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Joburg Theatre Complex (Johannesburg Civic Theatre)

The Joburg Theatre Complex, also known as the Johannesburg Civic Theatre, has four stages and three additional rooms. The Mandela Theatre has a maximum capacity of 1,069; the Fringe Theatre seats 252 people; the Peoples Theatre has a maximum seating of 176; while the other theater offers a changing space and seating. The two-level foyer is tastefully minimalistic. The Joburg Theatre stages a variety of performance arts: mainstream theater, pantomime and dance. The times differ depending on the show. Check out the website for timings and upcoming events.

Braamfontein, South Africa
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The Bioscope

Bringing to life the almost lost concept of the Bioscope, this venue is a movie theater that strives to steer clear from mainstream cinema, focusing more on independent cinema. Located on the ground floor of the bustling Main Street Life building, The Bioscope opened its doors in 2010 and since then has been providing the locals with a space where they can discover something different, movies that deal with issues that matter, rather than the glamor of the mainstream cinema. From films made by not-so-known local filmmakers, to films made by filmmakers from around the globe, The Bioscope is the ideal stop for any cinema lover. See the website to know more.

Johannesburg, South Africa
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Market Theatre Complex

As its name suggests, the Market Theatre was once a fresh fruit and vegetable market. Built in the early 1900s, most of the original architecture still exists as well as a lot of the original signs. Within the huge complex, other than the Market Theatre stages, there are a number of galleries and restaurants. The three theaters at the Market are the Main, Laager and Barney Simon. The venue stages all forms of production from drama, comedy, musical, community, South African to experimental theater. International actor John Kani is the managing trustee at the complex. Tuesday and Wednesday nights are usually cheaper than all other nights. There are various dining and drinking options within the Market Theatre complex. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.

Johannesburg, South Africa
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First National Bank Stadium

Reputed not only for hosting 2010 World Cup but also for being the venue for Nelson Mandela's last speech, First National Bank Stadium is nothing short of a landmark in Johannesburg. The structure has a capacity of 94,736, including 195 suites, and is built specifically for soccer. No seat is more than 100 meters (35 feet) from the field, and no matter where you seat yourself, unobstructed views of the field are guaranteed. The outer design is in the shape of a calabash, a traditional African pot, with mosaic tiles in warm colors and lights underneath that mimic the light of a fire.

Johannesburg, South Africa
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Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit

The racing circuit of Kyalami has been in existence since 1961 and an integral part of many motor sporting events. The circuit measures 4.2 kilometers and is spread across 72 hectares of land, providing world class facilities for events like A1 Grand Prix, Formula One Grand Prix and World Motor Bike Series. Racing legends like Schumacher, Valentino Rossi and Allen Prost have made their presence felt on these tracks. These events are a major crowd puller, making it a major tourist attraction in South Africa. With various racing events lined up in the calender on these tracks, the activities on the circuit promises to be a sporting extravaganza. Check their website for more information.

Johannesburg, South Africa
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