The inaugural George Heritage Festival or George Erfenis Fees will take place from the 1st to the 9th of October 2016 and promises to be a fair of fun, entertainment and festivity for the whole family. Georgians, expats and visitors alike are invited to join in the merriment!
The festival was established to create a large, sustainable festival for George to attract visitors from outside, boost the local community as well as to build a sense of cohesion between everyone in George. It is with this in mind that the vibrant logo for the festival was designed. While the teal blue evokes feelings of strength, trust, honesty and dependability indicative of George, situated beneath the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains, the burnt orange colour represents the social, energetic and enthusiastic people of our town. The green colour evokes feelings of life and growth, nature and the outdoors – all important aspect of life in George.
“During the week-long celebration various events will be hosted to celebrate the town’s shared culture, customs, traditions, sport, stories and memories passed on from our parents, grandparents and families to our children. We learn and are influenced by the place and the people around us.”
The programme for the festival is jam packed with events that is unrivalled in the Garden Route and will be reaching a climax on Saturday night, the 8th of October, with performances by some of South Africa’s most well-known and well-loved artist.
A couple of well-established events have been incorporated in the festival including the annual Clivia Show that took place on 24 and 25 September as well as the highly successful Strawberry Festival that will be taking place on 1 and 2 October.
The Colours Unite Us Parade on Friday 30 September starts at the Civic Centre and will be a colourful event with floats, fancy dress and coloured paint powder. The parade will culminate in Unity Park where a festival flame will be lit that will burn throughout the festival period. Hosted by the Strawberry Festival will be a mountain bike relay, trail run and CrossFit competition. Heritage Park Runs through the Botanical Gardens on both Saturdays, Heritage Games, a Fun Mountain Bike Ride, Family Fun Golf Day as well as the launch of Frisbee Golf on the 8th will ensure that there are ample opportunity to be outdoors and active during the festival.
For most the highlight of the Festival will probably be the music shows. On Wednesday the 5th, Refentse Morake will be charming crowds with his delightful music and his story that moved the nation. Friday the 7th brings Watershed, Matthew Mole and Freshly Ground to the stage. On Saturday night South African legends Johnny Clegg and PJ Powers share the stage and will have crowds on their feet.
Other highlights include the Toughest Fireman Competition – the Toughest Fireman Alive Championship hosted by the Eden District Municipality. The Cooking ON FIRE for charity with Safari Braai where teams will be cooking and serving the best braai dishes will entice taste buds. For culture enthusiast there is the Herold Meander Saxophone Festival for Jazz and Blues lovers, Stasiestories/Station Stories that will delight young and old alike with stories told by die-hard Georgians, the Expo@The Civic for an exhibition of local talent and the Heritage Expo – an unmissable selection of postcards depicting George’s history.
Do note that there will be temporary changes to the GO GEORGE bus routes during the festival.
For more details about the events: http://georgefest.co.za/events/
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