The Makhelwane Festival is a vibrant and immersive community-based celebration that embraces the rich cultural tapestry of Soweto. With its roots deeply entrenched in the age-old tradition of Ubuntu/Botho, this festival brings together neighbors and visitors alike to experience the power of communal unity and shared experiences. As the event/market enter its 9th year, the Makhelwane Festival continues to revitalize the historic culture and lifestyle of townships, honoring the spirit of umakhelwane and the values it represents.

The Makhelwane Festival goes beyond being just another event. It is a revival of the values and customs that once defined townships, where neighbors opened their doors to each other, fostering a strong sense of community through the exchange of food, gifts, and laughter. In the community of Poka Street in Orlando West, the Makhelwane Festival is a true embodiment of these values, inviting everyone to join in the celebration.

Makhee, as it is affectionately known, promises to be an unforgettable experience for all who attend. The festival offers a wide array of activities and attractions, ensuring that there is something for everyone to enjoy. From indulging in the finest street food to browsing and shopping at the stalls of local crafters and artists, Makhee provides a platform for showcasing the incredible talents and creativity of Soweto‘s residents. Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase unique accessories and fresh clothing from popular vendors like Floyd Avenue, Gogaga, and Dope Store.

The Makhelwane Festival will take place on Poka Street in Orlando West, Soweto, from the 16th to the 18th of February 2024. Each day, festivities will commence at 12:00pm, offering ample time to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and explore all that the festival has to offer.

Tickets for the Makhelwane Festival can be purchased online through Webtickets. The opening night on the 16th of February 2024 is free of charge, allowing everyone to join in the festivities. Starting from the 17th through the 18th of February 2024, tickets are priced between R150 for Early Day Tickets and R300. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to celebrate community and culture!

Line-Up for the 17th of February 2024:

  • Daliwonga (Live Performance)
  • Shaun101
  • Pearl Thusi
  • Linda Moeketsi
  • Nel
  • Hectic & Siya
  • Hudson
  • Jovis

Line-Up for the 18th of February 2024:

  • Zoe Modiga & Tubatsi Moloi (Live Performance)
  • Nastee Nev
  • Buhle
  • Cool Affair
  • Thabo Phalatse
  • Pule the Don
  • Didi Lifestyle
  • Deep Soulja

The Makhelwane Festival is more than just an event; it is a testament to the resilience and strength of the Soweto community. By celebrating the spirit of umakhelwane, neighbors come together to forge bonds, share stories, and create lasting memories. It is a celebration of diversity, creativity, and the power of unity.

The festival provides a platform for emerging talent, showcasing the incredible skills and artistry of local musicians, performers, and entrepreneurs. It is through events like these that communities can thrive and inspire future generations.

Join us at the Makhelwane Festival in Soweto from the 16th to the 18th of February 2024, as we come together to celebrate the spirit of umakhelwane and embrace the power of communal unity. With its vibrant atmosphere, diverse line-up of performers, and an array of local vendors, this festival promises to be an immersive and transformative experience. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part of this celebration of culture, creativity, and community.