Diversity and ubuntu highlighted during the celebration of the Heritage Day of the Castle of Good Hope

Through Thandile Konco 11h ago

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Cape Town – In the spirit of Ubuntu and nation building, the Castle of Good Hope presents a proudly South African, diverse and Cape Malaysian inspired Heritage Day series of events.

The event, in partnership with the Cape Muslim & Slave Heritage Museum, Treasure Magazine, the Camissa Museum, the Congress of Traditional Chiefs of South Africa and the South African Academy for Young Leaders, is a truly diverse heritage day experience and inspired by Cape Town.

The theme of Heritage Day 2021 is “The Year of Charlotte Maxeke: Celebrating the Intangible Cultural Heritage of SA”.

Castle Control Board chief executive Calvyn Gilfellan said the event aimed to celebrate and unify all South Africans, while showcasing renowned Capetonian specialties and performances by Malay Khoi and Khoi-San.

“As a nation, we have been through a few intense months as we face Covid, unemployment and growing animosity. We come together in this Heritage Month to focus on healing and nation building. We remember that we are stronger when we are united.

“We aim to showcase all walks of life and provide a true African experience that we can all enjoy and learn from. In our diversity and ubuntu, we are stronger together.

There will be performances from the Kloppse and Cape Malay cultural groups which are an influential part of Capetonian culture and history.

Program coordinator Igshaan Higgins said it was an honor to learn and appreciate these historic cultures and traditions, with performances and songs paying homage to Cape Town’s heritage, the struggles facing the slaves and their voluntary spirits.

“A flagship performance will be the performance of the Cape Malay Choir Board and they will perform Dutch liedjies, which are uniquely South African and are an important part of our slavery heritage.”

Founder of Young Roses of Talent, Simphiwe Lindani said they were filled with pride and excitement to share their stories and performances with the people of Cape Town.

The group, which presents dances, poetry and theatrical productions, features around 60 young talents from Mfuleni between the ages of 14 and 20.

“We are happy to share our culture, our voices and our artistic expressions with the world. We’ve been around since 2010 and for many of these kids performance is more than fun, it’s who we are.

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