The Out of Africa Festival
“Kan ek in Afrikaans met jou gesels?” I asked him when he answered the phone.
So my conversation with Graham Oosthuizen, from GCO Productions started. And when we finished almost forty minutes later I thought, “Man, ek kan nie wag vir die Out of Africa Festival nie! Hierdie man wil ek gaan ontmoet!”
His passion for uniting people from different cultures is contagious and for the first time since I have been in Australia I am truly excited about an event that showcases our unique and diverse culture.
Graham and Charmaine are from the Cape Flats and moved to New Zealand in 1999 after a Look, See and Decide visit.
Although they were in the event management and catering services industry prior to their move, he originally started off in the printing industry, and found himself back at a printer that published quite a few different newspapers. This experience gave him quite a bit of exposure to the different cultures that form part of the Australasia group.
From our conversation it became quite clear that this couple knows how to put on a show! They are particularly proud of the event where they were in charge of organising the catering for Presidents Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton on Robben Island. They also organised a street festival in New Zealand which drew a crowd of 30 000 people in its fourth and final year.
Out of Africa in New Zealand
2004 was the inaugural year of the Out of Africa Festival in Kiwi Land and they were blown away by the response. They expected about 5000 people, but 50 000 showed up!
Out of Africa in Melbourne and Rockingham
The Oosthuizens moved to Melbourne in 2005 and decided to search out the heat of Perth in 2012. After a year in Kensington they moved to Rockingham where they immediately became involved with the community.
When Graham mentioned the Out of Africa Festival to the various role players at the council he received overwhelming support, and was humbled by the contributions of various sponsors when he mentioned that he would like to bring the Indoni Dance Group from South Africa to over.
The performers at Out of Africa
I had a look at some of the performers that will take to the stage on the 29th of October. GCO Productions have decided to stick with the Local is Lekker flavour and apart from the Indoni Dance Group the other performers are Perth based.
The You Tube clips of the Indoni Dance group captivated me and I could hardly look away from the performances choreographed by a world class dancer.
Joanne Soudom will be performing on the day and she has also been chosen to sing the South African National Anthem when the Proteas come to play the Australian National Cricket Team.
Alastair van Schoor and the Village Tribal Vibes Dance group will add some unique African sounds to the day whilst Kobus Naude from Live Music and Top DJ will have your feet tapping away to a familiar beat.
Soukoss Internationale has recently been nominated for the best world act by WAMAwards.
Enter into the draw for two tickets to South Africa
One of the sponsors include SAS Travel Agency who has kindly sponsored two return tickets from Perth to Cape Town. All you have to do to qualify for the draw is buy your tickets to the Out Of Africa festival online at www.ticketebo.com.au .
Mufasa Deli will be at Out of Africa
There are food stalls, and true to all things South African, Mufasa Biltong Deli will be there with their Biltong and Droëwors.
You may win ShowMax vouchers
ShowMax will also be a stall holder on the 29th and there will be vouchers up for grabs which will give you access to all the South African programs that we miss when we arrive in Australia. (Did you know that you can download the KykNet magazine from www.petronellerowles.com?)
I am particularly fond of Glam Guru, and Nataniël’s food programs, oh and Die Republiek van Zoid Afrika! ShowMax have made the transition so much easier for those of us who miss Afrikaans and our culture when we arrive at the shores of Australia.
Put this date in your calendar: 29 October 2016, Dixon Road Reserve, Rockingham from 10 AM to 6 PM. This is a family friendly event with activities for children as well. Bring your family and friends and come and show them your culture.