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Cultural bonanza to hit Jozi's streets

By unknown | Sep 02, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Katlego Moeng

Katlego Moeng

There will be colour, whistling and dancing in the major streets of Johannesburg on Saturday when the city celebrates the fourth Pale Ya Rona Gauteng Carnival.

The event aims to reveal the province's diverse cultures and showcases its artistic talents.

It is Heritage and Tourism Month and the Gauteng Pale Ya Rona Carnival serves as a milestone event to launch the provincial Heritage Month programme.

More than 15000 paraders of 45 troops representing the six regions of Gauteng are expected to join the Gauteng provincial government at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown and parade through the streets to the Johannesburg Stadium.

The carnival is expected to take off in Bree Street and snake its way into Joe Slovo Drive and then around the streets to the stadium.

Sports, arts, culture and recreation spokesman Nomazwe Ntlokwana said: "One of the new elements of this year's carnival will be the huge puppets made by the Orange Farm community."

Sports, arts, culture and recreation MEC Barbara Creecy said: "The carnival encourages South Africans to tell their own stories.

"This year the department finalised and expanded our training initiative and skills transfer programme.

"In March we implemented our first international skills exchange programme with Stephen Derek.

"He is one of the leading exponents of the cultural art form of carnival costume design and construction in Trinidad and Tobago."

Creecy said Derek spent two weeks at the Sibikwa Community Centre in Ekurhuleni transferring his skills to 30 young carnival practitioners from Gauteng Carnival camps.

The department has also struck up partnerships with the French Institute, Thailand and the Chinese embassy.

The Afrikaanse Volkspele, Scottish, French, Portuguese and Tamil federations will also join the parade.


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