This year’s Orange Letlhafula, an event that celebrates the country’s culture and heritage, has been slated for the 5th of May at its traditional home, BotswanaCraft.
Now in its 18th year running, the family-friendly, fun-filled day includes local food, dance and music, with most in attendance dressing up in their finest traditional regalia.
(NB For females wondering what to wear, the ‘Leteisi’ has become the outfit of choice favoured by most women).
The event has grown in popularity over the years – so much so that the 2017 edition was sold out a week in advance – with this year’s show being held under the theme, ‘Nnana tsholetsa makgabe reje bophose! A setso ruri’.
On the day, diverse dishes from across the different tribes in Botswana are prepared for attendants.
In the morning there are Setswana games and performances to keep the crowd entertained – all the while, an array of much-anticipated delicacies are expertly prepared for the hungry patrons.
By 11am, ‘mosi wa thunya’ as the lunch hour approaches and over 25 massive pots are lined up for the choosing of the attendants. With live traditional music playing in the background, the event has the ambiance of a true Setswana get together.
Speaking to Voice Entertainment, BotswanaCraft’s Oliver Groth said, “Preparations are already underway for the annual event. This year we will maintain the same standards as that of last year but we have added one more dish on the already decorated menu.”
Groth would not be drawn into revealing the lineup of performers, instead choosing to say, “We would rather let the lineup be a surprise for attendants. But I can tell you that it is an exciting line up of only the best of local talent.”
The event, which is also sponsored by The Voice newspaper, has a ticket price of P280 for adults, P140 for children aged between 6 and 12.