unforgettable celebration, in its sixth year, will have four stages hosting local and international artists such as Zama & the Alan, Adelle Nqeto, Bambanani Brass Band, Bye Beneco, Zoe Modiga, Zuko Collective and more.

The event will also have food trucks, bars, restaurants and a French food corner. It starts at 11am and ends at 7pm.

Entrance is free.

The Adventures of Mr Toad

20 June to 23 July

A colourful musical for the whole family, take the little ones to the National Children's Theatre in Parktown, Johannesburg, for The Adventures of Mr Toad from 20 June to 23 July 2017.

The heart-warming play based on Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows tells the story of Mr Toad, the owner of Toad Hall, and his new obsession with cars, which he ends up crashing everywhere. The story is told with colourful costumes and upbeat musical numbers by a great cast. 

Ticket costs are R80 and R100, based on seating arrangements, and there are discounts for students and pensioners. For more information on prices, call Claudy or Zuki on +27 (0)11 484 1584/5 or email bookings@nctt.org.za.

Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival 2017

21 to 24 June

The Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival 2017 takes place from 21 to 25 June 2017 at Constitution Hill in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

The festival, which celebrates the youth of 1976 and this year will also be marking the 21st anniversary of South Africa's Constitution, is hosted in partnership with Nando's. The five-day event, in its fifth year, will comprise music concerts, a cycle tour, dialogues, art exhibitions and more.

Tickets are free, but essential for entry on 24 and 25 June.