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SABC's KZN royal bash

By unknown | May 23, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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If you missed out on the Rand Show in Gauteng, perhaps this is an ideal time to take a drive to KwaZulu-Natal's scenic Pietermaritzburg for its 156th yearly Royal Show, between May 25 and June 3.

Boasting the finest crafts and home industry exhibitions, livestock, birds and live produce competitions, the show has become an important date on the local entertainment calendar thanks to the SABC's jam-packed variety programme.

Every year the public broadcaster not only brings an entourage of celebrities to the sleepy town of Pietermaritzburg, but hosts music festivals through their radio stations including Lotus and Ukhozi FM.

Set to chase the winter blues away is the SABC1 Kwaito Concert on Saturday featuring Skwatta Kamp, Arthur Mafokate, Sgonondo, Chomee and Durban's kwaito wunderkind El'Vovo.

If Afrikaans liedtjies are your cup of tea, then look out for the SABC2 Afrikaans Concert on Sunday with Dozi, Shine 4, Brandon October and Nadine Arthur.

The SABC Celebrity Show is on May 31, June 1 and June 2.

Children are catered for on School TV,Dub, Yo-TV and Takalani Sesame, on the SABC Children's Show on May 30 and May 31.

The Lotus FM Concert takes place on June 2, and the Ukhozi FM Concert will dazzle its audience on June 3.

Additional entertainment includes pop and orchestral concerts, show-jumping, fireworks displays and a vintage tractor display. Another attraction is SABC's multi-award winning stage, a crowd puller and great platform to showcase all their activities.

The SABC is shifting from an inward-orientated self-assessing stance to a broadcasting culture focused on the country's citizens.

The goal of the corporation is to ensure that the SABC brand promotes democracy, non-racism, nation-building and empowers citizens through informative, entertaining and educational programming in all the official languages.


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