DATE:    24 January 2018

The historical town of Mossel Bay will be hosting the new and exciting Dias & Port Festival from 1 – 4 February 2018 in partnership with the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) of Mossel Bay. This year Mossel Bay Municipality have joined forces with TNPA and combined resources and funding to bring you a bigger and better festival with lots more to see, do and experience. Entrance is free for all to attend!

The festival arena at De Bakke Santos Resort will have the regular and new activities on offer, such as a variety of stalls, fun rides and kids play area and the Santos stage. The Port will also bring a new range of new and exciting activities to the festival, including tug boat rides, career expo, various exciting competitions and much more.

Herewith are some of the official Dias & Port Festival 2018 activities that will take place from 1 - 4 February:

·         Top SA artists and local talent will be on two stages

·         Water sports at the Port

·         Motorsport at De Bakke

·         Flag jumps on Santos Beach

·         National and international folk dancing

·         Maritime museum tours

·         Cultural evening in the Town Hall

·         Street parade with colourful floats and costumes

·         Ultimate Fish Braai Master Competition

·         Amazing Race Competition

·         Classical music event at the Dias Museum

·         Craft beer and wine tent

·         Spectacular fireworks display and laser lights show

·         Maritime Business and Career expo

·         Vintage car show

·         Rubber duck racing

·         Playstation Competition

·         Car sound off competition

·         Variety of stalls and much more!

Festivalgoers can look forward to top South African artists on two stages, such as Jack Parow (parental guidance is advised), the ever-popular Emo Adams and the Take Note Band, his brother, Loukmaan Adams, Captain Kurt Darren, as well as Jo Black, ADAM, Charlize Berg, Manuel Escorcio, DJ SK, Mafikizolo, gospel star Neville D and many others.

To mark the official start of the Dias & Port Festival 2018 will be on Thursday 1, February, a Cultural Evening and Concert will be held in the Town Hall with a great line-up of international and national performers.

On Friday 2, February 2018 Parow, Jamali, Lloyd Cele and Early B will take to the Santos, while Mafikizolo, Heavy K and others will be heating up the Port’s stage. Local bands and artists that will be performing, include the likes of Wellcast, G-Minor, Ramon Alexander Quartet, Prerogative, Davene Anderson, Alicia van Wyk, Keenen Daniëls, DMA, Ambrosia Muller, Joe, Precious Nkrumah and Kay Gody.

Some of the other highlights for Saturday 3, February include: The Dias & Port Festival Street parade with colourful floats and costumes, flag jumps, motorsport gymkhana, various cultural events and top South African artists to perform on the two stages.


On Sunday 4, February there will be a Tjiff and Tjaff show, as well as all the usual kids’ entertainment and activities, stalls, a brass band and choir festival and live stage programme.  


The festival arena will be extended from the De Bakke Santos festival arena to the Port area and surrounds, with two stages, one at De Bakke and another at the Port. Both stages have full programmes throughout the festival weekend. (Please refer to the respective stage and festival programmes for more details).

The Dias & Port Festival 2018 also marks the 30th celebration of the Dias Festival and revival of the Port Festival and provides local singers and performers to showcase their talent on an international platform, as representatives from various nationalities will be participating in the Dias & Port Festival 2018, including Germany, China, Indonesia, Portugal, as well as Madagascar and India.

Edward Jantjies, Director: Corporate Services at Mossel Bay Municipality, says: “We are excited to be in partnership with the Transnet Port Authority, as this will bring a whole new dimension to the Dias & Port Festival 2018, especially opening the harbour to the people with double the fun and excitement on offer.

“The Dias Festival is no more and will now be known as the Dias & Port Festival, which is a joint initiative by the Municipality and Transnet. We are taking the festival to greater heights and it will be one to remember for years to come!

“We anticipate that more than 35 000 people will be attending the Dias & Port Festival. And that is huge!”

A special thank you to our partner, Transnet National Ports Authority Mossel Bay, and all our sponsors: Mossel Bay Tourism, Mossel Bay Advertiser, Garden Route Casino Community Trust, ATKV, Garden Court Hotel, Eduard Hugo, Ford and Independent Entrepreneurs Forum.

For more information, stalls or sponsorships, contact Director Jantjies on 044 606 5005 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The full Dias & Port Festival 2018 programme will be available at the gates, online on the Mossel Bay Municipality’s Facebook page, website and in the local Mossel Bay Advertiser.

Festival Programme