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The Soweto Kota Festival: Where Everyone is Headed



The Soweto Kota Festival Where Everyone is Headed

All preparations are in full swing for an exciting weekend ahead as the sixth annual Soweto Kota Festival gears up to welcome the warm weather at the iconic Soweto Cricket Oval in Rockville. This two-day extravaganza, scheduled for September 2nd and 3rd, celebrates South Africa’s beloved street food – whether you know it as Kota, Sephatlo, or Skhambane. The festival promises to be an immersive experience that combines culinary delights with cultural heritage, offering a treat for the local community.

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This highly anticipated event is poised to provide festival-goers with a spectacular fusion of flavours, uplifting entertainment, and a warm atmosphere surrounded by friends and family. A beloved tradition, the festival encapsulates both the authenticity of the kasi staple and a modern twist on it, as demonstrated by the diverse array of stalls serving their creative and mouthwatering interpretations.

Notably, almost 70% of the event’s tickets have already been snapped up, indicating the eager anticipation of the community. Sidwell Tshingilane, the festival’s founder, shared his excitement, highlighting how the festival has grown year after year. He expressed his hopes for this year’s attendance to surpass 10,000 people over the two days.

Tshingilane emphasised that the Kota Festival is family-oriented, creating an inclusive space for everyone to come together. The festival’s offerings cater to every family member, from entertainment for kids to various experiences for the adult audience. The culinary delights available during the event promise to be a highlight, offering diverse options to suit various tastes.


Adding to the festivities, Amapiano artist Sir Thrill has been announced as one of the main acts for the festival. Tshingilane assured attendees that the entertainment lineup would showcase the vibrant pool of local and homegrown talent, contributing to the festive atmosphere.

As the festival draws near, excitement builds for a weekend filled with delectable cuisine, enriching cultural experiences, and a sense of togetherness. The Soweto Kota Festival exemplifies the spirit of community and celebration, weaving together tradition and modernity to create an unforgettable experience for all who attend.

Source: All roads lead to the Soweto Kota Festival

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Photo: Supplied by the Sowetan urban

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