Royal Heritage fest growth complements local sustainability

Trend-setter and Durban born DJ Tipcee forms part of a line-up for the annual Royal Heritage fest in Venda on Sep 8 at Nandoni Dam.

The Royal Gospel and Heritage Festival sees our beautiful province pull together and showcase that we are capable. We are ready to welcome the rest of South Africa to Thohoyandou.

This year will be bigger and better,” exclaimed Royal Gospel and Heritage Festival organizer Shandukani Nesengani.

Celebrating its 7th edition this year, the annual pilgrimage not only draws thousands of revelers throughout the SADC States; it also seeks to improve tourism in the famous Venda region and create direct or indirect job opportunities for locals.

It has been penciled for September 7 to 8 2018, comprising of Gospel (that was a sold out affair last year) and the popular heritage fest. This year sees the partnership with the Limpopo Tourism Agency as means to augment tourist numbers.

Gospel line-up features top dawgz notably Dr Tumi, Worship House, Benjamin Dube, Zaza, Rofhiwa Manyanga, Taki Ndou, Justice Nema, Palesa Ravele, Bishop Roxley Masevhe, Secret of Worship, Takie Sikwivhulu, Rapson Rambuwani, Jay Mbiza, Thili Maumela, Puluso Thenga, Zamo Dlamini, Thabelo Thavhanyedza, Tiyani Maluleke, Naphy M and a surprise act.

It happens at Charis Missionery Church, Makwarela- Thohoyandou on Friday 7. Tickets are now available at Computicket from R200.

My all-time favourite Nandoni Dam (Venda’s best kept secret) will play host to AKA, Colbert Mukwevho, Shekinah, Jonas Gwangwa, Zonke, Dr Thomas Chauke (Tsonga Disco King), Afrotainment (DJ Tira, TipCee, Dladla Mshunqisi, SunEl, Busiswa, Mlindo The Vocalist, King Monada, Leornard Zhakatha, Team Mosha, Benny Mayengani, Zozo, Makhadzi, Sir Mckleker, Zamo Dlamini, Russian Army, Una Rams, Dupa, Kanakana Cook, Mazwale and Sungel.

Dr Tumi will fill up the Charis Missionary Church on Friday at the Gospel fest.

On the decks will be DJs Shimza, Lerato Kganyago, Speedsta, Ganyani, Zinhle, VJ Nutty and for Venrap Power Hour will be Bhamba, Ramseey, Rachakill, Prifix, Bomo, Batondy, Jack Bunny  and a Surprise Act.

Tickets are now available at Computicket from R200 General to R1450 VIP.

Andrew Dipela, LTA board chairperson says their involvement fits perfectly within their mandate that is to support events and destinations that have proved to be viable and community orientated.

The annual Venda King Walk was not confirmed at the time of publishing.

Meanwhile, the #TGEspring18 is set to usher in SA’s Tourism & Heritage month with a host of curated cultural experiences taking place from September 6 to 8 in the majestic city of Venda.

Numerous luxury travel activities with a local twist of cultural flavour are in store for the thousands of patrons that will flock to Venda to come and enjoy a momentous weekend of arts, culture, craft and music.

Kicking off the festivities at the Tropic of Capricorn landmark for refreshments – #TGEspring18 promises guests a weekend filled with differentiated experiences including a tour across what is regarded as the most majestic and beautiful forest in the Limpopo region – the Thathe Vondo sacred forest excursion, followed by lunch at the Tshivhase Tea Estate with spectacular views of the waterfall in the valley.

A Spirit Art Garden Cultural Art Exhibition Market will also be toured where guests will be sampling unique cultural products including local drinks, food and clothing.

Venda’s own. Colbert “Harley” Mukwehvo, will be live at the epic royal heritage fest on Saturday.

A boat cruise in the Nandoni Dam and dinner “under the stars” at Kalahari Water Front also promises to be a memorable experience. This will all be topped with a VIP access pass to the popular Royal Heritage Festival where an exclusive TGE marque will be set-up for the guests including refreshments and entertainment and local delicacies for lunch.

This celebration of Limpopo cultural vibrancy and appreciation for the beautiful province also provides an exceptional opportunity to uplift the Venda community and build social cohesion through the various opportunities for the community.

These include the training of 10 tour guides that will take patrons to the various attractions and share interesting historical facts of the attractions. Tourism graded lodges and community based houses have also been selected as the residence of choice for #TGEspring18, each with its own unique strength.

Petrus Radali co-founder of The Communication Capital says: “We are so excited about this experiences which fuses our three goals so seamlessly – to  celebrate the rich cultural heritage of our province while promoting domestic travel in a way that uplifts the community and create opportunities for young stars.

“Hailing from Limpopo myself, I’ve always wanted people to come and see the sheer wonders of my province and #TGEspring18 will definitely deliver this – from the All white boat cruise to Thathe Sacred Forest Excursion, guests are in for a treat of a lifetime.

#TGEspring18 will give the local tour operators and tour guides an opportunity to showcase and tell their own stories about their province and places of origin,” he said.

Through the #TGEspring18 platform we will also host a Tourism Symposium that will highlight some of the opportunities available for the whole tourism value chain, added Radali.

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