The Macufe 2018 festival is just weeks away and people are already buzzing with excitement as the festival’s star-studded line-up has just been revealed.
The annual festival, which has reached its 21st year, attracts about 180 000 people to the city and provides entertainment galore. This year’s line-up includes American RnB songstress, Brandy, Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage, and local favourites such as Presss and Prince KB.
Bloemfontein Courant spoke to Macufe festival director, Mario Sefo, to get clarity regarding expenditure figures and how the money is allocated. “The funds for Macufe are appropriated at the legislature (with the overall money for the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture). From there we have an events management company, which has been appointed through the tender process. They give us the cost for organising Macufe over a three-year period. Then we as the department allocate the money for that purpose, but we also allocate money to development within the department.”
Sefo mentioned that the service providers for the cultural festival are sourced locally (70% of the service providers have to be from the Free State), which has a temporary impact on the local economy. He added that high accommodation related prices and other events that take place around about the same time as Macufe have an impact on attendance.
A report of the 2018 Macufe expenditure will be given after the festival.
“We are still in the process of procuring other goods and services, that is why we will only know at the end,” he concluded.According to a study conducted by the University of the Free State for the 2015 edition of the Macufe festival, the provincial government spends approximately R46 million on the widely-attended cultural festival. Approximately R94 million is generated in visitors’ expenditure and a total of R124 million is spent by those who attend Macufe (including expenditure by locals). – Molebogeng Malebo