Local kids off to fest in Italy

2014-07-25 00:00

A GROUP of 25 children from Msunduzi left for Italy yesterday to take part in a cultural festival.

Accompanied by councillor Eunice Majola, their trip is being sponsored by the municipality and the Thembanjilo Foundation.

Majola said that the festival is organised by the International Council of Organisations of Folklore (Cioff) which is linked to Unesco. She said a few years back Cioff members visited Vulindlela and were impressed by a cultural show there. “The children were invited to their festival in Spain. We were invited again this year to participate in the festival in Italy. This time we spread the net to find local talent and held auditions in Vulindlela and the City Hall,” Majola said.

She said they would be performing a variety of acts — singing, dance and drama — from Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi and Tswana traditions.

The group will return on August 18. Majola said catch-up programmes had been arranged for pupils who were part of the group.

The young cultural travellers who popped into the Executive Committee meeting to say their goodbyes while on their way to the airport were ecstatic about their trip.

Mayor Chris Ndlela gave them a pep talk on doing the city proud. As the performers spilled out of the council chamber, the excitement and wonder at their experience was palpable. They were not just excited to be going overseas, but about flying, and entering the council chamber for the first time.

Experiences, they were all aware, that their parents could only dream of.

Efforts by The Witness to find out how much Msunduzi had paid towards the trip, were unsuccessful yesterday.

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