What is Saffafest? 何謂南非文化祭？
It’s more than just a festival, it’s the art of culture sharing.
Duane and Mary Christie
Go big or go home!
You may not believe in fate or destiny, but some of us have been touched by it more than once. Duane and Mary are two of those. The first time destiny touched them was in 2007 when they met at a Halloween party in Chiayi City, Taiwan. Two South Africans, years apart, on the other side of the world in one of the smallest cities on a small island, met and fell in love. This is usually where the narrator would say “and the rest is history” but not so. Fast forward 9 years and destiny came a-knocking again. While camping at Hutoupi in Taiwan in 2016, Duane and Mary marveled at the peace and quiet they found in nature, something they sorely missed about their beloved South Africa. And so they decided that this beautiful location would be the perfect place to host a South African Festival. On 11th March 2017 the first SaffaFest was born!
Combining their expertise in tourism (Duane) and business management (Mary) with their South African pig-headedness (stubbornness) they set out to host a festival that brought cultures, languages, ages, races and personalities together. Back home we would call this Ubuntu, a Bantu word that speaks of the bond we all share as humans. And they didn't stop there, they went on to host many more SaffaFests over many more years.
結合Duane 的旅遊專業知識及Mary 的企管專長，他們開始著手主辦南非文化祭事宜，結合不同文化、語言、年紀、種族及人格特質。在南非家鄉，他們稱之為Ubuntu，這個字源自於班圖語，意思為一種群體的概念，代表人們共創共享、共生共榮。但他們不就此停歇，又繼續舉辦了越來越多南非文化祭活動。
Meet The Team
I saw Mary’s passion for the event, and I really wanted to be a part of it. Come to SaffaFest, and you don't need to fly to South Africa in person to experience the exotic culture. I'd
recommend the Gumboot Dance, which can bring everyone together and share such
enjoyable moments. The passion of South Africans is what I hope SaffaFest can share with others.
Mbalenhle Hedder Nzama
My journey with Saffafest is a very interesting one. I saw a South African flag on facebook under “upcoming events” that got my attention and I got excited since I was new in Taiwan and I saw it as a chance for me to meet and mingle with other South Africans. I then registered as someone that was “going” and saw that they needed volunteers and so, I then signed up as one (even though i had no idea what the event was all about). Since I love helping the community, I saw an opportunity to partake and help where I can. The atmosphere, vibe and the warm feeling of home and friendliness from the organizers made me want to always be a part of Saffafest and since then, I’ve never looked back. Getting to share the diversity of my country with others here in Taiwan is what makes me so happy and proud to be a Saffa!
SaffaFest is the perfect place for visitors to get to know more about South Africa, if they come to SaffaFest they can experience a lot of activities. I hope people can come enjoy our hard work and take a tour of South Africa right here in Taiwan! Come enjoy the interactive sports, it’s my favorite part.
Since moving abroad it has been hard to find a little bit of home in the sea of different cultures and environments. In Korea I had the opportunity to meet South Africans and have a day of just South African wonder and bliss. When moving to Taiwan and hearing about Saffafest, I knew that I had to get involved. It is very rewarding to be able to put together an event, bringing South Africans and people from many different countries together, sharing in the different cultures, food and music of South Africa. Everyone always leaves with a warm and full heart and great memories. This is why I am here!
Shortly after I landed in Taiwan in 2017, I attended a SaffaFest. I was amazed seeing a diverse group of South Africans celebrating being "South African". The visitors had a wonder in their eyes, listening to story time, smelling, tasting, hearing and seeing all things South African. All I remember thinking is how awesome it was being South African and celebrating South Africa in a foreign land.
Years later, being South African is something I hold dear and beat my chest about.
So when I got given the opportunity to be part of the SaffaFest Team, I grabbed it with both hands. Year in and year out, giving South Africans places and spaces to celebrate our beautiful Ubuntu, our vibrant and vibey music. To share our amazing culture, smells of braai, taste of biltong, wines and beers and the aromatic home spices. To see our beautiful coloured clothes and prints, and to see the fellowship of our people around potjies and bonfires. To hearing South African languages being spoken proudly and out loud. And to touch a little bit of home, with fellow South Africans. Priceless moments are created at these events, and I'm honoured to be a part of it.
I love South Africa and hope more people can know about this pretty country and the culture. I like the music, dancing, food and wine, most important is the South African people who make this even more perfect. It is the most relaxing way to know more about South African culture! Come enjoy the braai (barbeque) and wine!! I want everyone to share the passion of South Africans!
I like to contribute to the local community and I am proud of the impact that Saffas (South African people) have in Taiwan. I hope that we can develop the rugby games even further. I also hope that we can raise interest and get more and more South Africans and other local friends through the gates. Come experience some of the friendliness and uniqueness of Saffas, the unique gees (meaning ‘spirit or passion’) that us Saffas have.
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