All roads lead to Marobela village on the 26 of March 2016, for the annual Kuminda cultural festival. The event was established in 2012 by Lucy Hinchcliffe in 2012 to expose and promote local culture.
In an interview with the Sunday Standard Lifestyle she said the cultural event has been gaining momentum each year and there is growing support.
“Kuminda festival is an event that I established in 2012 to try and revive our culture by exposing our traditional cuisines, music and games. This time around I have invited various cultural groups across the country. I am expecting to host at least 300 people,” she said.
Born and bred in Marobela village, Hinchcliffe who is Kalanga, believes in the preservation of culture. She is troubled that most of the youth these days do not value their tradition. She emphasized that a nation without culture is a lost one.
“Kuminda is a Kalanga word for farm; therefore I named the festival Kuminda because I am hosting this festival at my farm. Those who will attend the festival will be treated to traditional cuisine at my farm as I will also be celebrating my harvest as well. Some of the food that will be eaten at this event will be from my farm. Most of the youth these days no longer value their culture. It is through events such as this one that we can revive our culture and tradition and stimulate interest among the youth,” she said.
Hinchcliffe is also a passionate integrated farmer who grows a variety of agricultural products such as vegetables, maize and beans. She also owns a poultry and rears goats as well. She said that although she is Kalanga, her festival does not only focus on her Kalanga roots but incorporates other cultures around the country. The event will be in two sessions, in the morning from 9:30 Am to 5: 00 pm and another session in the evening from 5:00 pm until late.
“During the first session, there will be traditional food and traditional dances, but in the evening the session will focus mainly on the Sesarwa Dance which is spiritual. The most interesting part, this time around is that I have invited a Basarwa cultural group from Ngamiland. They are trance dancers,” added Hinchcliffe.
She said what is even more interesting is that she got the support from the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Thapelo Olopeng as the ministry is now sponsoring the event unlike in the past. The private sector has also come forth to support the event with companies such as Fleming Asset Management, Kingsley& Associates and African Emerging Ventures (AEV).
“We will have among others cultural dances such as Hosanna, Woso, Mukomoto, Pathisi, Marabi, Tsutsube, Setapa and there will be poetry. For the first session the entrance fee is P250 per person for adults and P100.00 for children at 12 to six years. Those who are younger than six years of age will be allowed for free. The second session will have a cover charge of P100.00 a head.
In this session we do not expect children as the session will be focused much on spiritual Sesarwa dance which is quite sensitive to children,” she said.