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Dias Commemoration

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WHERE WILL YOU BE BETWEEN 1 & 3 FEBRUARY 2003?

We hope that you will be at The Dias 2003 Commemoration to explore Mossel Bay!!!

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND:
The Dias Commemoration is an annual celebration to commemorate the brave feats of the Portuguese mariners who opened up the sea-passage between Europe and the East. These explorers were crucial in establishing the early Maritime History of South Africa. Bartolomeu Dias played a pivotal role in the history of the seaside town of Mossel Bay (which he originally named 'Aqada de Sao Bras') in 1488. He was the first European to make contact with the indigenous Khoi-Khoi tribe and introduce Christianity to Southern Africa.
His arrival on 3 February 1488 is commemorated annually through colourful celebrations and by incorporating the cultural diversity of the local communities. In the past, Portuguese Dancers and traditional folk dancers could be seen, along with numerous sporting events. Much more to see than just the Tree (the 500 year old Post Office Tree)!

The 2003 Commemoration will be scaled down from previous years and will be seen mostly as a historical celebration. In previous years many events surrounding the Museum Complex were scheduled to take place. The Museum will exclusively host a Commemoration Concert in the amphitheatre of the Maritime Museum where local artists will perform.

Please contact the Museum for more information or to obtain particulars of other events which will take place in Mossel Bay over this weekend.





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