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Soweto Street Bash

Simone Scholtz/Twenty Ten

Location: Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Pulsating music, laughter, dancing and drinking – these are some of the defining features of a Soweto street bash. Local young people gather in pubs, which naturally overflow into the surrounding streets, and party the night away in South Africa’s largest township.

Street bashes are very popular here, and have evolved over the years into an expression of modern youth culture. They are social getaways for those who work long weeks, and places to meet and have fun with those in their community.

With the FIFA World Cup 2010 soccer showcase around the corner, South Africa will be opening its arms to people from all over the world. Keen to sample a bit of the local culture, it is expected that some will want to join the street parties in the townships. Will they be welcomed? Or do the party-goers prefer to keep to themselves?


The name says it all. It is a party that has been organized, but mainly participated in a street. If you can look at the residents of Soweto, their yards are too small. If you have more than 100 people coming through, eventually all of them will end up being in the street.

The culture of Soweto is a human being will only survive based on other people.

Living in Soweto and hanging out at these places we enjoy ourselves quite much. We treat ourselves like Americans, Portugese. We don't live like these people from Soweto, cause these people...

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