The New Annual Ravensmead FestivalWritten by Ryan Swano
The Cape Flats suburb of Ravensmead that was originally known as Tiervlei is about to host one of the biggest and most all-inclusive festivals this part of the Cape Flats has seen in ages.
When Emile Roos, Rique Nelson, both of Ravensmead and former resident Alvin Pillay, who all have a remarkable amount of knowledge and experience in the event hosting business decided to pool their talents in creating something which would ultimately benefit the community as much as it would their individual businesses, RMD Events was born and this led to the creation of the first annual Ravensmead Festival.
The three day event to be held at the Florida Park Stadium which is home to the very successful Tygerberg Rugby Club will kick off on Friday 31 October and last whole weekend till Sunday 2 November 2014 with the gates opening daily at 12 noon and closing at 12 midnight.
Festival-goers can look forward to a variety of entertainment options with a live entertainment stage that has a constant stream of artists performing including Kelly Fortuin, who has the popular radio and club hit Do You Know, idols finalist Crushanda Forbes, Alan The Car Guard, Tye Platinum, comedian Ashley Pienaar who is no stranger to bruinou.com readers, the popular Afrikaans Ruk Hip Hop outfit and former 7de Laan star SK aka 'Kabello' who is well-loved by many on the Cape Flats for his popular anti-drug campaign amongst school kids.
A special performance by Ravensmead born singer Rique Nelson is sure to wow the the crowd.
He is fast gaining well-deserved fame as his new album currently has two singles on high rotation on a wide range of radio station as well as having music videos getting airplay on national TV.
There will also be performances by a number of artists who might not be as famous as the star attraction and some of them from the area performing their debut public appearances. This will be their opportunity to build a fan-base and to take another step in honing their careers.
An open-air disco and an Under18 Saturday Afternoon Matinee will feature some the most popular club DJ's who all have regular slots on radio stations like Goodhope FM, Heart FM and Bush Radio.
Reminescent of the old Breezin' Club in Ravensmead and other clubs in the surrounding areas the DJ line-up includes SA DMC Champion DJ Codax, DJ Portia known as The 1st Lady of Old School, DJ Perry Johnson who is without a doubt the most popular resident DJ the old Breezin' has ever had, DJ Marlon, DJ E-30 and the legendary DJ Mikey G who has been filling clubs since the 1980's and plays a regular club classics slot on Bush radio.
Besides all the musical entertainment a host of other activities will be on offer.
Kids can look forward to a selection of kiddies fun-fair rides as well as pony rides throughout the weekend and the variety of food-stalls available will ensure that every taste is catered for.
For the adults who are so inclined, a well controlled and fully licensed beer garden will be available and festival-goers should note that alcohol will not be allowed from outside the premises and can only be consumed in the designated area.
The festival has competitions with Thousands of Rands worth of prizes throughout the entire weekend.
Friday evening will see the hosting of a Back-to-School Dress-up Competition for adults as well as a Miss Gay competition.
On Saturday from 13H00 to 15H00 there will be a Cutest Toddler competition for toddlers between 6 and 12 months.
Motoring enthusiasts will also have the opportunity to enter or just be thrilled by the Car Audio Sound-Off Challenge as well as the Show & Shine competition.
Crushanda Forbes & Tye Platinum performing a live duet.
Family Fun Sunday
On Sunday 2 November the entry fee at the gates will be dropped from R30 for Adults & R15 Kids to R10 for Adults and R5 for Kids.
A Klopse & Marching Band competition will be held with an entry fee of R250 per team and prize money of R2500 up for grabs.
There will also be a 7's Touch Rugby and 5-a-side Soccer competition with R2000 to the winners.
The popular live band Public Opinion with a host of guest artists will keep the music lovers entertained and there will be a Karaoke Sundowner competition with R1000 up for grabs.
Rique Nelson's Music Video for "Looking At You"
As a long term goal the festival aims to unite the community of the entire Ravensmead that includes Uitsig, Connaught Estate & Cravenby as well as surrounding communities of Elsies River, Belhar, Parow Bishop Lavis, Bellville & Delft in a bid to motivate the youth as well as adults to get involved in activities that has always been available to them but are under-utilised.
Involvement in sports, the arts and other recreational activities have always been a healthy alternative to crime and with the setting up of an event of this scale it also affords short term job opportunities to youth and adult members of the community while exposing the youth to a variety of career opportunities.
The showcasing of novice entertainers sharing stages with nationally and internationally known stars will also be healthy stepping stone for those wanting a career in entertainment.
According to Alvin Pillay, involving local businesses as vendors as well as sponsors at the event intends boosting local micro-economic activity with the hope that the spinoffs will be kept circulating locally for as long as possible.
Another aim is that local organisations, schools, churches and charity organisations should also gain long-term benefits from the annual Ravensmead festival. The method by which this will take place will only be finalised once the first festival has successfully been concluded.
Tickets at the entrance will cost R30 for adults and R15 for Kids but a limited amount of tickets are available as presold group booking at R20 per Ticket for Friday Evening if you call Alvin on 0848691291.
Click here to visit their Facebook event page.
To inquire if there are any of the limited amount of vendor stalls still available, or how you as an individual or how your business could get involved, contact Alvin on 0848691291 or Esra on 0715435414 and for all other queries contact 0823426737.
We at bruinou.com will certainly be keeping an eye on RMD Events and all their future projects as they plough back into their community.