As part of instilling patriotism into public servants the Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation has introduced interdepartmental choral competitions which will take place for the first time in the Free State province and will see various choral ensembles from different government departments contest for prizes. These choral ensembles will perform prescribed songs such as the South African national anthem, the African Union anthem, Mankanisi, and Folklore “anti-xenophobia” song.
There will be prizes in the form of trophies to be awarded to the winning choirs which performed each prescribed song to the satisfaction of an independent panel of judges. Departmental choirs that will be represented include;
- Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation
- Social Development
- Police, Roads and Transport
- Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs
- Justice and Constitutional Development
- SAPS Choir
The Free State Inter-departmental Choral Competitions will take place as follows:
DATE: 29 May 2016
VENUE: Sand Du Plessis Theatre (Bloemfontein)
“Through this initiative the Free State DSACR is elevating choral music to a more coordinated and professional musical genre. We value choral music because of its dignity and the role it can play in nation building, social cohesion and the renewal of our heritage.
This art form can play an important role in our efforts to promote moral regeneration and can be a vehicle through which we drive our anti-crime campaigns in the province. It is important to encourage young people to cherish and take part in choral music. In fostering social cohesion and nation building, choirs play a vital role in disseminating messages of unity and national pride” said MEC N.S. Leeto.