Notice is hereby given that the annual Dithubaruba Cultural Festival will be held on Saturday 1st September 2018 under the theme; My Culture, My Treasure. (Ngwao yame, Letlotlo lame). This year’s theme emphasis the need to teach our youth to be strong and to only embrace the positive elements of the invading cultures whilst they preserve the positive aspects of our own culture as we adapt to the changing environment to survive and evolve.
This year, the 24hr spectacle will be held at Molepolole Sports Complex, Soft Ball pitch due to the ongoing development at Ntsweng Site. The festival will start at 1000hrs until early morning of Sunday with the official opening ceremony followed by entertainment galore by various traditional dance troupes and poets.
I am elated to mention that this year, there will be more delegations of Bakwena from Phokeng, Rustenburg and Limpopo in South Africa, and others from Namibia. We are also expecting Basotho, from the Kingdom of Lesotho led by Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso, to grace the occasion for the first time since the inception of the festival. Also invited are Members of the diplomatic missions in Botswana, Dikgosi and senior government officials.
A series of events as part of the build-up to the main cultural event started on Saturday, 11th August 2018 with Dithubaruba Fun Walk and Dithubaruba Symposium that was held on the 23rd August 2018 at the University of Botswana.
Since its inception in 2007, the festival has grown in leaps and bounds. The festival continues to brand Kweneng as an important Cultural Hub; attracts sponsors to invest in the district, unites Bakwena in Diaspora, supports and benefits small scale entrepreneurs in the Tourism Industry more especially the accommodation sector, the creative industry and culinary business.
I wish to convey my sincere gratitude to our sponsors and cultural enthusiasts for the generosity they have shown over the years. Part of the proceeds generated from this event will be used to recapitalize the Kgosi Sechele I Museum Trust as well as to help develop a conducive space that can host outdoor activities at Ntsweng Heritage Site (Amphitheatre). It is with this background that once again, I appeal to the general public to continue supporting the Festival.
Kgosi Kgolo Kgari Sechele III
Patron of Dithubaruba Cultural Festival