Johannesburg, 14 June 2015: Nickelodeon’s first NickFest this weekend was a huge success after thousands of happy kids and families attended the sold-out family-friendly festival at The Globe at Silverstar (13-14 June). Mums, dads, kids, grandparents, aunts and uncles alike turned out to participate in fun, activities for kids 4-14, and to watch Mi Casa, Cassper Nyovest, The Buzz, The Tsogo Sun Arts Academy All Stars and Morgan Beatbox perform alongside Nickelodeon heroes Dora the Explorer, Diego, SpongeBob SquarePants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Among the familiar faces enjoying the atmosphere were Khanyi Mbau, Thapelo Mokoena, Lulo Café, Riky Rick, Reason, Leanne Manas, Penny Lebyane and many more celebrities ,while funnyman and ‘comedy doctor” Riaad Moosa was hilariously on cue as MC and hype man.

A huge draw was the NickFest Celebrity Slime Challenge, which saw celebrity volunteers such as Sizwe Dhlomo, Darren “Whackhead” Simpson, Proverb, Kagiso Lediga, Pearl Thusi, Boity Thulo, Trevor Gumbi, Ms Cosmo, David Kibuuka, Altovise Lawrence and Maps Maponyane doused in sticky green slime to help raise funds to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust. The money raised will help towards the ongoing construction of the state of the art pediatric hospital currently being built in Parktown, Johannesburg. Ten percent of proceeds from ticket sales is going to the same worthy cause.

Commented Tasania Parsadh, Senior Channel Manager, Nickelodeon, Africa, “NickFest has captured the imaginations of kids and families who loved the happy mash-up of live music, character appearances, family friendly activities and - of course: slime! Everyone enjoyed an awesome weekend, with thousands of kids and families leaving The Globe at Silverstar wreathed in smiles. We’d like to thank everyone who came and partied with us this weekend, and can say without a doubt: NickFest will be back soon!”

NickFest is the South African edition of Nickelodeon’s international family friendly music festival (known internationally as SlimeFest), which has previously been staged in Australia and Spain.

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