In celebration of 20 years of freedom and democracy, the first Awesome iLembe Arts Festival will take place across the iLembe region on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal from 8 to 10 August 2014. An innovative and far sighted initiative by the Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with producers Awesome Africa Festival Productions, this multi-cultural event will take the music to the people - and directly into the communities themselves at venues in Mandeni, Ndwedwe, Maphumulo and KwaDukuza.
The Festival will feature around 40 local, national and international artists in the disciplines of music, theatre, dance, poetry, storytelling and arts and crafts, with the main focus falling on music this year. Audiences will be enthralled by contributions from various music genres and themes including jazz, gospel, pop, rock, pan-african, maskandi, isicathamiya, hip hop, Indian traditional, Bollywood, and various "world music" styles. The Festival will also include the "Funk it Up" DJ Experience, as well as a focus on South African legends and a Songwriters' Hall of Fame.
As the Festival falls over the "Women's Day" weekend, there will be a strong focus on women artists, and in the special concert commemorating legends, the first artist to be featured will be the incomparable Ray Phiri with his "The Man, The Music, The Friendships" concept.
In keeping with the Festival's aim of showcasing local talent, it is envisaged that up to 50% of all talent will be drawn from the iLembe region. The international artists will be chosen for their passion and dedication in collaborating and transferring skills to local artists, and renowned KZN based mentors will work alongside local talent and local event managers to prepare them for the festival.
For further information on the Festival, or for anyone in the ILembe region who would like to be involved, please visit the web site
or call Gabi Nkabinde on 084-3578860.