The countdown for the 2019 Winter Festival has officially begun and it is going to heat up the winter nights, while uniting the Newcastle community as one.
With the Winter Festival being the biggest event on the Newcastle Social Calendar, where did it all begin? How did the Winter Festival evolve into an integral part of our community?
Elmar Gouws, marketing manager for the Winter Festival explains the event began approximately 27 years ago as an agriculture show, later developing into a four-day festival in the late 90s.
“The main aim was to provide a platform to raise funds to push back into our community and to support the local NPO’S. This is still our motto and although times are tough, our goal of giving back is still being achieved. We have 40 volunteers who start planning the festival from September to the end of April. Our driving passion to make the Winter Festival successful stems from our motto ‘For the Community by the Community’.”
Through the Winter Festival’s evolution, people can now also purchase tickets online. Elmar explains tickets are available at www.ticketrush.co.za
“There are some great deals and some discounted packages, which are only available online. A three-day Adult pass costs R180, meaning a person saves R30. A three-day children’s pass costs R130 online, which means you save R20. There is also a family package for three days, this is for two adults and two children and will cost R600, which is a savings of R120. A family package for one day, which is two adults and two children will cost R220, and you will save R20,” explains Elmar.
On Friday night, April 26, Janie Bay, Ray Dylan, Touch of Class, Jan Bloukaas and Beatenberg will perform for the community.
On Saturday, April 27, DJ PSA, The Duchas, Sjava and Shekhina will be performing for avid fans.
When it comes to enjoying an event, the question of parking always comes up. But for those preparing to enjoy the 2019 Winter Festival, parking has been taken care of.
“Parking will be available at the main entrance on Hardwick Street, by the oval
There is another change to this year’s festival. A change which will surely be welcomed by the community.
“We have changed the pass out rule. You can now come and go as you please, as there is no cut of time anymore. As long as you have your stamp, you will not have to pay again after 7pm like in the past,” Elmar concludes.
With a stellar line up for entertainment, ample parking and an array of stalls, be sure to visit the 2019 Winter Festival.
The Newcastillian will keep you updated as we count down to this awesome event!