Four days of festival fun

Shaanaaz de Jager

A JAM-packed programme is planned for Port Elizabeth’s Northern Arts Festival, which takes place this weekend.

The sixth annual Northern Arts Festival (NAF) takes place at its new venue at the Marock Road sports grounds in Sanctor from tomorrow until Monday, and will offer festival-goers a variety of arts and culture programmes, a family fun run and a braai competition.

The programme kicks off tomorrow afternoon from 3pm with the Sky’s The Limit talent show.

Then the All Star Music Show, which has Bay and national acts, starts at 7pm.

There will be various stall holders selling a variety of food and other items.

This will be followed by the annual Cleary Park Shopping Centre/Northern Arts Festival 5km Family Fun Run on Saturday, from the Cleary Park Shopping Centre at 7.30am. Registration takes place on race day between 6am and 7am at the shopping centre.

Pre entry forms are also available at Brian Bands Sports, the NAF offices and at various other points at the Cleary Park Shopping Centre. The completed forms can be handed in at the NAF office.

The entry fee is R10 per adult and R5 for children under 12.

A dance competition will also run throughout the four days of the festival, and is being coordinated by award-winning dance group De Ja Vu. The entry fee is R10 per person.

A grand opening parade takes place on Saturday at 10am from Stanford Road, in front of the Cleary Park Shopping Centre.

Festival director Billy Paulson said the parade procession would include the boys’ brigade bands, drum majorettes, marching drill squads, artists and performers.

The entertainment line-up includes Spectrum Dance Crew, New Afroteens, Donna Afrika, Melvyn Matthews, Lionel Peterson, Felicia Marion, Shoelace Rockaz’Soul, Chapter Three and the De Ja Vu dance crew.

Another highlight is the national theatre production, Platform 9, on Saturday, at the St Martin De Porres church hall. The celebrity cast includes 7de Laan actor Theodore Jantjies and Isidingo’s Maurice Paige. Tickets cost R70 per person.

The popular Bay production, My bra se tjirrie, will be staged on Saturday, also at the St Martin De Porres church hall at noon. Tickets cost R50 per person.

“The community shows up in their thousands to support local talent, which is an amazing experience to witness. This festival really is about bringing everyone together to celebrate the arts and our shared heritage,” Paulson said.

On Saturday, the Duidelik Kleurvol Music Spectacular will feature a “bring back the stars” show with national artists, Lionel Peterson, Felicia Marion and Melvyn Matthews.

A gospel music show is set for Sunday.

The festival ends on Monday with a cultural display in celebration of Heritage Day and a performance by Chapter Three, “who are one of the most popular groups in the city”.

ýFor more information visit the NAF office at Shop 92, Cleary Park Shopping Centre.

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