We got to support this wonderful initiative on Saturday 26 August 2017. Monteseel Music festival in KZN, South Africa was an overall incredible experience that was worth braving the cold! R30 got us in and the festivities started midday.
Every year the Montessel Conservancy in KZN South Africa hosts a Fun Day/Festival to raise much needed funds for the up keep and rehabilitation of the beautiful indigenous grasslands.
THE STAGE SET UP WAS AMAZING
We were greeted with a ray of multi coloured tents that could have come out of a Alice and Wonderland story book. The tents were facing a stage that hosted live music throughout the afternoon with an amazing line up of local artists. The Monteseel music festival line up included: Lance Goldman, Not fat just Fluffy, Stormy Monday KZN, The Name on the Drum and Swamp Ryders.
SOME REALLY GOT INTO THE FESTIVAL SPIRIT
FESTIVAL STALLS, FOOD AND GOODIES
The market was just as colourful with all sorts of festival goodies. There were food stalls that catered for everyone including vegan and vegetarian options.
DURBAN SWORD AND SHIELD CLUB
Durban sword and Shield Club were offering something really different… an opportunity to fight a knight. (If you were brave enough.)
The club that focuses on the armored and unarmored combat arts of Medieval Europe. They have even participated successfully in International events check out there Facebook page.
MONTESEEL MUSIC FESTIVAL: SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Faces were painted throughout the afternoon kids as well as grown ups!
The beer garden had some very unique drinks with a beautiful twist of providing a selection of fresh fruit that you could add for flavor. (Oh and make a gin a tonic look more pretty.)
AN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY APPROACH
Everything was in a very natural setting. The toilets worked on a flushing system that used water from a JoJo tank. Logs and wooden hand made benches circled the fire pit for people to sit on and there were clearly marked re-cycling bins for all types of rubbish.
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WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN
Later that evening when the temperatures dropped the fire pit was lit and the drums started. There was such an incredible energy around that fire. (Anyone with a drum could join in and there was a guy who played a violin adding to the rhythm.)
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This was a wonderful family event in a beautiful natural setting where there was something for everybody. What this community is doing to preserve the environment should inspire us all to do the same.
I suggest next year you put on your tie dyed T-shirt , grab your drum, bring your positive vibes and come support this great initiative.
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MORE ABOUT THE MONTESEEL CONSERVANCY
It was our first time in Montesseel and I can see why the people of this area are so passionate to conserve this beautiful place. There are two areas that over look the valley of 1000 Hills and it is breathtaking, these area’s are designated as public places. These sites are on KZN sandstone Sourveld and endangered grass type. The public area includes a small valley which has grassland on the one side and scarp forest on the other. The adjacent plot of land had been developed by local residents to use as a park. It is the rehabilitation and maintenance of these public places that is the focus of the Montesseel conservancy.
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