The final countdown

Leungo Mokgwathi
GIMC IS GO: Pabalinga promises something for everyone

One week to go for GIMC

The countdown is on for Gaborone’s most thrilling week-long event, which celebrates diversity and excellence within Botswana’s Arts and Culture.

In exactly one week, 25 August, pleasure seekers from all walks of life will converge on the capital city for the 9th annual Gaborone International Music and Culture (GIMC) week.

While the Confederation of African football (CAF) inspection has rendered the National Stadium unavailable, forcing organisers to remove the GIMC Festival from this year’s itinerary, event founder, Fish Pabalinga promises an action-packed week of entertainment, with something for everyone.

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Getting the blood-pumping to kick things off on Friday evening, the fun starts with a Fitness and Aerobics challenge at Skyview from 6pm until 10pm. Entrance is set at P250.

Day Two sees the return of South African singing sensation, Zonke, as the ‘Say Now’ star headlines GIMC Jazz at Molapo Showcase alongside Vusi Nova, Banjo Mosele, Nono Siile and Socca Moruakgomo.

Normal tickets for this soulful affair are going for P300 while VVIP tickets, which include full catering, open bar and premium drinks, are priced at P2, 500.

MC Loungo Andre Pitse will hold it down at the GIMC Champagne Picnic on Sunday, a colourful affair themed ‘vivid spring’ at Wagga Gardenex.

“For this one, be colourful, be bold and put your best foot forward,” said Pabalinga.

The picnic doesn’t come cheap, however, with revelers having to fork out P2, 500 to secure a seat at this “elegant afternoon of rich company, music, fashion and lots of bubbles.”

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If these prices have got you feeling blue, GIMC’s Comedy Night is the perfect way to get the smile back again. Mzansi funnymen, Chester Missing and Tips Shampoo take centre stage at Matisong for the 31 August gig, where they will by local acts Boldwin Bals, Tumelo Depay, Johnny Pula and Trics.

A double ticket is going for P300, and worry not, the soloists are also catered for, with single tickets available for P200.

To close it off, GIMC is taking us to church on 1st September with the much anticipated Clap and Tap festival at Molapo Showcase.

Ready those whistles, triangles and beats, together with P150, to secure your seat for an all-night praise session with Lejwe la Motheo and Dineo tsa Tumelo amongst others.

“Tickets are on sale at webtickets and we have activations running. It’s best to secure your ticket as early as you can so that you don’t miss out on this indisputably unforgettable week of the very best entertainment,” was Pabalinga’s parting advice.

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