New Year’s Festival:  DITSONG: Pioneer Museum

The annual New Year’s Festival will be held on Friday, 1 January 2016 at the DITSONG: Pioneer
Museum in Silverton, Pretoria.

This traditional festival for families, with activities for young and old include tug of war, cracking of
whips, sack race, balloon throwing and a fun frog jump competition.

The festival has been held at the Museum since 1977 and the ATKV (Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuur
Vereniging) has assisted the Museum with the presentation of this event since 1999. The ATKV
branches presently involved are ATKV Jakaranda and ATKV Aksie en Woordvreugde.

Although the festival officially starts at 10:00 on the 1st of January, families often arrive earlier and
relax on the lush lawns to enjoy coffee and rusks or whatever they have in their picnic baskets. The
traditional “Boeresport” (games) will commence from 08:30. Music is played throughout the day while
old and young can take part in various competitions. The highlight of the day is usually the cracking of
the whip where a floating trophy can be won.  

Demonstrations of cultural activities dating back to the Pioneer period of the 1840s are always very
popular. Guides dressed in period clothing, invite visitors to taste freshly baked bread, homemade
butter and make candles from the hard fat of animals. Pap and kaiings (crackling) are prepared and
sold, and visitors can join a guided tour to the wagon house (waenhuis).

Various flea market stalls can be visited and for the hungry there are enough food stalls. Visitors are
also welcome to bring their own picnic baskets or utilise our barbeque area to braai their own meat.

Enquiries can be made at Pioneer Museum 012 8036086/7; Audrey Moshidi  072 323 9758 /
071 646 0508; Tebogo Kgari or Caroline Griessel  
and the ATKV (Soekie Nel) 073 0368 697.

Entrance fees are R20 per adult, R10 per learner under 12 years and free entry for pre-schoolers.

There is ample parking available.
The gates open at 06:30 for exhibitors and for the public at 08:00 and the festival ends in the late afternoon. Entrance is in Keuning Street from Watermeyer Street in Meyerspark or from Fred Davey Street from Pretoria Road, Silverton

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