Res­i­dents cel­e­brate Her­itage Unity Fes­ti­val in Newtown.

Inner City Gazette - - News -

The City of Joburg came alive on Satur­day, 15 Sep­tem­ber, as res­i­dents took part in a feast of lo­cal mu­sic and rich cul­tural ex­pres­sion.

It formed part of the sec­ond an­nual Her­itage Unity Fes­ti­val, which high­lighted the rich and di­verse cul­tures that South Africa is blessed with.

The event was a kalei­do­scope of colour as au­di­ences came draped in their tra­di­tional cloth­ing.

Dresses ranged from the brightly coloured Tsonga wear to the in­tri­cate and beau­ti­fully wo­ven sari worn by In­dian women. Cul­tural dance groups from the Zulu, Tsonga and Tswana com­mu­ni­ties danced up a storm to an ap­pre­cia­tive crowd at Mary Fitzger­ald Square in Newtown.

The fes­ti­val also gave a plat­form to young up and com­ing fash­ion de­sign­ers to show case their work. The theme of the fash­ion show was di­ver­sity, African unity and cul­tural pride.

Young de­sign­ers such as Ler­ato Moloko fully ex­pressed them­selves and gave res­i­dents a taste of their fash­ion style. Moloko wishes that the City con­tin­ues to pro­vide a plat­form for young de­sign­ers, “it is great ex­po­sure and it was my first time show­cas­ing my de­signs to a crowd. I am happy for the op­por­tu­nity”, said Moloko. The fes­ti­val ended with a mu­sic con­cert that had some of South Africa’s top mu­si­cians. The likes of Mi Casa, Bu­siswa, Sketchy Bongo and Kwesta gave the au­di­ence a show to re­mem­ber.

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