YOUR GUIDE TO THE HOTTEST HAPPENINGS IN AFRICA

001 In celebration of Bastille Day, Frances national day, its time to dress in red, white and blue and head to Franschhoek to sip, savour and sample the best French fare the town has to oer. On the menu are fine dining, a food and wine marquee, farmers markets as well as boules and the ever-popular barrel-rolling competition. Franschhoek.org.za

002 A line-up of designers from around South Africa will be returning to the Mother City to show their designs for spring/ summer 2015. As before, the three-day event will showcase their latest collections as models strut down the runway. If the previous seasons shows are anything to go by, this will be equally, if not more, exciting. afi.za.com/capetown

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003 Based on the 1992 hit movie, this musical theatre production stars Candida Mosoma as Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva who disguises herself and goes into hiding as a nun after witnessing a murder. Even sans Whoopi Goldberg, the musical arrangements and high-energy cast will have you singing along in no time. Hallelujah! Joburgtheatre.com

004 ZIFF, as the festival is known, has grown from being a showcase for East Africas film industry to Africas largest multidisciplinary arts and culture event. Expect two weeks of full-length films, documentaries and shorts as well as music from countries like Brazil, Senegal, Madagascar, Ghana, South Africa and Tanzania. Zi.or.tz

005 The best creative minds will again gather in the university town to present and explore all things arts and culture. For 11 days the dramatic arts, comedy, poetry, dance, opera and more will be nurtured in an open, uncensored environment. Where else will you find Chester Missing, the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra and Woza Albert! all on one programme? nationalartsfestival.co.za

006 Every food lovers dream will come true for a day as chefs, food bloggers and photographers present workshops for those interested in the food business. Last year, 2 000 people were served by 40 food trucks and this year promises an even better line-up. (Joburg readers, take note, it will be your turn come 1 August.) Capetownstreetfoodfestival.co.za

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