The slogan for the Dias Festival that will be held from 31 January 2013 to 3 February 2013 is “Where Cultures Meet” and the festival will live up to this slogan even more next month with the news that Indonesian folk dancers and musicians will possibly participate in the music concert at the Bartholomeu Dias Museum on 31 January 2013.
This was one of the outcomes of a courtesy visit paid to the Executive Mayor, Alderlady Marie Ferreira on Wednesday (5 December 2012) by the Indonesian Consul General in Cape Town, Ms Sugie Harijadi. When she heard about the festival she offered to bring the folk dancers and musicians in to Mossel Bay to participate in the festival and to expose the Indonesian culture to the festival goers.
Like in 2012, the 2013 festival will kick off with a music concert involving mainly local artists. It will again be organised by Ms Joan van Niekerk.
Portuguese folk dancers have already agreed to participate in the 2013 concert while discussions are also underway with a Khoi dancing group. The Indonesian artists will therefore add extra lustre to the event. The programme will also include amongst others a boere-orkes and marimba band.
Although entry to the Dias Festival events is generally free, tickets will be sold for the concert because of the limited space at the Dias Museum and the need therefore to limit the number of people that can attend the concert.
Tickets will again be available at the cashiers at the Municipality at a cost of R25 per person. Further details will be communicated to the public within the next few weeks. The 2012 concert drew a full house and it is advisable to book as early as possible.
The Dias Festival is organised by the Mossel Bay Municipality to market the town and stimulate the local economy. The Municipality received a special Ministerial award for the 2012 festival in recognition of its success in bringing cultures together.
The Indonesian Consul General, Ms Sugie Harijadi, with the Executive Mayor, Alderlady Marie Ferreira (front, left) and the Municipal Manager, Dr Michele Gratz (front, right). At the back, from left to right are Aldermen Jim van der Merwe, Emil Scheepers and Kallie Smit (Speaker).