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Outeniqua Primary and charities benefit from festival

Four years after the rights to host the George Cheese Festival were transferred to Wilderness based Wild Festival CC, Outeniqua Primary is still benefitting from the festival.

The school hosted the festival for a period of 12 years, first on the school premises, and finally on the George sports grounds, before the decision was taken by the school’s governing body to bring an end to their hosting of the festival. Local business man and entrepreneur, Jacques Pratt, entered into negotiations with the school and bought the rights to host the festival, for an undisclosed amount, in that same year. The festival went through a transformation, including change of venue, as Pratt entered into an agreement with The Wilderness Hotel to become the new venue for the festival. The festival was also renamed and is now known as The Wilderness Festival.

On 28 March 2018 during a meeting with Outeniqua Primary School’s principal, Johan Smit, it was agreed that Wild Festival will pay an additional amount to the school, and in return, Wild Festival CC agreed to relieve the school of festival goods still in storage at the school.

In May 2016, the festival was hosted for the first time in Wilderness, and not only was the festival a huge success; it also became the biggest event of its kind ever to be hosted in Wilderness, attracting almost 5000 feet. Building on the 2016 success, the festival was once again hosted at the Wilderness Hotel in 2017. The 2017 festival will be remembered for a number of highlights, including the appearance of Andre Schwartz, famous for his roll as The Phantom in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production Phantom of the Opera. Festival goers were also treated to a performance by South African music legend Anton Goossen. Wilderness also became a kaleidoscope of colours in 2017 during the Wilderness Festival, when The Summer Music Color Run was presented in Wilderness for the first time.

The organisers of The Wilderness Festival said that they remain committed to tourism growth in The Garden Route. Community upliftment continues to form an integral part of the festival with funds distributed amongst a number of charity organisations. Charities that have already benefitted from the 2018 Wilderness Festival include Kula Malaika, a NGO based in Wilderness, Sedgefield Animal Matters (SAM), , as well as the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).

The 2018 Wilderness Festival will be hosted at The Wilderness Hotel on the 13th, 14th, and 15th of April, and promises to be a fun filled event for the whole family. This year the organisers invited international artist, Jesse Jordan, to perform at the festival on Friday the 13th April from 8 to 10pm. Other highlights include an improved kiddie’s zone with loads of entertainment for the younger generation; a live broadcast by local radio station SFM; 25 hours of live music, and the inclusion of a vehicle display boasting some of the latest vehicles and motorcycles.

The Wilderness Festival is a licensed event brought to you by Wild Info.

More information about the festival can be obtained from the organisers by emailing them on wildfest@wildinfo.co.za or calling Carine on 083 580 2781


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