The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival is a story that begins with the idyllic coastal town of Knysna. Knysna (a local Khoikhoi word that legend has it, means ‘ferns’), lies 1200km south of Johannesburg and east of Port Elizabeth. Once, one of the best-kept secrets in South Africa, the now much-loved town of Knysna is on the Garden Route and is surrounded by lush indigenous South African rainforests spilling out into a crystalline estuary; fed by the Knysna River. For the past sixteen years, at the end of April and the first week of May, Knysna has also become home to one of the freshest and most exciting LGBTQ+ celebrations around the world – the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival.
Questions have been raised over the Pink Loerie theme for 2018, but does it mean what we think it means?
What is S&M? This may raise an eyebrow or two, as the connotations of dungeons and whips come to mind. And yet this is the theme for the 2018 Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival.
The big question on everyone’s lips is what exactly this means? Does it refer to what comes to most people’s minds, or is there a different meaning? Looks we will have to wait for the big reveal on Wednesday 15 November at Villa Castollini in Knysna. The event is advertised for 17h30 to start at 18h00 and based on reactions form the public so far, there is a great buzz around this event.
Several dignitaries from Knysna will be in attendance, as will some famous faces. It will even feature the obligatory drag act as part of the entertainment line-up.
An open invitation has been extended to all guesthouses in the area and other local businesses to participate in the event. In this way everybody can network, showcase their services and/or products and show their support. Tables are a nominal R 150 each and will include a food platter. Mitchell’s Beer and Kay & Monty Wines have already confirmed and will give the guests the best tasting experience.