FNB and Disney have announced a partnership to bring Disney Live events to South African audiences within the next year. FNB customers will have the advantage of pre-sale tickets and access to other perks and specials. The first event will be Disney’s The Lion King live in concert in Gauteng this December. 

The Lion King will be brought to life by the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra at The Sun Arena at Times Square in Pretoria on 10, 11 and 12 December this year.

“This unique family entertainment experience will combine the screening of Disney’s The Lion King directed by Jon Favreau with the epic live orchestral performance of Oscar and Grammy-winning composer Hans Zimmer’s original motion picture soundtrack that also features South African legend Lebo M.”

Tickets will go on sale on Computicket at 9am on Tuesday, 27 August with prices from R200 per person. FNB customers will be able to purchase preferential pre-sale tickets from 22-26 August on the eBucks website or Computicket, and have the option to pay with eBucks via the FNB app.

Raj Makanjee, CEO of FNB Retail says, “We are delighted to collaborate with Disney to bring these family events to South African audiences, many of which are our customers. The integration of lifestyle benefits and a strong money management focus is a key focus in our maturing family banking proposition. This collaboration is another illustration of our ability to offer customers exclusive value with major savings to help them stretch their household budgets.”

Dr John Kani, who voiced Rafiki in the new Lion King movie was at the event and says FNB has a history of being part of the arts from the 80s and 90s and the partnership with the performing arts has been long overdue.

Makanjee also added that FNB is about lifestyle and in the past they’ve focused on sport, and its time to expand that with a Disney partnership. “It’s very big for us, we’re proud to be associated with this brand. Disney has been a part of the family environment for a long time.”

“All of us have been in love with Disney, it’s entrenched in our screens and minds. It’s one of the few brands we can leverage from.”

“Kids often drive the big decisions in the family, and for us to be relevant we need to have context in that family,” says Makanjee.