The Xam Korana Rieldans groep welcome guests to the launch.
GEORGE NEWS - The George Heritage Festival is all about the community of George celebrating their diverse cultural differences and coming together at various venues to rejoice from Saturday 1 to Saturday 8 October.
There is little time left to get the arrangements in place, and a modest R1-million budget, but there may be sponsors willing to get on board to help finance the festival.
So said Dr Willie Cilliers, chairperson of the festival, who was speaking at the launch of the new festival logo at the Oakhurst Insurance George Arts Theatre on Friday 15 July.
The idea is to have sport and sports-related events as well as a talent competitions. It is hoped that all the events will have full participation by the entire community and that they will pull together to make it a success. It is also about fostering mutual respect between all races of George and its environs, Cilliers added.
Apart from being welcomed by the Xam Korana Rieldansgroep and by their chief, Jacob Lotriet, there was an energetic gumboot dance performance by the Campher Dancers who then carried the brand-new George Heritage Festival logo, designed by Cinnabar Creative Studio, onto the stage.
Lotriet said afterwards that he would love to offer a historic walk throughout Pacaltsdorp with stops at various points of importance.
The launch of the new festival logo was attended by roleplayers and a handful of guests who enjoyed coffee and muffins afterwards in the Theatre coffee shop.
Theatre Manager Heather Stead said the city will, for the first time, be participating in the national Shakespeare Festival with full participation of all local schools at the theatre from 7 to 9 September. This festival will also be a part of the George Heritage Festival.
The Xam Korana Rieldans groep welcome guests to the launch. In front from left are: Davidene Williams, Tanya Baartman, Johren Michaels and Jerry-Ann Lotriet. At the back are Chief Jacob Lotriet, chief of Xam Korana; Jovan and Thelma Heyns of Intembeko Group; Dr Willie Cilliers, chairperson of the George Heritage Festival; and Margaret Lotriet. Walking towards the group is Mayor Charles Standers.