As we celebrate the Easter Weekend festivities countrywide, Diamonds and Dorings will be staged over two days, from April 4 to 5.
The ‘City that sparkles’ synonymous with tourists -as a result of the international tourist site The Big Hole -would spring up the economical benefits (GDP) into the sleepy town or Sol Plaatjie Municipality, as it known politically, although until this stage figures are hard to come-by.
“The vision of the Department of Arts and Culture goes beyond social cohesion, we believe that arts, culture and heritage play a pivotal role in the economic self determination and skills development of people hence the department’s continuous support of this event,” says Northern Cape’s MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation Lebogang Motlaping.
Saturday, April 4th from Mittah Separapara Convention Centre at 6am, a marathon featuring local fitness and runners clubs, at least 1000 people are expected to flex their muscles and bucket sweat a bit…
Later in the evening, a Comedy Night at the same venue will feature David Kau & Friends and Wayne Mackay.
Then the reason why D&D is so much celebrated; and has become one of key highlights on the entertainment calendar in SA, goes down on Sunday April 5, at the Langleg Resort. (I hope to see developmental changes at this place since it has the potential to grow).
The line-up brags-off the ‘soldiering-on’ Mango Groove, soulstress Zonke, internationally acclaimed Thandiswa Mazwai, unassuming Kelly Khumalo, chart busters The Soil, likeable Muzart, balladeer Ringo, cultural-orientated Bhudaza, ‘millionare’ DaLez, award winner Khuli Chana, and locals Rhythmic Vocalists, Tribal Culture, SMS, DukeSoul, Lacoste and many more.
According to Somandla Sibisi, one of the organisers they’ve invited local taxis to be used as shuttles in an effort to curb the irritating traffic and unnecessary long queues.
Tickets to the festival are R220 and available at Computicket nationwide.
D & D is proudly supported by the Sol Plaatje Municipality and National Department of Arts and Culture.