All systems go for SPAR Kirkwood Wildsfees All systems go for SPAR Kirkwood Wildsfees
The Eastern Cape’s favourite family festival, the SPAR Kirkwood Wildsfees, returns at the end of June with a galaxy of 24 national stars on... All systems go for SPAR Kirkwood Wildsfees

The Eastern Cape’s favourite family festival, the SPAR Kirkwood Wildsfees, returns at the end of June with a galaxy of 24 national stars on the giant Wildsfees stage, over 300 selected stallholders and plenty of all-day entertainment and action for the whole family.

It will be held from Friday, June 24 to Sunday, June 26.

“Regular festival-goers have told us they are excited about having fun again under the Karoo sky,” says SPAR Kirkwood Wildsfees director Jenni Honsbein.

“After two long years of isolation we are excited, once again, to be able to support the SPAR Kirkwood Wildsfees and welcome back families to an event that celebrates family and being together again,” says SPAR Eastern Cape sponsorships and events manager Alan Stapleton.

“Giving back to the local community is one of our key objectives. Partnering with a festival assists the Kirkwood community and talks about so many values which we hold dear, is special.

“The festival embodies the values of entrepreneurship, of family, of passion, of fun, and embracing all things local,” he says.

Ticket sales ahead of the festival have been the best ever, but there will still be tickets available at the gates.

Jennifer Zamudio will open the entertainment on the main stage on Friday, with the final performance being by the family duo Juanita du Plessis, Franja and Ruan on Sunday afternoon.

Local sensation Early B is the headline act on Saturday evening, where he shares the stage with the likes of Lianie May, Kurt Darren, Appel, Dr Victor & the Rasta Rebels and Van Pletzen.

Gqeberha minstrel group the GQ Entertainers will bring a taste of the Cape Town Carnival to the festival on Saturday before Desmond Wells takes to the stage.

Children’s entertainment includes a theatre production “Dinosourusse kan nie lees nie” (dinosaurs can’t read) by Ilne Fourie presented by the ATKV (Afrikaans Language and Culture Association).

The ATKV will also present a comedy, “The Roadtrip”, which follows the journey of two men trying to recapture their youth while touring South Africa.

There will also be a carnival area for the young, with clowns, face painting and a play ball pond.

Young and old can also learn more about the cosmos at the South African Astronomical Observatory stand and about lost worlds at the Iziko Mobile Museum.

Visitors will be able to get their spirits up in the Mexican festival vibe in the Bos Bistro, which will feature a sombrero, tequila and cocktail bar.

A culinary adventure awaits, with sushi, oysters, charcuterie platters and, of course, biltong, kudu burgers and traditional festival fare.

Conservation also features strongly at the festival, with displays by the South African National Parks Board and Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency, bee-keeping expos and more.

In addition, the festival will once again host the Eastern Cape’s biggest motor, agricultural and outdoor shows, as well as the Boerboel show.

The Kirkwood Wildsfees Game Auction 2022 will take place on Friday 24 June at the Mayogi bomas. The auction will start at 12pm. 

Buyers can bid in person at our new live venue at the Mayogi Bomas or online on the SwiftVee bidding platform. 

Visitors to the festival will not have to present a Covid-19 vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test, according to health and safety consultant Phrosné Phillips.

“The Wildsfees will comply with all government Covid-19 regulations as per the current regulations.

“We have divided the precinct up into a number of smaller venues, each with separate access control,” she says.

Tickets are R200 per day for adults and R100 per day for scholars.

Antoinette Panton

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