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Go Big At The MTN Festival At Montecasino


27 August 2013 No Comment

Jozi’s biggest festival is back! From food to movies to live music, theatre, gaming, street entertainment, comedy, children’s activities and more, the MTN Festival at Montecasino is BIGGER and BETTER!

Brian Gouldie, Chief Marketing Officer, MTN SA says “MTN is big on creating unforgettable experiences for our customers. The MTN Festival offers various entertainment options to experience and is an illustration of our passion about creating platforms which enhance our consumer’s lives.”

The MTN Festival  runs from 18 September to 13 October 2013 and gives you every reason to PLAY BIG, APPLAUD BIG, LAUGH BIG, SING BIG, EAT BIG, ROCK BIG, SHOUT BIG and PARTY BIG with a huge variety of events and entertainment options for each and every member of the family. It’s your Festival – so go BIG!

“We have included a variety of unique, diverse and world-class entertainment that appeals to all visitors across all demographics – giving everyone the opportunity to create their own festival and go big,” says Montecasino General Manager Glenn Joseph.


Get in the fast lane and stand the chance to win your share of over R8 Million in cash and one of 12 Audis in Montecasino’s REVVVED UP gaming promotion. Simply sign up to the Montecasino Rewards Programme and play any slots machine and/or table game to earn points into the monthly draws. Full details on draw dates and times, and the number of points required per draw  can be found at  montecasino.co.za.


World-class performances await you at the MTN Festival, giving you every reason to APPLAUD BIG. The beautiful and immensely talented Welsh songstress KATHERINE JENKINS will grace the Teatro at Montecasino stage in concert, as she returns to South Africa for two shows as part of the MTN Festival on 18 and 19 September 2013. Best known for her unique interpretations of popular songs and operatic arias and hymns, Katherine Jenkins, who has performed with operatic legends like Andrea Bocelli, Plácido Domingo, Jose Carreras
and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, will be accompanied by a 24-piece orchestra in this not-to-be-missed show! Tickets from R300 on  montecasino.co.za or through Computicket.

From Wales to Italy as Italian singing sensation, and one of the world`s most exciting baritone crooners, PATRIZIO BUANNE sets the Teatro at Montecasino stage alight with two concerts on 21 and 22 September as part of the MTN Festival at Montecasino. The prestigious and intimate Teatro at Montecasino is the perfect romantic setting for the dynamic and engaging live performer’s following of adoring fans to enjoy an up-close and personal experience. Patrizio will charm and entertain in his usual inimitable style, performing all the best-loved songs which received international recognition in America, Australia, Europe and the Far East, and made him a household name in South Africa. Certain to sell out, tickets start from R250 at Computicket. Get yours now!

The ever-popular contemporary gospel group, MTN JOYOUS CELEBRATION has entertained fans nationally for many years. Now, as a key MTN Festival event, this gospel phenomenon will share their joyful sounds at the Teatro at Montecasino with two performances only on 27 and 28 September. Keep an eye on montecasino.co.za for all the details.

For classical music lovers, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s magnificent musical SUNSET  BOULEVARD takes to the stage at the Pieter Toerien Main Theatre for the duration of the MTN Festival – 18 September to 13 October.  Starring Angela Killian and Jonathan Roxmouth, Sunset Boulevard – set in the Hollywood of the early fifties and is based on Billy Wilder’s classic film – is a
compelling story of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition that has won seven prestigious Tony Awards. With one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most memorable and haunting scores Sunset Boulevard has played to standing ovations and won critical acclaim across the globe and now it’s waiting for you to enjoy.  Tickets through Computicket.


Giving the kiddies their chance to PLAY BIG, the MONTECASINO KIDS PLAYGROUND at the Montecasino Bird Gardens and surrounding area is the place to be from Saturday 21 to Tuesday 24 September – 10:00 to 16:00 daily. The ‘Playground’ will offer a world of excitement, from family-friendly favourites to a number of exciting attractions, including sand art, face-painting, stilt-walkers, magicians, ceramic painting, a number of games, giveaways and more – all providing hours of entertainment. Entry into the Montecasino Bird Gardens over the long weekend will be at an amazing rate of R20 for kids, R35 for adults and R20 for pensioners.

For more PLAY BIG fun, Montecasino and the MTN Festival present THE BIG BAD MUSICAL.  Join other fairytale lovers in the enchanted Montecasino Ballroom and be part of live Court TV, where you will decide the outcome of the biggest trial ever in the fairytale world – against the notorious Big Bad Wolf.  Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and everyone else the Big Bad Wolf has wronged will be there. Will you? Date show and times:

Friday 11 October at 13:00 and 15:00, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00, tickets, R50.


For the very best in family entertainment, the MTN Festival at Montecasino brings you MOVIES ON THE PIAZZA on 21 September and again on 04 October. Come along for a free outdoor screening of Rio and Mamma Mia! (Saturday 21 September) and Despicable Me and Grease (Friday 04 October) on Montecasino’s huge screen and enjoy star-studded movies under the stars. Snacks and drinks will be available to purchase.


TREVOR NOAH, who has been through six countries since his last wildly successful tour of South Africa, returns to take to the Teatro at Montecasino stage as part of the MTN Festival from 30 September to 13 October 2013. With all new material in his new show ‘IT’S MY CULTURE’, allow Trevor to take you with him on his travels from New Zealand to Zambia, New
York and London, before returning to his favourite place – home – where you will definitely LAUGH BIG! Tickets from R120 at montecasino.co.za.


For music lovers, Montecasino and the MTN Festival are proud to bring you MUSIC ON THE PIAZZA featuring six of SA’s finest local music sensations performing live on the Montecasino Outdoor Piazza stage EVERY Sunday throughout the Festival. Catch ELVIS BLUE and DAN PATLANSKY (22 September at 12:30), LOUISE CARVER and MI CASA (29 September at 13:00), WATERSHED (06 October at 12:30), and GOOD LUCK (13 October at 12:30). Entrance is free – just another exciting element of the MTN Festival at Montecasino that will not set you back a penny! Space is limited, so be sure to get there early.  Snacks and drinks will be available to purchase.


PIAZZA ROCKS – a live music concert featuring Prime Circle, Lloyd Cele and the Soweto String Quartet, will have MTN Festival visitors rocking on Saturday 12 October. For only R100 you can enjoy unique collaborations of rock, pop and classical jazz at this exclusive MTN Festival spectacular. Ticket includes a free drink (T’s & C’s apply). Book at montecasino.co.za. Gates open at 18:00 and food and beverage will be available to purchase.


The Pick ‘n Pay TASTE OF JOBURG in association with Orbit Sugarfree Chewing Gum returns to the Montecasino Outdoor Event Area for the MTN Festival from 26 to 29 September. Enjoy a feast for the senses as 12 of Joburg’s top restaurants create special menus of starter-sized dishes for the occasion, including signature dishes created by featured chefs designed to reflect
their philosophy and showcase seasonal and premium ingredients. Featuring boutique exhibitors, artisan producers, gourmet street food, premium drink brands and award-winning wineries, The Pick ‘n Pay Taste of Joburg is your chance to EAT BIG. Tickets range from R80 and are available now at itickets.co.za.

Don’t forget to purchase your CROWNS once you have your ticket. This is the festival currency used at Taste Festivals to purchase food and drinks from the restaurants, bars and exhibitors. CROWNS can be pre-purchased with Premium or Taste Club House tickets or at the event using cash or credit card from the Taste Bank or from roaming Crown sellers dressed in green. Each CROWN is worth R5 and prices range from 4 to 8 CROWNS per dish.  Change is offered in CROWNS only. For more information visit tasteofjoburg.com.


The Festival’s non-stop entertainment also includes the best restaurant specials:

·         Thursdays: 200gr Sirloin or Rump with chips or veggies for R60 at
Coco Bongo, Montexo Spur, Donatella’s, Verdicchio, Cantare, Gourmet Garage,
Beira Alt, La Scala, Cobblestone Pub  and Ciao Baby (terms and conditions

·         Tuesdays: 30cm Pizza with three toppings (two vegetable and one
meat, no seafood) for R60 lunch and dinner at Donatella’s, Debonairs,
Col’Cacchio and Mio Col’Cacchio (terms and conditions apply)


·         Wednesdays: R10 for BIG Shots at 3SIXTY° Liquid Lounge, @Monte
Restaurant and Cobblestone Pub on selected shooters only.


On 28 September and 05 October Absa BOKTOWN at Montecasino will once again be the ONLY place to be if you can’t be at the game! Join thousands of other die-hard Springboks fans and SHOUT BIG as our boys bring out all the big hits on the huge Montecasino Outdoor Piazza screen.  R30 gets you entrance and one free beverage (local beer, cider, soft drink or mineral water), plus access to all the live entertainment, a merchandise stall, giveaways and more! Gates open at 16:00, kick-off is at 17:00.


For the third year in a row the MTN Festival will feature the TOPS at SPAR BIERFEST. Bringing the best of Bavaria to the Montecasino Outdoor Event Area from 10 to 13 October 2013, TOPS at SPAR BIERFEST will feature a recreation of the Bavarian beer festivals of old, complete with bier halls, wooden bier benches, Fräuleins, mouth-watering Bavarian treats, Bavarian accessories to add to the fun, plus world-class entertainment, including a live Oompah band. This is your chance to PARTY BIG! Ticket prices start at R100 at bierfest.co.za.  Hospitality packages are available.

The MTN Festival is your Festival and offers you the chance to GO BIG as every corner of Montecasino comes alive with the sights and sounds that only MTN and South Africa’s premier leisure and lifestyle destination can present. Be sure to get down to Montecasino between 18 September and 13 October and enjoy the festivities!

Events and entertainment run throughout the week but heighten from Thursdays to Sundays. There is no entry or general access fee into the festival however more information on bookings and cost for select ticketed events, please visit montecasino.co.zacomputicket.co.za,  itickets.co.za or bierfest.co.za. Standard parking tariffs and entry fees to Montecasino
venues apply.

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