The first-ever South Coast Carnival will launch on 15 December 2018 on the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) South Coast. This was announced at a function in Umtentwini on Friday ( see photo gallery below).
Sponsored by the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality (RNM), the South Coast Carnival is set to delight families, visitors, music and fun lovers with its Carnival Parade from Shelly Beach to St. Michael’s on Sea.
At the beachfront carnival arena, live music, a Kids Zone and a Braai Festival, featuring a wide variety of shisanyama outlets and private participants from around KZN, will further entertain and nourish festival goers.
Ugu South Coast Tourism CEO, Phelisa Mangcu, says that the South Coast Carnival is a welcome addition to the KZN South Coast destination’s summer programme, bringing with it excitement and vibrancy for all to enjoy.
“People are looking for new experiences and entertainment while they are on holiday or here for the long weekend. The South Coast Carnival showcases our culturally diverse nation and rich heritage, bringing people together in a fun atmosphere through all its elements.
“The Carnival Parade consists of multiple cultural groups and people can enjoy one another’s company and the entertainment over a mouth-watering shisanyama braai. Events that have all the ingredients for promoting social cohesion are not widespread, so it’s really refreshing to be chosen as the host destination for this event.”
Event organiser, Ntombi Mkhoma from Lucretia M, says “We are thrilled with the opportunity to run an ambitious event of this nature, which embraces all cultures, ages, demographics and personalities. We will put on a unique event at one of the most fun beaches in South Africa, that will surprise and delight all.
“This against a backdrop of colourful cultural costumes and the exciting rhythm of music and dance, as we are hosting the biggest braai in the country for people from all over. There simply is no other event like this.”
The Carnival Parade will feature different associations and cultural groups, including bikers, marching bands, cultural dancers and more. Participants will register on arrival and be given tags. The parade area will be cordoned off with speed fencing and pegs with tape for spectators.
The MusicFest will take place on a main stage with live performances from leading industry artists from various genres of music and performing arts to satisfy all tastes. The Braai Fest will feature a competition for the “Best Meat” and the “Best Shisanyama”. The carnival atmosphere will be casual, family-friendly, and also appeal to the younger generation, creating an outdoor picnic and social vibe.
Tickets will be made available on the day of the event on site at St. Michael’s on Sea and via computicket. Ticket prices range from R150 for a general pass or R200 for a general pass with Golden Circle access at the MusicFest and a VIP Pass for R350 that allows additional VIP marquee access with exclusive bar service and complimentary snacks.
The Kids Zone will feature jumping castles, face painting, water and children’s games in a secure area for R50 per child. People will not be allowed to bring in their own alcohol or meat, as this will be provided for at the festival’s bar garden and food court.
Accommodation specials and other activities in the area will also be featured on the website and event updates will be posted regularly on owned social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The South Coast Carnival is set to become an annual event, with the next one planned for September 2019.
For more information:
- Mantombi Nkomo, Events Coordinator, South Coast Carnival, email@example.com, 067 010 3775
- southcoastcarnival.com; Facebook: South Coast Carnival; Instagram: @South_Coast_Carnival; Twitter: @South_Coast_Carnival
- Simon April, Senior Manager: Mayoralty & Communications, Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, April@rnm.gov.za 039 688 2056
- Kay Robertson, GM: Marketing & Events, Ugu South Coast Tourism, firstname.lastname@example.org