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Soweto Festival of Lights Print E-mail
14 December 2012


The inaugural SABC Soweto Festival of Lights – a Johannesburg City Parks initiative in partnership with Imagineering cc, kicks off on14-22 December 2012 at 18:30. The 9 days event is aimed at providing the community with an opportunity to observe the festive period in special celebration and to allow the prevalence of a mood typical of a ‘true African Christmas’ to begin.

At the touch of a light switch by both the Executive Mayor, Cllr Parks Mpho Tau and Mrs Pilisiwe Twala-Tau the Christmas lighting will occur in unison in Chris Hani and Rissik Streets as well as in Vincent Tshabalala Road.

The event is fully reliant on a number of corporate organisations to provide sponsorships of various kinds which when combined will create an atmosphere of miracles and magic for many underprivileged people.  More privileged visitors to the festival are encouraged to donate gifts in the spirit of giving to the less privileged.  There will be a designated area inside the venue where a box will be placed for the gift drop offs.

Event Sponsors 
SABC, African Bank, All Gold, Aspen, AVIS, Bakers, Clover, Fatti’s & Monis, Honda, Hospice, I & J, John Craig, KOO, McDonalds, Newtown Landscape Architects, Nike, Plascon, Pride Milling, SABC, Ster-Kinekor, The Star, Tiger Brands Sweets & Truworths and Pick n’ Pay.

Major Partners from the City of Johannesburg
1. Johannesburg City Parks
2. City Power
3. Johannesburg Tourism Company; and
4. Mayoral Spousal Programme (Patron)

What to Expect from the Event?
With the main event being the Soweto Festival of Lights, the lighting up of the park and streets on 14 December 2012 at 19h30 will signal the beginning of the festive celebrations coupled with diverse entertainment activities at Mofolo South Nursery.  All religious groups are welcome to attend. ENTERTAINMENT

The following will form part of the entertainment to be enjoyed by all visitors:
• Drama by local students, Bongo Drummers, Drum-majorettes, Choirs ,Various Musical Groups, Modern Dance Groups, Takalani Sesame Presenters, SABC Dub Presenters
• SABC YO-TV Presenters, Face Paintings, Pantsula Dance, Kofifi and contemporary dance
• SABC Play Presenters; and more. Members of the community are invited to showcase their talents by registering their acts at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Free tickets will be available for collection between 09h30 – 15h00 at Maponya Mall outside the John Craig and Geen & Richards Stores as well as at Mofolo South Nursery from 12 December 2012.

Opening Periods
The event will open from 18h30 to 20h00 each night for the 9 day period.

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Last Updated on 31 December 2012