Braai event

Roundup of upcoming South African events in the UK

There are plenty of braais going on in the UK this month, as well as a dash of jazz-electro-hip-pop, theatre and story inspiration, and a festival or two.

Braai event


1. The South Afreakins – London

When: Saturday 23rd July – 8:00pm

Where: Drayton Arms Theatre, 153 Old Brompton Road South Kensington SW5 0LJ

What: Recently moved to the UK? This show will cut deep to the bone with a little heartbreak, relief and hilarity. Written and performed by Robyn Paterson, this dark comedic solo show is all about the battle between leaving everything you know and love, the pull to discover what is elsewhere, and when confronted; the journey in building your sense of new home.

More info: Ticket Source

2. Toya Delazy, Bye Beneco & Eland Gray – London

When: Thursday 28th July – 8:00pm

Where: The Half Moon Putney 93 Lower Richmond Road, SW15 1EU

What: The Half Moon in Putney is opening its stage on a ‘Phuza Thursday’ to three South African jazz-eclectic-pop phenomena; Toya Delazy, Bye Beneco and Eland Gray. Early bird tickets are going for £8 otherwise its £10 at the door.

Toya Delazy is all about creating her own nuance in music through her heritage and influences of jazz, classical, electro and hip hop. It has been with her ‘live life to the fullest’ concept that not only set her high on South Africa’s burgeoning music industry, but reigned her supreme in other ventures such as Reebok’s brand ambassador in 2012, her own clothing line for local designer store Legit and numerous TV features such as Top Billing and the X Factor South Africa. Goes without saying – She is a performer not to miss!

The three members of Bye Beneco will bring music that has been described as eclectic dream-pop with a dark inner spirit – a characteristic the band prides itself on. Its unique and organic energy will not only surprise you, but captivate you.

Now living in Spain and working on his European 2016 tour, Eland Gray, originating from Cape Town, blends together a unique style of classical, moody jazz and alternative guitar techniques. It’s all about creative sensation.

More info: Tickets; Facebook Events Page

3. Diary of a Madman – London & Edinburgh

Deborah Arnott, Lois Chimimba and Liam Brennan

When: London | Thursday 28th July – Saturday 30th July and Monday 5th September – Saturday 24th September                                                                                        Edinburgh | Thursday 4th August – Wednesday 24th August

Where: London | Gate Theatre, 11 Pembridge Rd W11 3HQ                                      Edinburgh | Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge Street EH1 2ED

What: Diary of a Madman (£10 per ticket) is a brand new adaptation of Gogol’s classic story by Al Smith, reimagined in contemporary Scotland. It is a dark comedy following a man struggling to make his mark on life.

Pop Sheeran, father, proud Scotsman and guardian of the Forth Rail Bridge, is about to lose it all. A global corporation has bought this Scottish icon. They send innovative new paint with their English researcher, Matthew – who has also caught the eye of Pop’s 17 year old daughter Sophie. How will Pop cope when his sense of fatherhood, professional and national identities are challenged?

More info: Gate Theatre Tickets

4. July Braai – Derby

When: Friday 29th July – 11:00am onwards

Where: Beechwood Park Caravan Site DE72 3TR, Derby

What: The Rhodesian Pioneer Club and home to the July Braai are getting together to support all the old folk in Zimbabwe! Booking forms can be found on the July Braai Facebook page and website (see below) and with the bar and braais opening daily from 11:00, live music will kick in at 20:00.

More info: Facebook Page, July Braai Website

5. Annual Braai – Emberton Park

When: Saturday 30th July – 11:00am onwards

Where: Olney Rd, Emberton, Buckinghamshire MK46 5FJ

What: It’s simple – just bring along all your ingredients and join in on the park braai fun.

More info: Annual Braai Emberton Facebook

6. Bring and Braai – Bolton Abbey

When: Saturday 30th July – 11:00am onwards

Where: Bolton Abbey River BD23 6EX, Skipton

What: All keen braaiers welcome! Just remember to bring along your own portable or disposable braai and take note that Bolton Abbey charges £8 per car.

More info: Bolton Abbey Braai Facebook

7. Bring and Braai – Kent

When: Sunday 31st July – 1:00pm onwards

Where: Lower Leas Coastal Park Lower Sandgate Road, CT20 2JP Folkestone, Kent

What: For anyone and not only South Africans, who are eager to perfectly ‘burn’ meat, banter and let the kids explore!

More info: Bring and Braai Kent Facebook

8. Braai * Lewaai – Birmingham

When: Saturday 30th July – 4:00pm onwards

Where: The Spotted Dog 104 Warwick St, Digbeth, Birmingham B12 0NH

What: Simply bring along your own meat, utensils and plates and do what we all do so well – eat and be merry! There will be one gas braai and two charcoal braais, a salad and desert table (but bring along something to share and share alike – I mean why not). All ages and nationalities welcome – the more the merrier!

More info: Birmingham Braai Facebook

9. SA Family Braai Day – Ireland

When: Saturday 30th July – 11:00am onwards

Where: Bangor Rugby, Football & Cricket Club BT19 7PN Bangor, County Down

What: The South Africans of Northern Ireland are coming together to braai in style. With tickets that include boeri rolls for adults and kids, adult braai meat and side dishes, raffle ticket for SA goodie hamper, treats for the little ones and of course access to large sport pitches for outdoor “silly buggers”.

Tickets go for £12 per adult and £5 for kids under 12. Volunteer braai masters will be cooking up a storm while you can further indulge in a cash bar at the club house. Tickets, payment and travel information can all be found on the Facebook page or saffa events page (see below).

More info: SA Family Braai Day Ireland Facebook, Saffaevents SA Family Braai Day Ireland

10. Kaya Festival 2016 – Wales

When: Thursday 4th August – 6:30pm

Where: Margam Country Park SA13 2TJ Margam, Neath Port Talbot

What: After rave reviews last year, the Kaya Festival is back with a vengeance. Bringing to South Wales, a three-day festival of an assortment of African, Jamaican, European, Latin, Caribbean, European and world musical flavours along with a diverse range of workshops, arts, food stalls and festival activities.

It’s all about world music, world food and world love! Its a family friendly festival with the inclusion of a youth zone, which features a stage for up and coming young artists ad enthusiasts.

Get your early bird tickets now and enjoy a bonus night exclusive on Thursday 4th August where a special guest performer and a bar will be available for the eager beavers, so you can get set up and settled in.

More info: Kaya Festival Facebook , Eventbrite Kaya Festival

11. Charity fundraiser for Rainbow Preschool

Rainbow preschool

When: 31st July – 2:00pm

Where: GJ’s Wandsworth

What: Join fellow South Africans munching on wors rolls to raise funds for Rainbow preschool in Masiphumelele. Funds will go toward helping cover operational costs. There are 120 children in the facility room aged one to six years of age.