“Makhelwane” is a Zulu term that refers to one’s neighbour, but in African culture the term is deeper than that, the term refers to a community. From 14 - 16 December, the Makhelwane Festival, now in its fourth year, presents a lifestyle festival that aims to reconnect and reignite the community/neighbourly culture “Bo Makhe” and promote local small and medium enterprises. The Makhelwane Festival happens on an open street in the heart of Soweto, Poka Street in Orlando West. This is a festival unlike any other, residents of the area open up their houses to be used as a variety of venues over the festival - from exhibition spaces to food and drink areas. The festival offers great music happening on stages on the street: Billed this year are Moonchild Sanelly, Femi Koya, Doc Shebeleza, Thasman, BigBoy, Kongisto and Hammathedude Tlou for all the days.
Exciting food and drink vendors include the Good to Go Eatery, Eyethu Cellar Door, Hectic 7 and We Are Succulents. There are also talks, music screenings and a wine garden. “We kick off at Lebo’s Backpackers on the 14th of December and then the festival continues on the 15th from 12:00 till midnight on that day and on the 16th,” explains festival cocreator Sifiso Dlangamandla. Tickets are R150.00 at the gate or at Webtickets.
Where: Poka street, Orlando West
When: 14 – 16 December at 12pm
Entrance: R150 via webtickets