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The Executive Mayor of George, Alderman Leon van Wyk on Monday, 21 November 2022 announced that this year’s George Lights Festival, an annual celebration that marks the beginning of the festive season will, for the first time in history, take place at Kaptein Dikkop Amphitheatre, Pacaltsdorp.

“It is my honour as your Executive Mayor to announce that the lights Festival will be held at Kaptein Dikkop Amphitheatre in Pacaltsdorp. This site was chosen for our lights festival as it is a unique amphitheatre, built to honour the memory of Chief Dikkop, who was the leader of the Khoi – Khoi, the first inhabitants of Hoogekraal – now known as Pacaltsdorp.” Mayor van Wyk said during his visit to the venue on Monday, 21 November 2022.

The amphitheatre is used for community gatherings like the monthly Pacaltsdorp Market Day, and now, the annual Pacaltsdorp Lights Festival.

“This year, we are bringing the official lights festival to this historic site and opening it up to every resident in George to celebrate with us. Having this festival here will not only provide much-needed exposure to this venue but will also boost the local economy and showcase the vendors that play such an important role in this part of our beautiful city,” Alderman van Wyk added.

“Having looked at the arrangements made by the organisers, this festival promises not only to boost the local economy but also to be a fun-filled evening, with something to do for EVERYONE! There will be live performances by local artists, food stalls, arts and crafts stalls and a kiddie’s corner! Bring your family, neighbours, and friends as we officially switch on the lights and reign in the festive season, I cannot wait to see you all there!”

The festival event details are as follows:

When              : 10th December 2022

Where            : Kaptein Dikkop Amphitheatre, Pacaltsdorp

Time                :14h00 – 22h00

Seats are limited, so be sure to get there early. If you have any enquiries, please contact Special Programmes & Project Coordinator for Community Development in the George Municipality, Jonathan Fortuin: 044 802 2000 or 061 624 7431.

Executive Mayor’s announcement video in English

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