Mpumalanga Cultural Xperience festival starts this month

CULTURE, Sport and Recreation MEC, Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, has called on the people of Mpumalanga to support the annual Mpumalanga Cultural Xperience festival starting on November 22 at the Emnotweni Arena.

“This festival continues to be popular for its high impact performances for social cohesion,” Ntshalintshali said during the official launch of the fourth edition of the Xperience, which was held at Emnotweni Sun on October 31.

“South Africans need to support this initiative for its intended purpose of promoting social cohesion and nation building through culture and giving young and upcoming artists an opportunity to showcase their talent,” she added.

This year’s festival will start with a Comedy Xperience at Emnotweni Arena featuring Donovan Goliath, Thenjiwe, Mduduzi Ntuli, Mathewu Boza, Stopnonsons, Tsietsi Matlakala, Ngcozi Yebo and Salesman.

It will be followed by a Street Carnival Xperience at the Promenade Centre and Kasi Xperience at Ebukhosini Resort in Nkomazi on November 29, featuring Madumane, AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Trevor Dee, Uncle Mdu, DJ Zoe and Sergio.

On November 30 the festival will offer a triple bill of excitement and entertainment. It starts with Traditional Xperience at Esigodlweni in Kahhoyi (Nkomazi), followed by Bubbly Lifestyle Xperience at the Botanical Gardens in Nelspruit and the day will end with Music Xperience at Mbombela Stadium featuring Kwesta, Dr Malinga, TP Zet and Chosen, Lil da Kid and Mlindo, The Vocalist.

The festival will usher in the festive season with Soul Session and Bubbly Lifestyle Xperience on December 1 at the Botanical Gardens featuring Afrotraction, Samthing Soweto, Micasa, Musa, Karabo, Stimela, Wilson B Nkosi, Sweetmike and Princess Indlovukazi.

This year’s Cultural Xperience will conclude with the Gospel Music Awards on December 8 at Communio Church featuring Vashawn Mitchell, Lebo Sekgobela, Sicelo Moyo, Godfrey Mondlane and Sbu Noah.

“We need to acknowledge cultural diversity and cultural heritage and promote unity by affirming, conversing and celebrating people’s way of life while establishing culture as an economic investment,” Ntshalintshali said.