Festival celebrates 10 years of bringing people together


From this Friday November 30 to Sunday December 2, Westridge Gardens in Mitchell’s Plain will once again be the venue for the DStv Mitchell’s Plain Festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary.

The Plainsman, sister paper of the Tatler is the print media partner of the festival.

One of the biggest attractions this year will be the SA National Defence Force display, which covers more than two thousand square metres.

The SA Army, SA Navy, SA Airforce, SA Medical Services, Sa Military Police and SA Signal Services, will all participate in the festival and showcase their services to the community.

More than 150 local and national exhibitors and traders will participate in the event, offering a variety of food, fashion, toys, technology, educational services and other gadgets. Thousands of rands in cash and prizes will be up for grabs.

There will also be a fully-fledged amusement park featuring exciting rides for the young and young at heart as well as massive air and biker shows.

Popular Cape Town radio station, Heart fm will be broadcasting live from the festival grounds on all three days featuring on air personalities Suga, Tyrone Paulsen, Lunga Singame, Irma G and Paul Playdon.

International singing sensations, Sybil and Judy Boucher, will join the more than 60 local artists and entertainers who will be performing across three stages.

Talking about the key objectives of the festival Rozario Brown, the festival director, says: “This festival aims to celebrate progress being made and positivity coming out of our forgotten communities. We don’t only want to only focus on the negatives, because the positives still overshadow the negatives. This festival is also about creating a platform to bring people together, not only from Mitchell’s Plain but from areas across the Cape Flats and the Western Cape.”

As the event also spans World Aids Day on Saturday December 1, people will also be able to test themselves for Hiv/Aids and TB at this year’s festival. These voluntary testing and counselling services will be free of charge and conducted by the provincial health department.

Entry for Friday and Saturday is free for pensioners, the physically disabled and children under 6, those 13 and over pay R50, children aged 6 to 12 years pay R30 and on Sunday December 2, when Sybil and Judy Boucher perform, entry will be free for children under 6, children 6 to 12 years old and pensioners pay R60 and those 13 and over pay R150.

For more information on the festival, call 021 391 0140, 071 266 6160, visit www.mitchellsplainfestival.com or go to the Mitchells Plain Festival Facebook page.