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KwaZulu World Carnival to celebrate Africa Day

The streets of Durban will be bursting with many flavours at the first-ever KwaZulu World Carnival.

DURBANITES are invited to the first-ever KwaZulu World Carnival. Set to take place on June 29 in Durban, the carnival will be a celebration of the cultures and traditions that make KwaZulu-Natal such a diverse and vibrant place. The community is encouraged to dress in traditional dress or costumes that represent their heritage – with free entry.

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This KwaZulu World Carnival will grow in the following years to attract troupes from the entire world.

Dr Bandile Mkhize, the carnival chairperson said this carnival will grow in the following years to attract troupes from the entire world. 

“We want to be like Rio in Brazil as carnivals are known to be tourist attractions. Ours is different as it will surely give all attendees the authentic Zulu experience. 

“We will have troupes from KwaZulu, various izigodi [villages], troupes from Eswatini, Botswana, Zambia and Burundi and local groups like the Tsongas, the Basotho, etc. This is a family affair, with dancers, stilt walkers, brass bands, drum majorettes, traditional dancers and more,” he said.

This new carnival will include a parade from 12:00 to 14:00 from the Workshop to Hoy Park. People are invited to wear their traditional garments and line up the street to enjoy the various performances from various countries.

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The free concert will start at 15:00 and continue until 21:00 with some local big names accompanied by dance and music groups from other countries. Local chefs and those from around the continent will showcase various African cuisines at the Carnival Food Expo. 

The event is free, however, food and drinks will be on sale. Those who prefer a VIP setting will be able to purchase tickets on-site for R300, including lunch and a cash bar.

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