oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Die Afrikaanse volksang- en volksdansbeweging, 50 jaar (1941-1991)

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-0745



Although it is 77 years since 'Volkspele' was started in South Africa, the A.V.V.B. is only 50 years old. Dr S H Pellissier brought 'volkspele' to South Africa. It was first practiced at a Sunday School picnic at Boshof (O.F.S.). When Dr Pellissier was appointed director of education in the Orange Free State he promoted volkspele in the schools. It was only after the symbolic 'Ossewatrek' of 1938 that the association was officially founded, namely on 1 March 1941. From this date onwards volkspele was a main part of Afrikaner festivities. Contact with foreign folk dancers was also an important part of the Association's activities. National gatherings, e.g. on 2 March 1991 to commemorate the half-century are still a big attraction. Reform has also spread to volkspele. The costumes and dances had already changed through the years and even the name could not escape the spirit of change. In 1989 volkspele were renamed 'volksdanse' S H Pellissiers).

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