Youth Month 2018: Where to celebrate Mzansi’s youth across SA

Youth Day in South Africa is celebrated annually on 16 June.

The day is set aside to commemorate the courageous youth in Soweto, who in 1976 under apartheid government, protested against black school children being taught in Afrikaans and English.

About 20 000 students participated in the march to Orlando Stadium which ended in bloodshed, followed by weeks of riots and fatalities. This resulted in international pressure on SA’s government to change its educational policies.

Youth Day now serves as a reminder of the progress SA has made with respect to equality for youth, as well as the importance they play as agents of positive change and hope for the future.

'Live the Legacy: Towards A Socio-Economically Empowered Youth'

The NYDA officially launched Youth Month at the Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum in Soweto, Johannesburg, on 4 June 2018.

This year, Youth Month takes place in conjunction with the 100 years for Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu.

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Youth Month 2018 will be commemorated under the theme “Live the Legacy: Towards A Socio-Economically Empowered Youth”.

A month-long programme of activities will be aimed at addressing youth unemployment, as well as preserving the legacy of struggle heroes and heroines. There will also be youth expos, dialogues and youth entrepreneur hubs to showcase opportunities available to young people. Click here to find out more.

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While there’s a dark history that all South Africans face, there’s also a lot of positive growth to rejoice in, and Youth Day – which is now celebrated with activities throughout the month of June – is one of the reasons to celebrate our heritage and our future.

Here are some events to celebrate this important day in SA, together with family and friends:

Cape Town

Youth Day at Iziko Museums

Iziko Museums of South Africa and The Rainbow Academy present a collaborative Youth Day event, featuring a 20-minute programme of music and dance celebrating culture as expressed by youth.

A short introduction by the deputy principal and one of the Rainbow Academy students will take place before the performance.

In addition to the performance, you can visit Iziko Museums for free on Youth Day - except the Planetarium and Digital Dome, Castle of Good Hope and Groot Constantia.

When: 16 June 2018, from 12:00.

Where: Iziko Museum.

Info: Call 021 426 47 59 or email for more information.

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Ekasi Outdoor Cinema screening: Sarafina!

Ekasi Outdoor Cinema presents a screening of Sarafina! - the story on the history of Youth Day, about the Soweto Riots in opposition of Afrikaans as the language to be used in schools.

This mobile cinema screens films in township, showing inspiring African films for kids and youth.

When: 16 June 2018, from 13:00 – 16:00.

Where: Khayelitsha.

Cost: Free entry.

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Youth Month at Artscape Theatre

The Artscape Youth Comedy Festival is stand-up comedy show featuring four local young comedians, ranging from up-and-coming to professional talent.

When: 15 June 2018

Where: Artscape Arena.

The Youth Jazz Festival focuses on jazz skills development. Musical director, Amanda Tiffin will lead a group of jazz musicians to act as mentors for youth.

When: 15 June 2018.

Where: Artscape Theatre.

Band Stand will showcase music literacy and development of young musicians within the fields of brass and woodwinds.

When: 16 June 2018.

Where: Artscape Theatre.

Art Career Expo takes place to support artists who wish to pursue their studies formally within the creative sectors. It will focus on Arts Administration Skills, Stage Technical Skills, Production Management Skills and Creative/Artistic Skills.

When: 19 June 2018.

Where: Marble Foyer at Artscape.


Youth Poetry Jam

An open mic event, the Youth Poetry Jam encourages young poets and poetic performers to honour the memory of the youth of 1976 through poetry. The event will be hosted by renowned Durban poet, Iain EWOK Robinson, and promises to be an exciting event for family and friends. 

Registration for the open mic is at 10:30 on the day and the show takes place from 10:30 to 15:30. Cash bar available for food and refreshments.

When: 16 June 2018, from 10:30 to 15:30.

Where: Alliance Française de Durban.

Cost: Free entry.

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Ntenga Foundation Charity Run/Walk

The Ntenga Foundation Charity Run/Walk is a unique charity mass participation events in KwaZulu-Natal, fusing music and athletic events.

Nearly 6 000 social runners will participate in this year’s race - either a 5km or 10km run/walk. Funds raised will go towards buying school shoes for underprivileged children.

When: 16 June 2018, from 07:00 – 09:00

Where: Race starts at Moses Mabhida Stadium and ends at uShaka Marine World

Cost: R120 (5km), R120 (10km), R20 (Temp License). Includes free entry to uShaka Wet 'n Wild when you enter.

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Vuma 103 Family Day Concert

Vuma 103 presents a family-friendly food and music event featuring some of SA’s top acts to thrill audiences. It promises to keep the whole family enthralled.

The line-up of artists includes Gospel Icon Discovery winners, Dr Tumi, Khaya Mthetwa, Dumi Mkokstad and Karabo.

There will also be a secured area to keep children (2 to 16 years of age) entertained while parents enjoy the concert.

When: 16 June 2018, from 12:00 - 18:00

Where: People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Cost: R200 per person. Book at Computicket. Children under 12 are free. Cooler boxes cost R80 on the day (no glass permitted).

Imbumba Fiesta

Imbumba means “United together in one harmony” in Zulu.

The Fiesta will include a winter themed market, food stalls, info stands, an open mic and concert – all with an underlying message of encouraging good neighbourliness, supporting underprivileged children and showcasing local artists and crafters.

eThekwini Parks and Recreation also have a display of indigenous plants and trees and staff will share knowledge about indigenous gardening. There will also be a park clean up from 08:00 to 09:00.

When: 16 June 2018, from

Where: Bulwer Park, Glenwood in Durban.

Cost: Free entry.

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National Youth Day celebrations

The Department of Arts and Culture, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and the Presidency will host Youth Day celebrations in Soweto.

The President will join in the remembrance walk from Moris Isaacson to the Orlando Stadium.

When: 16 June 2018.

Where: Orlando Stadium, Soweto

Cost: Free entry.

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Apartheid Museum Youth Day Debate

Join the Apartheid Museum for a Youth Day Debate, moderated by Eusebius McKaiser and joined by guest speakers who will debate the decolonisation project and a range of economic and political topics.?

When: 16 June 2018, from 14:30.

Where: Northern Parkway and Gold Reef Road, Ormonde, Johannesburg.

Info: RSVP by emailing

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Youth Day Consciousness Café

Consciousness Café is a space where groups of strangers are guided to express themselves freely on matters such as race, spirituality, relationships, culture, politics and more.

Consciousness Café uses a structured form of dialogue in which a chosen topic gets discussed during 4-hours and participants are “encouraged to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, in a safe space”.

When: 16 June 2018, from 09:00 – 13:00.

Where: Venue to be confirmed.

Cost: Free entry. Donations are welcome.

The Winter Night Market

Bring the family along to enjoy Youth Day together at this winter market.

During summer, Sylvia's Market is normally on Sundays, but this year they are hosting their first Saturday market in Observatory, filled with food, home-made craft, live music and tasty jam jar cocktails.

When: 16 June 2018, 17:00 - 21:00.

Where: 59 Frederick Street, Observatory.

Cost: Free entry.

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Aviation Youth Show

Inspired by Nelson Mandela, the SA Civil Association Authority (SACAA) is spreading its wings to the outskirts of Limpopo in the Vhembe District to host an Aviation Youth Show.

According to SACAA, it will bring the exciting world of aviation to over 250 learners to teach them that the sky is no longer the limit. The event takes place in partnership with the Department of Education and the Mhinga traditional authority.

When: 15 June 2018, from 8:30 – 16:30.

Where: Joseph Rhangani High School, Botsoleni Village, Mhinga in Limpopo.

Cost: Free.