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If the idea of wining and dining across Malandelas lawn while jazz notes and Afrocentric music plays in the background tickles your fancy, then you definitely don’t want to miss the country’s second largest lifestyle event. Luju festival is a food and lifestyle shindig that won the hearts of the masses last year during its inaugural showcase. The festival is now in its second year and it promises an experience twice as spectacular as its first.

Brought to you by the same team that coordinated the internationally lauded MTN Bushfire Festival – House on Fire and backed by Standard Bank, festival guests can be assured of top-notch production, a spectacular line up, and an experience of a lifetime. This year’s theme is a return to African future, which through the fest’s signature vintage theme can be interpreted as an opportunity to pay homage to the unique African style through our sense, both past and present and celebrating the beauty of what it means to be a creative in modern Africa. As soon as the theme was announced, social media became abuzz with fashion houses and corporate brands predicting a Luju 2019 look book. The music line-up soon also became the talk of the town, with a stage set to be adorned by the likes of Industry veterans Bongo Maffin, local musical export Amanda Mo, afro-jazz sensation Siphokazi and the muses just to name a few, an all-female band that fuses classical music with pop sounds.

Luju lovers will also be treated to live cooking demos as well as master classes on the day by the extraordinary Siba Mtongana of Sibas table and celebrity chef Peter Goffe-Wood, ensuring that the event will be a sensory experience like no other. Luju will also be offering an array of drinks spaces at The Drinks Promenade right at the centre of the Luju gardens where guests will be allowed to journey around experiencing exclusive wines, whiskeys, craft beers and gins from a wide selection. There will also be a Wine Saloon for those with a more sophisticated pallet, a Craft Gin and Beer Garden and a Top Deck Lounge which will provide festival goers an all-inclusive quality whisky tasting experience.

Luju promises to continue celebrating the diversity in Southern African flavors, fashion and social culture with its authentically Afro-fusional program. Be prepared to eat sway and love all things about Luju on the 3rd August. Tickets are available for purchase on the House on fire website.