Barclays Bank of Botswana Sponsors Kuru Dance Festival for 4 Consecutive Years

On 10 August 2018, Barclays Bank of Botswana (“Barclays”) officially handed over a P338, 000 contributions to the Kuru Development Trust to facilitate bringing the 2018 Kuru Dance Festival to life. As part of our Shared Growth Strategy, Barclays is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of Botswana’s heritage including arts and culture. Accordingly, the Bank is once again a proud sponsor of this year’s 20th anniversary of the treasured Kuru Dance Festival.

This year’s Kuru Dance Festival is billed for 24 and 25 of August 2018. The main event; a formal program and dance performances, will take place on 25 August 2018, at Dqae Qare Lodge in D’Kar, approximately 20km from Ghanzi. The festival seeks to commemorate the full moon, which is significant in the culture of the San resident in this area. The San believe that during this period, they are able to heal the sick through the power they receive from song and dance. It is a cultural phenomenon that remains sacred, and one that Barclays firmly believes needs to be commemorated and protected.

The festival encourages cultural interchange between performers and people from diverse ethnic groups and countries. Attendees at this year’s Festival can look forward to performances by 12 San traditional dance groups, 5 non-San dance groups and 3 international guest groups. The event will also include exhibition stalls for food and cultural products, including Veld fruits, craft work and more.

“It continues to be a great pleasure to partner with Kuru Development Trust for this important cultural event, as it aligns perfectly with our strategic ambition to foster growth in the communities we operate in. Every year we bear witness to the Kuru Dance Festival story coming to life from a group of inspiring individuals that work together to promote and uplift their communities through arts and culture. We support the conservation and revival of culture, as it encourages community trade and ultimately drives development. We look forward to engaging our stakeholders in the beautiful and historic Ghanzi district during the coming festival,” said Reinette van der Merwe, Managing Director of Barclays Bank of Botswana.

This year, the festival celebrates 20 years having grown bigger and stronger with every passing year.