MORIJA — The Econet Telecom Lesotho Morija Arts and Cultural Festival kicked off on Friday with primary schools taking part in traditional competitions.
The schools competed in cultural activities such as mokhibo, ndlamo, mohobelo, litolobonya, drama and poetry which were presented in both Sesotho and English languages.
The event saw close to 50 cultural groups from around the country competing for cash prizes ranging from M500 to M1 000.
All of Lesotho’s 10 districts were represented.
Ten of the 13 participating primary schools were taking part in the annual festival for the first time.
The contestants included Quthing students who showed off one or two Xhosa dances.
The cultural gala ended yesterday with more than 30 high schools as well as adult traditional groups taking their turn in the festival.
The festival’s cultural co-ordinator, Pusetso Nyabela, said the festival had started on a high note.
“This year the competition has grown,” Nyabela said.
“We saw young stars presenting lovely and new cultural moves in their respective categories.”
“The number of attendants from schools was also great,” he added.
Nyabela was also pleased that the day’s activities had taken place according to scheduled times.
“Unlike in the previous years, this year things have been quite different,” he said.
“We are very glad that we did everything according to the time that was set on the programme.
“Every aspect of the show was precisely on time.”
The Morija Arts and Cultural Festival started in 1999 but school competitions were only incorporated in 2002.
“We wanted to pass on the culture to the younger generation,” Nyabela said.
“As organisers we realised that the youth were not active in the festival so to engage them we approached schools and invited them to join in.”