Carnival kicks off in the Vaal

Tuesday, 27 August 2019 - The ELM Vaal River Carnival is BACK - BIGGER and BETTER with a spectacular calendar of events!

The Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM) in partnership with private businesses presents the 2019 Vaal River Carnival (VRC). This annual event will be celebrating its 17th year of success with an exciting and fun-filled calendar of events from 30th August until the 28th September 2019.

Since its inception in 2002, this exciting showcase continues to deliver on its charge to market the Sedibeng region and create opportunities for local businesses. The carnival runs for a month with a total of 14 events.

Similar to the ones prior, the 2019 Carnival features a vibrant program of events showcasing quality arts, poetry, music conference, marathon, music session, golf challenge and a variety of festivals. The ELM Arts and Culture and Tourism Departments are in full support of the carnival, not forgetting all of the

participants/event organizers who come together and collectively contribute to what is now known as a month long out of this world entertainment in the Vaal.
Kicking off a jam-packed weekend of festivities is the Sedibeng Music Conference on Friday, the 30th August 2019. The conference will be held at the Eldorado Community Arts Centre from 10h00.

Weekend entertainment peaks on Saturday, the 31st August with three trailblazing events. Firstly, Stonehaven on Vaal will be hosting the Stonehaven Spring Beer Festival from 10h00 with performance from artists like Dan Patlansky, Matthew Mole, The Parlotones, Jerry and The Bandits. The fun continues with the 5th edition of the Sedibeng Spring Fest hosted by G-Mission Entertainment. The event boasts a “KASI” style family entertainment picnic and revelers are expected to fill-up the Zone 3 Stadium from 10h00, with performances from Zano, Soulstar, the award-winning Big Zulu and top local entertainers and DJs. Wrapping up the fun-filled day, One Big Entertainment will host the One Big Night in Sebokeng at the Saul Tsotetsi Sports Complex. This respectful celebration of Women in light of the roles they played in the liberation struggle will kickstart at 17h00. Lira, Holly Rey and Zamo will grace the stage on the day.

On Sunday the 1st September at 06h00, join in on the fun for the 3rd annual Rand Water Vaal River City Marathon. Track and field enthusiasts will gather in their numbers at the Isak Steyl Stadium for run. The marathon is held in partnership with Lekoa Athletics Club.

On the second week of the programme, the Carnival offers an exciting line up of events ranging from arts, festival to a parade.

On Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th September 2019 at 08h00, the Khwela Theatre Production will host the Kwasukasukela Show (a story-telling arts and culture session) at the Eldorado Community Arts Center.

Still on the 7th, the LGBTI Pride will host their first ever LGBTI Vaal Pride Parade under the VRC banner at Dlomo Dam in Sharpeville from 10h00. Moreover, MSP Entertainment will host the NWU Rag Festival at the NWU-Vaal Campus from 12h00 featuring Ricky Rick, Nadia Nakai, Dj. Ganyane, Dj. Maphorisa and many more. MSP Entertainment will host the All White Sunday Soul Session on Sunday the 8th September.

On Saturday the 14th September 2019, the ELM Arts and Culture jointly with the Gospel Association will host the VRC Indigenous Gospel and Brass Band Festival at the Eldorado Community Arts Centre from 10h00. On Sunday the 15th of September, Sharpeville Cycling will host the Vaal Cycling Challenge at the Emerald Casino and resort from 06h00.

On the 20th, 22nd and 28th of September 2019, the VRC brings you yet another exciting line up of events. On Friday, the One Big Charity Golf Day at Maccauvlei Golf Course will kick-off a fun-filled weekend of social conscience, healthy living and music. The Golf Day starts at 10h00.

On Saturday, One Big Entertainment will host the spectacular Jazz by The River from 10h00 with live performances from the iconic Tshepo Tshola, Brenda Mtambo and Jaziel Brothers.

Saturday the 28th marks the end of the 4 week long Vaal River Carnival spectacle. On this day, Vaal’s very own Mrs. South Africa Tammy Taylor Nails Finalist Vee Van Heerden will host a fundraising 5 km silent walk at the Saul Tsotetsi Sport Complex. The event starts at 07h30.

Come and be part of the festivities and discover the Rhythm of the Vaal. Don’t miss out. It’s the Vaal River Carnival time again!!!

Issued by the Communications Department

Important Numbers