POLOKWANE – Polokwane Mayor John Mpe said the 2022 edition of the Mapungubwe Arts Festival will add impetus to the local economy, particularly in the tourism and hospitality sectors, bring certain benefits for the community and businesses within the city and relieve local artist from hardship imposed by Covid-19.
Mpe spoke at the official launch of the festival in Polokwane on November 15.
The festival will take place over eight days that will culminate into a music festival on December 10 at the Polokwane Cricket Club.
The activities will start on December 2 with a cultural carnival in Polokwane, followed by a marathon on December 3 and art and crafts market exhibitions at Library Gardens from December 4-9.
On December 9 there will be a comedy night at Jack Botes Hall and thereafter the main festival on December 10.
“The people of Polokwane and the rest of Limpopo have been hungry for these types of festivities. The festival is also coming with certain benefits for the community and businesses within the city. The economic benefits of festivals are the easiest to see as festivals of this nature attract lots of visitors, stimulating the growth of businesses. We dearly want to welcome the staging of the Mapungubwe Arts Festival in Polokwane to showcase the artistic expertise of Limpopo and the country at large,” Mpe said.
He added that municipal employees will also ensure that the facilities to be used are kept clean to ensure success of the event.
“We will work with others to ensure the safety of visitors and attendees at the festival. I want to thank the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture for choosing our city to host the 2022 Mapungubwe Arts Festival. We wish this event a resounding success and all the best with the arrangements.”
Sport, Arts and Culture MEC Naledi Sibanda-Kekana said for the first time in the history of Mapungubwe Arts Festival, 95% of local music artists will have the opportunity to perform.
“Yes we can do it. They are the kings and queens of the entertainment world. Watch this space.”
She revealed that the line-up for music festival will include the hottest dance sensation Makhadzi, Pleasure tsa Manyalo, King Monada, Big Zulu, Dr Rebecca Malope, Dr Winnie Mashaba, Dr Colbert Mukwevho, Dr Joe Shirimani, Penny Penny, Motlanalo and South African Idols 18 winner Thapelo Molomo.
She added that their mandate is to promote a cohesive nation and promote the creative industry.
“For the the whole of the festival the programme is illustrated with a marathon, street parade and artefacts exhibitions from various nationalities.”
Tourism MEC Rodgers Monama who was also present at the launch said the Mapungubwe Arts Festival is simply a unique way of packaging tourism attraction activities within the province.
Monama has indicated that in order to take the province to a higher trajectory, it is important that they do not differentiate between the economy, arts, tourism, culture, agriculture, sports and gambling industry.
“If we are serious about keeping Limpopians in Limpopo and attracting guests into Limpopo this summer, then we have a duty to provide creative packaged tourism products to our people,” Monama said.