festival of india in south africa

Festival of India in South Africa

The largest ever national festival showcasing Indian culture & heritage in South Africa! The Indian High Commission of SA present the Festival of India in South Africa 2014.

The year “2014” marks 20 years of diplomatic relations between India and South Africa since the dawn of apartheid era; and 100 years since the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to India on 18 July 1914. The Indian community was fundamental in the overall development of the country and nation building including the struggle against apartheid.

The Legacy of Madiba: This Festival also coincides with the celebration of life and values of our liberation struggle icon, “Tata” Nelson Mandela.  The Department of Arts and Culture is proud to co-host the Festival of India in commemorating this milestone achievement.  This  festival will showcase Indian performing arts, exhibitions of modern Indian art, visual and photographic digital exhibitions on the late Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, food festivals, film festivals as well as events involving Indian and South African scholars and writers.

Entrance to events are FREE excluding Food festival.

Programme Schedule: 18 July 2014 to 31 August 2014

Hindi Literary Festival: Sahitya Akademi of India (National Academy of Letters) and the Hindi Shiksha Sangh of South Africa will be organising a Hindi Literary Symposium at Pietermaritzburg & Durban from 25-28 July, 2014;Talk on Hindi for students

  • 25 – 28 August 2014, Hindi Shiksha Sangh, Durban
  • 29-30 August 2014, Pretoria / Johannesburg

Exhibition on India-South Africa Cricket: The exhibition showcases the fascinating relationship by recalling its history, underscoring its political significance and celebrating the thrilling sporting accomplishments on the field of play. The cricket exhibition, drawing on a range of sources and images – documentary, visual and audio will highlight the unique value of sport in illuminating the longstanding relationship between both the countries.

  • 28  Aug – 15 Sept, 2014, Kingsmead Stadium, Durban

Gandhi – Mandela Exhibition:  The exhibition showcases Madiba’s connections with India, his visits and the emotional connect with the Indian people; development of their moral fibre and how the core principals of leadership are the same between the two leaders.

  • 18 Jul – 10 Aug, 2014, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg
  • 29 Aug – 14 Sept, 2014, District Six Museum, Cape Town

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In partnership with: Ministry of Culture, Government of India, High Commission of India, Pretoria, Department of Arts & Culture, Government of South Africa, the Consulate General of India offices Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town and India Tourism Office, Johannesburg

Past events

Indian Food Festival: The Ministry of Tourism, GOI, India Tourism Office, Johannesburg in collaboration with Tsogo Sun. The idea is to showcase the varied and famed MUGHLAI (Kebabs & Biryani) food.

  • 1-6 August, 2014, Sandton Sun Hotel Johannesburg
  • 8-13 August 2014, Beverly Hills Hotel,  Durban

Indian Film Festival: 
10 Indian films will be screened including some from Bollywood and other Indian languages.

  • Johannesburg: 4 -7 August, Killarney Cinema (1700 hrs)  & at the Indian Cultural Centre, Jo’burg  (1800 hrs)
  • Durban30 -31 July (1800 hrs), MP Hall, CGI, 1– 6 August (1715 hrs), Suncoast , Havana Cinemas

Indian Dance ‘Kathak
’: Kathak dance by Ms. Vidyagauri Adkar & Company

  • 4 Aug – Civic Theatre, Bloemfontein
  • 6 Aug – Truro Hall, Pietermaritzburg
  • 8 Aug – Nashua Hall, Cape Town

Indian Dance ‘Odissi’: Odissia dance by Ms. Vani Madhav

  • 11 Aug – Atterbury Theatre, Pretoria
  • 13 Aug – Soweto Theatre, Soweto

Gandhi-Mandela Digital Wall

  • 24 July, 2014(1700 hrs), Nelson Mandela Foundation

Exhibition of original  water colour paintings  on Monuments of India & Film poster exhibition by Routes to Roots Description: 25 original water colour painting exhibition of Mr. Kashinath Das on painted rock cut caves to palatial forts, and pietra dura embellished marble memorablias to awe inspiring monumental forts spread across the magnificent past, both spatially and temporally along with an exhibition on Film Posters will be showcased.

  • 31 July – 12 August, 2014, National Museum of Cultural History, Pretoria

Qawwali Recital

  • 7 Aug :House of Rising Sun, Umzinto
  • 8 Aug :Al Ansaar Hall, Durban
  • 9 Aug :KitKat Hall, Laudium
  • 10 Aug :Trade Route Mall, Lenasia

‘Nrityarupa’ a c
ollage of Indian Classical Dances: Artists from the Sangeet Natak Academy would be performing the classical dance programme ‘Nrityarupa’ in 4 cities in South Africa. Programme starts at 1900 hrs.

  • 25 July – State Theatre, Pretoria
  • 26 July –  Johannes Stegmann Theatre, Secunda
  • 28 July – Library Garden,  Polokwane
  • 30 July – Mmabana Art, Culture & Sports Foundation, Mafikeng

Mandela-Gandhi Youth Summit: A Youth Summit on the  occasion of 100 years of Gandhi’s return to India and the 1st birth anniversary after the passing away of Mandela in which South African and Indian youths would be exposed to cultures from both regions.   About 300 students from 30 public schools from Soweto, Tembisa, Katlehong and Alexandra and 15 Indian students will participate in the Summit.

  • 19 July, 2014 (0900-1500 hrs), Constitution Hill, Johannesburg

Tolstoy Farm ‘Garden of Remembrance’ : A Trust to resuscitate Tolstoy Farm as ‘Garden of Remembrance’ will be launched in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the departure of Gandhiji from South Africa to India.

  • 20 July, 2014, Tolstoy Farm, Lenasia, Johannesburg >> GPS Coordinates are as follows: 26°21’50.6″S 27°48’58.7″E


About Naufal Khan

Naufal Khan was the Publisher at ADISHAKTI MEDIA and the editor-in-chief of the South African Indian news service Indian Spice. Khan was former Sunday Times journalist and also an occult fiction and non-fiction writer with several published titles.