O makhelwane is a Zulu term that refers to ones neighbour but in African culture the term is deeper than that ,the term referred to a community.

What are we doing

O makhelwane transform their houses into EATERIES where a food trader will be allowed to occupy the inside/outside of the yard to whip out the tastiest meals. Houses will be transformed into GALLERIES where art exhibitors can extend their creativity throughout the contours of a whole yard or outside of a yard. Other attractions include a house dedicated to the Lazy Makoti who will be running classes during the course of the festival teaching patrons how to cook nostalgic traditional dishes. And a house that will mimic the renoun Kaya House on Jan Smuts avenue, but in Soweto creating a new Kaya house allowing for an outside broadcast and unplugged session brought to you by our media partner.

15 - 17 DECEMBER 2017


NIGHT MARKET & CAMPING: Friday, 15 December - 6PM - 12AM : FREE


Saturday, 16 December - 12PM - 12AM : R100
Sunday, 17 December - 10AM - 7PM : R100

Make Soweto your destination this December and #VayaSoweto to experience the most scrumptious eats, the best fashion items and accessories, the most amazing art exhibitions and an experience that will remind you of the spirit of o makhelwane and community. Follow @makhelwanefest on all social media platforms.



Look forward to

Fixin Diaries
Fixin Diaries
Custom-built Fixie Bicycles

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race - H.G Wells. Festivities include a ride by Soweto’s first custom bikes builder and social rides host Fixin Diaries.

Lebo's Backpackers
Lebo's Backpackers
For A Real Township Experience

We are proud to be one of the first and only black owned backpackers in South Africa. Hosting a night market on Friday, 4th December, hosting camping for the whole weekend and also a training session every morning.

Trackside Creative
Trackside Creative
Creative Hub Space

Trackside Creative is a creative hub space in Orlando West, Soweto. It is a space for artists to imagine, create and collaborate. From art, food, crafts, music, graffiti, photography, film, fashion, animation, motion & graphic design, comics, web/app development and events, we get down.

Susan Ivey

A catered to playhouse for the kids with entertainment so that the parents can also go and play!

The LoCrate Market
The LoCrate Market
The First Lifestyle Market in Soweto

The idea behind the market is to create an environment where young and aspiring entrepreneurs, creators and innovators could showcase and sell their products, meet other like-minded people, validate new ideas, get tips from established brands, create connections and get the necessary exposure to take their business further. Setting up fashion, art and food traders for the festival.

Susan Ivey
Morara Wines
Morara Wine & Spirits Emporium

Owned and managed by Mnikelo Mangciphu, the Morara Wine & Spirits Emporium is a successful wine boutique in Mofolo Central in the heart of Soweto. Morara Wine & Spirits Emporium opened its doors in 2005 after being inspired by the first ever Soweto Wine Festival held in 2005.Soweto's first boutique wine and spirits shop with all your favourite wines to enjoy for all occasions.


Gauteng Tourism The LoCrate Market Devil's Peak

Contact Us

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