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Tshwane is the place to be for festive delights this advent

Nov 26, 2012 | Sunday World Report |

BEFORE you kick off and head for the hills, party up a storm in the city of Tshwane.

Pretoria is putting together its annual Mzansi Fela Festival, which promises to be a blast with laughs, music and drama.

The party kicks off on World Aids Day on December 1 from the Union Buildings to the State Theatre, where the official opening will take place with various performances at Lillian Ngoyi Square.

Aubrey Sekhabi, the theatre's artistic director, says he would like to see it become a South African marketplace for the performing arts.

"We are already seeing bigger international interest in the festival with each passing year and I hope that one day it becomes known as the place to be to see not just the best of what South Africa has to offer at the moment, but also what we have for the future."

Catch comedians Kedibone Mulaudzi, Mel Miller, Judy Jake, Tall Ass Mo and Deep Fried Man at the Rendezvous Theatre on December 8.

Theatre shows will also form a major part of the Fela Festival, from solo shows through to larger stage productions and musical theatre.

Sekhabi believes this year's programme is the best they have had since the festival began in 2007.

"We have thrilling one-handers: up- and-coming talent Omphile Molusi in Itsoseng, the superb James Cunningham in Nick Warren's Sunday Morning and the amazing Nicola Hanekom in Hol. Solo shows have never been this fun," he says.

No less than 14 different shows will be staged at The Momentum Theatre.

Musicians catering for all ages and taste will also be on offer - from Zahara to the Parlotones, Four Seasons to Sibongile Khumalo, who celebrates two decades in music.

Ngwako Manamela and Ladies in Jazz will also make this festive period a merry one for the residents of Tshwane.

The festival ends on December 15.

For more information go to www.statetheatre.co.za

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