Hundreds of people from all corners of Nelson Mandela Bay turned up for the inaugural Chill Festival that was held at Varsvlei Park in the Northern Areas on Wednesday, 18 December 2013.
The Festival, which forms part of the city’s Summer Season programme, saw Idols South Africa finalists, Brenden and Christina, sharing the stage with some of the best local talent.
Although the programme started slow with a few people present, by the time the Idols finalists performed at around 7 p.m., the venue had filled up with more than a thousand people present. Both Idols finalists were well received by the crowd, which was cheering, showing appreciation and singing along.
The event was charecterised by picnic style entertainment. Most of the crowd was made up of families who came out with their picnic baskets and camping chairs to enjoy music and dance performances.
The whole event went well without any major incident. The Police, municipal safety and security and a private security company on site made sure that the people were safe. Earlier in the week, the Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, Benson Fihla, had made an appeal to the residents of the city to be responsible while enjoying the Summer Season events.
By the time the show ended, the crowd was still asking for more. They called on the Municipality to bring more festivals to the area.
From the Northern Areas, the Summer Season programme moves to Uitenhage, where the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will host the Emayhuyhu Festival at Jabavu Stadium on December 27, 2013. The event will start at 2 p.m. The Uitenhage event will be followed by the biggest event of them all, namely New Year’s Eve celebrations. The New Year’s Eve celebrations will be held at Hobie Beach and Wells Estate simultaneously.
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