For­get win­ter blues at Christ­mas in July

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KARISHMA DIPA

DON’T let the cold stop you from en­joy­ing good lo­cal mu­sic, indulging in de­lec­ta­ble cuisines and mak­ing mem­o­ries with loved ones.

The an­nual Dullstroom Win­ter Fes­ti­val, which takes place this week­end in the small town, is a fam­ily-friendly af­fair.

Dubbed Christ­mas in July, the Mpumalanga event is an easy drive from Gaut­eng and prom­ises to be a treat.

“Dullstroom loves cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas in July, and visi­tors can en­joy shops and eater­ies in full-fes­tive gear while sparkling Christ­mas lights at night will add a mag­i­cal vibe,” event or­gan­is­ers said.

Award-win­ning lo­cal rock band Prime Cir­cle will top the fes­ti­val line-up.

“This year, we wel­come Prime Cir­cle as our head­line act,” the or­gan­is­ers said.

The band will be sup­ported by the Ultra Na­tives, a group which boasts as mem­bers Greg Ge­or­giades, one of South Africa’s renowned multi-in­stru­men­tal­ists; Jaco Manson on steel-string acous­tic gui­tar and vo­cals; Jonathan Ge­or­giades on bass; and David Ge­or­giades on drums.

Also among the line-up high­lights for the fes­ti­val are al­ter­na­tive rock band Kinky Ro­bot.

Jacaranda FM’s Thabiso Kham­bule, known as DJ Cyco, is the mas­ter of cer­e­monies for the event.

“The shows will be stag­gered through­out the week­end and range from un­plugged in­ti­mate shows to an af­ter­noon con­cert on the Dullstroom Dam head­lin­ing Prime Cir­cle from 12.30pm to 4.30pm,” the or­gan­is­ers said.

But the mu­sic doesn’t stop at the fes­ti­val it­self as the en­tire town is ready for a party.

“Fes­ti­val fans will hear the sound of mu­sic all week­end as they wan­der around the town,” the or­gan­is­ers said.

There will also be ex­hi­bi­tions, in­clud­ing one from the Street Rod Club, which will show­case their 1950s-in­spired hand-built ve­hi­cles out­side the Dullstroom Inn on Satur­day morn­ing.

Or­gan­is­ers have made special ef­forts to en­sure the fes­ti­val is a fam­ily event be­ing held dur­ing the win­ter school hol­i­days.

“This fam­ily-friendly fes­ti­val from Fri­day to Sun­day fea­tures both in­door and out­door live-mu­sic shows, some free and some paid for.”

There will be a kids’ zone with jump­ing cas­tles and other fun, such as face paint­ing.

Tick­ets for the Dullstroom Win­ter Fes­ti­val cost R120 for adults, R50 for teens, while chil­dren un­der 12 will get in for free.

See www.dull­stroomwin­ter­fes­ti­

MU­SIC OF NOTE: Award­win­ning lo­cal rock band Prime Cir­cle are billed to head­line the line-up at the Dullstroom Win­ter Fes­ti­val.

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