Authentically South African entertainment to launch Pretoria’s Sun Arena
Sun International – one of the largest hospitality, leisure and gaming groups in Africa – is set to launch Tshwane’s first 8 500 seater indoor area. Opening in November 2017, the Sun Arena marks a new era in entertainment for the area. The only venue of its kind in Pretoria, the state of the art Sun Arena provides an unprecedented platform for staging grand scale international and local acts.
Delivering on its promise to bring some of the most celebrated local and international artists to the city, Time Square has a spectacular lineup to hail the opening of Sun Arena including LIVE, Bryan Adams, Brian McKnight and Brandy, and the wildly popular Afrikaans is Groot series.
The official grand opening production, Unison, on , is dedicated authentic South African entertainment to celebrate the diversity and depth of talent that exists in the country.
“Time Square shares Sun International’s commitment to supporting the local music and performing arts industry, and will provide a platform for local artists and bands to showcase their talents. In this spirit and testament to its passion for South Africa, its diverse people, rich tapestry of cultures, and to honour the exceptional calibre of South African talent, Time Square is dedicating the official opening production, Unison, to authentic South African entertainment,” says Brett Hoppé, General Manager: Time Square.
The South African celebration concert to launch the Sun Arena will be staged courtesy of Time Square South Africa and will not be for profit. Only 8 500 tickets are available but they will not be available for purchase. Instead, tickets have been allocated to enthusiastic media partners who will share them with their audiences; people who share the same passion for local music and entertainment.
“We wanted to do things a little differently and give back to the music loving people of South Africa. At a time when the country is plagued by bad news and upheaval, we wanted to generate some hope and nurture a sense of community and celebrate South Africa in unison,” explains Hoppé.
Media channels which have volunteered to participate in creating the audience for Unison have free reign to share their allocated tickets as they wish.
“We want a full house of passionate fans of South African music to share the auspicious milestone of opening Tshwane’s first Arena. We are pulling out all the stops to create an audio visual spectacular that will live long in the memories and hearts of those who share the occasion with us,” adds Hoppé.
Unison will feature a diverse lineup of talented artists including Lira, Zonke, Lady Zamar, PJ Powers, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Sipho Hotstix Mabusa, Jimmy Nevis, Vusi Nova, Claire Johnston, Sasha Lee Davids, Nur Abrahams, Jeremy Oliver, Timothy Moli and Karin Zoid. There will also be choirs, mimes, flash mobs, a lighting spectacular and more. Time Square South Africa encourages invited guests step out in style wearing a black tie or traditional South African attire.
The iconic songstress Miriam Makeba, with the permission of her family, will also be inducted into the South African Hall of Fame at the show. The South African Hall of Fame, located at Sun City’s newly upgraded entertainment and convention centre, Sun Central, is an interactive exhibition hub where young and old are able to celebrate the country’s most memorable achievers.
Time Square, being built at a cost of R4-billion, represents Sun International’s largest investment in a casino development and forms part of the green Menlyn Maine precinct. The first phase of the project, the casino, which is the most technologically advanced in South Africa, officially opened in April this year. Opening with the casino were 18 new restaurants and bars by an eclectic ensemble of South African and international personalities. Each is individual in concept and character to deliver a distinctive experience.
The opening of the Sun Arena will mark the completion of the second phase of the multi million Rand project with phase three, The Maslow Time Square hotel, to open in March 2018. The only venue of its kind in Pretoria, the arena will play host to international and local concerts, exhibitions and lifestyle events. The hotel will offer new concept in hospitality, being a 238 room specialist business hotel, offering standard to premium accommodation.
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