Azalea Fest pushed to next year

2015-06-23 11:26
Community Chest members (left) Michael Deegan, Previn Padayachee and Angie Narayanan, have began planning the revival of the Azalea Festival.

Community Chest members (left) Michael Deegan, Previn Padayachee and Angie Narayanan, have began planning the revival of the Azalea Festival. (Supplied)

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PLANS to revive the once-popular Azalea Festival this year have been shelved as the festival’s stakeholders were “running out of time” to plan the event.

Pietermaritzburg residents were abuzz with excitement when news of a revival of the festival was announced.

However, Pietermaritzburg Community Chest director Michael Deegan and his team said the event would take place next year and they will be giving their “all” to the project and sub-projects in 2016.

Deegan said yesterday the Community Chest had started work on a soccer event for Pietermaritzburg to be held over the Human Rights weekend in March 2016, a precursor to the anticipated Azalea Festival.

“The whole idea of the Azalea Festival is to unite the city and a soccer tournament would be able to do just that.”

He said the Community Chest would be meeting soccer teams and organisers early next month to discuss the tournament next year.

He said the tournament would be named Community Chest 66 as they had 66 beneficiaries of the soccer tournament.

Deegan said the team would start planning for both the tournament and the Azalea Festival so both would be ready to take Pietermaritzburg by storm next year.

Plans to revive the festival began in February this year in a bid to promote unity and social cohesion among the many different races and cultures of Pietermaritzburg

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