Come celebrate heritage day with the oldest Kasi in eKapa

2017-09-21 06:01

While we should celebrate our extremely rich heritage as a nation every day, it is during the month of September, particularly on Heritage Day, that all our focus is singularly directed at the features that define us as a people.

Our culture, comprises of our traditions, languages, food, buildings, music or art, which still exist from the past and which have a historical importance.

Heritage is very important to Langa as the first officially established African township in Cape Town because this township as a whole- which will be turning one hundred years old in six years time- is itself a heritage site.

Langa Heritage Foundation, as custodians of heritage in the area, take a holistic approach to heritage by trying to protect the original built environment of the area, where possible, with a view to create tourism products that stimulate local entreprenuership, develop the local economy, self awareness, knowledge and pride in its people.

That is why LHF has partnered with Ward 51 councilor Ms Nomtha Dilima and custodians of the arts, Langa Arts Association, to host a legacy project called the Inaugural Annual Langa Heritage Festival 2017, with the theme: “Build up to 2023 Langa Centenary Celebrations” from 23 - 25 September at Guga Sthebe.

Proceedings kick off with a heritage photo exhibition with relatives of featured legends at the old post office from 3 p.m. on Saturday.

On Sunday, the actual Heritage Day, sees the main celebrations hot up the New Theatre with #music, #dance, #art, #iimbongi, #traditional food and #fashion from midday.

On Monday, celebrations spill out to Maragana park next to Guga where, in obedience to the Arch, a braai picnic will be held with more music and dance. Also featured will be the legendary Vicky Sampson of the song “African Dream” fame and many more. All who will attend are encouraged to wear their most colourful traditional attire.

Kwezi Kobus Langa

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