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More than 100 Western Cape schools and 3 000 primary and high school learners will be taking part in the Artscape Schools’ Arts Festival from 13-28 August.
“The Arts have a central role to play in nation building as learners and their parents from different cultural backgrounds come together to experience a common goal. Therefore, the Schools’ Arts Festival gives learners the opportunity to showcase their talent on a professional stage in the form of music, verse or dance,” says Thokozile Ntshinga, Director of Artscape’s Inclusive Arts Unit. “Furthermore, the festival also stimulates a love for theatre and the performing arts, while creating an individual sense of self-esteem, pride and achievement,” said Ntshinga.
The 2018 Schools’ Arts Festival was initiated and coordinated by Artscape’s School Liaison Unit with funding by the HCI Foundation and Die Burger.
From over 100 participating schools, 20 will be selected on merit and sponsored with transport to the Artscape Theatre. At the end of the festival, each school of the selected 20 will receive a participatory framed certificate and trophy, to be presented by the adjudicators at a gala to be held on 30 August 2018.
The benefits of participating in the competition are numerous and on-going. As part of Artscape’s Inclusive Arts Unit’s ongoing vision to develop a love for the performing arts and contributing to nation-building, this is a wonderful opportunity for all participants. Approximately 15 schools share the Artscape stage each evening, contributing to an exciting and diverse theatre experience from classical choirs to contemporary dance. The festival culminates in a glittering gala performance by selected schools, attended by various dignitaries, which showcases the talent which exists in our schools. This Festival will also enable the learners to obtain theatre discipline and etiquette.
This year’s festival will be adjudicated by Charles Banjatwa, Sifiso Kweyama and Tarnia Van Zitters.
Tickets (R40 per person) are available through Artscape Dial-a-Seat (021 421 7839) and Computicket.