Midmar fest tickets to go on sale, finally

2014-11-24 00:00

IT’S not a hoax — it’s real. There is going to be a 10-day international arts festival bash at Midmar Dam over the festive season.

The smorgasbord of activities will include daily music festivals with top artists like the Parlotones and Hugh Masekela.

The organisers also promise ­helicopter rides, fashion shows, jet ski competitions, a food and wine festival and beerfest, all part of a broad range of activities for the entire family from December 12 to 21.

The festival has been advertised in glossy pamphlets. People began thinking it was a hoax when just shy of three weeks before the event, there are no tickets on sale. The pamphlet said that tickets would go on sale at Computicket from October.

Event organiser Phindani Nene assured The Witness yesterday that it was all systems go and tickets will be on sale at Computicket from today.

Nene, the managing director of Durban Stars Sports and Marketing, previously was involved in organising a successful Durban July Extravaganza.

He said the upcoming event is known as the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Experience: International Arts Festival. The aim was for it to happen annually and to give visitors to ­Durban the opportunity to experience more of KZN.

Nene confirmed there will be park and ride options where visitors from other parts of KZN can meet at ­central points and be transported to Midmar Dam.

The event director said since this was the first Midlands festival being organised, there were glitches and they needed to confirm the artists. This was the reason for the delay. He confirmed the artists performing on the different music festivals will include Prime Circle and local Idol ­Jason Hartman.

The Midlands Experience boasts an impressive list of sponsors, which includes the KZN Department of Arts and Culture, KZN Tourism, South African Airways, SABC, Metro FM, Yamaha, Midlands Liberty Mall and Ezemvelo Wildlife.

Nene said there will be a KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Experience Desk at the Midlands Liberty Mall where tickets will be on sale and information on the festival will be available.

KZN Department of Arts and Culture spokesperson Letjhukuthula Mtshali said the festival was one of a number of events the department is sponsoring over the festive season.

“The intention is to promote local arts and culture and showcase KZN as a province,” Mtshali said.

• nalini@witness.co.za

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