SA makes a de­but at tourism fes­ti­val

Cape Times - - PAGE 2 - STAFF WRITER

SOUTH Africa’s first time par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Shang­hai Tourism Fes­ti­val proved a rous­ing suc­cess, as per­form­ers got crowds on their feet, singing and danc­ing.

The Mzansi One Tree De­vel­op­ment Project, the In­doni Dance Arts and Lead­er­ship Academy and singer Vicky Samp­son were among the per­form­ers at the fes­ti­val, which comes to an end to­day, after six days.

The Shang­hai Tourism Fes­ti­val is a large-scale event, with many art en­sem­bles from all over the world hav­ing been in­vited.

The fes­ti­val is part of the Belt and Road Africa Coun­cil’s arts and cul­tural de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme .

Dur­ing past Shang­hai Tourism Fes­ti­vals, around nine mil­lion cit­i­zens and do­mes­tic and over­sea tourists have par­tic­i­pated.

Trans­port, meals, ac­com­mo­da­tion and a por­tion of their in­ter­na­tional flights were spon­sored by the Belt and Road Africa Coun­cil and its coun­cil mem­ber, Nimagys­tix Travel and Con­sul­tant, as well as the Shang­hai Tourism Fes­ti­val.

Dancer Amanda Guam said: “Be­ing around dif­fer­ent artists from dif­fer­ent coun­tries/con­ti­nents was the high­light for me; the di­ver­sity was in­cred­i­ble.

“When it comes to the speak­ing of lan­guages, one might tend to think that if one doesn’t speak or un­der­stand a lan­guage, that is a bar­rier. Not at all! The ex­pe­ri­ence I’ve had in the fes­ti­val proved that wrong.

“I learnt how easy it is shar­ing joy, gifts and love with peo­ple – without speak­ing to them or un­der­stand­ing the lan­guage they speak. That made me re­alise speak­ing the same lan­guage is not the only thing that con­nects peo­ple.”

SOUTH Africa’s very own Vicky Samp­son got crowds danc­ing at the Shang­hai Tourism Fes­ti­val.

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