Port Elizabeth inner city to come alive at weekend market

2018-03-14 06:00

THE Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) will be holding a two-day art and food market this weekend aimed at the revival of the inner city of Port Elizabeth through a celebration of heritage, arts and display of some of the city’s iconic landmarks.

The MBDA, in partnership with Baakens Food Truck Company and the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, will host the two-day family-oriented, unique combination of music art and artisan food market on Saturday and Sunday across three venues, namely the Feather Market Centre, Vuyisile Mini Square and the Campanile.

The Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra is renowned for many successful symphonic orchestra concerts held at Victoria Park. “This year, the orchestra is moving into the inner city at the Feather Market Centre, bringing with it new opportunities,” said Luvuyo Bangazi, marketing and communications manager at the MBDA.

“The move of the orchestra gave us the opportunity to create a multicultural and diverse programme that culminates in front of City Hall, incorporating performances from the Campanile Bells chiming out songs, such as the legendary Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika.

“City Hall will host the Baakens Food Truck village, offering the popular array of speciality foods and drinks they are known for.

“Bay citizens who aren’t able to attend the orchestra will have it streamed on screen at Vuyisile Mini Square to make sure that those on the square will not miss much.

“During the orchestra breaks, the Campanile bells will be played by Professor Albert Troskie, offering an array of musical performances, a first as far as we know,” concluded Bangazi.

The exciting programme starts on Saturday at 15:00, concluding at 21:00.

It will continue on Sunday from 11:00, with live performances on the square before the orchestra programme kicks off inside the Feather Market Centre.

Tickets to the orchestra performance are available from Computicket at R120 per adult, R100 per pensioner, R50 per learner and R20 per preschooler.

Entry to the Vuyisile Mini Square activities is free.

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