Popular local deejays will be performing during the Bistro Garden musical event tomorrow at APK, the UJ APK RAG Chairperson told The Open Journal yesterday.
Some of the well-known musicians, who are expected to take to the stage at APK’s RAG Farm tomorrow, include DJ Shimza, Distruction Boyz and Tholukuthi Hey hit maker, Killer Kau.
RAG Chairperson, Gudani Masibigiri, said that the event is meant to reignite a vibrant student culture at UJ. “This event [is] a Student Affairs initiative to say ‘bring back the fun on campus’ because at UJ it’s been very dry,” Masibigiri said.
RAG stands for ‘Remember and Give’ and it is run by UJ Student Affairs. The initiative is geared towards catering “for the community of the University of Johannesburg and the community surrounding UJ,” according to Masibigiri.
Masigibiri said the proceeds from the event would be used for charity. “The aim of it is to raise funds, reason being that we’re trying to answer to the challenges that are on the ground, for example food shortages on campus,” he said.
Masibigiri said that there were major delays in organising Bistro Garden. “It was supposed to happen at the beginning of the year but it got postponed,” he said. “When you do any event, you go through a lot of processes . . . and on top of it you get shut down (by the University) because maybe the event has alcohol.”
He mentioned that students can expect such events to happen regularly as part of first-year orientation week. “It’s good for it to happen annually [at the] beginning of the year when first-years get here.”
Although the acts performing at Bistro gardens charge very high rates, Masibigiri said, the money would be well spent. “It’s also good value for money because at the end of the day we are expecting a capacity of 1900 students at the RAG farm next to the gym,” he added.
“The capacity on its own brings back the revenue in the form of ticket sales, alcohol sales . . . and we will sell certain merchandise on the day.”
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Tickets are still available for sale. General tickets will be sold at R50 each while VIP tickets are priced at R100.
RAG volunteer, Thelile Thabethe, said that tickets can be bought from the UJ RAG Office at E-Ring 3 and the RAG volunteer’s stand that will be set up outside the SRC office and the Student Centre. Students may also buy tickets at the event.
Masibigiri said that the organization is “calling on everyone to come through” and participate in UJ student culture. Bistro Garden is the fourth and final event of UJ Central RAG week and was originally scheduled to take place last week Friday.