The Soweto Festival Expo

By Time of article published Sep 23, 2010

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Over the past 6 years, The Soweto Festival Expo has grown its reputation of entertainment, lifestyle and exhibition. This year, the entertainment will be wild, the activities will be crazy and the environment will be buzzing with excitement yet very relaxing.

Get your dancing shoes on and get down to music from entertaining artists from all over Africa. The entertainment line promises to be banging with four main stages namely The Boma, KidsZone, YouthZone and the Amstel Beer Garden.

For the third year running, Jozi FM will be host to the Boma which will be created as the main stage of the Festival Expo.

The Boma will host a variety of music ranging from Traditional Music and Dance, Gospel, Poetry, Story-telling and a whole lot more to keep with the tradition of Heritage Weekend. Well known artist from the 999 stable, Ntando, Howza to name a few, will be entertaining visitors with their jamming music.

Willards, the official sponsor of the KidsZone, will cater to the 3 to 10 and 11 to 18 age groups. A safe area will be provided for parents to drop of their kids while they enjoy the exhibition and activities provided for parents. The kids will kept occupied by jumping castles and face painters under the watchful eyes of dedicated and experienced staff.

The older kids will be kept busy with the Willards Hip Hop Teen Stage, with a lineup of performers the teens will identify with.

The GCRA, an independently run tertiary institution under the wing of the Gauteng Department of Education, is this year's Silver Sponsor of the Youth Zone. In partnership with the GCRA, the Festival organisers are bussing in 5000 Grades 10-12 learners from Soweto and surrounding schools on Sept 21st and 22nd to visit the Youth Zone.

The Youth Zone will be Crazy with entertainment by Etv's popular Craz-e TV programme at the in the UJ Arena. The Youth plays a vital role in the Festival Expo and the whole Arena will be dedicated to entertain, motivate and provide career guidance to the youth. ETV will host talent shows, quizzes and celebrity appearances and will transform the Arena to be a replica of the programme TV set, produced by Red Pepper Studios.

The Famous Amstel Beer Garden will again be sponsored by Brandhouse. Well known and emerging artists and DJs will entertain visitors with Jazz as they chill and enjoy beverages and mouth watering food. This year, the Amstel Beer Garden will host a Jazz Stokvel competition. Jazz Stokvels from all over Soweto will come together and battle on the Sunday of the Festival Expo.

Shoprite has once again taken a huge stand with their Shoprite Taste Sensation campaign. A full programme of food preparation and tastings, as well as wine tasting aimed at the Soweto Consumer, will feature celebrity chefs. The Shoprite Taste Sensation was hugely successful last year with thousands of people flocking keen to learn more about food and wine.

The Festival Expo will again bring fashion, interior decoration, health and beauty and more intriguing exhibitors on board as part of their uncompromising entertainment line-up. With so much entertainment, you don't want to miss The Soweto Festival Expo.

- The Soweto Festival Expo will be on the 23rd to 26th September at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus.

BOMA PROGRAMME

THURSDAY 23

- 13.00 - 14.30: Mzambiya, poetry and hip hop

- 14.30 - 16.00: Soweto TV

- 16.00: Donald

- 17.00: Beatboxing

- 17.15 - 18.30: Soweto TV

- 18.45 - 20.00: Jozi FM DJs

- 20.00: Close

FRIDAY 24 (HERITAGE DAY)

- 11.15 - 11.45: Kwesukela

- 12.15 - 12.45: Ntatakusa Maskandi Dancers

- 13.15 - 14.00: Sithi Theatre Productions

- 14.15 - 14.45: Magnificat Performing Artists

- 15.15 - 16.00: Gaetsho Wedding & African Design

- 16.15 - 17.00: Platform One

- 17.15 - 17.45: Tsonga & Venda

- 18.00 - 18.30: Amaryoni

- 19.00 - 20.00: Izintombi Zesimanje Manje

- 20.00: Close

SATURDAY 25

- 11.30 - 12.00: Kwesukela

- 12.30 - 13.00: Ncane Kunene

- 13.30 - 14.00: Antonia Lyons

- 14.30 - 15.15: Africa Business Concept Fashion Show

- 15.45 - 16.15: Interactive Drumming Session

- 16.30 - 17.00: A2A

- 17.30 - 18.30: Ntombi

- 18.30 - 19.00: HOWZA

- 19.00 - 20.00: 999 artists

- 20.00: Close

SUNDAY 26

- 11.30 - 12.00: Kwesukela

- 12.30 - 13.30: Creative 8 Artists

- 13.45 - 14.00: Njabulo 'Seh' Nene

- 14.00 - 14.30: Junior Amadodana aseweseli

- 14.30 - 15.00: UJ Choir

- 15.00 - 15.45: Vuyo Tyolo

- 15.45 - 16.15: UJ Gospel Choir

- 16.30 - 17.15: Winnie Mashaba

- 17.30 - 18.15: Ntando

- 18.30: Close

AMSTEL BEER GARDEN

THURSDAY 23

- 13.00 - 16.00: DJs - Ntando and friends

- 16.00 - 16.45: Lunga Mgcina

- 17.15 - 18.00: Lerato Moloisane

- 18.30 - 19.30: SAFIKA Jazz Band

- 19.30: Close

FRIDAY 24 (HERITAGE DAY)

- 13.30 - 14.30: MMP Jazz Band

- 14.30 - 15.30: Mesh Mapetla

- 15.30 - 16.15: Sbu 'Big Voice Jack' Lerole

- 16.30 - 17.30: Mesh Mapetla

- 17.30 - 18.15: Pu2Ma

- 18.30 - 19.30: Bheki Khoza

- 19.30: Close

SATURDAY 25

- 13.00 - 14.00: DJ Neo

- 14.00 - 14.45: Radical Afro Sounds

- 14.45 - 15.30: DJ Neo

- 15.30 - 16.30: Alex Band

- 16.30 - 17.00: DJ Neo

- 17.00 - 17.45: Sophiatown Sistas

- 17.45 - 18.15: DJ Neo

- 18.15 - 19.15: Ndumiso

- 19.30: Close

SUNDAY 26

MC: Stan Bodibe

DJ/MC: Mesh Mapetla

- 13.15 - 14.00: Wafa Wafa

- 14.00 - 15.00: Stokvel acivitity: Give-aways

- 15.00 - 15.45: Zonke

- 16.00 - 17.00: Stokvel acivitity: Dance comp.

- 17.00 - 18.00: Barney Rachabane

- 18.00 - 18.30: DJ

- 18.30: Close

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