THE Soweto Festival will turn another leaf this year when it provides entertainment for the entire family under one roof.
In its fifth year, the festival, which will be held at the Soweto campus of the University of Johannesburg runs from tomorrow until Sunday, providing festivities that coincide with Heritage Day.
Organisers expect the event to attract more than 47000 visitors during its four-day run. A total of 250 businesses will be exhibiting, 120 of them from Soweto. The City of Johannesburg partnered with Adele Lucas Promotions - who promoted the first-ever Soweto Homemakers Festival back in the 1980s - to produce such a big festival.
"The Soweto Festival has the potential to fulfil Joburg's goal of being a calling card to the world," said ALP marketing director Toby Chance.
"The festival aims to capture Soweto's irrepressible spirit, unique heritage and iconic status not just in South Africa but all over the world," said Chance.
With entrance fee of R20 for adults and R10 for children and pensioners, visitors will be entertained and empowered without leaving holes in their pockets.
For the younger generation the music lineup includes Zulu Boy, Jub Jub, Proverb, Sgonondo and Mzambiya. Gospel lovers will be catered for by the Pimville Methodist Church, Zola Weseli Church, and the four finalists of I want to sing gospel competition (Charisma Lungisani, Siphumelelo and Khotso). Queen of Gospel Rebecca Malope seals the spiritual mood on the day.
For traditional music lovers, Imithente, Izingane Zoma, the Soweto Traditional Dancers and the Soweto Marimba Group will keep them entertained.
Soweto TV will have auditions for children aspiring to become television presenters, while Gcina Mhlophe will be the motivational speaker.