Set on the lavish lawns of the House on Fire Sculpture Garden against a breath-taking backdrop of endless cane-fields and rolling hills in Eswatini, The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival, is nearly here!
August 3rd will see a memorable event with a diverse and uniquely curated program that focuses on regional flavours, tastes and exciting new lifestyle trends from Eswatini and the greater southern African region. An Opening Night Party will be held on Friday evening, 2nd August, exclusively for Premium Lounge and Glamping ticket holders.
Just a four-hour drive from Johannesburg at the home of the MTN Bushfire Festival, this is a not-to-be missed event that offer a range of lifestyle and music performances and activations to compliment the culinary program headlined by the internationally acclaimed Siba Mtongana and the much-loved Ultimate Braai Master Pete Goffe-Wood.
Here are some tips and important information to help you plan your upcoming Luju weekend!
Q: Where is it and how to get there?
A: The event will take place on the House on Fire lawns (the same location as The MTN Bushfire Festival) overlooking the scenic Malkerns Valley in Eswatini. The venue is located about a 5-hour drive from Johannesburg, South Africa, and is 23km from the capital city, Mbabane, as well as a short 14km from Ezulwini.
Key in the following GPS coordinates: Elevation 756m – S 26’ 29.881 E031’ 13.110 to find us or go to the Google Map location: https://goo.gl/maps/kgAUmjDLBuSmf7qW8
All of Eswatini’s border posts are open seven days a week, such as the Sandlane / Nerston Border post, (although some of these may keep shorter hours than Golela and Oshoek).
You will require a passport to enter Eswatini, and please make sure you have checked the visa requirements: www.thekingdomofeswatini.com/
SOUTH AFRICA REQUIRES ADDITIONAL PAPERWORK TO BRING MINORS ACROSS THE BORDER! PLEASE ENSURE UNABRIDGED BIRTH CERTIFICATES AND OTHER NECESSARY PAPERWORK IS SECURED BEFORE YOU LEAVE!
ATTENDEES MAY BE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE IDENTIFICATION TO ENTER THE EVENT – ONLY ORIGINAL ID BOOKS/CARDS, DRIVERS LICENCE CARDS & PASSPORTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Q: Where can I get tickets?
A: Physical tickets are available at Standard Bank branches in Mbabane, Matsapha and Manzini, as well as at The Gallery at House On Fire. Tickets are also available online from our website: www.lujufestival.com/tickets, A limited number of tickets will be for sale at the gate of House On Fire on Saturday, 3rd August.
Q: What are the opening / closing times?
A: The Luju Festival on Saturday 3rd August opens at 10am and closes at 3am. On Friday, there is an Opening Night Party for Premium Lounge and Glamping ticket holders only; it will be from 6pm -12pm.
Q: What should I wear?
A: The Luju Festival Fashion Police will be on the hunt for this year’s best dressed winners! If you aren’t shy to stand out from the crowd and flaunt your unique sense of style, while artistically incorporating this year’s theme – A Return to the African Future – then we are looking for you. Afro-futurism, as we are calling it, is all about embracing Africa’s rich history, colourful traditions and unique style, while celebrating the prospects of a bright African future. Our judges will be looking for a sense of style that exhibits the following:
- A unique approach to our Afro-futuristic theme
- An African vintage look inspired by the township jive of the ‘50s in Sophiatown and Accra’s highlife jazz bands
- A creative design that demonstrates an understanding of Luju as a colourful social space and lifestyle hub.
Q: Where can I get accommodation?
A: Our website has various accommodation options available, including a Glamping package which puts you on site. For accommodation options, visit: http://house-on-fire.com/luju/accommodation/
Q: Will there be vegetarian / Vegan food at the Festival?
A: Yes, you’ll be able to get your fill of all kinds of scrumptious, healthy foods suitable for all types of diets for the duration of the festival.
Q: Luju is Cashless, what does this mean?
A: Cash will not be accepted by vendors at the festival. Instead, money can be loaded onto your wristband at our cashless Top Up stalls. Credit and Debit cards will also be accepted by the majority of vendors / traders who will be located within the various festival strands.
Q: Will there be ATM facilities available?
A: There is an ATM. However, it’s strongly suggested that attendees come prepared, so as to avoid any inconvenience or disappointment due to technical issues or queuing.
Q: How do I Cash Out with the funds left on my wristband?
A: Guests can cash out at any of the Top Up stations to recover leftover money on their wristbands, and guests can also cash out online: go to www.howler.co.za and click the ‘cash out’ button at the top of the page.
Q: Can I donate leftover funds on my wristband?
A: Yes, you can opt to TAP OUT to support our beneficiary, BoMake Rural Projects. BoMake are looking to raise money to continue building boreholes for communities so they can have access to safe and potable water. Festival goers can donate any leftover funds from their cashless wristbands when they leave the festival, at the boMake Rural Projects’ stall. For more information on BoMake visit: https://bomake.org/
Q: What else can I do over the weekend?
A: The festival itself will take place on Saturday, from 10am till 3am. Visitors can, however, also attend other activities at locations in the vicinity of the festival venue. These activities are very much in line with the festival spirit of promoting wholesome African goodness. These include a glass-blowing excursion at Ngwenya Glass, a candle-making experience at Swazi Candles complex, traditional dances at Mantenga, a canopy tour at Malolotja and much more.
Q: Will there be Wi-Fi at the Festival?
A: Yes, Real Image, Luju’s connectivity partner for the festival, has a great Wi-Fi offer: 1GB Wi-Fi Voucher for R50.00. It will only be available and usable onsite for both Friday and Saturday. For more info, visit: www.realimageservices.com
Q: What can I bring into the festival?
A: The organizers reserve the right to refuse admission to the festival site at any time. Any bags brought into the event WILL be searched upon entry.
The following items are PROHIBITED and will not be allowed into the venue:
Weapons, explosives, firearms, glass bottles, aluminium cans, hazardous and breakable materials, fireworks, lasers, flashlights and anything else that can interfere with the artists.
No camping gear of any kind will be allowed into the festival venue.
No illegal drugs of any kind allowed in the festival or campsites. You may be prosecuted.
No drinking of alcohol outside the festival entrance or in the parking lot. You may be prosecuted.
Food and drinks are not allowed into the festival. Only food and drinks purchased at the festival will be allowed to circulate.
Q: Are children allowed into the festival?
A: Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult. Children aged 0 – 5 can enter the festival for FREE. Children aged 6 – 12 have to purchase the full festival Children’s ticket.
FESTIVAL RULES AND POLICIES:
- You need a valid festival pass (wristband) in order to enter the event.
- Your wristband must be worn at all times.
- You will be allowed to go in and out of the festival venue as long as you keep your wristband on at all times for the duration of the festival.
- For your safety, all attendees are subject to search upon entry.
- All ages are welcome. Children aged 5 years and under have free entry.
Find Out More:
Visit the Luju online pages at: www.Lujufestival.com