Established in 1990, Splashy Fen is South Africa’s longest-running music festival, which every Easter attracts thousands of people to a farm near Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal for a unique outdoor music experience. The festival offers a four-day line-up of some of the country’s hottest acts, top-class sound and lighting, plus a wide choice of outdoor leisure activities for the whole family. Add to that the beautiful scenery of the southern Drakensberg, an abundance of different food and drink outlets, colourful arts and crafts, a crèche and children’s entertainment programme, as well as various camping and accommodation options and you’re set for a winner of a long weekend! Splashy Fen has something for everyone; in fact there’s nothing else in South Africa quite like it!
Over the years, this much-loved festival has built a strong reputation as being a financially viable, responsible and well-organised event that continues to reinvent itself so as to stay relevant. Although continuously adapting to changing trends, Splashy Fen has nevertheless managed to retain its unique character and appeal; that special ‘something’ – the people, the vibe, the sense of family – which has allowed it to endure for two decades to become the longest-running music festival in the country.
Splashy Fen 2011 will see a number of new initiatives being introduced, all geared towards further enhancing the festival experience and making this one of the best Splashys yet! One such initiative is the Freestyle Tribal Village – a joint venture between the festival organisers and two long-time Splashy Fenners, James Liebenberg and Pat Cunningham, both of whom have become familiar faces at Splashy over the years. Situated in a separate tree-shaded area, the village will be home to creators of authentic, original handicrafts, many of whom will offer workshops in various art forms such as glass blowing and leather tooling. There will also be activities like fire poi and interactive drumming around a central fire pit. In fact, the Freestyle Tribal Village aims to set a new record for the largest structured drum circle in Splashy’s history! Visitors can look forward to a magical journey through a village of colourful tipis, where they’ll be invited to open their minds to alternative beliefs and lifestyles, or to interact with other like-minded people.