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SA's Macufe On

Bloemfontein's annual Mangaung Arts Cultural Festival (Macufe) started last Friday and will end 13 October 2013. The festival has since inception in 1997, prided itself in providing the best of both African and international artists. This year promises to be yet again an exciting sensation, with Keri Hilson and Anthony Hamilton as headliners.
By Staff Writer Tue 08 Oct 2013, 00:11 am (GMT +2)
The Monitor :: SA's Macufe On

"The Free State Provincial Government has always managed to outdo itself year-after-year with Macufe, making this one of the most exciting weekends for Bloemfontein. The city takes on almost an entirely different person, coming alive more than ever with locals and tourists alike who are always eager to take in the blend of sounds, tastes, sights, and any number of intriguing activities from cultural events to sporting activities and many a musical performance," said Debbie Damant, the Country Manager for Southern Africa for South African Tourism.

Many of South Africa's best entertainers and acts are set to take to the stage - Lira, Hugh Masekela, Jimmy Dludlu, Mafikizolo, Zonke, Khuli Chana, and DJ Tira.

In addition, festival-goers can expect to see the likes of Black Motion, DJ Christos, Ralf GUM, Big Nuz and Vinny Da Vinci.

In keeping with tradition, the Macufe Golf Challenge will be held on the first day of the festival.

This year's festival is set to feature a SeSotho hip hop vs. Motswako (Setswana Hip Hop) night.  Revellers can also look forward to Macufe Rock Festival, Gospel Concert and Macufe Boxing. From 7 to 11 October, attendees have the chance to experience Craft Markets, Development Performances and even a comedy night ahead of the Macufe Indoor Jazz Festival. The Jazz Festival will take place on 10 October and amongst those billed to perform are Hamilton, Masekela, and Judith Sephuma.

The Macufe Youth Festival will be held on 11 October at the Bloemfontein Show Grounds, with artists including Black Coffee, Zakes Bantwini, Ralf Gum and Vinny da Vinci set to keep the young at heart entertained throughout the night.  The same evening will also see the Diva's Concert held at The Dome at Old Grey Sports Grounds, with acts including featuring Zonke, Hilson, Thandiswa Mazwai and Maleh as the perfect build up to the main event.

The Main Music Festival is set to take place at Loch Logan Rose Garden on 12 October.  Hamilton, Hilson, Mafikizolo, Dludlu, Lira and Sipho 'Hotsticks' Mabuse will once more take to the stage as the perfect climax to the ever popular festival.

Macufe is expected to come to a brilliant close on 13 October with local soccer outfit, Bloemfontein Celtics trying to retain the Macufe Cup title against Kaizer Chiefs.

Damant concluded, "Macufe has a long history of captivating the hearts of Batswana travellers into SA and we hope this year will prove no different.  It's truly an incredible opportunity to visit the stellar offerings of Bloemfontein, with something for everyone in the family".

For more information on the Macufe Festival and tickets, visit


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