In today’s show, we were joined by Lee Smith-Garner – Member of the Palace of the Winds. Ajsa Samia and Palace of the Winds will present their annual charity event, the International Oriental Dance Festival in aid of the Saartjie Baartman Centre for abused Women and Children in Athlone, for the sixth time in Cape Town from yesterday till the 30th of October. The festival is said to be a unique event in Southern Africa that has become popular amongst international and South African belly dancers and supporters. Everyone from age seven to 70+, men and women, complete beginners to professional dancers are invited to dance, so long as they are able to learn and dance the Belly dance choreography for five minutes, have a Belly Dance coin belt, skirt or harem pants on. Participation is free.
• Workshops day: October 28 and 29, at the Protea Hotel Sea Point- international stars will give workshops in different dancing styles. Booking process is via www.iodfcapetown.com
• Fringe programme: October 29 and 30 at the V&A Waterfront, Workshop 17 shed and Amphitheatre. Performances by dancers of all levels of dance presented by international and local dancers will be showcased, the whole of the two days. Entry is free.
• Guinness World Record attempt: October 29 at V&A Waterfront, 4pm, Workshop 17, next to the Craft Market, Blue Shed. Visit www.iodfcapetown.com for more information.