This year’s Thobo Cultural Festival has been scheduled for September 2, with organisers keen to promote the Lobatse show well in advance to avoid a repeat of last year’s disappointing attendance.
Now in its fourth year running, the annual event will be held at Lobatse’s Recreational Town Park.
The traditional festival, which infuses culture and lifestyle, is aimed at promoting indigenous culture through music, poetry and dance.
The brainchild of a number of Lobatse youth desperate to revive their town’s fading fortunes, the fest provides a platform for resident musicians, poets and artists to showcase their talents.
Talking to Voice Entertainment this week, one of the event’s organisers, Tshepo Thedi, revealed the one-day show was expanding to include different cultures.
“This time around, The Thobo Cultural Festival has decided to broaden itself by involving other cultures, including Indian, Nigerian, Lesotho, Zambian, Zimbabwean and South African.”
Thedi is confident this will help boost the festival’s appeal, which has waned in popularity, suffering gradually lower turnouts with each edition.
“It is of importance that we involve other cultures in order to appreciate their tradition, their way of life, beliefs and norms. We do live in a universal country and we feel it is imperative to learn about others cultures,” Thedi added.
On the day, patrons will be treated to a variety of traditional dishes and cuisines. Additionally, as the saying goes, there can never be a traditional event without the popular ‘washdown’, with organisers revealing different varieties of traditional brew will be available on the day.
The line up of artists as well as the main act have not yet been finalised but organisers have hinted that for the entertainment there will be a live traditional band and different traditional groups, with Dr. Vom and Ditiro Leero tipped as the main acts.