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Africa Festival
Written by Mickey Mentz

Barrydale will host an Africa Festival on September 10 and 11 at the Karoo Art Hotel to celebrate the continent and its indigenous people while at the same time raising funds for local initiatives.

The festival, in partnership with local NGO Net Vir Pret and the newly renovated
Karoo Art Hotel. kicks off on 10 September with a series of free talks.

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“We’ll hear from Ladles of Love and Feed the Soil creator Daniele Diliberto, Rethink
the Bag
campaign founder Hayley McLellan, industrial hemp expert Ramon
Benjahman Adams and biodiversity thought leader Charl Pienaar,” Elizabeth Beer of Lotus Production Management confirmed.

Hayley McLellan of Rethink the Bag.

Also on September 10, a variety of local musicians will join Cape Town artists to
celebrate African music and dance. Performers such as Nur Felix, the Clive Maasch
band, Merinda Hill, Genevieve Benny, Chris Roland and Ananda Fughs will share the
stage.

Net vir Pret to showcase local talent

The Africa Festival is a culmination of work by individuals and organisations in
Barrydale to raise food security funds.

Net Vir Pret, founded by Peter Takelo in 2006, works with communities in the
Barrydale/Overberg area to uplift children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

They create a safe space for children to play, create, learn and achieve their dreams. They teach the Khoisan Riel dance to community youth, who will showcase their talent at the event.

Bikers with a Purpose, an initiative by the International Association for Human
Values, has raised funds for children in the Barrydale/Overberg communities to
enable learners to attend school, providing books and over 200 pairs of shoes.

In collaboration with Ladles of Love, they have distributed over four tons of food to
Barrydale’s youth and elderly.

Ladles of Love
A previous Ladles of Love food delivery in Barrydale

On September 11, over 500 trees will be planted at the festival to off-set the carbon footprint of the Bikers with a Purpose event, with trees being donated by bikers for
the community.

For more information about this event phone: Elizabeth Beer on +27 76 513 3050 or email. elizabeth.beer@axxess.co.za

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About the author

Mickey Mentz

From my Barrydale base, my goal is to tell the stories of people and places on the picturesque R62. Ek het oor die jare 'n cappuccino verslawing ontwikkel en my honde se name is Bella en Obi.

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