Festival of Lights at Joburg Zoo


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As the Festival of Lights marks its third year in Jozi’s festival calendar offering a treat for all ages, the Tribhanghi Dance Company will transport audiences to a world of rich cultural fusion through dance from December 14-19.

Tribhangi means “three elbows in one body”, which is exemplified by their unique presentation, stimulating experimentation, enthusiasm and energy, characteristic of every Tribhangi performance.

The work of the dance company seeks to reflect a deep sensitivity, respect, understanding and knowledge of cultures through dance. They claim a repertoire that includes African, Indian, contemporary and Afro-fusion.

Adhering to all social distancing and Covid laws, customers can enjoy the exciting program of beautiful lights, diverse live music, dancing, food and more under the stars at Joburg Zoo.

Customers are encouraged to take out their picnic blankets and enjoy food and drink for all ages at the food stalls.

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Sharing the stage with Tribhangi is the incredible performance of Shef and the Kitchen, an international stage group born in the dusty streets of Orange Farm.

With their original lyrics in Isizulu, Xitsonga and English, the afro-jazz funk group is a force to be reckoned with.

The group were recently invited to perform at the 2019 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras World Festival in Chennai, India. Locally, Chef and the Kitchen has performed in over 100 shows in South Africa and is known for his electrifying performances.

The performances will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and customers are encouraged to arrive from 6:00 p.m. and allow sufficient time for the Covid screening which will be carried out at the entrance.

Guests are encouraged to bring their camping chairs and picnic blankets to sit on while they listen and have fun under the starry skies of Joburg.

The festival will adhere to Covid level one lockdown protocols and customers are encouraged to adhere to them.

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Tickets are available HERE at the price of R75 for children three to 12, R90 for retirees and R150 for children 12 and over and adults and children under three enter free.

The Joburg Theater is also happy to share that patrons could take advantage of a 10% discount for a group of 10 or more.

As a warning, festival organizers wish to inform the public that the entertainment will be weather dependent and request that while every effort be made to communicate with ticket buyers, customers, especially visitors who plan to d To purchase tickets at the gate, you should follow updates on the Joburg Theater social media pages in the event of a last minute event cancellation due to bad weather.

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Festival-goers are also advised to allow additional time for Covid screening procedures when attending the festival.

Stay up to date with the festival on our social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram or visit the website.

The full program of the Festival of Lights:

• December 14 – 19: Chef and cuisine and Tribhangi dance theater

• December 21 – 26: Christmas carols

• December 28 – January 2: Bongi Mthombeni and Brenda Mtambo


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