Now in its third year, the Rainbow Friendly Festival Africa is a unique celebration of queerness that especially stands out because of its focus on the holistic wellbeing of the local LGBTQI+ community and its allies.

The Rainbow Friendly Festival Africa 2019 is set to take place in Cape Town from 10 to 15 November this year, and the line-up comprises a variety of events, all addressing another aspect relating to the queer experience.

RFFA 2019 will kick off with the main event on Sunday 10 November. This year’s main attraction is actress, fitness guru and exotic dancer, Carter the Body, who will also be hosting the main event at Club 169 on Long Street. 60 bucks gets you in, and the party starts at 18:00.

Most of the events that form a part of RFFA are free, and the festival hopes to touch on subjects that are sometimes regarded as taboo. Tuesday, 12 November sees Phumlani Kango host a talk about mental health awareness. The public is invited to attend this important session, which will take place at The Once in Cape Town at 19:00, free of charge.

Keeping with the focus on mental wellbeing, RFFA will take advantage of the endorphins physical activity releases, with a hike up one of Cape Town’s most popular outdoor spots, Lion’s Head on Wednesday, 13 November. Keep an eye on RFFA’s event page on Facebook to be notified when the time of this free event is announced.

On 14 November, you are cordially invited to attend a private dinner, hosted and prepared by Chef Cola aka Nicola Kagaro, the founder and creator of the Rainbow Friendly Festival Africa. Drop by Milq and Honey on Long Street at 19:00 to see what the African Vegan on a Budget will be serving up – this tastiness is totally free.

Just one look at her immaculate abs should tell you exactly why attending one of Carter the Body’s two workout sessions at The Pole Project in Woodstock is well worth your while. Limited space is available for the morning (09:00 – 10:00) and afternoon (18:00 – 19:00) sessions on 15 November, and tickets can be bought through Quicket at R300 each.

Exhibit A: Carter the Body and her abs. Oof.

If you haven’t attended any of the previous festivals and are in Cape Town this November, this year’s Rainbow Friendly Festival Africa should definitely be included on your list of things to do.

Says Sade Pheta, project and marketing manager for the RFFA, “This is more than a party, as we will be giving the crucial platform to queer brands to showcase themselves. There is a lot of branding innovation within the LGBTQI+ community and this will be an opportunity for us to put all these successes on the map and an opportunity for the broader public to see how extraordinary we are!”

The Rainbow Friendly Festival Africa takes place from 10 to 15 November in Cape Town. Like the Rainbow Friendly page on Facebook for more information, and get tickets here.