All roads leading to Marula Festival

By ERIC PHIRI AND NAKAMPE LEKWADU

IT is that time of the year when all roads will be leading to Limpopo’s Capricorn region in the Ba-Phalaborwa area where the annual Marula Festival takes place.

The organizers this year, Ziyaphenduka Promotions in partnership with Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality have gone all out to invite the country’s top artist such as Ringo, Big Nuts, Professor, Malatjie and Dr Malinga and a number of the best DJs to make this festival which is scheduled for two days on March 9 and 10 at the Impala Rugby Stadium the most remarkable one.

Marula Festival which celebrates its eighth year is a campaign that marks the ripening of the marula fruits from December-March and the “great harvest” begins in February/March which also marks the planting season and it has been celebrated since 2005 through cultural dances.

During the celebrations, the people of Limpopo who call marula the “food of Kings and ancestors” and they celebrates the “Feast of first fruits by pouring offerings of the fresh juice over the tombs of their dead chiefs and family”

With a number of cultural and children activities in place during the festival, there is doubt that the festival this year is a “Must attend.” for a family outing.

The festival kicks-off on Friday, March 9 with events such as Street Parade, Exhibition-Cultural products and tourism career fair, Comedy Show, Fashion Show and Children’s Corner with jumping castle, face painting and etc.

On Saturday, March 10 the show goes on with the curtain being raised by Exhibitions, and then Open Air Festival where good line-up of artists will keep music lovers on the dance floor.

Among the artists who are on the line-up list are: Ringo, Joe Shirimane, Malatjie, Big Nuz, Dr Malinga, Professor, DJ Beef, DJ Titty, DJ Star Nomi, DJ Themba, DJ Eddie Crook and many more.

Entrance fee will be R120 on Saturday, March 10 and tickets are available at the computickets outlets.

Organisers have also warned fans that they will be a very strict security and no weapons will be allowed into the Stadium.

People who are interested in booking stalls can contact Nhlanhla Mthembu on 082 644 7837 and for accommodation they can contact Maureen Kinnear on 076 833 0192.

For more and general information contact Bruce Kgapane of Ziyaphenduka Promotions on 082 701 4317.

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