Free State’s heritage and cultural identity are diverse


The Free State is known to be the country’s hub for heritage sites and historical monuments that best depicts the country’s history. It is also known to be one of the provinces that attract more tourists due to its extensive cultural diversity.  As heritage day celebrations are underway across the country, some people may argue that it is crucial to first understand your own roots. The Free State’s Director for Heritage, Museums and Language Services at the Arts and Culture department, Vincent Khetha, describes the province’s cultural identity and heritage as rather diverse.

“The Free State is multi-talented and we have brilliant crafters. We also have a variety of animals and as a result, we have a number of roads across the province that are named after those animals. We have quite a number of heritage sites in the province and people can always visit them and explore,” she said.

The department is celebrating the day in Ficksburg, where they are joined by locals. This year the country celebrates heritage day under the theme ‘Our Indigenous Knowledge, Our Heritage: Towards the identification, promotion and preservation of South Africa’s heritage’.