Lusito Land – The Festa Continues


The 2018 Lusito Land Festival is fast approaching, and lovers of Portuguese cuisine and culture are in for a treat at the festival’s new venue in Cayman Road, Alewynspoort.

The festival will take place between 26th April to 1st May, take a two-day break and resume on the 4th to 6th May 2018. This festival promises to be a celebration of exceptional food, music and fun. Lusito Association spokesperson, Naomi Contente, says the festival organisers assessed last year’s Alewynspoort-based event and took patrons’ suggestions into account to make this year’s festival better than ever.

“Many festival-goers were understandably sad that the event was moved from Wemmer Pan to Alewynspoort last year. Choosing a new venue was, however, a carefully considered move. Not only did we want to accommodate a rapidly growing festival, which was bursting out of its seams in Wemmer Pan, but we wanted to provide a safer venue with ample parking and easy access for all.”

In addition to planting grass in to alleviate concerns about dust, the organisers introduced are introducing additional entrance and exit points, that will be manned by traffic operators and substantially ease traffic glitches at the venue.

These entrances and exit points have been identified to make the venue more easily accessible to festival-goers and further reduce traffic congestion. These entrances and exit points will be communicated to the public closer to the time.

Launched in 1981, all funds raised at the festival are donated to the Lusito School for the physically and mentally challenged. “The cost of caring for special-needs children and adults is beyond the means of many families. The proceeds from the festival go a long way towards easing their financial burden and ensuring learners benefit from a good education that takes their special needs into consideration,” explains Contente.

To ensure the sustainability of both the festival and the school, the Cayman Road venue was purchased outright and the organisers have great plans for it’s development.  These include building a private school, old-age home and sports academy to further subsidise much-needed funds required by the Lusito Association.

The event, a firm Jozi favourite, voted on several occasions as ‘Best Festival’ by Leisure Options Magazine readers, is proving to be one festival that is concerned with more than just a good time. “We are passionate about our community and the people we serve, and we will continue to support them any way we can,” concludes Contente.