Diverse cultures united

2017-11-30 06:00
The groups that participated in the BBT sessions, on Saturday, at St Francis Centre, Langa.

The groups that participated in the BBT sessions, on Saturday, at St Francis Centre, Langa.

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St Francis Centre in Langa was the venue for various community performance groups who participate in the Cape Town Carnival to showcase their talents during the Building Better Teams (BBT) sessions.

The event, held on Saturday, was aimed at instilling a sense of cohesion, openness and a direct connection between the groups.

It also gave a taste of what can be expected come carnival day, 17 March 2018.

The groups included Project Playground (PPG) together with Proud Youngster Dancers both from Langa, Likhwezi Arts Project from Nyanga, Bulumko Traditional Dancers from Khayelitsha, Phatizwelethu from Gugulethu, Western Province Marching Association (WPMA, Heideveld Theatre Company, Jhoomkar Indian traditional dance, and dancers from a Chinese Community group.

Jay Douwes Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Cape Town Carnival said the event was good for encouraging members to interact.

“We are a very close family so we wanted to bring the groups together so they can learn from each other’s culture. It would be great for us to take such an event to other areas as well, but we do not have all the resources we need.

That would make communities aware of the carnival. One of the challenges that we have is that some children do not even have shoes for rehearsal.

We wish to make the carnival even stronger and create job opportunities for people in future,” Douwes said.

The carnival was formed eight years ago.

Pamela Mtati, of Likhwezi said the event meant a lot to them.

“We have diverse cultures so this event gave us an opportunity to learn about each other’s cultures. We also learnt about different ways of doing choreography,” Mtati said.

The group, which joined the carnival in 2010, is home to 50 children.

Tumi Motse-Barnes, of Bulumko Traditional Dancers, said the even helped them to showcase their talent.

“There are a lot of social challenges in our areas so an event like this is good for children as they get to meet other people and learn from them. Our aim is to produce professional dancers,” Motse-Barnes said.

Siphenathi Makiso, of PPG said they were happy to host the groups.


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