Bumper Bay summer season in the pipeline

Yoliswa Sobuwa

THE festive season in Nelson Mandela Bay will be “bigger and better” this year, with some national acts expected to help residents and visitors get in the party mood.

Soul Good, the company charged with managing the season’s events, has promised six concerts, three fireworks displays, jazz picnics and more.

The lineup includes Liquideep, The Soil, Monique Bingham, Point 5 and DJ Mthi.

Speaking at the launch yesterday, mayor Ben Fihla said the “bumper summer season” would “showcase the splendour, diversity and magnificence of a truly global city”.

The festivities start with the annual opening of the season being held this year at Happy Valley on December 16.

Then there is the Phola Festival being held at the Red Location Museum and a jazz picnic at the Donkin Reserve.

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism (NMBT) chief executive officer Mandlakazi Skefile said the Bay was ready to welcome visitors and promised them a sizzling summer.

“NMB will be a thrilling destination – with jazz events, fireworks and the IRB Rugby 7s – to spend summer in.

“To ensure travelling and spending time in NMB is a hassle-free and value-for-money experience, NMBT has created the NMB summer packages which include reduced accommodation rates, car rental as well as free and discounted entry into a variety of attractions and activities,” she said.

More than 100000 people are expected at the two New Year’s Eve parties at Hobie Beach and Wells Estate.

The other events are:

  • December 18: Phola Festival at Red Location Museum.

  • December 27: Emayhuyhu Festival in the form of a jazz picnic at the Jabavu Stadium in Uitenhage.

  • December 31: New Year’s Eve concerts and fireworks at Hobie Beach and Wells Estate.

  • January 2: Jazz picnic on the Donkin Reserve.

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