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Things to do on Youth Day

Youth Day celebrates the power of the youth and how they have made a difference in history. We list all the ways you can celebrate in Cape Town for both locals and youth volunteering abroad.

Commemorating Youth Day

Youth Day is more than just a long weekend. It is a time when South Africans celebrate their youth and remember those who have given their lives for a better South Africa. But while the history of Youth Day may be sad, we have reason to celebrate being young in SA with the following fun weekend activities!

Jive Cape Town Funny Festival

Prepare yourself for a laugh-out-loud experience with some of SA’s hottest comedy acts and international funnymen and women at the annual Cape Town Funny Festival. Now in its ninth year, the hysterical stand-up comedy event has firmly planted itself as a must-do on the Mother City’s social calendar.

Encounters Documentary Festival

Hitch a ride to smartsville with the annual festival of intellect, the 2013 Encounters Documentary Festival. The fandango screens at cinemas in Cape Town and Johannesburg from Thursday, 6 to Sunday, 16 June 2013. Watch first-rate local and international doccie films that not only inspire and give insight into the world, but also get the cogs whirring. Click through to read more about the highlights at this year’s film festival.

Kidofdoom Concert at The Assembly

Kick off the weekend with psychedelic, electro-rock band Kidofdoom. After a two-year hiatus, the band is back on stage to bring you an exhilarating mix of popular tunes from both their albums, along with some unreleased tracks.

Artscape Youth Jazz Festival

Celebrate exceptionally talented artists at the 2013 Youth Jazz Festival at the Artscape Theatre on Friday, 14 June 2013. The show is directed by multi-instrumentalist and educator Camillo Lombard and the young stars are accompanied by seasoned and acclaimed musicians Kevin Gibson (Drums), Gorm Helfjord (Guitar) and Peter Ndlala (Bass Guitar).

Sirius Trance Party

Creator of Pacha Ibiza Cape Town and Love & Light brings international progressive trance artists Phaxe (Denmark) and Lish (Israel) to the Mother City’s shores to kick off the indoor stomp-fest, Sirius trance party, at the Bloemendal Restaurant in Durbanville.

Screening of ‘The Children of Chabannes’ at Temple Israel in Green Point

This Youth Day in Cape Town the Cape Town Holocaust Centre and the Sisterhood of Temple Israel Cape Town pay homage with a screening of the film “The Children of Chabannes” that documents the journey and lives of more than 400 Jewish children who were saved from the Holocaust by Félix Chevrier and other teachers from the Château de Chabannes orphanage in France.

So what’s stopping you from spending your gap year in Cape Town? Have a look at our volunteer programs to see how you can make your gap year abroad an unforgettable venture.


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