Cape Town - The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival will make history by hosting the 10th edition of the Mr Gay World competition in Knysna in May 2018.
"This will be the third time that South Africa has presented the prestigious event; a world first," says Visit Knysna.
This will also be the second time that the contest will be held during the Pink Loerie, Africa’s biggest LGBTIQ+ cultural festival.
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Eric Butter, President of Mr Gay World, says that three other cities expressed interest in hosting the next Mr Gay World, but “when the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival Knysna 2018 came forward I couldn’t have been more overjoyed.”
“The 10th Mr Gay World marks a milestone and is very important for our organisation. We have worked with the team in South Africa twice and it has always been a great pleasure; they have the very best work ethic and they always deliver a world class event," says Butter.
SA hosted the contest in 2012 in Johannesburg and in 2015 in Knysna. The country's proud history with Mr Gay World has seen it win the title twice - in 2010 and 2011.
Butter adds that the decision to incorporate it with the Pink Loeries was also because they "wanted the international community to support the rebuilding of Knysna" following the devastating fires in June 2017.
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"Pink Loerie organisers have played an active role in raising funds, sourcing material assistance and bringing awareness about the crisis in order to bolster the local community," says Visit Knysna.
Boosting tourism in Knysna
Knysna's Mayor, Eleanore Bouw-Spies, says "the added benefit of hosting Mr Gay World, the 2018 Pink Loerie will, without a doubt, lure more visitors to our legendary LGBTIQ+ festival and beautiful area.”
“Greater Knysna will receive much-needed national and international exposure, proving to the world that we are most definitely ‘open for business’ despite the terrible tragedy of the recent fires,” she adds.
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Mr Gay World 2018 will run from Sunday, 20 May to Sunday, 27 May, with the grand finale taking place on Saturday, 26 May at Villa Castollini in Knysna. Tickets will go on sale from 1 February.
The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival 2018 Knysna will be held from Thursday, 24 May to Sunday, 27 May, 2018.
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