Sunny weather is expected over the Sundays River Valley as it goes wild at the 13th annual Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees this weekend.
Themed “Celebrating becoming a teenager” in 2014, the Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees features a galaxy of award-winning stars, over 350 specialist stalls and a jam-packed programme that offers something for everyone to enjoy.
“The main tents are already up and everything is going to plan to open on Friday,” says festival director Jenni Honsbein.
Tourism minister Derek Hanekom is the main speaker at the official opening on Thursday night.
“We are delighted that minister Hanekom, who is the MP for the valley, will be here to experience the festival for himself,” says Honsbein.
Artists to be seen live on the biggest stage in the Eastern Cape include 2014 Ghoema award-winners Karlien van Jaarsveld (best pop album by a female artist for her album “Uitklophou” as well as best female artist of the year award), Andriette Norman (winner of the best contemporary album by a female), Bobby van Jaarsveld (who won the best music video award with Riana Nel for their music video “Eens in ‘n leeftyd”), Jay (who won the best pop album by a male artist for “Dis hoe ons rol”) and Elvis Blue (who won the awards for best album for the year and best male artist for the year).
Other multi award-winning acts include the Parlotones, Mango Groove and perennial show favourite – Emo Adams.
In addition, the multi award-winning play “Oskar en die Pienk tannie”, with Sandra Prinsloo in the lead role, is being brought to the Eastern Cape by the Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees. The play will be staged in the Kirkwood High School hall on Saturday, June 28.
And, for something a little “wilder,” the Wildsfees also features burlesque for the first time with the “Tipsy Gypsy” stage show.
Off the stage, the “wild” action will include: an aerobatic display by four time South African aerobatic champion Patrick Davidson; multi award-winning chef Jodi-Ann Pearton; 11 time South African trials champion “one wheel” Brent le Riche with his Extreme Motorcycle Trials Show, and champion dogs and cats.
Other interesting attractions include: getting close and personal with alpacas and angora goats – and their high-fashion products; reptiles and other creepy-crawlies in the Walk on the Wildside experience; bidding for prime buffalo from the Addo Elephant National Park, and the biggest car, agricultural, 4×4 and outdoor expos in one place at the same time in the Eastern Cape.
A new addition to the three day programme is the Algoa FM/Coca-Cola Songololo Stretch, which will host live entertainment through the day for children.
There is a safe Kidz Zone designated for the young while the parents shop and enjoy the festival vibe.
The Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees 2014, a place to feel like a teen again – no matter your age – will kick off on Friday, June 27 and will end on Sunday, June 29 with a concert by Mango Groove.
There will also be big screens so rugby fans don’t miss all the action of the Springboks-Scotland game on the Saturday evening.