A Carnival of Football and Environment-Friendly Fun in Uitenhage

www.MyPE.co.za: The
industrial town of Uitenhage will be bursting with colour, dancing,
laughter and parading as the 2009 Uitenhage
Street Carnival takes place
on the weekend of December 4 and 5.

Uitenhage Street CarnivalAlthough the event
brings thousands of visitors to Caledon Street to
shop at the street-side stalls, view the parade, dance to live music
and witness the official Opening of the Season, the event organisers
aim to have a minimal effect on the environment.

“This year’s theme is ‘Nature at the Heart of Art’, and we are using
every means possible to create environmental awareness,’ says event
organiser, Angela Stockley.

Members of the public are encouraged to drop off their recyclable waste
at the various recycling points, enter their work of recycled art in
the Earth Art Competition, and support the refuse carnival couture
designed by NMMU
Fashion Design students.

These costumes, inspired by the elemental theme of Earth, Fire, Water
and Air, will lead the carnival parade on Friday and will be modelled
by the beautiful Miss Carnival Pageant finalists on Saturday evening.

The Friday programme of the Carnival is dedicated to the 2010 FIFA
World Cup and sports in general as it coincides with the FIFA 2010
World Cup draw taking place in Cape
Town
.

“A live crossing to the draw celebrations on a big screen is the
highlight of the programme, paired with some amazing give-aways,’ says
Stockley.

Some 200 soccer-themed costumed paraders, scholars and sports club
representatives will march down Caledon Street to a cacophony of street
drums, whistles and percussion.

Kids will be wholly entertained during the two-day long carnival with
clowns, magicians, entertainers and rides and games at the Playland
fairground. The rest of the family will enjoy holiday shopping at the
120 street stalls where everything from pannekoeke to hand-printed
textiles can be found.

Five main stage acts and performances on the Coca-Cola Waya-Waya stage
will be supported by additional support performances by local poets,
dancers and vocalists.

The carnival culminates in the Festive Lights Opening of Season Show –
a celebration of the elements entailing a high energy dance performance
and laser light show and a live performance by top local and national
performers.

“Festival goers wearing festive carnival masks and fancy dress are
invited to enter the carnival Fancy Dress Competition to win prizes in
various fun categories depicting nature and environmental themes,’ says
Stockley.

The Uitenhage
Street Carnival
begins at midday on Friday, December 4
and ends late Saturday night.

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