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Kurt Darren and other great shows on stage at the Rand Show 2017

The Rand Show's Showtime Stage on the Esplanade is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy a variety of great music and dance, talent and beauty shows, children's shows, and displays of strength from the strongmen.

Please see for the daily stage line-up.

Get into the groove

The Showtime Stage features a number of entertaining singers and musicians throughout the run of the Rand Show, with a number of headlining acts you’ll not want to miss.

• Karlien van Jaarsveld

Friday, 14 April, from 4pm-5pm
Pop singer Karlien van Jaarsveld first rose to fame in 2010 with her album, As die Gordyn Val, and by 2014, she was up on stage accepting a SAMA Award for Best Afrikaans Pop Album for her album, Uitklophou.

• The Rockets

Saturday, 15 April, 4pm-6pm; Sunday, 16 April, 12pm-2pm
Multiple SAMA nominee The Rockets is one of SA’s most successful R&B/pop groups. Hailing from the Cape, The Rockets is a versatile band that quickly gets a party started with original numbers like Gimme A Break, Surrender, Papa Please Come Back Home, Thank You Thank You, Back II The Hits and African People, which have topped several radio and music charts.

• Bobby van Jaarsveld

Sunday, 16 April, from 4pm-5pm
The well-known Bobby van Jaarsveld will be performing his hit songs on Easter Sunday. Bobby is an award-winning singer-songwriter, known for catchy songs such as Spieëltjie. He is also a familiar face on movie and TV screens, having played the lead in the Afrikaans films, Liefling – Die Movie and As Jy Sing, and most recently being one of the coaches on M-Net’s The Voice SA.

• Gavin Edwards from The Voice SA

Monday, 17 April, from 4pm-5pm
The Voice SA’s Gavin Edwards was the runner-up in last year’s inaugural season of the popular show, missing out on the title to Richard Stirton. Gavin released his debut album, Silver Skies, in 2016, which featured his popular single, Sparks.

• Kurt Darren and the Culture Dancers

Saturday, 22 April, from 4pm-5pm
Afrikaans singing sensation Kurt Darren will need no introduction to Rand Show fans when he and his dancers own the Showtime Stage. Joined by the Culture Dancers, this multi-award-winning singer, songwriter and TV presenter, with over 20 albums to his name, will have everyone’s feet tapping when he performs hits like Meisie Meisie, Hemel op Tafelberg and Kaptein.

Other musical entertainment includes Idols 2010 finalist Boki Ntsime, cover band Ground Level, a brass band, and African drumming workshops.

Kids shows promise smiles galore

For kids, the Showtime Stage presents lunchtime entertainment with those beloved characters from kykNET’s Kowee channel, Tjiff and Tjaff. There’s also singing and dancing with the flamboyant Clarice and the Rainbow Kidz, and barrels of laughs with Ollie the Clown.

Braai with the celebs

Join stars of 7de Laan, Binnelanders, Gold Diggers and Getroud Met Rugby, on both Saturdays, 15 and 22 April), from 2pm-4pm, as they poke the coals and check the wors in the always-entertaining Jimmy’s Steakhouse Sauce Celeb Braai Competition.

Giants doing battle

The powerful men and women of the weight-lifting world will be impressing Rand Show visitors with their displays of strength. On Friday, 14 April, local strongwomen will compete for the title of SA’s Strongest Woman 2017, beginning at 10am in front of the Showtime Stage before moving into the Let’s Play sports hall, Hall 5, at noon.

On 15 and 16 April 2017, international and local strongmen will be competing in the prestigious Strongman Champions League U/105 kg qualifier, kicking off at 10am in front of the Showtime Stage before moving indoors to Hall 5.

The SA’s Strongest Man final for 2017 takes place on the Rand Show’s closing weekend (22 to 23 April). Like the strength competitions the previous weekend, this clash of the local titans will open in front of the Showtime Stage at 10am on the Saturday and 9am on the Sunday, before moving indoors to the Let’s Play sports hall.

Hunting for talent

Contestants in the Rand Show’s talent contest, MiTalent, will be hoping to sing, dance and joke their way into a place in the finals, where big cash prizes and Fujifilm Instax cameras are up for grabs.

From 10am to 12pm on 17-21 April, shortlisted contestants will get their moment in the spotlight as they entertain Rand Show visitors on the Showtime Stage. The finals take place at 11am on Sunday, 23 April.

Mr and Miss Rand Show 2017

The contestants of Mr and Miss Rand Show will strut their stuff on the Showtime Stage on the final day of the Rand Show. From 12pm on Sunday, 23 April, there’ll be a whole lot of glamour on the stage, as the beautiful girls and guys hit the runway in their best evening wear.

Come and see who’ll walk off with the crown and other great prizes at 5pm, when the grand prize-giving takes place.

All these great variety performances and shows are just part of the line-up of top-class entertainment at this year’s Rand Show. South Africa’s biggest consumer expo is the only show to offer attractions covering everything from sport, motoring, military, and science and technology, to design, animals, gardening, health and beauty... there’s an entire day out for the whole family packed into each Rand Show ticket.

Visit to find out about what’s on this year at the Rand Show.

When, where, how much?

The Rand Show runs from Friday, 14 April, to Sunday, 23 April 2017, from 9am to 7pm (last entry at 6pm), at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec (GPS – S26°14.484’ E27°58.510). There is ample secure paid parking at the venue, with visible policing.

Rand Show tickets at the gate cost R150 for adults, R50 for pensioners, R50 for 13-16 years, R20 for 6-12 years, and under six enter free. Midweek specials for Tuesday, 18, Wednesday, 19, and Thursday, 20 April, only are R75 for adults, and R20 for 13- to 16-year-olds. Open-air parking is R20 per car. Tickets are available at the gate or through Computicket. Tickets give access to a wide variety of entertainment attractions, but exclude rides on the helicopter and monorail, drifting, bagjumping, the fun fair, and refreshments and food.

About the Rand Show

Dates: Good Friday, 14 April, to Sunday, 23 April 2017
Show Hours: 09h00-19h00 Daily; 18h00 Last Entry
Venue: Johannesburg Expo Centre, Cnr Rand Show & Nasrec Roads, Nasrec; (GPS - S26°14.484' E27°58.510')
Tickets: Available at the gates or through Computicket ( Ticket prices available at or
Parking: Open-air parking is available at R20 per car.
Spokesperson: Mr Craig Newman, Chairman - Dogan Exhibitions and Events (Pty) Ltd, Telephone: 011 494 1920, E-mail: az.oc.ertnecopxe@ngiarc.

For more information visit or e-mail az.oc.wohsdnar@aidem.

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