Residents celebrate Heritage Unity Festival in Newtown.
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.