Oppikoppi: The Odyssey continues

By admin
08 August 2014

Oppikoppi is a festival of entertainment and the second day proves that this comes in the most conventional and unconventional ways.

Oppikoppi is a festival of entertainment and the second day proves that this comes in the most conventional and unconventional ways.

Between performers, Oppikoppi attendees – who I have chosen to call Kopsies – find various ways to have fun.  From drowning their livers in as much alcohol as possible to running around in Borat costumes, this festival is full of the weird and wonderful.

One of the festivals more elaborate costumes. PHOTO: Shandukani Mulaudzi One of the festivals more elaborate costumes. PHOTO: Shandukani Mulaudzi

This year’s festival has a Greek Mythology theme so it came as no surprise that Kopsies were treated to getting free Togas to dress up in.

Remofilwe Ngakane and Mutondi Mulaudzi loved getting themselves wrapped up in togas.

Mutondi Mulaudzi in her bright orange toga. PHOTO: Shandukani Mulaudzi Mutondi Mulaudzi in her bright orange toga. PHOTO: Shandukani Mulaudzi

“I love my headband, I wish I could keep it forever actually,” Remofilwe says with a smile.

“It was the best 15 minutes of my life,” Mutondi laughs.

Remofilwe is all smiles. PHOTO: Shandukani Mulaudzi Remofilwe is all smiles. PHOTO: Shandukani Mulaudzi

To most people, walking a tightrope is a figurative expression of living dangerously but at Oppikoppi it’s yet another form of making sure you have fun in a way you have never experienced.

Oratile Mokgala says, “It looks so easy when you watch other people do it but when you get on that rope it’s the scariest thing. As soon as I tried to let go of the person who helped me up I just couldn’t.”

Oratile walks the tight rope. PHOTO: Shandukani Mulaudzi Oratile walks the tight rope. PHOTO: Shandukani Mulaudzi

Herman Hoogenboezem made it all the way across and even went backwards to the beginning. He laughs and says “You just need to keep trying it. Fall and get up again. It becomes easier.”

Kyron De Boucherville says he had no idea what to day for the day.

“We had a lekker a braai with some okes, awe!” laughs Kyron.

Tonight’s performances set to impress with Koppsies looking forward to seeing Matthew Mole, Hip Hop Pantsula and Gangs of Ballet.

Showers are few and far between and as more people arrive and set up camp, people’s bush toilets are disappearing.

Over and out,

Shandu

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