Experience Midlands like never before

2014-12-15 00:00

FORGET the Durban beachfront, it seems all roads this holiday season lead to Midmar Dam and the KZN Midlands. Howick may even become the busiest town in the province.

The KZN Midlands Experience International Arts Festival set to take place over 10 days started yesterday and will run until December 21. It will be followed by the New Year’s eve Midmar Music Festival (MFF) — one of the biggest events of its kind in the province. Tickets for both events are on sale at Computicket.

The 10-day Midlands Experience organiser Phindani Nene confirmed to The Witness that buses will be bringing in festival-goers from all over the province. There is a park-and-ride system from the other big centres including Durban, Richards Bay and towns on the South and North Coast.

uMngeni Municipality senior manager Steve Simpson confirmed that contingency plans were in place for this period. He said there will be extra traffic officers on duty as well.

The Midlands Experience includes a host of activities, including music festivals in different genres every day, a beerfest, fashion shows, a global expo, a wine festival, dance competitions, helicopter rides, jet ski competitions, moutain biking and a kids’ zone.

The municipality’s executive committee have allowed the organisers to use the City Hall, Skate Park and AB Jackson Sports Ground. The MMF was founded by entrepreneur Velaphi Mphande and organised through his company Velamphande Enterprise. Last year the festival attracted over 20 000 revellers and organisers are expecting an even bigger crowd this year. Artists that will be performing include Ringo Madlingozi, Judith Sephuma, Thandiswe Mazwai and Zamajobe. Hugh Masekela performed yesterday.

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