The 27th of April will always have a special place within the beating heart of South Africa. A day that marks the end of over three hundred years of colonialism, segregation and white minority rule and even more special, it is a day that held the first ever democratic elections where the whole country, no matter the colour of your skin, got to vote. Celebrating this day is a double edged sword- on the one hand it is so special to celebrate something that has been taken for granted by countries all over the world, while at the same time, due to our horrific history, Freedom is something that we never had until very recently. Its like a festering sore, with each year passing it is slowly healing but there will always be a scare left behind.
So without denying the sad tragedies that led to this day it is all about celebrating everything that is South Africa.So take a look at the number of different events you can take part in whether getting drunk is your idea of freedom, listening to the best in South African music, marching against the Corrupt Zuma or perhaps just spending the day with your family- Jozi has something for everyone.
My favourite event is taking place tomorrow- The Freedom Day Melville Market. It’s the perfect excuse to stuff your face with everything delicious and get hammered at Hells Kitchen– All in the name of freedom. Perhaps hanging out with every hipster in the greater Gauteng region is not your idea of fun why not head on over to The Orbit- Home of Jazz for some musical Genius by the Brother Moves On Featuring Thandi Ntuli. No better way to celebrate Freedom day than with the exciting sounds coming out of this country. For the more political of you head on over to Rissik Street from 10am and join the ZumaMustFall rally. Maybe you are about exploring all areas of Johannesburg– head on over to the Urban Village Street Party in Soweto- entertainment and fun for the whole family. For all you fashionistas out there there is the Freedom Day
Fashion Experience. Its all about celebrating our democracy, modern lifestyle and our diverse cultures. It takes place at the Newtown Junction Mall and even better- its free entry 😀 Lusito Land will be busy pumping out Mochito’s by the dozen and Prego Rolls by the 100’s and whats even better than the Mochitos and Prego rolls is that all the money goes to charity– perfect way to celebrate Freedom day. lastly if you are absolutely crazy ( waking up that early on a public holiday, you have to be) and a yoga extraordinaire there is the Freedom Day Yoga at the James and Ethel Grey Park.
So please don’t stay in bed all day missing out on all these fantastic events. Take this Public Holiday by the balls and Enjoy all that this vibrant country has to offer. It’s not everyday we get to celebrate something as precious as Freedom so do not miss out!
For more details on all the events, click on the links below