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Letlhafula festival now includes ‘traditional dance championships’

It’s that time of the year and the annual Orange Letlhafula traditional food and dance festival will be held on Saturday 28th May 2011 at Botswanacraft on the western bypass.

According to a release from the organisers, this year the focus has been broadened.

“In addition to the abundant food, we are incorporating a traditional dance competition. Ten groups will compete to see which of them is the champion: Bo Mmampodi ba Mmino wa Setso.

Auditions started yesterday (Saturday), and will continue next week Saturday 14th May at 9am at Botswanacraft, along the western bypass.

The public is welcome, and entry to the auditions is free.

The dance groups are going to perform five different dances each. The dances selected for this year are Setapa, Selete, Phatisi, Tsutsube and Sekalaka.

“Many groups excel at one or two of the dances, but we felt that in an effort to showcase the variety of dance in Botswana, and to challenge the groups, they should be required to dance all five dances,” states the release.

All the Letlhafula favourites will be featured. These include a fantastic prize to whoever comes dressed in “most traditional attire”.

There is also a knock-out competition of mmele.

“We have been fortunate again this year, pula namagadi mono ngwaga, dijo matsorotsoro! We hope to have all the favourite dishes (over 30 different foods!), with a few surprises thrown in.”

Ticket sales began on 3rd May, and are available only in advance at Botswanacraft, at P200 for adults and P100 for children (6-12 years).

“Tickets are limited, and we always sell out well before the event, so hurry to avoid disappointment. There will be no ticket sales at the gate.”


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