Kuru Development Trust with the support of Barclays Bank of Botswana who are the main sponsors and Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sports is proud to present once again nationally known fresh, entertaining and thought ÔÇô provoking and informative Kuru San Dance Festival on the weekend of the full moon from 19th ÔÇô 20th August 2016 at Dqae Qare San Lodge. Under the Theme: “San Celebrates Cultural Diversity as Botswana Turn 50 years of Independence”. The program will start Friday evening at 1800hrs until around 2200hrs with a spiritual San around fire Healing Dance, then the official opening on Saturday morning at 0900hrs followed by lot of San Cultural Dance entertainment and playing of Cultural Musical Instruments until late evening. The ticket prices are P100 for Adults and P50 for Students,
Kuru Dance Festival was first held in 1997 as a small event for Basarwa (San) people as culture day in D’kar to showcase their talents and creativity in traditional songs and dance. Since then Kuru Dance Festival has over the years grown into a national annual event attended by different ethnic dance groups and individual performers from other parts of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. The main aim of Kuru Dance Festival which is now in its 18th year is to uplift the interest of San people to uphold, promote, preserve and use their culture for their identity and recognition. Kuru Dance Festival thus also strive to encourage San communities to exchange their unique culture and value in order to regain their self ÔÇô esteem, It is culture which forms the basis of how to live together.
This year’s festival is again expected to draw Traditional Dance groups from San settlements in Ghanzi District, Kgalagadi, Ngami land, Okavango and other few non San groups in Botswana as well as International San Traditional Dance groups from neighbouring Namibia and South Africa. We therefore assure and urge all lovers of Kuru Dance Festival, our Custodians and our Patron Dr Ponatshego Kedikilwe to look forward for an eventful weekend of celebration of culture through storytelling, cultural games, songs and dancing.