After it’s roaring success in 2015, the TIA ‘This Is Africa’ Festival is back in 2016 and will be bigger than ever! It will be taking place at McCallum Park (just off Canning Highway) on Saturday 16 April from 2pm until 10pm. The park overlooks Heirisson Island and the city so the views are going to be pretty spectacular.
In 2015, over 1,000 people attended the festival and most of these were South Africans and Zimbabweans (because there are just so damn many of us here!). This year, organisers and brothers Dean and Lloyd Hildebrand are aiming for ticket sales of 2,000 which will be a significant increase on last years attendance.
I spoke to Dean and Lloyd (who also organised Boktown Perth last year) about the upcoming event and what people can expect from it this year.
The TIA ‘This Is Africa’ festival, as the name suggests, will feature a host of African themed food, drink and entertainment, from mostly South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Mauritius. Your entry ticket also includes your first drink and a boerewors roll so you know lunch is sorted when you arrive!
The South African food truck Pepper Steak Tree will be providing some delicious South African ‘kos’ to keep you going throughout the day.
Food Of Africa will be supplying a host of food options including the ever popular boerewors rolls (one of which is included in your ticket price).
And of course, the famous Copper & Oak will be supplying all the drinks, from Savanna to Windhoek, Castle to Klippies, they’ll have it all!
They have also partnered with the Western Force rugby team this year to bring us a great deal on match tickets. There will be several Force players there on the day promoting an awesome membership deal for all the Super Rugby games this season.
Last year they partnered with the Soar Project as a charity partner and this year they have chosen a charity which is very close to my, and I am sure many other people’s, hearts – the Save The Rhino Foundation. A portion of the proceeds will be going directly to this fantastic charity and the charity will be at the event on the day selling goods and memorabilia to raise funds as well.
There will be plenty of entertainment on the day from the likes of Village Vibes, Salvation Reggae and Shangara Jive. A variety of DJ’s will keep you dancing the night away including Paul Charles, DJ Armand, DJ Shann and Mike de Wet.
And don’t forget to come dressed to impress as there will be a ‘Best Dressed’ competition this year with some fab prizes up for grabs!
Tickets are available online from Moshtix here and cost $49.90 (including the online booking fee, your first drink and a boerie roll).
But wait! Thanks to Dean and Lloyd, if you book your tickets between 29 March and 9 April and use the code “proudlysa”, you’ll get $5 off the ticket price!
So what are you waiting for? Go and book your tickets now!
Did you go last year? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.
*Disclosure: I was invited attend TIA but was not financially compensated. All opinions are my own