On Sunday March 15 a national state of emergency was declared in South Africa and all events with a capacity of more than 100 people are banned, while South Africans are also encouraged to practice social distancing by connecting online instead of in-person where possible and keeping a healthy distance from each when out and about in the city. On March 18 further measures were announced by the City of Joburg's executive Mayor Cllr Geoffery Makhubo. You can find the full list here.
These are some of the major events that were scheduled to take place in the near future which are either postponed or cancelled. Many events are offering refunds on tickets bought although if you can afford it we strongly encourage you to wait for the event to be rescheduled and provide the entertainment and events industry with some liquidity to make it through this period.
FESTIVALSAmerican Express Winter Sculpture Fair – postponed, date TBC.
Night of 1000 Drawings Festival – postponed, date TBC.
Right2Unite Festival – postponed, date TBC.
The Human Rights Festival at Constitution Hill – postponed until December 2020.
The Centre for the Less Good Idea Season 7 – postponed until October 2020. There are also plans for some online shows to be screened via Facebook in April. Watch this space!
Rand Show – postponed, date TBC.
Gauteng Choristers Human Rights Concert – postponed, date TBC.
In Town Festival – postponed, date TBC.
Makers Valley Festival – postponed, date TBC.
MARKETSMarket on Main – the weekly market is temporarily closed until the restrictions are lifted.
The Artisan Weekly Fair – the weekly market is temporarily closed until the restrictions are lifted.
Bryanston Market – Let The Children Play, naturally! – the Bryanston Market will be open for shoppers to buy goods but the launch of the new children's play area will be postponed.
TALKS AND TOURS35th Annual Gandhi Walk – postponed, date TBC.
Book Launch – Growing Greatness with Pepe Marais – postponed. Please note all events at The Design Assemblage for March and April have been put on hold until the situation chances.
Charlie and Gerald's Favourite Secret Joburg Places for 2020 – all JoburgPlaces events and venues, including Thunder Walker, Zwipi Underground, Scatterlings Arcade and Town Square Banqueting Hall will be closed from Mar 18 until Apr 18. However, they will be running a delicious Fri and Sat food delivery service. Place orders before 13:00 on Fri and Sat via WhatsApp at +27 82 894 5216.
Jozi City Takeover – postponed, date TBC
Queer Hillbrow Tour and Urban Hike with Dlala Nje – given their position in the vulnerable community of Hillbrow, Dlala Nje walking tour company have decided to halt all operations until the crisis is over in order. Dlala Nje's walking tours are the main source of income for their community outreach programmes which help vulnerable youth living in Hillbrow. Find out more about how you can donate money to the Dlala Nje Foundation to keep their programmes going here.
SPORTHeineken Formula 1 Joburg Festival – postponed until further notice.
King Of The Whip – postponed until further notice.
THEATREJoburg Ballet presents Don Quixote – the Joburg Theatre is currently closed.
Slava's Snowshow – postponed until later in the year.
Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids – postponed until further notice.
FOOD AND DRINKJuliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival – cancelled for 2020. New dates will be announced for 2021.
No Rules Cafeteria – the pop-up lunch is temporarily postponed until further notice.
Seven Colour Sundays at Marble – Marble restaurant at Keyes Art has been temporarily closed, as has their sister restaurant Saint in Sandton
The Johannesburg Cap Classique and Champagne Festival – postponed until September 5-6.