SOWETO FESTIVAL EXPO IS BACK
By: Nushera Soodyal
The Soweto Festival Expo is back and ready to entertain from the 20th-22nd of September 2013.
The ninth annual Soweto Festival Expo which is Soweto’s hallmark event takes place at the NASREC Expo Centre in Johannesburg and is a collaboration of local people, community organisations, government, business, youth and citizens from all over South Africa and the world.
The festival, which happens on an annual basis, is put together to celebrate the community’s richness, diversity and heritage within South Africa’s largest township and in an effort to celebrate its richness and diversity. The Expo, which has awarded small businesses the opportunity to exhibit their goods and advertise services, has helped improve Soweto’s economy over the years.
The Expo’s mission is to contribute to the long-term development of Soweto’s communities and at the same time growing its economy. The Soweto Festival Expo combines an entertainment programme and outdoor activities including music, dance, drama, and an exhibition of arts and crafts. There is also an outdoor area for food and drink vendors for people to indulge in.
Some of the activities offered would be a Youth programme, Reptile Park, Outdoor Activities, Braai Day, Picnic Day that will also have entertainment sponsored by Etv and a KidZone. The festival will also have games and theme park ride, a three-day amateur boxing championship and Nintendo gaming area to name a few. The activity hall will host a table soccer tournament organised by the South African Association of Table Soccer and a graffiti wall, which will be genre of artistic expression.
Bands that will be at the Expo to entertain are Soweto Traditional Gospel Group, MMP & Citie Botswana Band, Lesego & Syabonga Afro Group and Percy & Colbert Mukwevo Reggae Artist who will play throughout the 3-day event. Tickets are available from at the gate on the day and Gates open from 10 am to 9pm. R50 rand and R30 rand for kids’ entrance.
The event enables the people of Soweto and surrounding areas to come together in a fun, positive and relaxed environment.“The Soweto Festival Expo has a track record which we admire, hence our decision to invest in the event and assist in taking it to the next level,” said Managing Director of Izwi Multimedia, Mrs Thandi Ramathesele, on the Events Social Network Page.