Breathtaking! In just 45minutes

Letty Masunga
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
ITB Berlin showcase finally gives locals a sample of what the international audience recently experienced ITB Berlin showcase finally gives locals a sample of what the international audience recently experienced BOTSWANA GUARDIAN/ PAKO LESEJANE

Renowned for its beautiful flora and fauna, tourism, safaris and wildlife conservation projects, Botswana continues to lure in enthusiasts from across the globe, as the ‘must go to destinations’ in Africa. 

Well, that’s according to attendees of the recent preview of the ‘Berlin’ performance aired last week courtesy of Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) who shared to say it was a ‘world class material’. The show presented a perfect opportunity to review the Botswana ITB Berlin participation received from those who made the trip.  

A blend of the best artists selected from the most finest local traditional dance crews including Mafitlhakgosi, Tsoga Africa, Mabutswapele, Nare tsa Pina, Mophato, Bana ba Kwena, and Gata la Tau among others brought to the floor one of the most captivating arrangement; that not only derived the best of what Botswana has to offer but gave viewers a feel of Botswana Culture in just 45 minutes.

 Breathtaking for most, the Minister of Environment, Conservation, Natural Resources and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama could not keep his excitement veiled; he described it as one of the best production he has ever seen in his lifetime. “From this one performance, I have so much confidence to know that we can come to deliver and compete in the international arena, anytime,” he said. 

Botswana has been part of the ITB Berlin since 2007 and is now the most popular show for our operators to attend with a record of 32 local companies having represented.  In applauding the performers, Khama said he was very proud of them. “That was such an emotional performance, you made us really proud.” 

 He also shared that after the performance in ITB Berlin, attendees were dined to Setswana cuisine. “The guests were treated to a traditional meal following the musical performance.” He said Botswana based chefs led the preparation of various delicacies like Seswaa and Phane.  “Over 40kg of Phane, and 400kg of beef had been shipped to Berlin for the dinner.” 

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