Photo: Russell Fox
The countdown has begun – there are less than 70 days left until the hottest and most innovative family festival and kids expo hits SA. Funderland is a unique concept that brings together stage shows, themed fun zones to suit any interest a child could have, and talent competitions. It’s an 11-day event, packed with magic and wonder that will thrill the entire family. Whether your child likes dinosaurs, robots, cooking, sports, princesses or computers and gaming (or something else entirely), Funderland has something to suit every taste and fire up the imagination. The first-ever Funderland Expo kicks off at GrandWest in Cape Town from the 28th of March to the 7th of April 2018.
Part of the entertainment includes fantastic stage shows by some of SA’s premium entertainers. Russel Fox, known as “Magician Insane”, will be performing his mind-bending mentalist, perceptionalist and illusionist acts to dazzle audiences at Funderland. He is known as one of South Africa’s most inspirational and influential masters of the art of magic and illusion, and his performances have left people astounded at the power that can be unlocked by the human mind.
In addition, there will be many other stage shows to look forward to during the event. Freestyling soccer trickster Kyle Rinquest combines clever stunts with hilarious comedy, and is well worth a watch. For those who enjoy music, Steven Winter from the South African band The Winter Sessions will be joined by an array of top South African Buskers for an incredible Street Theater Entertainment experience; and Benji Man’s beatboxing talent will leave you speechless.
The main stage will also feature well-known South African artists who will keep the vibe going with hot, homegrown musical entertainment. Loki Rothman, Desmond Wells, Stephan Visagie, Nic Stevens, Pierre Rossouw, Tommy Dell, Nadia Louw, Shaun Tait, Quinton Prinsloo, Burger le Roux and Elvis impersonator James Marais are all on the line up and visitors will have the opportunity to meet their favourite artists and even win an autographed CD. The Funderland website will be updated with the full show schedule.
The kids will love dancing along with the colourful Lollos and the cheeky Bop Boppers and rugby enthusiasts will recognise the energetic cheerleading moves of the DHL Stormers Girls. There will also be fun circus-style acts to keep both the young and young at heart amazed on the edge of their seats.
According to Heidi Croxford, Head of Marketing for Funderland, “We have handpicked the stage shows so that there is a variety of entertaining acts for everyone to enjoy. Fresh, funny and guaranteed to keep you smiling, our performers are some of the very best that SA has to offer and we look forward to seeing them in action during our first ever Funderland event.”
As part of Funderland’s drive to assist in the development of local South African talent, the second grand stage will host an open Funderland Talent Competition as well as a Kwaito Talent competition. Budding SA stars are encouraged to enter and show off their skills to win great prizes.
Tickets to Funderland can be purchased on their website at http://funderland.co.za/buy-ticket/ and there are various packages and passes that can be bought depending on your needs and the size of your family. If you aren’t in the vicinity for this event, don’t despair - after hitting Cape Town the festival will be touring the country during school holidays so that people across SA can get in on the fun-filled, jam-packed action of Funderland.