Support community festival

Just like Dad! Trading a microphone for a soft serve is Milan Edwards, (5), helping dad, Mark Edwards, ahead of Father's Day. Mark has his hands full over the next few weeks as Durban comes alive with a multitude of fabulous events. Mark is on the organising team of the second day-long Imbumba Fiesta which will take place in Glenwood’s Bulwer Park on Youth Day, and he is planning for the 24th International Symposium on Electronic Art, which will come to Durban from 23 to 30 June. PHOTO: Sophie Thompson

DON’T miss the second day-long Imbumba Fiesta at Glenwood’s Bulwer Park on Youth Day, Saturday 16 June. On offer is a winter themed market, food stalls, info stands, an open mic and concert, all with an underlying message of encouraging good neighbourliness, supporting underprivileged children and showcasing local artists and crafters.

Imbumba is an isiZulu language name that means “United together in one harmony”. It follows on from the hugely successful event earlier this year. On the strength of that event, it is hoped the Imbumba Fiesta will become a regular community event.

“Our vision is to create a cohesive community celebration to promote local businesses and in so doing help the helpless and give to the needy. Our vision is to paint the city with laughter and smiles of the children and to unearth and promote local talents in music and arts through an open mic platform,” said project manager, Sandile Sithole from Brithm Productions.

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The Youth Day festival will feature an open market to support businesses all day from 9am until 4pm, a Kids Zone caring for children all morning from 9am until 2pm, an Open Mic stage to expose raw local talent from 10am until 2pm, an on-site library drive to keep the nation informed from 11 until 2pm comprising a mobile library and reading marquee, a healthy living promotion from noon until 2pm and a sun-downer concert from 3pm until 7pm.

The event ise hosted by Brithm Productions and supported by the Office of the Premier, eThekwini Municipality, neighbouring KZNSA Gallery, corporate partners, donors, sponsors and community groups. One of the key strategic partners, Colgate, will be bringing their events truck to the Fiesta staffed by dental care professionals offering free dental check-ups and handing out complimentary toothpaste and toothbrushes to children.

The KZNSA Gallery will be open, inviting visitors to visit the gallery and shop, and also inviting visitors to enjoy their licensed restaurant and coveted coffee.

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eThekwini Parks and Recreation will support the day with a display of indigenous plants and trees and staff who can share knowledge about indigenous gardening. They will also be starting the day with an hour long park clean up from 8am to 9am to which the Glenwood community is invited to attend and participate.

Entry to the day is free and all are welcome.

Stall-holders wanting to trade, performers wanting a slot on the Open Mic stage or interested people wanting to become involved with Imbumba, should contact Gabriella Peppas on [email protected] or 078 583 5517 (WhatsApp is best).

 

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