Entertainment in South Africa

South Africa definitely does not lack in entertainment opportunities. You will find that entertainment fills every aspect of South African life and that is reflected by the diverse culture, age groups and taste.     

Entertainment in South Africa - Maybe a Zulu cultural experience South Africa has no shortage of theatres, live music venues, bioscopes (cinemas), nightclubs, and drive-in cinemas (in those places where the weather permits).

Grahamstown for example is both a leading cultural and academic center and home to Rhodes University, one of South Africa's top tertiary institutions. Every year, thousands of people travel to Grahamstown for the annual Standard Bank Arts Festival.

Cape Town also has a number of excellent theatres and art cinemas, including the Nico Theatre Centre in DF Malan Street. The Nico is the performing arts center in Cape Town. It has an opera house, arena theatre, a coffee shop, and undercover parking. Another good bet for great entertainment is the Baxter Theatre.

The Labia Theatre in Orange Street specializes in the screening of art and festival films.

Maynardville Open Air Theatre has Shakespeare season in January and ballet season in March, while the Three Arts Theatre, in Main Road, Plumstead has regular rock and pop concerts. For the more discerning listener, the City Hall has symphonic concerts.

Johannesburg - Endless oppertunities for South Africa entertainmentJohannesburg has more than its fair share of theatres and live music venues, the most prominent are the Alhambra Theatre, the Market Theatre (Newton Cultural Centre), and the Civic Theatre Complex. Other attractions include the Johannesburg Library's Africana Collection and the 'living museum' of Gold Reef City. Pretoria is the home of the State Theatre.

The center of Durban’s cultural life is the Natal Playhouse, the City Hall also serves as a cultural venue for choral and symphonic concerts.

The Sand du Plessis theatre complex is in Bloemfontein in Markgraff Street. It is a main attraction, not only for the shows and concerts there, but also for the décor and art works displayed in the foyers.

Gambling
Until recently, gambling was prohibited in South Africa. However, betting on horses has been legal forever and is a very popular pastime. Since the law on gambling has been lifted, many small gambling halls have opened, but be careful because not all of these places have proper licenses, so make double sure that you are not caught in a raid in the middle of your holiday. Rather go to the larger casinos, such as Sun City and the Carousel.

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