The North West Province’s Taung Cultural Calabash Festival was founded on a strong commitment to develop the art and artists of this culturally rich and diverse province. Unlike many arts festivals, the Taung Cultural Calabash is grounded within a strong developmental ethos that’s permeates every aspect of the festival from the performances to the venues and management style.
It is a festival that has humble beginnings as a one-day event in the village of Taung, site of the famous “Taung Skull”. First held in 1994, the Cultural Calabash was designed to stir the pride of people in their indigenous cultures and arts forms by allowing them a performance space, a day of Dance, Drama, Music, Comedy, Poetry, and Other Cultural Celebration. That initial impetus grew into a set of provincial competitions to uncover and nurture the creativity of North Western arts practitioners. The level of participation has been unprecedented.
- Within each district, auditions and competition eliminations held in four (04) municipalities served by the Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs.
- Auditions are to take part in the four (04) North West Districts;
- Bojanala Platimum District
- Ruth Mompati District
- Ngaka Modiri District
- Kenneth Kaunda District
- Winners from the four districts complete in the grand Cultural Calabash Festival which is annually held in Taung. There, emerging artists are afforded an opportunity to share a variety of platforms with national range of semi-professional and professional artists providing motivation and a professional standard to aspire.