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City continues support of growing Mitchells Plain Festival<br><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/festival.jpg" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> ​</span>The annual Mitchells Plain Festival draws thousands of people each year and has become an integral part of the City’s event calendar.<span> <div> <br> </div> <div>‘Each year the festival gets bigger and better. I have been to the festival and it has grown in stature. I have spoken to festival-goers and they have highlighted their sheer amazement at the magnitude of the event. In addition, they have conveyed appreciation that artists and exhibitors annually prioritise the festival to attend,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Eddie Andrews.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The festival, billed as the biggest event of its kind on the Cape Flats, attracts more than 35 000 people. It provides a platform for SMMEs who participate and benefit from the event, while local artists, DJs, musicians and entertainers perform and entertain the crowds.​<br><br></div> <div> <span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/festival%20mitchells%20plain1.jpg" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p> </p></span> <div>​​The first Mitchells Plain festival was held in 2009 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the community, which has an estimated population of 700 000 people. </div><div> <br> </div><div>‘Mitchells Plain has become a vibrant and exciting place to live, work and play. This festival has become a celebration of the culture and community for the people of Mitchells Plain, but it is so much more than that.</div><div> <br> </div><div>‘The festival is important because it highlights the capacity of the Mitchells Plain local organising committee to annually host the event and attract high-profile politicians, artists and sponsors. In addition, the employment created, married with the economic spinoffs, is critical for the area. More importantly, it conveys a message that incident-free events can be hosted in Mitchells Plain, contributing towards a positive narrative for the area,’ said Councillor Andrews.<br><br></div> <span> <figure class="figure-credits right"> <img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/festival%20mitchell%20plain.jpg" style="width:511px;" /> <figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <div>Mitchells Plain has nearly 60 primary and secondary schools, five post offices, and three major precincts (Town Centre, Westgate Mall and Promenade Mall). </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>‘Mitchells Plain is a unique community and the festival is an opportunity to join together in celebration. I urge residents to save the date and make every effort to attend. Bring along friends and family to make this year’s festival even more successful than those in previous years,’ said Councillor Andrews.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>This year the weekend event promises a stellar line-up to suit the entire family, with local artists, performers, DJs, and other entertainment as well as prize giveaways and exhibitors. About 35 different food and beverage vendors will make sure that everyone has sustenance. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The festival venue is the Westridge Gardens in Westridge, Mitchells Plain. Entry fee to the festival is R20 for children under the age of 12 (free for children under five) and R40 for adults. Entry is free for pensioners and people with disabilities. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>End</strong></div><div><strong></strong> </div> </span></div></span>2016-11-02T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#89e5a6b5-9410-4893-8449-1d9cc1689445;L0|#089e5a6b5-9410-4893-8449-1d9cc1689445|festival;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#792a36fa-9d0a-4f24-9f63-98557db59729;L0|#0792a36fa-9d0a-4f24-9f63-98557db59729|Mitchells Plain;GP0|#8e5bae5e-dbb9-414d-8580-977e4ab82ecb;L0|#08e5bae5e-dbb9-414d-8580-977e4ab82ecb|Westridge1

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