It all started as a small get-together comedy show and braai in Gloucester. It was such a success that many enthusiastic Southern Africa supporters asked for a larger event where Southern Africans can gather to reminisce. It is natural for us to want to share our collective African culture, great cuisine, familiar African rhythms and the hospitable friendliness that epitomises the African nation. This inspired opportunities to network our businesses, and so the “Celebrate Southern Africa” Festival was born.
In June 2016, Celebrate South Africa took the South West of England by storm! The market was held on Sunday 12th June at the Cheese & Grain in Frome, Somerset. Forty stalls celebrated all aspects of Southern African culture. Between 2,000 and 2,500 people joined us from around the UK to enjoy food, music, crafts, art, Southern African services, jewellery, Southern African charities, clothing, photography, dog grooming, health and beauty products, braai equipment, South African books – and the privilege of meeting the authors – toys, furniture….and so much more. Families arrived in Somerset from as far as the Midlands for the day, and some even flew in from Ireland for the weekend. Many families camped at one of the fabulous local sites, taking the opportunity to explore the county of Somerset, Bath, Longleat and the safari park, a couple of miles from Frome and National Trust and English Heritage sites in Somerset.
After the hugely successful South African weekend, we had to do it again! This time it will be even bigger and better (is that possible?)
Join us in Frome, Somerset, for the weekend to enjoy our Celebrate Southern Africa market on the 18th June 2017 for more fun, laughter, catching up with friends, making new friends and celebrating Southern Africa for making us who we are.
***Watch this space for more events later in the year***