Messages from sponsors and stakeholders

Culture, Sport an Recreation in Mpumalanga

As MEC for Culture, Sport and Recreation in Mpumalanga, I am happy that the waiting is finally over for yet another exciting edition of one of the biggest annual festivals in the country, the Innibos. It is a known fact that patriots of the festival have been waiting with bated breath for activities of the festival to unfold and that moment is finally upon all of us.

Like the rest of the people in the province and country, I am looking forward to be enthralled by song and dance and blown away by the beauty of the Innibos. After all, the festival is teeming with everything that brings South Africans together – music, food and the arts.

Our Department has great pleasure to once again be part of one of the biggest cultural extravaganzas in the country. The Innibos National Arts Festival has become synonymous with a cultural melting pot and unifying the people of Mpumalanga and beyond. It is also a world-class cultural festival that continues to grow in leaps and bounds. We are expecting it to reach new heights this year in terms of attendance, entertainment, excitement levels and bringing our people together.

As the Department, we want to extend our gratitude to the people of Mpumalanga for supporting the festival which contributes to our efforts of working towards achieving social cohesion and nation building in the Province. Innibos owes its success and growth to each one of you who have gone through the turnstiles over the years. The festival could not be where it is today without the support of the people and that of the business community.

The Innibos National Arts Festival embodies our mission of promoting social cohesion and nation building through, culture, sport and information service to the people of Mpumalanga. We encourage all South Africans to come out in large numbers and support this year’s festival and in the process get a glimpse of what the Afrikaans culture has to offer in terms of music, cuisine as well as arts and crafts. We will continue to support events or activities that allow South Africans from diverse backgrounds to celebrate our inclusive heritage and promote oneness among our people. We need to work together to create a winning nation that will create opportunities for all our people and we are dutybound to raise our hands and respond to the clarion call made by President of our country, his excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, of “Thuma Mina!”

We say to all people of Mpumalanga and beyond,Innibos is here and geniet!


Ms Thandi Shongwe.


More Music You Love for Mbombela!

JacarandaFM is counting down to 26 June 2019, when the Innibos Lowveld National Arts Festival kicks off once again in Mbombela. There’ll be music, art, theatre, books, crafts, artisan food and more.

On Thursday 28 June, from 6pm, festival-goers will be enthralled with the annual highlight – the JacarandaFM Concert. The main stage will come to life with performances by Theuns Jordaan, Refentse, Robbie Wessels, Emo Adams, Martin Bester, Leah, Brendan Peyper and Tarryn Lamb.

As always, the station’s high-profile personalities will be in town broadcasting live and adding even more colour to the festivities. Jacaranda FM’s GM Kevin Fine says, “Innibos ticket-holders can look forward to another year of world class entertainment particularly on the 28th. The line-up is stellar and we’re proud and honoured to bring “More Music You Love” and the Jacaranda flavour to this event once again in 2019.”

Exciting, too, is the news that the Innibos entrance fee is the same as last year! What’s included in the fee? Live entertainment on four stages, theatre performances, and a line-up of show-stopping music concerts every evening from 6pm on the main stage.

Count down to Innibos with JacarandaFM! Tickets for sale via Computicket. Festival programme available at

City of Mbombela

Message from City Manager

The City of Mbombela welcomes each and every visitor to the 2019 Innibos Laeveld Nasionale Kunstefees (Innibos Lowveld National Arts Festival).

The 16th year of existence of this award-winning Arts Festival is celebrated with the theme “Ablaze”. The City of Mbombela is extremely proud to, once again, be the home of Innibos. Mbombela and its residents look forward to this week every year, when we have the opportunity to welcome thousands of local people and visitors from across the country. Mbombela strives to be a city of excellence and pride ourselves on our exceptional hospitality.

The Innibos Festival offers an opportunity for people from Mbombela to enjoy arts and culture on a platform bringing people from different communities closer together and induces the enjoyment and appreciation of the diverse culture in the Lowveld. We must ensure that our rich cultural heritage of our community remains for our future generations. Innibos plays a vital role in this instance and the City of Mbombela will pursue our continuous support for the Innibos National Arts Festival. It is likely that people from far and wide might experience the Lowveld in its full splendor for the very first time!

I would like to extend an invitation to all visitors to our city to take some time to see the rest of our beautiful Lowveld whilst enjoying Innibos. There are several tourism offices across the city able to assist you to optimally utilize your time in Mbombela. We boast world class restaurants and shopping centers where tourists can purchase local produce and art. The more adventurous can visit the nearby Kruger National Park, Hazyview, White River, Barberton and many more hidden gems!

Enjoy Innibos Festival 2019, because here in the Lowveld and Mbombela, we are “Ablaze”!

Neil Diamond

Municipal Manager

City of Mbombela

Message from kykNET

“KykNET celebrates its 20th year on the air with their loyal viewers. We can’t think of a more appropriate way to start our birthday celebrations than in Mbombela during Innibos, kykNET Fiëstas’ Festival of the year for 2018.

The pleasant Lowveld weather, hospitality and entertainment, make Innibos a sought after vacation destination festival for visitors from across the country. The kykNET channels are well represented at Innibos through films, open air music productions and glamour personalities. KykNET is passionate about Afrikaans in all its forms, dialect and exceptional authenticity. Films and content produced here are respected, not only locally, but internationally as well.”

Message from festival management

We welcome you at Innibos 2019, celebrating 16 years of being ablaze for the arts!

A huge thank you to our loyal festival goers supporting us on a yearly basis, to the extent that Innibos received the prestigeous kykNET-FiëstaFestival of the Year award for the fourth time. Apart from this achievement, Innibos also received the award for the Best Open Air Production for the Saturday night KykNET-concert. We are truly grateful and aim to take this year’s festival to new heights!

This year we are lighting the creative fires at the Innibos Festival, whether it is music, theatre, art, a crawl, book discussions or just relaxing and enjoying the festivities on the festival grounds.

The Innibos Programme is jam-packed with a variety of entertainment on offer for all ages and preferences. On the secure festival grounds, more than 300 artists will be performing on the various stages, a music concert every night on the main stage which can easily compete with the best in the country, free film festival at the KykNET Bush Bioscope, free theatre productions at the Boma Theatre, a childrens’ play area where toddlers can play and watch short shows under supervision, more than 300 market stalls in the “Bush Mall” and mouthwatering festival food.

Thanks to our sponsors, it was possible to keep our entrance tickets affordable. The Week Ticket still costs an affordable R500, with free entrance for primary and pre-school children. Pensioners can attand the first day of the festival for a mere R50!

Innibos is a whole-day-family-festival and thanks to the pleasant Lowveld winter climate, you are truly able to enjoy the festivities from morning to night. That’s enough reason for us to be ablaze!


Innibos Board and Management

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