Focus now on Dundee July

2015-07-23 06:01

WITH the dust settling after the Durban July recently, focus has now shifted to the equally fascinating 11th Dundee July Rural Horse Riding event taking place on 25 July in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Organisers, led by the Provincial Department of Sport and Recreation and Umzinyathi and Endumeni municipalities say the stage is set for the best event this year.

The event will start with a colourful street carnival scheduled for 24 July in Victoria Street, featuring different musical groups, fashion bikers, race horses, motor cavalcade and dancers. The parade starts at midday and patrons are invited to enjoy the display.

As it has been a tradition, there are constantly new additions each year to make the event an unforgettable experience.

In marking 11 years of the event there is going to be an inaugural ladies race. The female riders’ race will now become a regular feature for Dundee July and will undoubtedly amuse the more than 15 000 spectators and VIPs expected to attend.

The rivalry between South Africa and Lesotho is expected to play itself out once again in the main international race.

The fashion parade will also be pitched at a much higher note this time around. Under the theme “Afro Couture Equestrian”, more than 20 local designers have been recently prepared through a skills development training by the KZN Fashion Council.

Council representative Nomonde Masoka says altogether almost 60 designers have registered for the fashion show.

She added that there will be no less than five invited top national and international designers to showcase their garments.

The fashion element is sponsored by the donation of the KZN Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.

The Department of Arts and Culture is also working around the clock to put together a star-studded musical extravaganza which is expected to carry on deep into the night to conclude a fabulous day of horse racing, fashion and fun.

Local artists who aspire to be part of the showpiece are urged to come for auditions to take place in Dundee tomorrow from 9am. The venue will be publicised on Facebook and the local community radio station, N-COR FM (Nquthu Community Radio).

Artists may also contact entertainment organiser Khulekani Selebe on 083 524 3331.

The official Dundee July Facebook page is www.fa 2015

Patrons who would like to get VIP treatment will be able to do so at one of many private low charging hospitality marquees. Limited space still exist for the erection of own marquees.

Contact Sandile Mbonane on sandile.mbonane or 073 057 0916.

The organisers have assured spectators and visitors that tight security measures will be adopted this year. No weapons and the selling and illegal consumption of liquor will not be allowed. - Supplied

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