Even though Gauteng lacks the mountains and the sea of Cape Town or the tropical beauty of KwaZulu Natal and is not teeming with wildlife attracting visitors the way Mpumalanga does, Gauteng has its very own draw-card. There is much that makes Gauteng stand out and on a par with any of South Africa’s other destinations. Perhaps it is the marriage of entertainment, adventure, history, natural splendour and culture combined with the energy of the people that makes it worth discovering.
Cultural highlights in Jozi and Pretoria range from small projects and artistic flair to comedy acts, large-scale ballet and operatic productions, art exhibitions and intimate theatre experiences.
The Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein, Market Theatre in Newtown, the Theatre on the Square in Sandon and Montecasino all stage high class shows and productions that are world-class.
Pretoria, our capital city, abounds with esteemed retreats in which the dramatic and musical arts are represented. The theatrical work is extremely active with great effort applied to bring productions and initiatives to South Africans from all walks of life.
The South African State Theatre is the seat of performing arts in the capital city of Pretoria, which opened its doors in 1981, and is a pillar of artistic achievement changing the landscape of South African theatre forever. World-renowned productions the likes of The Sound of Music, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera and Sarafina have all graced the stage of this fine theatre.
Other theatres in Pretoria include the Brooklyn Theatre and Pierneef Theatre where culture vultures will certainly have their fill of live entertainment.
Cultural local and international productions of exceptional quality will leave you spoilt for choice.
Gauteng has much to offer whether you are drawn by the pulsating soul of Soweto and the theatre of Jozi, or the tranquil mountain ranges of the Magaliesburg and the elegant purple wonderland of Pretoria, Gauteng can offer a world of experiences in one province.