Sun City raises South African entertainment industry with SunFEST.
South Africa’s leading holiday resort, Sun City, will give some of the country’s best musicians a stage to resurrect their careers after the crippling effect which the pandemic has had on the entertainment industry.
SunFest, held in various venues around the resort from December 15 to 19 is a celebration of great comedy and music, said Brett Hoppé, Sun City General Manager. “Covid-19 resulted in big losses for those working in the entertainment industry, with cancelled shows forcing artists to try and make a living by hosting virtual gigs. Many artists had to downscale their spending as they battled to make ends meet, so Sun City is thrilled to be able to give some of our country’s biggest names the platform to boost their careers again, and get back into the limelight where they belong.”
Researchers at Nelson Mandela University undertook a study last year looking at Covid-19’s impact on live music and its venues and the South African economy. They found that for people working in South Africa’s live music sector, the year was “devastating”, with some musicians saying they had lost everything.
“We implore South Africans to come and support SunFest – not only will they get the chance to enjoy great music but at the same time they are supporting the arts by helping these artists earn a livelihood and continue doing what they are doing,” Hoppé said.
On Wednesday December 15, the Botsalanong Boma Dinner sees Martin Bester and Band, Ricus Nel and Band and Demi-Lee Mooreentertaining guests while they enjoy a buffet braai. The cost is R650 per person including a welcome drink.
In the Superbowl, for R550, will be Ralf Gum, Lerato Kganyago, DJ Tira, Josh and DJ Questo and Tumi Morake.
Thursday December 16, the Day of Reconciliation public holiday, sees Jesse Clegg and Refentse on stage in the Botsalanong Boma for dinner at R650 a head while the Superbowl will jive to the sounds of Ayanda MVP, Ralf Gum, Infinix and DJ Sandiso, Josh and DJ Questo for R550.
At Valley of Waves on Friday December 17, it is the turn of Kurt Darren and Brent Harris and the Jam, Majozi, Ms Cosmo, Clinton Viljoen, Zakes Bantwini, Josh and DJ Questo to get the crowd on their feet, with Moji Band, Kurt Darren, Dr Victor, Somizi, Lira, Shimza, Brent Harris and the Jam, and Josh and DJ Questo appearing on Saturday December 18. Sunday December 19 is the last day featuring Clinton Vijoen, Prince Kaybee, Brendan Peyper, Kurt Darren and Brent Harris and the Jam and Josh and DJ Questo with Skhumba. Valley of Waves tickets are R350 a head.
Sun City’s vaccination site will be open for guests who still need to have their Covid-19 jab.
The daily shows, which are exclusive to Sun City hotel guests, start at 6.30pm and end at 11pm. All Covid-19 protocols adhered to.
For accommodation bookings, visit https://www.suninternational.com/sun-city/accommodation/
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