The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture will launch a Cultural Thursdays campaign at the University of Zululand near Empangeni on Thursday.
The campaign will bring together different cultures with an aim of promoting different cultures and languages among South Africans and people from abroad.
The event will become community events every Thursdays. Provincial Arts and Culture MEC Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi says the campaign will encourage different communities to embrace and respect one another.
“We are going to utilise Thursdays – the days where we highlight a number of areas that pertain to our department. We are going to promote reading through our language unit, and also promote that people should go and utilise our museum and utilise our libraries within the province, to promote the culture of respecting each other and also promoting cultures of different communities within our province.”
Sithole-Moloi added that the campaign will also promote co-existence between South Africans and foreigners to fight xenophobia.
“As people of KwaZulu-Natal, people of South Africa we are part of the continent. It means that we have to learn also their culture and what are their values and what are the acceptable kind of behaviour in their respective cultures so that we understand each other.And when we discuss and talk to each other we talk from a point of understanding where I come from in my view and where that other person come from with his or her views. Because I now understand what actually is the cultural background that that particular individual comes from.”