Recent years have seen an enthusiastic revival of the Riel Dance across the Western and Northern Cape.
The Riel has its origins in the ancient fireside rituals of the KhoiSan people and its revival is part of a movement to restore cultural pride and heritage which is sweeping these provinces.
The ATKV (Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuur Vereeniging) has been at the forefront of this movement, running a Festival every year, which takes the form of a competition comprising 4 legs held at locations across the Province. Net vir Pret dancers have regularly participated, coming home each year with trophies.
We now have 20 riel groups under our wing, 3 at our centre in the village and the other 17 on surrounding farms. We are proud to report that the training of the dancers in the new groups has been undertaken by our senior dancers themselves.
The dancers delight the crowds at the end-of-year Puppet Show and we were honoured when our senior group was invited in 2018 to provide the entertainment at the opening of the Fossil Park Museum in Langebaan.