The Onkweni Royal cultural festival promotes social cohesion and is intended to showcase South Africa’s rich and diverse cultural wealth through music and dance by bringing different people from different nationalities together in one location.

This is the brainchild of His Royal Highness Prince Africa Zulu of Onkweni Royal House of Zulu, 3rd generation descendant of HRH Prince Shingana kaMpande. The Mopeli Royal Household, who are the traditional custodians in the eastern Free State, have embraced the festival and are hosting the event again this year.


His Royal Highness, Prince Africa Zulu of Onkweni, held a three-day festival in Qwaqwa to honour the people of the Free State late in December last year. The Onkweni Royal Cultural Festival International (ORCF) has been at the forefront of using traditional dance and the African culture as a rallying point for solidarity for the past nine years. The main purpose of the festival is to focus on traditional dance, cultural diplomacy and rural development.

The festival is attended by thousands of traditional dance-loving people from across the country. During the festival, the rich and colourful cultural heritage of South Africa is on display as a spectacle of performances are scheduled for everyone to enjoy.

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