The Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias headed an expedition to sail around the southern tip of Africa in the hope of finding a trade route to India. Dias and his fleet eventually entered what he named Aguada de São Brás (Bay of Saint Blaise) – later renamed Mossel Bay after the abundance of mussels in the bay – on 3 February 1488. His landing will again be celebrated this year with the 2017 Dias Festival from 2 February 2017 to 5 February 2017.
In the spirit of “Where Cultures Meet” there will be something for everybody to enjoy at the 2017 Dias Festival – 529 years down the road of the landing of Dias’s fleet at Mossel Bay on 3 February 1488. As has been a feature of this festival – entry will be FREE! This will enable all to enjoy some of South Africa’s most popular artists and international shows free of charge.
The fun-filled programme will include
- live shows by artists such as Emo Adams and his Take Note band, Sasha-Lee Davids, Jody Williams, Derick Plaaitjies, Charlize Berg, Talana Vuren, Juan Boucher, Joe Foster, Leah, Lloyd Cele, Loyiso Bala, The Rockets, Early B, Jay, Brendan Peyper, Franja du Plessis, Michael Lindt, Majozi and Pierre Rossouw and more on thesound stage at the main festival arena at the Santos Caravan Park.
· a cultural concert in the Mossel Bay Town Hall, including international folk dancing
· performing arts troupes from China
- Indonesian and Portuguese folk dancing
- Battle of the Bands with G-minor, Ocean Breeze, Wellcast, Prerogative and Spirit Song
- a motorsport gymkhana
- street parade
- beer tent, more than a 100 stalls, static displays, play park for the children and much more ………
The message is simple …. the Dias Festival at Mossel Bay is the place to be from 3 February to 5 February 2017