I attended the UMI Festival and this what happened

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The date, 16 March 2013, and lovers of good music, good food, and good company are headed to one of the popular monthly socials, THE WKND SOCIAL, a brunch date which turns into a memorable turn up with colour themes which add a splash of fun to the whole experience. An experience which came to an end in November of 2016.

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Nandi Dlepu, the founder and managing director of mamakashaka would not only be one of the founders of THE WKND SOCIAL, but she would go on to create ‘Feel Good Series’, a monthly rooftop party that turns up once a month in the Johannesburg inner city, which brought back meaning into the lives of lovers of all things good.

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I attended the UMI Festival and this what happened

As a woman in her 30s, I have a hard time finding a vibe that understands my need to have fun in a creative, relaxed and interactive atmosphere. It needs to be in a setting where I can dance to Afro beats and hip-hop music on a spacious dance floor. I’m so glad that I attended this festival because it was just the perfect way to spend my Saturday.

 

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Fun galore

I loved that the festival started at 3pm, just in time to soak in the afternoon sun with sundowners. I spent the afternoon walking around the venue that has an urban farm feel with loads of design studios, art galleries and artisan shops. I loved the greenery of the farm against the restored industrial building where the dancing was taking place.  The decor in the rustic building had an artistic flair with plenty of seating areas, all with a modern and funky edge.

 

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There was something interesting and unique to look at in every corner, and the oversized colourful beach chairs stood out. I was disappointed that even though there were plenty of alcohol offerings, there were no food stalls. Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach is never a good idea, and I was not happy doing so.

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The live performances Darkie Fiction, Yanga Yaya, and DJs such as DJ DooWoop and Muzi kept everyone dancing from the very first beat. The crowd was polite, friendly and accommodating and I loved that because there is nothing worse than partying with an unruly crowd. I found myself complimenting so many people on their outfits because they all looked stunning in their unique and stylish clothes. It felt more like a fashion show!

 

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Yay or nay?

I had to leave around 8pm because I was just too hungry. Also, the area surrounding the venue did not seem safe to me at night. But, I left happy and eager to attend the next festival.

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