Jun 17, 2014

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Moving Mountains Youth Festival kicks off, Stellenbosch

Moving Mountains Youth Festival kicks off, Stellenbosch

The Moving Mountains International Youth Festival has started the past weekend in Stellenbosch. The Festival is held in partnership with Kairos Southern Africa and Diakonia (from Sweden) and the Faculty of Theology at the University of Stellenbosch. The first Moving Mountains Festival was held   last year in Palestine.

Moving Mountains-Marthie

(Marthie Momberg addresses the opening session while organiser Bonganjalo Mbenenge looks on)

100 young people from all over the world (Nigeria, Mali, Palestine, Mianmar, the USA, Cuba, Brazil, Sweden etc.) are in attendance for the weeklong festival. The Xhosa word “Vukuzenzele ” means “a new awakening for a new generation” and signifies the deliberations. Action orientated projects are also included as an important part of the programme.

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(Edwin Arrison addresses the opening session of Moving Mountains in Stellenbosch)

While weather did not permit the attendees to climb Table Mountain itself on Youth Day, they did visit St George’s Cathedral and the District Six Museum, where they were addressed by amongst other Bp Peter Storey. He was handing over the symbolic baton of leadership and responsibility to a new generation with their own struggles.

The Festival continues until Sunday.


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