25 – 28 JULY 2024

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JOBURG'S LEADING ARTS FESTIVAL

Get ready for an unforgettable four-day festival as RedFest, Gauteng’s biggest arts festival, takes over the Redhill School Campus in Sandton this July. Enjoy over 25 world-class theatre productions, 5 professional children’s productions, an art exhibition, and the RedFest Village, featuring over 60 carefully curated artisanal market stalls, a beer tent, and a gin bar. Experience exciting music acts including Mzansi Youth Choir, Zolani Mahola (formerly of Freshly Ground), Jesse Clegg, Watershed, and Lady Zamar.

With something for everyone, RedFest 2024 is the place to be! Tickets are on sale now – see below for details.

Theatre

(Ticket price below excludes 6% TicketPro booking fee)

Thursday, 25th July 2024

Friday, 26th July 2024

Saturday, 27th July 2024

Refiloe Moahloli

Jess Robus

Sunday, 28th July 2024

Children’s Live Podcast

Village on Oval

RedFest's Magnificent Live Music Offering

Experience three days of thrilling live music at RedFest, renowned for its outstanding lineup. This year, the Village on Oval becomes the heart of the Redhill Arts Festival, featuring over 60 carefully curated and proudly South African artisanal market stalls, a delicious variety of street food to satisfy all taste buds, beer tent and gin bar, and massive outdoor stage.

Limited offer

An Evening Under The Fairy Lights

The FRIDAYFEST lineup will showcase the talents of up-and-coming artists Bianca Blanc and Will Rayz, followed by the legendary Watershed, including a live performance of their brand new single. FRIDAYFEST offers an ideal evening of fantastic entertainment, delectable food, and unique shopping. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience!

A Day of Music and Excitement

Enjoy a magnificent day in the winter sun during SATURDAYFEST with the music of one of our favorite feel-good bands, Runaway Train Cult. Our evening lineup begins with a Battle of the Bands, followed by the sensational Mzansi Youth Choir and Lady Zamar. Enjoy your food under the fairy lights with a full view of the stage. The Village on Oval is the ideal destination for a family day out or holding venue between theatre shows. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience!

A Day of Music and Marimbas

Join us for SundayFest, one of RedFest’s most popular events, featuring a not-to-be-missed Marimba Festival with top schools from Johannesburg participating. The day continues with music by Jesse Clegg and Zolani Mahola (best known for her time with Freshly Ground). The Village on Oval is the ideal destination for a family day out or holding venue between theatre shows. There’s no better way to spend a Sunday than with fantastic food and entertainment at RedFest!

BOOKFest LOGO

For the first time ever, RedFest proudly presents BookFest – a celebration of all things literary!  Dive into a programme featuring engaging writing workshops,  and captivating author readings. Whether you’re a budding writer, an avid reader, or simply love the written word, there’s something for everyone at BookFest.

Workshops

Gail Schimmel and Fiona Snyckers – bestselling novelists and pod cast hosts – talk about planning, plotting and the discipline of writing. Fiona Snyckers is a South African writer who has published eight novels. In 2020 she won the South African Literary Award for best novel and the NIHSS Humanities Award for best novel for Lacuna (Picador Africa). She has been nominated five times for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize. Fiona lives in Johannesburg with her family.

Gail Schimmel has published eight novels, most recently the newly launched The Finish Line (2024) and Little Secrets (2023). She is an admitted attorney who is currently the CEO of the Advertising Regulatory Board. Gail co-hosts the podcast The Hidden Lives of Writers. She has written 9 cozy mysteries (and counting) with Kate Sidley writing as Katie Gayle.
Gail lives and works in Johannesburg.

Age Restriction: 14+

Craig Higginson is an internationally acclaimed playwright and novelist. His plays have been performed and produced in many theatres and festivals around the world. His novels include Last Summer (Picador Africa, 2010; Mercure de France, 2017), The Landscape Painter (Picador Africa, 2011), The Dream House (Picador Africa, 2015; Mercure de France, 2016) and The White Room (Picador Africa and St Martin’s Press (ebook), 2018). Craig has won several national awards in South Africa and Britain for his writing. The Dream House is the IEB English matric set work for South African schools (2019–2021).

Age Restriction: 14+

“Sukoluhle “Sue” Nyathi was born, bred and educated in Bulawayo, and now resides in South Africa. She describes herself as an investment analyst by profession and a writer by passion. She has a career spanning over 15 years in the financial services sector which fate retired her from in 2018 so she could pursue writing full time. This has led her to not only focusing on fiction writing but screen writing too.

Sue is the author of three published novels: The Polygamist (2012) The Gold Diggers (2018) and A Family Affair (2020) She recently edited an anthology titled: When Secrets Become Stories, Women Speak Out(2021) which is a compilation of nonfiction essays with a gender based violence theme.”

Age Restriction: 14+

Marion Scher, award-winning journalist, author and media consultant, has written much about mental health over the last 28 years. She received a Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship from the Carter Center in Atlanta in 2005. Her previous book around people’s lived experiences with mental health issues, Surfacing – people coping with depression and mental illness was published in 2021. Her latest book is called Big Bully.

Age Restriction: 14+

Author Readings

Join us for an exciting weekend of Author Readings at the Bookfest, where young readers can engage with talented authors, listen to captivating stories, and embark on imaginative adventures!

Refiloe Moahloli

Featured Books:

1. A Friend for All Seasons
A new family has moved in next door, and Vuyo observes them from his window. The mom is dancing, the dad is laughing, the dog keeps wagging its tail, but why does the little girl look sad? This lyrical book about friendship and kindness encourages young children to accept and support others. It is also available in isiZulu, isiXhosa, Sepedi, and Afrikaans.

2. Yes Yanga’, You are Loved
Athandwa’s heart is different; it sings. Initially, she is scared and wonders why she is different from her family and friends. When she tries to silence her heart, she discovers a secret and a special song known to Mama, Gogo, and Koko. This story celebrates the uniqueness of individuals and the intergenerational love that lifts and protects us.

Jess Robus

Featured Book:

– Few Slivers of Light
A beautifully written collection of poetry that reflects a teenager’s journey with anxiety and depression. Jess Robus hopes to inspire other teens and young adults to speak up about their struggles and to reach parents who might have children experiencing these challenges.

Children’s Live Podcast

Join Milani Sepuru where she will present her podcast, featuring the characters Lokshin Dogs.

Ages: 4 – 8 years

Featured Books:

1. Lokshin Dogs Colouring Book (100 Pages)
Explore the vibrant world of Meadowlands, Soweto, through intricate illustrations. Each page, from bustling markets to mystical encounters, is a canvas waiting to be brought to life.

2. Lokshin Dogs Daisy and Spotti Activity Books (50 Pages Each)
Join Daisy and Spotti on adventures filled with puzzles, mazes, and word searches. These activity books stimulate young minds and foster creativity, inviting children to participate in the whimsical world of Lokshin Dogs.

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