Youth Day is more than just a public holiday. It’s a time to celebrate the diversity of South Africa and its future generations, as well as a day we commemorate the Soweto Uprising, a peaceful student protest that turned violent 1976.
As we commemorate the 46th anniversary of this significant event in our history, we’ve rounded up a few Youth Day Events in Cape Town to help you celebrate:
Celebrate Youth Day and join in on the fun at the V&A Waterfront
This Youth Day, the V&A Waterfront invites everyone to play in their vibrant and electric neighbourhood. Through the power of sport, art, music, design and community activism, the Waterfront community will shine a light on the next generation, because the future starts with YOUth!
An action-packed itinerary is planned for today, 16 June; there will be something for everyone to enjoy:
- From 9am at Makers Landing, the Lalela Leadership Programme will start with 15 grade 9 learners from Vista High School partnering with 15 learners from the programme to carry out a workshop on the ‘Heart Maps’ curriculum.
- Join or support the 3 x 3 Wheelchair Basketball Tournament taking place at the Basketball Court, Battery Park at 10am.
- At 10.30am, The Justice Desk will be launching the Activ8 at the Amphitheatre– where these young activists will have the opportunity to amplify their voices and publicly commit to creating true and lasting positive change.
- Join a Sourdough Pizza class, hosted by Wild Yeast from 11am to 12.30pm.
- At 12pm at the Amphitheatre, youth groups will come together to celebrate youth day by singing Freshly Ground’s Doo Be Doo. The session, titled ‘B Heard’, is hosted by Post to Parliament, a project which provides tools for young people impacted by gender-based violence in South Africa.
- Join UCT Online High School and Grade Africa at the Battery Park at 12pm for the dopest Youth Day celebration South Africa has ever seen with performances from your favourite local superstars, cool activities, important discussions with celebs in the know and so much more.
- Don’t miss out on the incredible live performances that will take place on the day from 12pm onwards at Makers Landing.
- At 12pm at the Pierhead Deck, enjoy a performance by Riebeek Kasteel Steelband, a community-based band from a farming town an hour’s drive from Cape Town, and the best known of those taught by the Steelband Project.
- Join The Charming Chef in the Enchanted Kitchen and learn to decorate your own mini cake from 2pm to 3pm at Makers Landing.
- Ilitha Lelanga Marimba Ensemble will be showcasing the music pieces on their latest recording at the Amphitheatre at 2.30pm.
- The 4IAM Band will perform synchronized, well-choreographed dances to songs that are upbeat, and consist of various genres including traditional choreography and local languages at the Amphitheatrea at 4pm.
- Location: V&A Waterfront, 19 Dock Rd, Cape Town, 8001
- Website: waterfront.co.za
Next Fest at Woodstock Brewery
For Youth day this year, Next Fest decided to put together a power line-up, comprising of a few artists across the Just Music, Mongrel Records and STFD Records roster.
Doors open at 11am and live music starts around 1pm.
The exciting line-up is:
- 1pm: Kayleigh Bell
- 2pm: Stanley Sibande
- 3pm: Sonofold
- 4.15pm: West Coast Wolves
- 5.30pm: The Shabs
- 6.45pm: Nomadic Orchestra
- 8pm: Ruff Majik
- 9.15pm: FUZIGISH
Tickets can be bought online or at the door, and the prices are as follows:
- Online 18 and older = R200 per person
- Online 13 to 17 years = R100 per person(Must be accompanied by an adult)
- Door 18 and older = R250 per person
- Door 13 to 17 years = R150 per person (Must be accompanied by an adult)
- Free entrance for children under 13 years of age (Must be accompanied by an adult)
- Location: 252 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925
- Website: woodstockbrewery.co.za
ComUnity at The Old Biscuit Mill
ComUnity brings us all together and gives us our own space. An inner city festival that places young fashion, music and food enterprises as the corners on which we gather – the literal life of the party.
On Youth Day, The Old Biscuit Mill will host a new inner city community festival for Cape Town’s urban youth.
Two entertainment stages, a local independent label fair and a street food market will run all day and into the night. Expect exciting names like Uncle Vinny, Oscar Mbo, Ko, Youngsta, and Ms Party on stage.
Book your ticket online from only R140 per person.
- Location: 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915
- Website: theoldbiscuitmill.co.za