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Dithubaruba Cultural Festival flourishes

Publishing Date : 28 August, 2017


The annual Dithubaruba Cultural festival will be held on Saturday, 2nd September 2017, at Ntsweng Heritage Site, Molepolole under the theme, “Defining our Future by Examining Ourselves.”

Dithubaruba Cultural Festival is the brain child of Kgosi Sechele I Museum which came about as a means to promote social cohesion amongst the various ethnic groups in the Kweneng district by fostering intercultural dialogue and or culture of peace, as well as to create leisurely time for the local community while at the same time promoting the understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultural practices in Kweneng region. Since its inception in 2007, the festival has grown in leaps and bounds. Dithubaruba Cultural Festival continues to attract sponsors to Kweneng District as well as supporting and benefiting small scale businesses particularly the arts sector and catering businesses.

In an interview with WeekendLife, the festival coordinator Kawina Power, explained that the groundbreaking ceremony will be a huge difference that they will bring this year and that the H.E Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama will be spearheading it. “His Excellency, the President of Republic of Botswana, Lieutenant General Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama will be the guest of honor. Also invited are Bakwena in diaspora and Members of the diplomatic missions in Botswana as well as senior government officials,” Power explained.

To build up on the upcoming Dithubaruba cultural festival, the organizers have come up with a symposium and the public event will be a way of educating the community at large on the historical and national significance of Dithubaruba as an important cultural heritage site for Bakwena and indeed Botswana. “The Symposium will explore the theme of the 2017 Dithubaruba Cultural Festival: Defining our Future by Examining Ourselves. The 2016 Symposium explored and unpacked the concept DITHUBARUBA as a nation-building model,’’ he asserted.

Power also highlighted that they partnered with Y-Care for a Dithubaruba Fun Walk to build up on the upcoming event with US Ambassador to Botswana Earl Miller as the guest walker. The walk which will start this morning (Saturday 26 August) will be to traverse the ancestral land of the Bakwena in search of historical background that forms part of what Botswana is today. This walk will also serve as a fundraising activity for the upcoming Dithubaruba Cultural Festival.

“The Festival, marked by the ground-breaking ceremony for the Development of Ntsweng Heritage Site, which will be performed by His Excellency the president, will offer galore Cultural activities ranging from traditional song and dance, poetry, traditional food and games. Moreover, handicrafts will be sold and marketed during the day,” Power added further. Power explained that they will be having usual performances which consist of 30 groups such as Dipela tsa ga Kobokwe, Bana ba Kwena, a group in Shakawe called Shiqkaao, Giraffe, Dintsu tsa Malwelwe and many other groups.

The event will feature other activities such as ritual food for men known as “Moshomo”, “gathi”, to show how they are prepared. There will also be traditional dances like setapa, contemporary music, as a way of showing how diverse traditional songs have grown to be packaged in commercial music. Renowned artists like Culture Spears, Dr.Vom and Shelly Mokokwe will also perform at the cultural event. “We intend to cover different cultures because this event has grown to become a national event. This will assist in bringing cultural exchange as this plays a major role in uniting people and appreciating other cultures,” Power said.

The Festival coordinator also explained that the money raised will be used to pay for services and to develop the site further. Dithubaruba Cultural festival will be sponsored by the Ministry of Youth Development, Sports and Culture Development, CIPA, Botswana Agricultural Marketing Board, Kgosi Sechele I Museum, and Sani Care among others. Entrance tickets are available at Web tickets outlets country wide and entrance fees are P250.00 VIP ticket with Food and P120.00 standard ticket without Food. However, food stalls will be available at the festival venue. Gate pass is strictly traditional attire



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