Macufe Festival is the largest, most culturally balanced showcase of African Arts and Culture worldwide with spectacular live shows and some of the best international and local African artists. Through the years, this festival has seen tremendous growth in terms of size as well as popularity and 2014 is the 16th year this renowned and much anticipated festival will be held. This year, the Macufe Festival will be held from the 3rd to the 12th October. Visitors to the festival will be treated to scintillating displays of African performing arts such as jazz music, comedy, drama and arts & crafts, all in true African style.
A little about Bloemfontein
Bloemfontein, or Mangaung, is also affectionately known as the “City of Roses”, because of the abundance of these flowers all over the city. Bloemfontein, or Mangaung, is the capital city of the Free State and situated in the middle of the province as well as the country. Bloemfontein is the sixth largest city in South Africa and also the Judicial Capital. Due to the growth of the Macufe festival, the venue for this year’s Macufe festival in Bloemfontein will be specially constructed for the event.
How to get there and where to stay
In order to find accommodation close to the festival, browse travel websites for the best accommodation deals in Bloemfontein. Make sure you start looking early, as most hotels and guest houses will be fully booked as you get closer to the date of the festival. The best way to get great flight prices to Bloemfontein is to go directly to the airline websites. You can also sign up for airline newsletters or follow them on Twitter. This is a great way to get up-to-the-minute flight information and special discounted flight tickets.
Tips to make the most of your Macufe Festival experience
Music festivals, especially those that last a few days, require quite a bit of planning. Here is a list of tips to help you make the most of the Macufe festival.
Don’t leave without your ticket
- Get your festival tickets early to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be booked online which is quick, easy and safe. Make sure you check and double check on the day you leave that you actually have it with you.
- Everybody knows about dangerous UV rays. Especially at music festivals we get overdosed easily, and the African sun is particularly harsh. So don’t be stingy with the sun protection and lather up.
Make sure you have wet wipes
- There is nothing worse than dirty, sticky hands and no water to offer relief from the agony. Wet wipes are one of those festival essentials. They keep you fresh, clean and comfortable. They help with some of that midday perspiration, too.
Be prepared for little accidents
- Most music festivals have medical assistance close at hand. But for a finger cut or a headache you really don’t need the paramedics. A couple of plasters and some headache pills can come in handy, so make sure you pack some.
Cooler bags, drinks and ice
- Bring a cooler bag with plenty of drinking water and some energy drinks that contain electrolytes, as chances of dehydration are high, and if you have to buy these at the actual festival you may find yourself out of cash very quickly.
Take a backpack
- A small backpack always comes in handy, even if you don’t plan to take a lot of things to the festival, but you still need to put your mobile phone, wallet and keys somewhere, plus all the items listed above. Backpacks are practical because they leave your hands completely free for waving, cheering and dancing.
Wellcome to Macufe festival!