Gracing the unique, dome-shaped Luju stage as MCs for the debut of the Standard Bank Luju Food and Lifestyle Festival, will be Anele Tshabalala and Phila Dlamini.

House on Fire Communications made the announcement of the MCs selection yesterday. This followed a call-out for applications for candidates to fulfill this role where many aspiring MCs made submissions, and a final few were shortlisted to showcase their talent, and the two emerged as the winning Luju stage ambassadors.

Multi-talented, young and vibrant, Anele and Phila exude the wholesome goodness that Luju is about, and easily give a picture of the timelessness of the African Vintage theme selected for the event. Anele is a Design Lecturer, Digital Photographer and Make-Up Artist who has a natural aptitute for all things creative. She has authored a book titled “Street Cuisine” where she profiled a myriad of meals prepared by Zulu women in the streets of Durban, for which she was awarded the Head, Heart and Hands Award by the Durban Univerity of Technology in acknowledgement of her unique contribution to cross works of literature and photography.

Phila, also known in local public-speaking circles as ‘PHD’, is a master of the spoken word. His infectious grit and wit make for a great combination sure to keep our Luju patrons entertained throughout the entire festival.

Thank you to all the candidates that put together and submitted their videos for selection for this role – indeed Eswatini has many exceptionally gifted and skilled young people in the arts space that need to be supported.

A one-day unique celebration of the tastes, smells, sights and sounds of Eswatini and Africa, the Standard Bank Luju Food and LifestyleFestival promises to be unlike any other. Taking place on 4th August from 10am – 3am, Luju will feature a host of engaging food, drink, music, and lifestyle experiences including cooking demos and master-classes, interactive spaces, the best in hand-crafts and arts, as well as some of the most exciting musical performances from across Southern Africa. Foodies, travelers, culture buffs, and anyone looking for an authentic and sophisticated African-vintage styled event will relish Luju’s firmly locally rooted program.

For more info on the festival check out the other pages.