Gauteng International Arts Festival 2019

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Announcing the 4th Gaufestival within the City of Tshwane.

An exciting international and local community project, which was launched 2016 in the City of Tshwane.

The principal motivation for establishing such a festival was to promote Tshwane as an international tourist attraction.

Few people realize that the Voortrekker Monument is the 2nd most visited tourist attraction in South Africa after the Cape Town Waterfront.

International visitors land up staying in Johannesburg as a matter of course, pay a day visit to the Monument and miss out on so much else on offer within the city of Tshwane.

Tshwane is the ideal metropole to host a festival, bearing in mind the various embassies, from all over the world extant within the city boundaries.

With phenomenal growth over the past 3 years, great excitement reigns for the coming Gaufestival.

The Gaufestival was registered as a Non-Profit-Organization and was launched in 2016 within various venues in Tshwane.

The parties on board are City of Tshwane, Brooklyn Theatre, various theatres, TTA – Tshwane Tourism Association, Art galleries and a host of community projects.

The City of Tshwane is on board as the official host city of the festival. The municipality fully supports the festival on various levels with staff involved in administration, organization and in-house funding.

The engine room for the entire Gaufestival is at Brooklyn Theatre. The office can be contacted telephonically during business hours, for any queries.


Entertainment forms the backbone of any festival worth its salt.

Exciting events are lined up at a variety of excellent venues all over Tshwane. From the most intimate chamber recitals to huge picnic concerts in the outdoors. Collaboration with international embassies has resulted in top class Classical and World Music artists from different countries performing at the Gaufestival.


Voortrekker Monument – Main Arena & State Theatre

Menlyn Maine – Sun Arena

Atterbury Theatre

Brooklyn Theatre

State Theatre

012 Central – Pretoria CBD

Dinokeng Game Reserve

Park Acoustics


Also under the Gaufestival umbrella we find the following Art Galleries who have come on board with special exhibitions.

Brooklyn Theatre – CANSA Gallery

Pretoria Art Museum

Pretoria Association of the Arts

Alliance Francaise

Voortrekker Monument


Arts & Crafts at Greenlyn

Morning and night markets during the festival.


Hazelfood Market- An international food market with an excellent variety of cuisine for everyone on Saturdays at Greenlyn Village.


The Gaufestival is pre-empted with a whole week of OUTREACH endeavours.

The City of Tshwane assists with transport for children to visit final rehearsals and other activities.


The Dendrological society – National Arbour Day is celebrated with annual tree planting at Greenlyn Village during the Gaufestival.


After serious negotiations over the past 3 years, to get a substantial health element on board for the festival, this has become a reality with the Chamberlain’s Capital Classic Fun Run, which will now become part of the 2019 GauFestival.


Access to the full database of the City of Tshwane, as well as all the various venues, galleries, embassies etc. will contribute to promote the festival. Several international embassies are already on board to promote the festival also via tour operators.


Applications for participation in the 2019 festival are now closed.


The Gaufestival falls within the most beautiful month of the year in Tshwane with the Jacarandas in full bloom, literally drawing hundreds of international tourists to the city to experience the splendour of it all.

Let us endeavour to keep these visitors for longer the merely one day so that the entire city can benefit from this.

The Gauteng Festival logo with its colourful umbrella stands for ‘INCLUSION’ of EVERYONE in Tshwane.

This is a brilliant opportunity to market our beautiful city locally and abroad and last but not least create many job opportunities and hopefully much pleasure to everyone who will be attending this festival.

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