Joburg Zoo Festival of Lights celebrates the festive season until 5th January 2020 with a jam-packed programme of beautiful lights and great entertainment.

An exciting programme of beautiful lights, diverse live music, dance, food and much more. Huge, beautiful life-size artistically produced animal metal sculptures which are fully illuminated will be on show at the Joburg Zoo Festival of Lights. These magnificent animal sculptures together with illuminated trees within the Zoo, combined with exciting live entertainment offerings is certainly not to be missed.

The live entertainment programme is jam-packed with great artists and music. This week from Thursday until Sunday 15th December, we have Pops Mohammed on traditional instruments with Ashish Joshi. These are special performances to celebrate Pops Mohammed turning 70. We also have fantastic jazz with Time Zone Quartet led by accomplished pianist Avzal Ismail as well as the inspirational rhythms of the string quartet Kamva led by double bass player Viwe Mkhizwana, which is an absolute treat for Joburg music lovers. This programme is specially curated to celebrate the Festival season and will feature a great songbook of jazzy and classical festival rhythms. On the 13-15 December there are also cutting-edge house and hip hop vibes presented by Sakhile Moleshi who toured extensively with mega international SA group Goldfish.

The live entertainment will also feature acapella group Mamli and from the 17th onwards there is more jazz from Time Zone Quartet with a special performance by guitar wizard Billy Monama and soulful vocalist Zano including the acclaimed acapella group Komplete on Sunday 22nd Dec. After the 22nd of December, there’s more jazz, dance, and acapella.

There will be great food and drinks in the market and curio offering for the whole family for the Festive season. For the full programme see FB Arts Alive, Joburg International Arts Festival, www

The Festival is open daily from 7pm to 10pm (except Mondays), residents are invited to support the annual event as well as to visit the Joburg Zoo during the day. The Joburg Zoo boasts the Big Five on a sprawling 54-hectare site with animals from across all continents including rare species of animals from the Amazon

The Joburg Zoo Festival of Lights is brought to you by Joburg Theatre in association with the City of Johannesburg entities; Joburg City Parks and Zoo and City Power.

Tickets are available at R60 for kids & pensioners and R120 for adults online at 0861 670 670 or and at selected Pick ‘n Pay stores (full list at Patrons can also buy tickets by visiting the Zoo – only accepting card transactions for purchasing tickets or for walk-ins.

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