The 5th Mpumalanga Cultural Xperience festival will move forward uninterrupted despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sports, culture and recreation MEC Lindiwe Ntshalintshali confirmed this during a media briefing this week in Mbombela.

The festival, which aims to promote cultural diversity and cultural tourism within the province, has for the past years attracted people from outside the province and neighbouring countries.

Ntshalintshali said due to the Covid-19 lockdown regulations, the festival will be co-ordinated on three pillars – the Sunday Soul Session Xperience on 29 November, the Comedy Xperience on 3 December and the Gospel Awards on 13 December.

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She further said the department was committed to the development of local artists and therefore would ensure that local artists benefitted more during this festival.

“Our arts directorate is responsible for the development, promotion and preservation of visual arts and craft, arts technology, arts industries and performing arts as well as institutional support and governance,” said Ntshalintshali.

Artists like Amy Faku, Musa Sukwene and Blaq Diamond are expected to perform during the festival.

“The 5th Mpumalanga Cultural Xperience invites people from all over South Africa to descend to the province to experience not only the Kruger National Park, Panorama route and the Cultural Hartland, but to also experience the rich diverse cultures of the province. It is our belief that the festival will contribute towards the growth of Mpumalanga economy and tourism,” she said.