Cresta Promises Bigger, Better Letlhafula Festival

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Cresta Rileys Hotel held the 10th ‘Ngamiland Letlhafula Festival over the weekend, and the organisers have promised a bigger and better event for the upcoming editions that will see more people and exhibitors attending.

The festival that seeks to promote the culture and heritage of the Ngamiland region was this past weekend held under the theme, “Re tswa gole” translated to mean ‘we have come a long way’ as an appreciation of the community’s helping hand and contribution to it.

The festival has grown over the years attracting both foreign and local revelers who always throng the hotel to immense themselves in a cultural showcase of traditional cuisine, games, dance and music. 

Head of Marketing and Communications Lorato Tebogo revealed that plans are afoot to upgrade the standard of the event to a bigger one that will attract more revelers, musicians, as well as exhibitors being fashion designers and farmers among others.

She noted that they would want to see farmers showcase their livestock and crops at the show as well as more designers exhibiting their traditional outfits. According to her, for the past 9 years, there has however been some improvements in terms of involving those in basketry and musicians.

She further said they will also consider the issue of the venue, whether there is need to change for a bigger one that would accommodate large numbers.

She indicated that in this year’s festival they had visitors from Lesotho, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Others included foreigners who reside in Botswana. Tebogo indicated that they have representatives abroad who continue to show the world what Botswana offers in terms of culture among other things hence why they experienced the arrival of people from abroad attending the festival.

Meanwhile Mohau Mokoena from Lesotho told The Weekender that he was happy to have attended the festival, noting that it was his first time to taste Tswii and drink local traditional beer. 

“I enjoyed the day as it was filled with music and seeing people dancing was something I didn’t expect especially that it is my first time. I would love to stay here in Maun for at least two more days to enjoy the area,” he said in an interview.

Attendees were spoiled with a variety of ‘tswana’ cuisine to indulge in while watching performances by Ndingo Johwa, Stiga Sola and others. The legendary artists also did not disappoint as they lived up to expectations.

The patrons also reminisced about the 9th edition which was headlined by Dr Vom of Tsaya Thobane’ fame as they danced to the tune jubilantly. 

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