Street festival: 1860 celebrations

2010-11-19 00:00

IT is all systems go for Pietermaritzburg’s historic march and street festival tomorrow organised by the uMgungundlovu District 1860 Legacy Foundation to mark the arrival of indtenured Indians in Durban 150 years ago.

The public is invited to attend and Langalibalele Street will be closed from Retief Street to Masukwana Street from midnight tonight to midnight tomorrow.

Festivities will start with a peace march at 2pm from the Gandhi statue in Church Street to downtown Langalibalele Street. Everybody

Participants are invited to come dressed in different national costumes and carry flags of South Africa and of their country of origin.

The street festival will be from 3pm to 8pm and will include international food tasting fare, float parades, displays, dance, song and drama.

There will be entertaining talks by leading personalities, including authors Ashwin Desai and Goolam Vahed, who have written authoritative and entertaining accounts about the history of indentured Indians.

All the activities will take place in the precincts of St Paul’s Anglican Church, the Siva Soobramoniar and Marriamen Temples, the Shri Vishnu Temple and the Habibiya Soofie Mosque in Muskwana Street.

The 1860 Indian Heritage Foundation will hold a commemorative function at Raisethorpe High School tomorrow from 10 am to 2 pm. There will be cultural shows and talks. Free health services will be laid on and meals will be provided by Hare Krishna Food for Life.



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