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July 12, 2011

Ubuntu Festival 2011: Celebrating the Father of the Nation

Ubuntu festival

Photo courtesy Johannes.Schopka

The Mother City will don her best colours, showcase her best talents and celebrate the Father of the Nation, Nelson Mandela, at the ever-popular Ubuntu Festival at St George’s Mall in the city centre from July 15 to 18, 2011.

Now in its third year, the festival is a celebration of Mr Mandela’s 93rd birthday and also aims to bring the spirit of ubuntu (humanity to others) to Cape Town. With a feast of lively activities planned for the day, the gees (festive spirit) we enjoyed during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ will once again ring through the CBD.

Getting the party off to a tasty start is the much-loved Earth Fair Food Market. Renowned for satisfying the hungry each Thursday at St George’s Mall, the fresh produce and gourmet vendors will have festival-goers salivating with their tantalising offerings.

Then, get down on the dance floor with the Pop up Party at the Red Bull stage. Featuring a selection of the Mother City’s hottest DJs, singers, dancers and more, this will be a non-stop party like you’ve never seen before.

Ready, steady, cook! It’s chefs extraordinaire versus the amateur cooks in a charity cook-off at the atrium of Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa. Fulfil your 67 minutes of community service by doing ladle-to-ladle combat with the Three Cities Group’s top chefs, as you prepare ingredients to be used for pots of stews and soups for the needy. Your super chopping skills are needed to beat last year’s record when more than two tons of food were delivered to the communities.

Entry for this wonderful celebratory festival is free, so bring the entire family along and enjoy a day in the city.

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