December in Manado: Westlife Shane Filan Concert and North Sulawesi Christmas Festival 2016
Celebrating Christmas and welcoming the New Year 2017, the province of North Sulawesi will come alive with a whole range of festivities for the whole month of December when the North Sulawesi Christmas Festivaltake place from 1st to 31st December 2016, centered in the province’s capital city, Manado.
As a special treat, the Christmas festival will be highlighted with an international concert at Megamas Manado on 4th December 2016. Initially the concert would feature the Australian pop group Air Supply, however the group had to cancel the show since the vocalist Russel Hitchcock was reportedly ill and unable to perform. Instead, Shane Filan of the legendary boyband Westlife will be performing for the concert. The concert will also feature Indonesian Pop Singer Diva, Ruth Sahanaya, and the young pop star Angel Pieterz. What makes it even more special, the concert will be free of charge!
The festival will kick off on 1 December 2016 with theChristmas Market at Marina Plaza Manado that will last to the end of the year. At Marina Plaza there will also be the Christmas Dance on 11 December, Christmas Bands on 16-17 December, Vocal Group Competitions on 16 December, and Masamper Traditional Art Competition on 22 December. At theManado Town Square Mall, there will be Christmas Choirs on 9-10 December, Christmas Chess on 7-8 December, and Santa Claus and Christmas Angels Parade on 24 December 2016. At the Megamas Manado, there will also be the Fashion on the Street Competition on 10 December.
The festival will also feature Christmas Ornaments Competitions, Christmas Tree Competitions, Decorated Floats Parade down the major streets of Manado on 17 December, Christmas Theater Competition, Traditional Bamboo & Kolintang Music Competition, National Christmas Service, and Old & New Night on the last eve of the year (31st December).The series of events in the festival is presented by the Province of North Sulawesi in collaboration with the city of Manado. The festival aims to attract more national and international tourists to visit Manado and North Sulawesi as well as presenting a new alternative to spend Christmas holiday with not only amazing natural and cultural attractions but also exciting events.
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