The Orange Letlhafula Cultural Festival which was set to mark its 19th instalment has been called off by the organisers.
The event which has been held annually at its traditional host place, BotswanaCraft, will skip this year as organisers look for a new sponsor.
This was confirmed by Oliver Groth of BotswanaCraft.
“Having enjoyed a strong relationship with Orange Botswana, lead sponsors of the cultural event for over 10 years, Botswanacraft is grateful to them for investing in our passion and supporting this event over many years. “
He continued: “Orange Botswana have unfortunately not renewed their sponsorship agreement for the Letlhafula Festival. Botswanacraft has begun actively looking for a new partner for the Letlhafula Festival going forward. As Botswanacraft, we appreciate the popularity of the event and the support from the community in making this event possible over many years.”
According to Groth the Festival was intended as a form of thanksgiving for the harvest and was celebrated annually in May.
Orange came on board as the headline sponsor from 2008 until 2018.
The event had grown in popularity over the years – so much so that the 2017 edition was sold out a week in advance.
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.
“Over the years other sponsors and partners included The Voice Newspaper, the Gazette, Mmegi, eBotswana, Duma FM, Department of Youth & Culture, BTV, and MYSC. We would like to thank all the participants, partners and sponsors ofLetlhafula Festival for your support of the arts and culture in Botswana.” He concluded.