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19 January is Martin Luther King Jr. Day (US)


February is Black History Month (US)
16 February is President's Day  (US)


8 March is International Women's Day
21 March is Human Rights Day (SA)


3 April is Good Friday,
6 April is Family Day.
27 April is South Africa's Freedom Day


25 May is Africa Day
25 May is Memorial Day (US)


June is Youth Month
16 June is Youth Day


3 July is Independence Day (US)
18 July is Nelson Mandela International Day (SA)


10 August is Women's Day (SA)


September is Public Service Month and Tourism Month (SA)
7 September is Labor Day (US)
24 September is Heritage Day (SA)


October is Mental Health Awareness Month (SA)
17 October is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty


25 November to 10 December is 16 Days of Activism (SA)
26 November is Thanksgiving Day


1 December is World AIDS Day
16 December is Day of Reconciliation (SA)
26 December is Day of Goodwill (SA)

Umoja USA Tour

Special discounted price for the South African community.  For information on how to avail the discount, please contact Sduduzo Ka-Mbili at

An Evening with Mike Tolkin and Neil McMillan

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, from 6:30 p.m.
295 Madison Avenue, 47th Floor
New York City

Kick off the 2015 rugby season with the New York Rugby Business Network and U.S. Head Coach Mike Tolkin as he re-caps the 2014 season including the New Zealand Match and talks about the upcoming 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Former professional rugby player Neil McMillan will also be on hand to provide insight on life as a pro and how he made the transition from player to business entrepreneur as Co-founder of City Athlete.  Register to attend the event.

South African Handmade Collection at NY Now 2015

1-4 February 2015
Booth 1371, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 35th Street, New York City 10001

The Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI) and the South African Department of Trade and Industry are proud to present the South African Handmade Collection at NY NOW 2015 this February. The collection represents some of South Africa’s finest craft and design.

The CCDI, a not for profit company based in the beautiful Western Cape province of South Africa, assists the craft and design sector with business, product and market support. The layered social histories and rich cultural life of the region are reflected in the diverse styles of product, from edgy and eclectic to ethnic and African safari to urban contemporary, sophisticated, organic, and romantic.

For inquiries, please email Ryan Rode at  

Starfish Greathearts Foundation USA's
10th Anniversary Gala

Tuesday, 3 February 2015
Tribeca Rooftop
2 Desbrosses Street, 12th Floor
(between Hudson and Greenwich Streets)
New York City

Tickets: $225.00 per person at the door or purchase online.

The Starfish Greathearts Foundation USA (Starfish USA) will host its 10th Anniversary Gala to celebrate milestones achieved to annually support over 16,000 children in 35 communities to provide education, healthcare and child protection services. Join us for a fun night of African music, South African wine and bid on fabulous silent and live auction items to support a great cause.

Featured at the live auction will be renowned South African artists Greg Anderson, James Delaney, Benjamin Mitchley and Richard Scott, who have donated their artwork to support Starfish USA.

Guests also can bid on a magical trip to South Africa with luxury accommodations at Tanda Tula Safari Lodge, Ten Bompas Hotel in Johannesburg and Samara Karoo Lodge in the Eastern Cape. Winners of this auction prize will be treated to a private lunch at Mooiplaas wine estate and private nature reserve in Stellenbosch.

Corporate sponsors include Investec USA, Blackstone, Kirkland & Ellis, Sylvan/Laureate Foundation and Deloitte.

South African Pavilion
at the 2015 Strictly Sail Miami Boatshow

12 - 16 February 2015
Miamarina, Pier C
Miami, Florida

Zip Zap Circus

Sunday, 15 February at 7:00 pm
Circus Warehouse
53-21 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island, NY 11101

Meet the amazing artists and teachers from the Zip Zap School of Circus Arts for Social Change in Cape Town, South Africa. Direct from standing-room-only performances with Cirque Phenix in Paris, José do Rego and Jacobus “Trompie” Claassen will share Gold -Clown winning talent and the magic of Zip Zap’s pioneering social circus programming.

Since its founding in 1992 in Cape Town, South Africa, The Zip Zap School of Circus Arts for Social Change has used the magic of circus to inspire young people and help build a new culture of peaceful coexistence in South Africa. Working with a diverse community of children from all backgrounds, Zip Zap’s programs help kids “Dare to Dream” and learn to make those dreams a reality.  Zip Zap programs are always free to the participants, with financial and material support coming from individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations.

No tickets required, just a suggested donation of $20 at the door.

Space is limited so please RSVP asap to

Panel Discussion with Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela

Wednesday, 18 February 2015, 12:15 pm
Queens College

Two of South Africa’s true freedom fighters and musical activists – legendary trumpeter, vocalist and composer Hugh Masekela, and vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Vusi Mahlasela – have joined forces on the 20 Years Of Freedom Tour. They will discuss the effects that the harsh political climate in South Africa had on their music, and South African music in general – and how music can uplift and raise social and political awareness. South Africa’s “struggle songs” portray the hardships and joys of living in apartheid–era South Africa.This music connects the old South Africa of discrimination and separation with the new promise for a better future and reconciliation.

The panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 12:15 p.m. on the campus of Queens College.

For more information, please contact Julia del Palacio at or at tel. (718) 997-3589.  

Kupferberg Presents:
20 Years of Freedom: Hugh Masekela & Vusi Mahlasela

Wednesday, 18 February 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Le Frak Concert Hall
Reeves Avenue
Flushing, NY 11367

The Kupferberg Center for the Arts and Queens College are delighted to welcome Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela for a concert at LeFrak Concert Hall on Wednesday, February 18th at 7:30 p.m. as a part of the College’s Year of South Africa program. As two of South Africa’s true freedom fighters and renowned musical icons, they will come together to honor twenty years since the start of democracy in South Africa and the official end of Apartheid.

Tickets $35-$55

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US Debut: Katavi Botanicals (Live Streaming)

EVINE Live's Online Show "Before and After Beauty"
Friday, 20 March 2015, 7:00 p.m.

South African company Katavi Botanicals will launch its skincare range in the US on EVINE Live's show "Before and After Beauty" on Friday, 20 March 2015.

Katavi Botanicals is an anti-aging, all-natural skincare range from South Africa based on the 'Big 5 cosmetic fruits' native to Africa (Kigelia, Baobab, Marula, Mongongo and Moringa). Katavi's range of beauty creams harnesses the power of these natural wonders and was specifically formulated to target the noticeable effects of environmental stress on skin. Live streaming can be accessed at:

For more information about Katavi Botanicals, please go to :

First Annual South African Craft Show

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th Sreet (Use 11th Street entrance)
New York City 10003


Beaded crafts

Zulu baskets

South African art


Home Décor

Traditional Attire

Contact: (718) 218-4512


Association of South African Artisans and Craft Dealers

Isintu Foundation


Linda Means to Wait

HERE Arts Center
Dorothy B. Williams Theatre
145 6th Avenue (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring)

Performance Dates:
Thursday, 16 April at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, 17 April at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, 18 April at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, 19 April at 2:00 p.m.

Written & Performed by Linda Kuriloff
Directed by Geoffrey Owens
Production Stage Manager: Petol Weekes
For more information, please visit

Tickets are $15. To purchase tickets visit Here Arts Center or call (212) 352-3101.

Box Office: opens after 5:00 p.m. on show days or 2 hours before any performance.

Necktie Youth at Tribeca Film Festival

Screening Schedule:

Friday, 17 April 2015, 6:45 p.m.
Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 5

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 3:00 p.m.
Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-6

Monday, 20 April 2015, 9:15 p.m.
Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 4

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 3:45 p.m.
Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 5

For more information and tickets, please visit Tribecal Film Festival.

South African Films at the 2015 African Film Festival

More information / buy tickets online.

Backdoor Films Fundraiser

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Alvin and Friends Restaurant
14 Memorial Highway
New Rochelle NY 10801

Ticket: $60.00 - Advance sales only.
Purchase online at

A Shared Interest Night with FreshlyGround

30 June 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
B.B. King
237 West 42nd Street 
New York, NY 10036

Join Shared Interest at B.B. King for a live performance by international Southern African sensations FreshlyGround for their  New York portion of  their highly anticipated North American tour. Use the special  promo code "Shared" for special $20 discounted tickets including the performance and a cocktail during the exclusive meet and greet with the band! Tickets Are very LIMITED!


Reclaiming Our Culture, Environment & Heritage

18 - 24 July 2015
Boys & Girls High School Campus

18 July 2015

Happy Birthday Madiba Ceremony
Film: Hidden Colors
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

20 July 2015

South African Freedom Dance Class
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Film: School Daze
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

21 July 2015

Drum Class with Gene Osborne
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Film: Amandla
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

22 July 2015

Learn to sing: South African National Anthem
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Film: Sarafina & Youth Panel
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

23 July 2015
Madiba Café:  Poetry Slam
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
24 July 2015
Nelson Mandela International Day of Service
Community Fair, Sports Activities, Art Projects, Closing Ceremony & Special Performances

For more information, please contact


Exhibit:  Kevin C. Gillespie: 
A Series of Four Paintings Depicting Rhinos

3 August 2015
Castle Fitzjohns Gallery
98 Orchard Streeet
New York, NY 10002

Portion of the sales to benefit the Game Rangers Association of South Africa.

For information on the exhibit, please call tel. (917) 244-4868.

To know more about Kevin Gillespie, please visit

Lecture: Singing Violence:
Zulu Ngoma during South Africa's Transition

Thursday, September 17 at 5:30pm
Silver Center Room 320
31 Washington Place, NY, New York

First event of the NYU Department of Music 2015-16 Colloquium Series

A lecture by LOUISE MEINTJES, Associate Professor of Music and Anthropology at Duke University and author of Sound of Africa! Making Music Zulu in a South African Studio (Duke University Press, 2003)

Sharon Katz and the Peace Train at Joe's Pub
with Nonhlanhla Wanda and SAHAVO Choir

17 September 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Joe's Pub
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003

Special Guests:
Nonhlanhla Wanda and SAHAVO Choir

South Africa's Sharon Katz & the Peace Train bring their Grammy-nominated, Afro-Pop-Jazz-Roots fusion back to Joe's Pub for a concert and dance party with special guest Nonhlanhla Wanda and SAHAVO Choir. For more information and tickets, please visit Joe's Pub.   

Vincent Lyn and Wouter Kellerman:
Concert In Recognition of James Kofi Annan

Friday, 9 October 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, Seventh Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets
Tickets: $60, $50 and $40
Box Office: 57th Street and & 7th Avenue or CarnegieCharge: (212) 247-7800

Composer and jazz pianist Vincent Lyn and 2015 Grammy Award-winning flutist Wouter Kellerman join together again, after their performance in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall last year. Vincent’s trio and Wouter’s South African quartet perform a collaboration of music in a variety of styles, including new age, world, jazz, bossa nova, Afro-Cuban, and contemporary classical. This concert is presented in recognition of James Kofi Annan, protecting and empowering the lives of young people.

Dark Side of the Rainbow:
A South African Music Experience

Friday, 16 October 2015, from 7:00 pm
Madiba Restaurant
195 Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205




The Phelophepa Health Care Train, established in 1994, initially operated with only three eye clinic coaches. By 1995, recognizing the need for a wider primary health care base it expanded services to include more comprehensive optometry, dental and psychological care.

Now in its 18th year, the Phelophepa has grown from three cars to an impressive 18-car train delivering primary health care, education and outreach programs including: HIV/AIDS education. Additional services include training community volunteers in basic healthcare and screening/educating local schoolchildren.

Southern Africa Fashion & Craft Showcase

Friday, 13 November 2015, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Studio Arte Lofts
265 West 37th Street, 17th Floor
New York City

Wines provided by Meridien Prime and catering by Madiba Restaurant.
Admission: $50.00
Tickets available at