06/09/2016: The City of Johannesburg hosts the inaugural Military Tattoo
The City of Johannesburg will for the first time host the Johannesburg Military Tattoo at the Apartheid Museum in Gold Reef City, south of Johannesburg from 7 to 10 September 2016.
Military Tattoos serve an important purpose in creating stronger linkages between a country’s armed forces and its citizens and to create greater social cohesion. The programme ranges from mass military bands to precision drilling, traditional and gumboot dancing and, in this way, fusing different elements of South Africa’s rich cultural heritage into a single event.
"The event is a welcomed addition to the variety and quality of events hosted in our City every year. It is a unique opportunity to showcase Joburg’s ability to organise and host events of this magnitude and to market our city as a destination for tourism among discerning global audiences," said Executive Mayor of Johannesburg,Cllr Herman Mashaba.
The communities of Johannesburg are encouraged to attend the Johannesburg Military Tattoo and explore what the event has to offer. The organisers have taken great care to make the venue accessible to families with young children and people with disabilities.
"The Apartheid Museum at Gold Reef City is a fitting venue for the City’s first hosting of the Military Tattoo. We trust that this will also shine the spotlight on the quality and diversity of tourism and leisure destinations within our City and encourage visitors to stay longer and explore the best that Joburg can offer, said Cllr Mashaba.
The City of Johannesburg welcomes the participants from various military units, schools and communities across our country. It is expected that this will become a firm feature on Johannesburg’s annual calendar and that, together with the organisers and sponsors, the City will be able to build it into a truly international event, worthy of a great City Johannesburg aspire to become.
Issued by the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Herman Mashaba.