21 September 2017

South Africa: Stage Set for Police Music, Cultural Festival

Police across the country will meet in song and dance this weekend for the South African Police Service's Police Music and Cultural Association's (POLMUSCA) national unity festival.

The festival will take place from Thursday until Sunday at the Heartfelt Music Arena in Pretoria.

In its 25th year, the festival seeks to showcase the SAPS' rich diversity in song with members from all nine provinces.

More than a 1000 members of the South African Police Service will participate in competitions relating to choral music, ballroom dancing, traditional dancing, cookery displays and cultural exhibitions.

"This is an opportunity for members of the public to see the softer side of our members. I am certain that this year, the teams from various provinces will showcase talent within the service and will provide much-needed entertainment to the people of Gauteng," said POLMUSCA President Major General Franscina Vuma.

"This is another way of reaching out to our communities through song and dance, so for the next few days, let's celebrate our unity and diversity," she said.

The first day of the festival will see the official opening which will be addressed by Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and the Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba.

Members from the various provinces will participate in a ballroom dancing competition.

On Friday, Choristers from all nine provinces will vie for glory in three categories being Own piece, Western piece, and an African piece. They will also take part in a potjiekos competition and a cultural exhibition competition.

The SAPS band and choir groups will also compete with each other for best band performance and best choir performance.

The unity festival will culminate with an awards ceremony which will be held on Saturday afternoon.

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