volkspele, plural noun

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, volk folk, people + spele games, play.
Afrikaans folk-dances, created during the 1930s but usually performed in traditional Voortrekker dress; see quotations 1973 and 1986. Also attributive.
1949 Cape Times 24 Sept. 9There would be volkspele demonstrations, recitations and singing.
1990 Sunday Times 3 June 4They were too busy eating, discussing the volkspele, toutrek and SAP helicopter displays and buying Janita Claasen posters.
Afrikaans folk-dances, created during the 1930s but usually performed in traditional Voortrekker dress; see quotations 1973 and 1986. Also attributive.
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Hence volkspeler noun, one who performs volkspele.
1953 Cape Times 17 Apr. 9The group of volkspelers will sail on an oversea tour in to-day’s mailship.
1974 S. Afr. Panorama Nov. 19The National Council for Folk Singing and Dancing chose 36 ‘volkspelers’ (folk dancers) from different ‘laers’ (laagers) to accompany the overseas dancers and perform with them.

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