Celebrating a Spirit of National Unity and Reconciliation

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07 Dec 2007

The Minister of Arts & Culture, Dr. Z. Pallo Jordan will host a day long festival not only to bring the people of the country together but to celebrate the triumph of the human spirit over our conflicted past.

The event, dubbed “Reconciliation towards hosting a successful 2010 FIFA World Cup,” will take place at the Union Buildings in Tshwane from 8h00 until late, on the 16 December 2007.

It promises to provide a platform for the diverse and multicultural people of South Africa and other parts of the world to share and exchange cultural experience.

“This event is intended to bring together the diverse and multicultural people of this nation together to celebrate the triumph of our democracy.

“It will lay the ground work of the vibe and spirit of togetherness that should characterize the Fan Parks during the World Cup.

“What lies behind us as a nation are tiny matters compared to what lies ahead of us. We need to continue to strengthen the ties that bind us together as members of one nation who have overcome our conflicted past,” said Jordan.

The celebrations will comprise of an African Book Fair Exhibition and Sales, The Beautiful Things Exhibition and live music performances.

In fact, the live performing arts section will have four stages that will provide poetry and Hip-Hop, traditional dance, field bands, orchestral and gospel music.

Some of the headline acts billed to perform include the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Freshly Ground, PJ Powers, Gerhard Steyn, Karen Zoid,  Malaika and Patricia Lewis to name a few.

Also, there would be fun walk/run or ride towards reconciliation. Invitations
will be extended to clubs to participate in the fun walk/run.

Most importantly, there will be a “Meet and Greet” session that will see
offer opportunities to interact with the Bafana Bafana team and other
2010 Soccer ambassadors.

As this promises to be a family day, a Kids Village will be specially created
to cater for their needs. This will include activities like face painting,
jumping castles, games and TV characters will be
made available for kids.

Everyone is invited.


For further information, kindly call Sandile Memela, the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Arts & Culture at 082 800 3750 or Premi Appalraju, Media Liaison Officer at 082 903 6778.