Yesterday, life caught up with me, so I didn’t end up posting about my visit to the South Sudanese Pavilion on Wednesday. My first Wednesday pavilion was the Japanese Pavilion. From there I hopped a bus down to the South Sudanese Pavilion. Located in the South Sudanese cultural centre on Dagmar, this Pavilion represents the youngest country in the world.
The pavilion also interests me because we have two South Sudanese parishes in the Diocese of Rupert’s Land. They are Emmanuel Mission and St. Andrew’s Anglican Mission. It is always good to be able to learn more about my fellow Anglicans.
When I entered the pavilion I was greeted warmly. My arrival was immediately as the previous show was ending, so I went downstairs to view the cultural display. Colourful is the best description of the display. There is a particular focus on carving and on fabrics. These have a wide range to them. The South Sudanese are not just one group of people but consist of several tribes and each brings unique aspects to cultural life. Woven together is a good description of the nation of South Sudan.
South Sudanese Food
When I came back upstairs I was taken to a table at the front. This gave me a good view of the show and the opportunity for picture taking. There is a good variety of food available. In particular good stews. I went with the sample platter. This consisted of: Tmiya, a chickpea fritter similar to a Falafel. A beef samosa, which was crispy with a savoury filling. Finally, a lettuce, carrot, and tomato, with a dressing that had a bit of zing to it.
South Sudanese Show
Dance was the main theme of the pavilion’s show. Given the number of different tribes that make up the country, it’s not surprising that there are many dances as well. The program notes give you a good idea of this.
At the South Sudanese Pavilion you will enjoy musical rhythms with performances by local groups including Acholi, Azande, Madi, Dinka (Warrap-Awil-Twic), and many more.
All of the dances were high energy. They were so enthralling that I didn’t take any pictures.
The pavilion makes for a great part of any Folklorama evening. The people are very friendly, the show is high energy and the food is delicious. There are two more evening in which to visit the pavilion. Put it on your don’t miss list.