Join the leagues of an established music festival – Smoking Dragon as we celebrate our 10th anniversary. What had originally started with a mere 100 attendees has now expanded into the festival it is today – with over 4000 festival-goers. This three-day-long ode to music, art and expression aims to not only showcase the best in local talent but flaunts the natural aesthetics of the surrounding Drakensburg area. This year we will be displaying the “best of the decade” with familiar favourites returning to the Smoking Dragon festival, including Desmond and the Tutus, Das Kapital, The Brother Moves on and Niskerone to name but a few.
The PINK TENT is back again, a unique LGBT+ safe space with an even bigger and more exciting offering. Poets, performance artists, live acts and electronic acts abound. If you are looking for something different with a bit of colour and drama that is your space. With such a wide array of talent, tunes and tastes. We suggest wandering around from zone to zone and checking out all that our local music scene has to offer!
Community outreach is an important arm of Smoking Dragon. We have thus created a Craft Village with an assortment of interesting handmade artefacts, local crafts, one of one clothing, hand-typed poems, and other unusual offerings.
The NGO element of our festivals is rooted in the establishment of R.A.I.S.E (Recruitment, Arts, Information, Sustainability and Education). R.A.I.S.E is a non-profit company that endeavours to successfully increase social development and stimulate entrepreneurship and sustainability within the local community. Smoking Dragon is one such project.
Before the main event, art workshops are held with residents of the local ward as well as discussion groups in Qwaqwa. Coordinators hail from places like Mamelodi and Soweto where arts hubs have been set up by locals. The “Fringe Stage” showcases the talent of these individuals. Headliners include Urban Village, Khanyi Oktober, T.U.G and Blackorkid.