Issued by George Municipality, 9 December 2022
The George Municipality wishes to confirm that the George Lights Festival 2022 will continue tomorrow, 10 December 2022, at the Kaptein Dikkop Amphitheatre in Pacaltsdorp despite the probability of load-shedding (Note that at the time of issuing this statement the new load-shedding schedule had not been issued by Eskom).
Without any compromise to the quality, the line-up of artists and other features of the festival, such as the display and sale of vendors’ products, the organisers have amended the duration of the George Festival to adjust to possible power outages while also ensuring much-desired convenience for the festival goers.
The festival is supported by the Pacaltsdorp Religious Leaders Forum of the George Lights Festival. The Municipality commends the role played by the Pacaltsdorp Religious Leader Forum in relation to the history of the Pacaltsdorp Lights Festival and is grateful that there is a mutual understanding regarding the hosting of a successful George Lights Festival in Pacaltsdorp.
The amended official duration of the programme will be 14:00 until 20:00 and not until 22:00, as originally planned. The organisers have carefully amended the programme to finish two hours earlier, but still provide the same quality of entertainment for the festival goers. Thus, the Executive Mayor of George, Alderman Leon van Wyk will switch on the lights at 19:50 so that all festival goers can be released by 20:00 and get home before it is too dark.
The George Lights Festival remains a very important event in the Events Calendar of the City of George. Its contribution to kicking off a good-spirited festive season, the showcasing of the best talent George has on offer, and providing much-needed opportunities to local traders, cannot be overlooked.
The main artists for this year’s festival are Gregory Noble, Geraldo Lewis, Wesso’s, T.B.C and Veronique Ferndale among others. This is a celebration not to be missed as it will be fun-filled, and everyone has been catered for, from children to adults. 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 and hail in the festive season.
George Municipality Law Enforcement, South African Police Service (SAPS) Pacaltsdorp and local Neighbourhood watches will be present, as the safety of the attendees is a priority. Law enforcement agencies will have ZERO tolerance towards any criminal or undesired activities.
The festival event details are as follows:
Date: 10th December 2022
Venue: Kaptein Dikkop Amphitheatre, Mission Street, Pacaltsdorp
Time:14h00 – 20h00
MC: PETER JAFTA
KIDDIES’ CORNER ACTIVITIES:
• JUMPING CASTLES
• FACE PAINT
• DANTJIEKAT – (TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT)
• Georgie Mascot (Go George)
14H00 – OFFICIAL WELCOMING – DELEGATE OF COUNCIL
14H10 – OPENING & SHORT WORD – PASTOR ALLEN SPIES
14H20 – TEAM CURIOSITY
14H30 – CHANGE THE MINDSET DANCE CREW
14H40 – PACALTSDORP PRIMARY SCHOOL CHOIR
14H50 – ANNOINTED YOUTH -DANCE CREW
15H00 – BREATH LIFE DANCE GROUP
15H10 – BERONIQUE & LYNETTE
15H15 – ILITHA SPECIAL SCHOOL (SING
15H20 – SUENELL RUITERS (SING)
15H25 – AYANDA GUTSHA (RAP)
15H30 – ZOE MEYER-(SING)
16H35 – MAX GOZO-(RAP)
16H40 – MEGAN APPELS (SING)
16H50 – LEE-QUION STALMEESTER-(DANCE)
16H55 – BLXCK(RAP)
17H00 – GEPPE(RAP)
17H05 – GRAZIEL HEATHCOTE(RAP)
17H10 – STIVI G & POKE(RAP)
17H15 – AFRIKA RISE & SHINE (RAP)
17H20 – CARLY ADAMS (LIP SING)
17H25 – RODGER HLD(RAP)
17H35 – SLAUTER HOUSE(DANCE)
17H40 – DOROTHY VAN WYNGAARD(SING)
17H50 – KEADE (SING)
17H55 – MUSISEAN(SING)
18H00 – JONTHY MARTIN(SING)
18H10 – STEPHEN DE KLERK(SING)
18H20 – LORENZO PRETORIUS(SING)
18H30 – LE CLUE SONDAY(SING)
18H40 – WESSO’S
18H50 – WIMPEE
19H00 – OPENING ACT – FANATIC STAGE BAND
19H15 – GREGORY NOBLE
19H30 – GERALDO LEWIS
19H40 – TBC
19H50 – 20H00- EXECUTIVE MAYOR ALDERMAN LEON VAN WYK (KEYNOTE ADDRESS & SWITCH-ON OF LIGHTS)
Below street closure for Light’s Festival:
Closure of Church Street [c/o Mission & Church Street; c/o Church & Populier Street.
The closure will be done from 11H00 – 22H00 to allow for set-up as well as pack-up after the event.
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.
Note to editors:
The Kaptein Dikkop Amphitheatre in Pacaltsdorp 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. The amphitheatre is used for community gatherings like the monthly Pacaltsdorp Market Day, and now, the annual Pacaltsdorp Lights Festival.