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Bigger and better – The PEople's Port Festival is the place to be!

By Jesica Slabbert - Nov 22, 2018
Bigger and better – The PEople's Port Festival is the place to be!

Having drawn in a crowd of more than 90 000 people last year after a long absence, the PEople’s Port Festival for 2018, hosted by Transnet, promises to be bigger and better than ever before. With new highlights from local performances to laser light shows, it is an event you do not want to miss!

The festival is set to take place on the 1st and 2nd of December at the Port of Port Elizabeth.

Celebrate Mandela's memory at the PEople's Port Festival

In its second year, the PEople’s Port Festival’s theme for this year will be focused on celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 100 year Centenary, with a few events taking place in memory of the late, great Madiba.

“We will pay homage to Nelson Mandela as a son of the Eastern Cape and reflect his vision of a Rainbow Nation,” said Rajesh Dana, the Port Elizabeth Port Manager.

Two new Tug boats in the PE Port were named in honour of Nelson Mandela, namely the MVEZO, named after the Eastern Cape village where Mandela was born, and the QUNU, named after the village he grew up in.

With a focus on edu-tainment, the Port Festival celebrates as well as educates people on maritime careers and the inner workings of the port itself. With the youth in mind, there will be many stalls showcasing a variety of maritime and port careers, watersports and the magic of the ocean, in the hopes to increase an interest for the youth.

Have a look at some of the highlights from last year's festival:

Lots to look forward to!

Guests will be able to enjoy informative bus tours of the whole port, as well as touring the SA Agulhas training ship and former polar research vessel.

There will be a large variety of displays throughout the Festival, such as South African Navy Vessels open for tours, dive tank and diving displays, Rubber Duck races, a Yacht Regatta, Ferry Rides, Watersport displays, NSRI displays, a Tug boat ballet and much more!

Another exciting area to look forward to is the BLG Experience Zone, where Bayworld will once again have a fun, interactive area for the whole family to experience. And an amazing shark feature is being added this year, with virtual reality shark-cage diving experiences, as well as a three-metre long robotic shark display and a Baby Shark dance area.

In the BPO Lifestyle Zone, various crafts and produce exhibitions will be open for the public to enjoy. The famous salt artist Percy Maimela will be returning this year to showcase his amazing works of art, and a Lifestyle demo stage will showcase local chefs such as Benny Masekwameng and Lee Duru.

For those who want to bring the kids along, a Kiddies Zone with a variety of fun activities will be around to enjoy, with the majority being for free! Kids can enjoy activities such as Graffiti walls, Gravity Trampolines, Climbing Wall, Mechanical Bull, a Paintball Gallery and Pedal Go-Karts!

For the motor heads and car aficionados, a Motor Show will be on display. Take part in the Spit and Polish Car Show, or the Auto-Care Sound Competition. A variety of vehicles will be on display, from modified vehicles to race cars, bikes and rally vehicles.

Live performances will be taking place from morning till night during the festival, and will include local talents such as the NMU Choir, Brendon Peel Magician, Qhono Africa, Stef the Hypnotist and much more!

Various competitions will be running throughout the festival, with fantastic prizes such as PlayStations, yacht cruises and huge cash prizes.

Free entrance and parking

Entrances to the port will be open from Baakens Street and the Campanile entrance. Guests can rest assured that their vehicles will be looked after, and that parking is totally free!

Festival entrance is free, and most of the activities will be free as well. Various food and drink trucks will be around the festival, as well as a beer garden. Two ATM machines will also be made available, not to mention free Wi-Fi!

To find out more about the PEople’s Port Festival, visit their Facebook page. Keep up with social media by using the tags #loveourport and #PEoplesportfestival.