The Kuru Dance Festival is coming back next month from August 19-20, 2016 at Qae Qare San Lodge where it was held last year. The event is supported by Barclays Bank of Botswana and the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘San Celebrates Culture Diversity as Botswana Turns 50 years of independence’. The programme will start on Friday evening with Spiritual San around Fire Healing Dance. The event was first held 18 years ago, and has grown to be one of the popular spectacles in the local entertainment calendar. Kuru Development Trust Representative Xoo Stella Bob said the aim of the festival has always been to uphold, promote and preserve the culture of the San people. She said this year they also expect to draw traditional dance troupes from San settlements.
The Kuru Dance Festival was developed by the Kuru Development Trust which was founded in 1986 by the late Braam le Roux who was a missionary and board members Gaobolelwe Ngakayaja, James Morris and Arone Johannes who is now the chairman of the trust. The chairman Arone Johannes said the initial focus of the Trust was on livelihoods and economic empowerments projects for the San but could never let go of their dances. The Trust later then organised Kuru dance workshops to promote song and dance. “This elevated the dancing spirit of the San within the D’Kar community and ultimately leading to a major highlight of the Botswana cultural calendar to date, ‘The Kuru Festival’,” he said.