Positivity at Mitchells Plain festival
MITCHELLS Plain will come alive next weekend as Judy Boucher, Sybil and Camilo Lombard take to the stage to perform some of their biggest hits.
The annual DStv Mitchells Plain Festival will celebrate its 10th year with some of the country’s local artists displaying their talents and singing new songs, while many small business owners exhibit their innovative offerings.
More than 40 000 people are expected to attend.
One of the biggest attractions this year will be the extended SANDF display, which covers more than 2 000m².
Festival director Rozario Brown said this year’s aim was to celebrate the progress and the positivity coming out of forgotten communities.
International singers Boucher and Sybil are best known for their R&B songs and will be on the stage on day two of the festival.
Brown said more than the international acts, she was most excited about the massive air and biker shows that have been added for the first time this year.
“This event creates more than 1 500 part-time job opportunities for our locals. We are aiming to get more than 1 000 young people tested for HIV/Aids and TB at this year’s festival,” said Brown.
She said over the past few years, the festival had taken a zero-tolerance approach to promoting awareness around the issue of bullying.
This year, the focus would be on the negative effects of bullying on young people.
The Mitchells Plain Festival starts on Friday and runs until Sunday. Tickets are available at Computicket. For Friday and Saturday entry is R50 for people over 13 and R30 for children, aged 6 – 12.
Free entry for pensioners, the disabled and children under 6.
On Sunday (when Sybil and Boucher perform) tickets are R150 for people over 13, R60 for children aged 6 to 12 and pensioners and free for children under 6.