The 2019 Lusito Land Festival will celebrate Portuguese food and culture at 25 Cayman Road, Johannesburg over two weekends: 20 to 22 April and 26 to 28 April.
In addition to the traditional Portuguese folk dancing, Portuguese community artists, dance schools and delectable cuisine, the festival will also include a wide-ranging lineup of SA's best musicians. Weekend one will feature Mi Casa, Mango Groove, Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels, Rubber DUC, Jo Black and Bobby van Jaarsveld.
This year's festival will also offer an ‘80s rock show celebrating and paying tribute to the best alternative rock bands of the decade. The Hey Now, HEY NOW NOW band will take to the Lusito Land stage with a two-hour show on 20 April.
Children may enjoy a two-hour show that features South Africa’s top 10 wrestlers on an international standard wrestling ring. They may also be part of the fun by safely partaking in the sport, under the watchful eye of a ring master. An autograph session plus photos with the wrestlers will be available after the show.
“The Lusito Land Festival goes beyond having the best musical acts or giving visitors an authentic taste of Portuguese food and culture. It is an event that aims to raise awareness about differently-abled people and make these people more visible to society at large,” says Lusito Association spokesperson Noemia Contente.
In the true spirit of the cause, there will be a fun 5km walk for the disabled, on Sunday, 28 April, starting at 8am, with an entry fee of R150, that also covers your entrance into the festival.
“We will also have a fun fair with all sorts of exhilarating rides for all ages. Tickets will be sold separately at the funfair ticket office,” Contente says.
For the animal-loving guests, The Joy Dogs will be at Lusito Land, where the public can meet the talented canines and be entertained while they show off some of their tricks.
“We recently refurbished the festival grounds and have planted luscious grass all over the venue to increase the comfort of our patrons. With this being our biggest event yet, you and your family do not want to miss out,” Contente concludes. Tickets for the Lusito Land Festival may be purchased at Computicket.