Calendar of Events

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Also see Holidays observed by the South African Consulate General


  • Nelson Mandela Centenary
  • Albertina Sisulu Centenary


  • Color Me Africa Fine Arts at the 2018 Harlem Fine Arts Show, 15 – 18 February
  • State of the Nation Address, 16 February
  • Budget Speech, 21 February

February is Black History Month (US)


  • The Africa-USA Unity Music Concerts , 17 and 23 February

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


  • African Film Festival
  • Celebration of Life: Winifred Madikizela-Mandela, 12 April 2018
  • Memorial Service for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, 13 April 2018

27 April is South Africa’s Freedom Day (SA) 


  • African Film Festival, 16 May 2018 – 10 June 2018
  • DanceAfrica Festival 2018: Remembrance, Reconciliation, Renewal,
    25-28 May 2018

25 May is Africa Day


  • African Film Festival, 16 May 2018 – 10 June 2018

June is Youth Month


  • Mandela at 100, 9 July 2018
  • AngloGold Ashanti Limited at the New York Stock Exchange,
    12 July 2018
  • One World Trade Center Lighting for Nelson Mandela Centenary,
    18 July 2018
  • BRICS Summit, 25-27 July 2018

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


  • International Day of Friendship, 5 August 2018

9 August is National Women’s Day (SA)


  • Film: Five Fingers For Marseilles, 7 September 2018

September is Heritage Month (SA)


  • South African Youth Choir, 14 October 2018

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)


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

Color Me Africa Fine Arts at the 2018 Harlem Fine Arts Show

15 – 18 February 2018
Historic Riverside Church
91 Claremont Avenue
New York NY 10027
Between 120th and 121st Streets

The four-day traveling exhibition and sale of contemporary paintings, sculpture and photography is the largest of its kind featuring art from the African Diaspora. The exhibition will feature a South African Art Exhibition and sale of works of fourteen South African Artists:

• Bongekile Z.M. Bengu • Caelyn Robertson
• Izak Fourie • John Adams
• Joy Meyers • Leila Flaherty Fanner
• Lioda Conrad • Lisette Forsyth
• Ndabuko Julukani Ntuli • Phulani Liebenberg
• Sharon Berry-Ellis • Vanessa Berlein
• Edith Schmidt • Wilhem Schmidt

The theme of this year’s annual HFAS multi-city tour, “The Healing Power of Art,” will showcase and celebrate African Americans in the medical field and raise awareness about medicine as a career choice for young people.

Admission is $25, with varying prices for special events. Follow the Harlem Fine Arts Show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #HFASNYC

For more information about the event , please visit:

The Africa-USA Unity Music Concerts 

The Harlem Salvation Army Temple 
540 Lenox Avenue, New York, New York 10037
Saturday 17 March 2018, 6:00 pm 

New Hope Baptist Church
12 Aaron B. Samuels Boulevard, Danbury, CT 06810
Friday, 23 March 2018, 6.00 pm – 9:00 pm  

Brought to the US by the World Missions Organization, a tax exempt nonprofit organization with tax deductible donations, these concerts mark the rare coming together of a remarkable mix of American and South African artists with the purpose of raising funds to benefit: 

  • El-Zabad Academy Christian School, serving poor communities near Sharpeville in the Gauteng Province, South Africa, and
  • The Siyazigabisa Home, an orphanage in Tembisa, Gauteng, South Africa 

Musicians from South Africa include Mahalia Buchanan, Xolani Mdlalose, Phindile Phewa and Mpho Mngomezulu. 

Local musicians include Ntombikhona Dlamini , Pastor Chaka Ngwenya, Sipho Hlongwane, and SAHAVO (South African Harlem Voices). Music Director Jimmy Mngwadi.

Tickets: Early Bird $20 per person and $35 at the door. 

For more information please visit World Missions Outreach. Purchase tickets online at Ticket River.

Celebration of Life: Winifred Madikizela-Mandela

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 6:30 pm
The Abyssinian Baptist Church
132 Odell Clark Place
New York, NY 10030

Memorial Service for Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Friday, 13 April 2018 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
UN Trusteeship Council
United Nations Headquarters
New York, NY 10017

In order to facilitate special passes to access the venue at the United Nations Headquarters, please submit your name and surname as reflected in your government provided identification to [email protected] and [email protected], no later than 2:00 pm, Thursday, 12 April 2018.

DanceAfrica Festival 2018: Remembrance, Reconciliation, Renewal

25–28 May 2018
Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

The nation’s largest African dance festival returns to BAM for its 41st year, under the leadership of artistic director Abdel R. Salaam. This year’s performance offers a taste of the rhythm and spirit of South Africa, acknowledging Nelson Mandela’s centennial birthday and the contributions of freedom fighters past and present.

South African supergroup Ingoma KwaZulu-Natal Dance Company brings traditional movement idioms alongside the contemporary stylings of Durban-based Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre. They are joined by the BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble and, together, rejoice in the transcendent power of movement and music in a range of forms and traditions. This year’s performance draws parallels between South African anti-apartheid and American civil rights movements, portraying the struggles for justice and, ultimately, serving up triumphant celebrations of culture.

Lighting & Scenic Design by Al Crawford
Sound Design by David Margolin Lawson
Produced by BAM
RUN TIME: Approx. 2hr with intermission

For performance schedule and to purchase tickets, please visit

Monday, July 9, 2018 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway New York, NY 10025

PEN America, is a leading free expression organization that stands at the intersection between literature and human rights to protect creative expression in the United States and worldwide, championing the freedom to write through public programs, advocacy campaigns, and much more.

PEN America has partnered with W. W. Norton and Symphony Space, along with sister centers in London, Los Angeles, and Cape Town, to produce a global tribute to Nelson Mandela on the occasion of his centennial birthday. This tribute also coincides with the publication of The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela, a new collection of largely unpublished letters, which paint an intimate and inspiring portrait of Mr. Mandela.

Co-presented with PEN America and Liveright. In collaboration with The New York Times.

Tickets are available at:

AngloGold Ashanti Limited at the New York Stock Exchange

12 July 2018

The New York Stock Exchange welcomed executives and guests of AngloGold Ashanti Limited, celebrating their 20th Anniversary of Listing. To honor the occasion, Sipho M. Pityana, Chairman of the Board, rang the NYSE Closing Bell

One World Trade Center Lighting for Nelson Mandela Centenary

On 18 July 2018, the tallest building in the United States, the One World Trade Center in New York City, will commemorate Mandela Day and the Nelson Mandela Centenary by lighting the tower’s spire with the colors of the South African flag.

Photo Credit: Sandy Ching

South Africa, as Chair of BRICS, will host the Johannesburg Summit at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 25 to 27 July 2018.

The theme for the summit is: BRICS In Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution. The summit will be preceded by the BRICS Business Council Forum on 25 July 2018 and the Meeting of BRICS Finance Deputies also on 25 July 2018. Both these meetings will take place in Johannesburg.

Read more.

5th Annual International Day of Friendship

Sunday, 5 August 2018 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
209 Joralemon, Brooklyn NY

Film: Five Fingers For Marseilles

Friday, 7 September 2018
Showtimes: 1:30 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:30 pm and 9:05 pm
Cinema Village
22 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

Synopsis: Twenty years ago, the young ‘Five Fingers’ fought for the rural town of Marseilles, against brutal police oppression. Now, after fleeing in disgrace, freedom-fighter-turned-‘outlaw’ Tau returns to Marseilles, seeking only a peaceful pastoral life. When he finds the town under new threat, he must reluctantly fight to free it. can he free himself from his past? Will the Five Fingers stand again?

Starring: Vuyo Dabula, Zethu Dlomo, Hamilton Dlamini, Lizwi Vilakazi, Kenneth Nkosi, Mduduzi Mabaso, Aubrey Poolo, Dean Fourie, Warren Masemola, Kenneth Fok, Anthony Oseyemi, Brendon Daniels, Garth Breytenbach, Tseko Monaheng, Mosili Makuta with Jerry Mofokeng

Tickets available at

South African Youth Choir

Breast Cancer Awareness Sunday
14 October 2018, 11:00 am
Brown Memorial Baptist Church
484 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11233

For more information, please call (718) 638-6121.

Revision date: Wednesday, 17 October, 2018