Visitors to the Nelson Mandela Bay are promised to score big this season. To add fun and entertainment to the Bay’s Summer Season Programme is the inclusion of the Ebubeleni Festival to be held on Saturday, 28 December 2013 at Adcock Stadium, Port Elizabeth.
As usual, at the start of the peak summer holiday, Nelson Mandela Bay make it part of their annual programme to unveil activities lined up for a bumper summer which showcases the splendour, diversity an magnificence of a truly global city. The Bay’s theme for 2013 Summer Season Programme is “Sizzling Centenary Fun” which refers to the 100 years ‘celebration of the city formally being declared a municipality.
“I was so thrilled when Ebubeleni was adopted by the Municipality into their very hot and tight programme” said Marc Mahambehlala, Ebubeleni Arts Festival’s project manager. “Last year we showcased the event for the first time in the Bay, obviously our event talked to the municipality, hence their committing to adopt and include the event into their already attractive line-up of events” concluded Marc.
Ebubeleni means friendly, PE is known as a welcoming city because of the hospitality of its people even towards strangers. This event is a yearly get-together affair for Eastern Capers who work and or study in different parts of the country. The festival provides an opportunity for old friends and former schoolmates to meet after a long time. Those that are not from Port Elizabeth are encouraged to embrace the event as part of the reason to holiday and spend part of their festive season in the friendly City of Port Elizabeth.
This year, Ebubeleni Festival presents, Afro-pop giants and multi-award collectors: Mafikizolo who are once again on top of the charts with the hit songs Khona and Happiness and the diva, Thandiswa Mazwai of Lahl’umlenze fame.
New-age performance poet and singer Ifani promises his fans back home his best with his Xhosa Rap songs. Born, Mzayifani Boltina in Umtata but grew up in Port Elizabeth grew up called Mzi so when he took on rap music he decided to use the end part of his name Ifani.
She’s that new-school soul sound – Busiswa is a new-age singer with the reverberation of a classic writer and performer. Her stage energy is infectious. Her words and music are authentically African and have a cosmopolitan relevance and appeal, fans are advised to have good dancing shoes. Showcasing the Bay’s crème de la crème is Pu2ma, DJ Mthi, Point 5, Phakes, Nosisi, Shoelace, Shades of Blackness and Lali Fam.
The event does not only offer sizzling fun, the organisers are contributing a lot to the city’s economy through this event in that they hire only service providers from Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. Major retail stores will sure cash in too with small items like camp chairs, cooler boxes, etc. There will also be major boost for local taxis ferrying revellers to and from Adcock Stadium. The organisers of the event would like to further invite and offer vending stalls to those who wish to sell their wares, be it Food and Beverages ; Ice Cream; Glow In The Dark; Same Time Pictures; Air Time etc. Local artists will have an opportunity to share the stage with national artists and icons.
Ebubeleni Arts Festival is on Saturday 28 December 2013 at Adcock Stadium, Korsten, Port Elizabeth. Gates open at 1pm and the show starts at 2pm. Tickets are R150 at Computicket and Shoprite Checkers. No tickets will be sold at the gates. Revellers are urged bring their picnic baskets and camp chairs. No firearms, glass containers and sharp objects will be allowed in the stadium.
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