The countdown to the 2013 Dias Festival has commenced in all earnest and in approximately three weeks from now the Santos Beach area will become a hive of activity for four days for festival-goers – at no cost as entry will be free of charge.
The Festival will start on Thursday, 31 January 2013 with the tough Dias Vasbyt endurance walk that will see 700 competitors from all over South Africa taking to the streets and roads of Mossel Bay to walk a total of 75 km over two days. The walk will start and end at Santos Beach.
Like in 2013, there will be a music concert on the first night at the Bartolomeu Dias Museum involving not only local artists but this year also Portuguese and Indonesian performers as arranged by the Consulates General of Portugal and Indonesia in Cape Town.
On Friday, 1 February 2013 the arena programme will commence at the Santos Caravan Park with an air show and local as well as top South African artists performing on the sound stage. Artists on this day include top names such as Idols winner Lloyd Cele, Loyiso Bala, Arno Jordaan, David Fourie and Willem Botha. There will also be displays by the SA Police Service.
The day’s programme will also include the first day of the SALTIC fishing competition from the Mossel Bay Yacht and Boat Club (MBYBC) as well as a fly-by, a skydivers jump at Santos beach and a sea rescue demonstration by the NSRI
The SALTIC will continue on 2 February 2013 while the MBYBC will also be the venue for an all-class sailing regatta, an exhibition of radio-controlled yachts and dinghy and catamaran riding for the public.
Other highlights on 2 February 2013 include a street parade, lead by the SA Police band and involving the MOTHS, school children, floats, motorbikes and veteran cars and tractors. A doggy walk from the Dias Museum to the furthest end of Santos beach and back will be a further attraction.
The air show will continue on the Saturday, while there will be a junior and senior lifesaving competition at Santos beach on the same day. There will also be a full programme at the sound stage. In addition to performances by Indonesian and Portuguese dancers, gumboot, riel, bell and the Mama Africa dancers artists such as Luhann Groenewald, Nicky Spears, Gift Gwe, Jennifer Zamudio, Gerrie Pretorius, Michael Lindt and Karlien van Jaarsveld will also be in action.
The motorsport gymkhana and burn-outs at De Bakke parking area as well as KwaNonqaba on Saturday, 2 February and Sunday, 3 February are again expected to attract many spectators.
The programme on 3 February 2013 will include a gospel service and concert as well as a performance of classical music by the SA Police band.
In addition to the abovementioned activities, there will be various static and other displays at the nearby Old Power Station building for the duration of the festival. There will also be approximately 100 food and curio stalls, entertainment for the young and the adventurous, a beer tent and new vehicle displays at the festival from the start to the end of the festival.