The second edition of the annual Okavango Delta Music Festival is back! Held at the remote Tsutsubega settlement, this year’s festival is set to take place from August 29 to September 1.
Festival organiser, Sophie Dandridge Dandridge promises revellers three days of stunning scenery, blissful fun. Sophie runs Tshilli Farm Lodge with her husband, Adrian in Tsutsubega. This is how they initially got involved with the community of Tsutsubega. Adrian and Sophie – parents to 12-year old Anna and 11-year old Nicholas – are also conservationists and farmers.
About the music festival
The Okavango Music Festival is an annual event that takes place every last weekend of August in Tsutsubega. Tsutsubega is about 40 minutes’ drive on a sandy road from Maun. The festival, only in its second year, was initially a test to see if people would be interested and if the couple could help the community through it and it paid off.
Last year, they hired many locals from Tsutsubega community to help out and they made a lot of money. With no employment opportunities in the area, the festival was a very welcome source of much-needed income.
A community affair
The point of the music festival is to uplift the Tsutsubega community, provide employment for the people and bring music and tourism into their area. Some of them provide camping facilities for the festival goers.
The festival helps the community of Tsutsubega derive direct economic benefit from environmental tourism through the campsites and employment at the festival. The main community projects that the festival implements include a literacy programme and stimulation centre, a reed straw project and also the ‘Feed a Child Botswana’ initiative to ensure the children in the community receive at least one nutritious meal a day.
This year’s performing acts
Last year the festival brought together artists, bands, DJs and performers, which the 500-strong audience lapped up. This year the aim is to attract 1,000 people.
A clutch of popular local artists including Shanti Lo, Mpho Sebina, Sereetsi and the Natives and a few more will perform at this year’s festival. To add an international flair to the festival, artists from Zimbabwe like the Dzembe Monks, the Flying Bantu, Arcades, Evicted and some from South Africa have been invited.
Family friendly event
Children can come to the event as it offers an interesting mix of activities. There is a food court, bars and a lot of other side activities on offer. For instance, there is a children’s themed camp called ‘Make Space’. There is a lot of creativity where children make things and other activities to entertain them. Additionally, there is an outdoor cinema for the children as well.
It is in the bush under the Okavango sky, on a rustic beautiful island and in the middle of the flat plains. There is no building, no hotel and no bed and breakfast. Those who do not want to pay anything and are there just for the experience can bring their own camping facilities – tent and bedding which they can pitch in the beautiful forest and the campsite readily built for festival goers.
If you’re not adept at camping, there are service providers on hand to help set up camp for you. There are different levels of accommodation in terms of standard as well as the luxurious. VIP is a very beautiful, merry tent with real beds, en-suite toilet, torch and staff to clean up your tent and do the showers for you. If you really want a glamorous camping option then there’s that option as well.
Tickets:To purchase your ticket, please follow the link below:
On the website, under the ‘tickets’ tab, there is a whole range of options where you can buy tickets in Gaborone, Johannesburg or Vic Falls in Zimbabwe, Maun or Francistown.