Each year, from early January to mid February, youth from the Bokamoso Youth Centre in Winterveldt, South Africa come to the Washington, D.C. area as part of the Cultural Exchange and Performing Arts Program. While here they perform songs, dances, poetry, and tell their stories in a number of different locations. By early November we will post, on this page, the dates, times and venues for the Bokamoso performances. Between now and then we have noted an number of important dates related to events and holidays in South Africa. Check them out.
For more information about the Cultural Exchange and Performing Arts Program contact Connie Sullivan.
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Youth Day in South Africa
June 16, 2020
Today is Youth Day in South Africa. On June 16th 1976 nearly 30,000 pupils from Soweto joined a march protesting the teaching of all subjects in Afrikaans. After several clashes with the police and sporadic violence over the next few weeks, approximately 700 people, many of them youths, had been killed and there was widespread destruction of property.
The iconic picture of a black schoolchild shot by the police (Hector Pieterson), highlighted the brutalities of the Apartheid regime to many people within and outside South Africa.
Youth Day commemorates these events by giving school children all over South Africa the day off.
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