Ubuntu Festival – Harnessing the “gees” of the World Cup

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The Ubuntu Festival – which runs from Friday 16 – 18 July – will, once again, in the spirit of Nelson Mandela, aim to promote unity in Cape Town.The festival, the second of its kind in the city, will culminate with the celebration of Mandela Day on Sunday 18 July, which is Mandela’s 92nd birthday.

The partners in the festival are Cape Town Tourism, the City of Cape Town, Provincial Government: Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport and the Arts and Culture Trust, while the Cape Town Partnership/CCID is supporting the event.

Epitomizing Mr Mandela’s philosophy of ubuntu, the festivities  take place in the heart of the old city from Mandela Rhodes Place across St Georges Mall and along Church Street.

With a programme that includes an Ubuntu business breakfast, a special dinner to celebrate Mandela’s birthday, a day of top class music plus a cultural cuisine quarter, community activities and an Ubuntu Symposium where we find ways to harness the “gees”, the historic old City of Cape Town at the top of St George’s Mall will reverberate with activities reminiscent of the Fan Walk.

The Ubuntu Festival programme starts on Friday July 16 with an Ubuntu business breakfast hosted by the SA Ubuntu Foundation.  These popular networking breakfasts are attended by top business people in the City and you can make valuable connections to take your business forward.

Participants are also invited to spend their 67 minutes of community work by joining a group of celebrity chefs to help cook up great meals for the various shelters in the city.

A gala Ubuntu dinner at The Rainbow Room in celebration of Mandela’s Birthday will be held on Saturday 17 July and will present a line up of top musicians and divas as well as a sneak preview of the upcoming Cape Town Show.

DJ’s from Good Hope FM will bring the best of Cape Town music to the Grand Stage in St George’s Mall on Sunday 18 July, Mandela Day. These include Hot Water, The Gugulethu Tenors, Coda, Sterling EQ, Mthika and other genres.  The music festival will run from 10 am to 5pm.

Participants will also be able to relax with some of the culinary delicacies and produce of the Cultural Cuisine Quarter.

The programme ends on Monday 19 July when an Ubuntu symposium sees leaders of the community interact with local business and individuals to explore and find solutions for harnessing this unique spirit of Ubuntu that we have shown so proudly over previous weeks. The sessions will be lively and interactive.

“The incredible vibe we saw during the World cup shows that “Ubuntu” is a strong and proud facet of our people. We broke down barriers and welcomed everyone to the City with open arms. The continuity of this spirit in every part of our day to day lives, at home and in business, is the power of this nation and by celebrating Ubuntu we want to show that this is the way we live every day!” said Kevin Chaplin of the SA Ubuntu Foundation, founder of the Festival.

Mariette du Toit Helmbold, CEO of Cape Town Tourism added, “The World Cup has shown that our spirit of Ubuntu is a unique attraction in its own right! Cape Town has won the hearts and minds of every visitor to our city during the past few weeks. Our citizens’ enthusiasm and pride is at an all-time high – Cape Town is an authentic place with so much beauty, contrast and texture, so much to love. And it is the people of Cape Town that personify the unique spirit of this city. Local citizens have been central to the success of the World Cup this far and I am confident that we will continue to embrace each other and our visitors with the same warmth as we celebrate the birthday of one of humanity’s greatest icons.”

Successfully uniting Capetonians and bringing them back to the heart of the City is one of the major objectives of the Ubuntu Festival and organizer Alison McCutcheon of Rainbow Experiential Marketing with Kevin Chaplin, Managing Director of the SA Ubuntu Foundation, are determined that Capetonians enjoy the delights that the centre of the City has to offer. With co-hosts Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa, look forward to a weekend that continues that special spirit of our people. Now that we’ve proved that the City is a great place to be no reason to sit at home – come join the Ubuntu festival and celebrate our differences!

Enquiries: 021 462 5052 SA Ubuntu Foundation www.saubuntu.co.za

To book for the Symposium or dinner: www.webtickets.co.za

Ubuntu Festival – 16 to 19 July 2010
Friday July 16
Ubuntu Business breakfast
08h00 for 08h15
The Pavilion Conference Centre V&A Waterfront
Speaker  Mr. Mewa Ramgobin, Author of Waiting To Live and Prisms Of Light National Vice President Congress of SA Writers
Booking ilchen@saubuntu.co.za

Saturday 17 July
Community cook Off
In association with Shoprite and Three Cities Hotels
The Atrium at Mandela Rhodes Place, On Church Street
67 minutes of volunteer work for Mandela Day from 10h00 onwards
Giggling Gourmet, Jenny Morris 12h00 to 14h00

Gala Ubuntu dinner
The Rainbow Room at Mandela Rhodes Place
19h00 until late
Celebration of Mr Mandela’s Birthday
Four course dinner
Gugulethu Tenors, Thembi Mshali, Mtinka, Andrew Young Band
Sneak preview of the upcoming Cape Town Show
R750 per plate or R7000 table of ten

Sunday 18 July
FREE music festival
Grand Stage in St George’s Mall
10am to 6pm
DJ’s from Good Hope FM, Out of Africa, Coda, Hessel van der Walt, Tina Schouw, The Gugulethu Tenors, Moreira Project, Karin Kortjie, Saalim Ismail, Men Blessed

Cultural Cuisine Quarter
10am to 6pm
Church Street
Wide variety of foods from all over the world
Local cultural delicacies.

Monday 19 July
Ubuntu Symposium,
in association with Cape Town Tourism,
2pm to 5.30pm
Taj Hotel in St George’s Mall
Facilitator Mwenya Kabwe
Panel: Jenny Cargill (BusinessMap), Max Moyo (Head of Emerging Market Development at Allan Gray) and Tony Ehrenreich (regional secretary, Western Cape, of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU
The price per person is R200
Special concessions for Cape Town Tourism and Creative Cape Town cluster members
17h30: Participants move to The Rainbow Room in Mandela Rhodes Place

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