Golden Youth Club, a dancing and cultural group based in Winterveldt, recently toured Germany and experienced its culture for the first time.
It was a privilege for the Club to entertain and sing for dignitaries including politicians, which allowed the members to learn about different cultures, languages, and beliefs.
Nomatlou Mahlangu founded the dancing club, which inspired creative masterpieces and brilliant performances.
Their fog log dances resemble South African traditional dances, according to Mahlangu, however when they were in Germany they performed a variety of other countries’ dances, such as German dances, Namibian dances, and Cameroon dances, since they were under the theme of Ubuntu and rest.
” We weren’t based in one area because we attended festivals with different themes, and our dance focus was determined by the invitations we received.
“Through our partnership in Germany, we visited schools and achieved sustainable development goals. We only dealt with 6 of them, gender equality, climate change, water and sanitation, peace and justice, health and wellbeing”, said Mahlangu.
Mahlangu further said this was not her first trip to Germany; however, it was the first one for the other members of her team, which was quite an experience.
Public transportation allowed them to experience almost every city as they travelled from north to west of the places. “We visited Berlin, Kiel, Oldenburg, and we also had a tourism site because we didn’t want to focus solely on work and we wanted the kids to have fun”, said Nomatlou.
She stated that she never imagined herself traveling with people across the country, but today she feels thrilled that she could do so.
“Our patience and perseverance have kept us on track despite all the challenges with this foundation,” Mahlangu said.