Midfest International

MIDDFEST INTERNATIONAL BOTSWANA 2010

September 26-October 3
Middletown, Ohio
Donham Plaza
Middletown City Building
Manchester Inn and Conference Center
513-425-7707

BOTSWANA DELEGATION:
Ambassador Caesar Lekoa
– Mr. Don Bryant, MIDFEST International
Mr. Favor Marebole, Botswana Export Development & Investment Authority (BEDIA)
– Mr. Lebone Makahale, National Strategy Office, Office of the President
– Mr. Ludo Mokotedi, Deputy Director Brand Botswana
– Mr. Maxwell Mosinyi, Manager Export Development
– Mr. Dimikatso Radimapo, Second Secretary, Botswana Embassy in Washington
– Ms. Deborah Schultz, MIDFEST International
Ms. Ruth Seipone, Senior Manager Business and Economics, National Strategy
Office of the President

BOTSWANA: This year Middfest International celebrates the country of Botswana, a landlocked Southern African country, about the size of Texas, made up of largely unspoiled wilderness that includes Kalahari Desert and the verdant Eden of the Northern Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world.

Botswana has more per capita land set aside for conservation than any country on earth. It’s President, Ian Khama is one of the world’s leading conservationists. Botswana boasts the largest elephant herd in the world, high end eco-tourism, the largest diamond mine in the world and an enviable infrastructure, banking system and cattle export business with the European Union.

With a stable government and good relations between the races, Botswana sees its future in green energy solutions and as a gateway to doing business in Africa.

Business: Ambassador Lapologang Cesar Lekoa and three members of the Botswana Exports Development and Investment Authority (BEDIA) are available for meetings September 29–October l. Contact Deborah Schultz at transborders1@cs.com to set up meetings.

Ambassador’s Lunch: Friday, October l, Manchester Inn, Middletown, Ohio, ll:45-1:45, $20. Call Middfest International: 513-321-1415- all are welcome. Reserve by September 28.

Performers Middfest Weekend: Massenkorf Russian Folk Festival featuring Nikolai Massenkoff, Balalaika Ensemble and soloists & Russian Folk Ballet; SMAG Contemporary Dance Company from Botswana; Selibe Phikwe Cultural Dancers from Botswana; Svitanya Eastern Women’s Vocal Ensemble; Los Embajadores Peruanos, The Ron Esposito Trio, Atzilut: Concerts for Peace; a six member ensemble featuring Jewish and Arab musicians performing together among many other groups and the Dwight Lenox Band and Lenox Avenue Express—l7 piece band from Columbus.

Speakers: Author/historian Neil Parsons; historian Mai Bolaane from Botswana; Onkabetse Mokhomma, poet and field officer for the NGO, HUMAN; Basil Mills from South Africa, from the National English Literary Museum where he works with animals and literature; author Bontekanye Bontumile from Maun, Botswana.

Exhibits: Cultural Exhibit Opens Sunday September 26, Middletown City Building

Youth Park, Culture Exhibit featuring UNESCO World Heritage Site Tsodilo the “Louvre of the Desert”, Botswana Basket Exhibit, photography exhibit, portraits from Botswana by Andrew Eckerle, a traveling exhibit from the Botswana Embassy in D.C. three demonstrators: basket maker, tapestry weaver and painter.

Diamond Exhibit: from mind to retail

History Center: “Journey from Ancient Bechuanaland to Modern Botswana” and speakers from the Ohio Humanities Council Project: “Botswana: Different in Africa: Race, Governance, and Conservation.”

Migration/Family Center: Explore the migration routes and family histories of African American families living in SW Ohio

Science Exhibit: “Fragile Balance Between People, Sand and Water” featuring a l2 foot termite mound, common in Botswana.

Language and Literature Center: The world of Precious Ramotswe and the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.”

Hours of Middfest:

Friday, October 1 – Middfest Opening Ceremonies 
MIDDFEST OPENING CEREMONIES at 5:30 P.M.
Middfest continues until 10 pm

Saturday, October 2 – Super Saturday for Kids
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Round Robin International Performances 10 am to Noon
Middfest open 10 am – 10 pm

October 3, Sunday, Middfest opens at Noon, Exhibits close at 6 pm, 
BOTSWANA FINALE 6 – 8 pm

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