THE 2017 Morgan Bay Footprints Festival promises to bring popular entertainment and a wide variety of craft and market stalls to the cosy coastal community.
As with the three previous festivals, this year’s Footprints Festival aims to showcase local talent while raising money to improve the infrastructure within the area and boost tourism during a traditionally quiet winter season.
This year, the committee also aims to uplift the local community through the provision of skills training and temporary employment. The festival is also raising awareness about the need for effective, environmentally friendly waste management. Footprint Fest is focused on involving all the groups of people that create our unique community with an emphasis on social cohesion and bridging the communities of Morgan Bay.
From Friday to Sunday (June 23 to 25), visitors can expect a big, beautiful market at Yellowwood Forest, as well as a range of other evening entertainment at the different establishments.
On Friday, in Gxara Village, in Morgan Bay we will be putting on a show in the community hall. The headline act will be Msaki, an up and coming young star from East London. The Gxara gospel choir and a few other local talents will also be performing.
The Morgan Bay Hotel has confirmed The Voice participant, Aston Wylie, as their headline act on Friday. Originally from Gonubie, Wylie combines sophistication with upbeat chart-toppers to provide an unforgettable performance. The Mitford Hotel will be musician Alec Voogte. Voogte will perform on Saturday and braai packs will be available at the hotel so you can braai and party through the night.
Local star, Kathy Raven, will be preforming with some muso friends on the Morgan Bay Beach on Saturday at 3pm. This promises to be a show not to be forgotten. The Green Lantern is bringing fun and festivities to the neighbouring village of Kei Mouth, with popular East London singer Kerry Hiles performing on Saturday night.
Yellowwood Forest expects to host a diverse range of crafters and stall-holders throughout the weekend’s market. Again, the aim here is to encourage local entrepreneurs and demonstrate the range and diversity of crafts and skills within the area. Yellowwood Forest will be donating all the profits from the R10 entry fee to the craft market, towards a community recycling project.
The sporting events too, this year are abundant. On Saturday there will be a golf competition for all to enter at the beautiful Kei Mouth Country Club. There is a “Bare-Foot” Fun Bowls event at the Morgan Bay Bowls Club; come dressed in beachwear and have some fun. There will also be a netball tournament as well as a soccer match in Gxara Village. On Sunday there is a fun run from the Morgan Bay Hotel with prizes and giveaways and a rugby tournament in Gxara Village. The Morgan Bay Footprints Festival Facebook page is great way of keeping up to date with the latest news so please like our page and help us gain more momentum and support for this year’s events. www.facebook.com/MorganBayFootprintsFestival