“The community of the Freestate need to understand that each individual is unique, and we need to recognize our individual differences! These can be along. the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.”
The Free State’s very first Gay Festival #GayWeesFees will take place on 3 to 5 November 2017, at Kroonpark in Kroonstad. This festival is open to anyone who accepts and supports the LGBT community. (Gay, Lesbian and Straight). No violence will be tolerated and the necessary precautions have already been taken in collaboration with the town’s police and security officers, to ensure the safety of each visitor.
The festival originated in the minds of a group of dedicated LGBT community members from Welkom in the Free State. The idea was initially that the Free State should host its own “Pride” event where the LGBT community in our area also gets the opportunity to stand proud and feel comfortable among other members of the LGBT community. The biggest focus was to celebrate our unique Diversity, to provide a touch of freedom where everyone can be himself without disappearing into the norm. “Let’s not judge anymore, but embrace each other’s unique talents!” We believe that this festival will grow bigger and even better every year, and that it will become an annual institution.
The thoughts started flowing on paper and suddenly this “Pride” event was no longer just a one-day gathering. We decided to host a Gay Festival! Quickly, the ideas started flowing, and five committee members jumped in to get a suitable venue that would meet the needs of each LGBT community member. Kroonpark Resort in Kroonstad welcomed the festival with open arms and made us feel right at home. “They realized that economically, this festival can be a source of income for the town and surrounding areas, when many private individuals and institutions will benefit from the sale of items at the flea market stalls, as well as providing accommodation, that will be required in the town itself, when the resort has reached its limit.
The Festival will open at 13:00 on Friday, 3 November 2017, with media sensation Craig du Toit Nel as MC. The flea market stalls and entertainment will also then be open and ready to entertain everyone. Friday night at 20:00 there will be a unique cabaret show by well-known Drag-queens from Johannesburg – Genevieve le Coq, Riri Rouge and Victoria Styles, followed by a nice “gatparty” hosted by Dj Shawn Spamers of Johannesburg. Saturday morning we have a “Gay Colour Fest Park Run” at 09:00 followed by a very unique type of “Gay Games”. The entertainment continues from 11:00 until late with local talented singers Leroi (Potchefstroom), Tyrell, Anna-Lee and Marlene from Welkom. At 20:00 the new “Mr and Miss Gay Freestate” will be crowned, followed by a party all night long!
Accommodation and festival bookings are already open on the website – www.gayweesfees.co.za, and the chalets are almost fully booked!
There are still enough caravan / tent stands available at only R500 (6 people) for the weekend.
Festival tickets are R200pp for the entire weekend or R150pp for day visitors.
We hope to see you at the very first Gay Festival in the Freestate!