This year the annual Kuru Dance Festival will be celebrating 20 years, having started back in 1997, and to top that off Barclays Bank this week unveiled a P 300 000 sponsorship to Kuru Development Trust, the architect behind the annual full moon event that will be held on Saturday, 4 August 2017, at Dqae Qare Lodge in D’Kar.
Barclays Bank of Botswana Managing Director, Reinette van der Merwe, officially handed over a P300, 000 contributions to the Kuru Development Trust members earlier this week on Monday, (10 July). As part of the Shared Growth strategy, Barclays Bank of Botswana is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of Botswana’s arts and culture. This is the third consecutive year Barclays Bank has been sponsoring the Kuru Dance Festival.
The Kuru Dance Festival will be taking place from 4- 5 August 2017 with the main event taking place Saturday, 4 August 2017 at Dqae Qare Lodge in D’Kar, which is approximately 20 km from Ghanzi. The festival marks and seeks to commemorate the full moon, which is significant in the culture of the San, believing that during this period they are able to heal the sick through the power they receive from song and dance.
While officiating at the event the Barclays Bank of Botswana MD, van der Merwe told the media that it continues to be a great pleasure to partner with Kuru Development Trust for this initiative. She said the annual celebration has evidently become a renowned one in the Botswana calendar, and has continued to draw the attention of local and international crowds. The Festival is significant because it draws on the participation of communities from a variety of ethnic groups in Botswana culture and attracts business to the Dqae and wider Ghanzi area.
In 2016, the festival was officially included in the National Event Calendar, indicating its increasing popularity and renowned standing. This year, the Kuru Dance Festival has enriched the diversity of its artist line- up to include 12 San Traditional dance groups, 5 non- San Dance groups and 3 International guest groups. The 2017 festival will also exhibit stalls for cultural products, including Veld fruits, craft work and more. The international artists are reported to be San and a Zulu group from South Africa as well as another San group from Namibia. About 1500 people are expected to attend the event this year at D’ Kar.
“Our sponsorship of the Festival aligns perfectly with our strategic ambition to foster growth as a business and in communities. We support the conservation of our dynamic heritage, as it encourages community trade and can ultimately drive development. We look forward to engaging our stakeholders in the beautiful and historic Ghanzi district during the coming festival,” van der Merwe concluded.
For his part the Kuru Development Trust Chairperson Aron Johannes said, so far, they are happy with the relationship they have with Barclays Bank of Botswana. He said the main aim of the event is to preserve culture and therefore are calling for adults to come in numbers to teach youngsters their culture. He said there is a special dispensation for the D’Kar local community to attend the event at half price to encourage local participation.
He also took the opportunity to thank Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO), Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development as well as their Patron Ponatshego Kedikilwe who he said has been playing a pivotal role in the organisation of the annual event.
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KAGISO LUDO DE KLERK
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