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The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival, coming up on August 2-3RD with a diverse and uniquely curated program that focuses on regional flavours, tastes, trends and African vintage fashion.



Set on the lavish lawns of the House on Fire Sculpture Garden against a breath-taking backdrop of endless cane fields and rolling hills in Eswatini, just a four-hour drive from Johannesburg at the home of the MTN Bushfire Festival, this is a not-to-be missed event for any food enthusiasts, culture buffs and fashionistas.


At the 2018 Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival, fashion emerged as a key theme due to its power as a form of expression. Fashion stitches together layers of creativity and individuality to create a hem of experiences worth capturing and moments worth revisiting.

The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival is a fashionista’s dream. Guests will find on display some of the most eye-catching and jaw-dropping designs that shine the spotlight on unique  African inspired styles that instantly transform our lush green grass into a runway.


This year’s theme, “A Return to the African Future” magnifies Africa’s rich history, captured in our strong vintage focus. We celebrate the diverse, yet colourful, traditions that make us authentically African, while embracing the prospects of a bright, promising future.

So go bold and go loud! Put your best foot forward at this year’s Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle festival and flaunt your best African self.


Fashion Café

The Fashion Café is an artistically stimulating space that showcases some of Eswatini’s high-end fashion, exclusive statement pieces and indigenous products that pay homage to nature’s beauty and generosity.


Inspired by the this year’s Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival theme, “A Return to the African Future”, this exhibition will feature some of the country’s talented artists and creatives who have earned international recognition. Their success has been firmly rooted in their African heritage, brilliantly incorporating a strong African influence into each product.


Festival-goers can feast on the haute-couture designs, vintage pieces, bold accessories, Arab oil perfumes and locally-produced skincare ranges that will be on display. For art you can flaunt forever, award-winning and acclaimed tattoo artists from Soweto Ink will also be there to work their magic. Legends Barbershop will also bring their popular magic touch to give you a polished look that will have heads turning.


Last year’s much-loved photo-booth will also be back with a bang! Festival goers will get to flaunt fashion poses worth splashing on the cover of magazines.


Above all, the Fashion Café is an educational platform that seeks to capture the exceptional stories behind every product on display to encourage an appreciation for the vision and care that go into making them.


Luju’s Best Dressed

The Standard Bank Luju Festival Fashion Police will be on the hunt for this year’s best dressed winners! If you aren’t shy to stand out from the crowd and flaunt your unique sense of style, while artistically incorporating this year’s theme – A Return to the African Future – then we are looking for you. Afro-futurism, as we are calling it, is all about embracing Africa’s rich history, colourful traditions and unique style, while celebrating the prospects of a bright African future. Our judges will be looking for a sense of style that exhibits the following:


  • A unique approach to our Afro-futuristic theme
  • An African vintage look inspired by the township jive of the 50’s in Sophiatown and Accra’s highlife jazz bands
  • A creative design that demonstrates an understanding of Luju as a colourful social space and lifestyle hub.


Prizes Include:

1st Prize – A night for two at the Happy Valley Hotel and Phela-Live gym membership

2nd Runner-Up – A full body massage for two at The George Hotel

3rd Runners-Up – Dinner for two at Malandela’s Restaurant

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