Sibikwa’s Saturday Arts Academy Holiday Programme

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The Saturday Arts Academy (SAA) was established 24 years ago to fill the gap in informal arts education.

Sibikwa Arts Academy
Sibikwa Arts Academy

It is a multi-disciplinary and vibrant school for the arts recognized nationally and internationally. It offers young people from the ages of 6 to 24 years classes over 37 Saturdays in the year in drama, dance, African music and recorder. In keeping with its mission to use the arts for community development and ensuring accessibility to the arts each year, since 2015, Sibikwa has embarked on a school holiday programme. The aim of the programme is to reach out to those individuals who find it difficult to go to the theatre or even come to the Sibikwa Art Centre itself, for reasons such as mobility, health and safety. Thus Sibikwa travels to centres for the aged and places of safety to perform for the elderly and young people. Over the years, Sibikwa has visited places of safety such as Mary Moodley, Don Mattera and old age homes such as Benoni Old Peoples Home, Soweto APD, Vosloorus Old Age Home, to name some of the participating institutions.

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Sibikwa Arts Academy. From Benoni, Khumbulani Mtshali, Khanyisile Jali, Mokete Matsheke, Mnqobi Mngoma, Thando Shoko, Khensani Ntimane, Keano Mthetho, Akani Ntimane and Siyabonga Mzimela
Sibikwa Arts Academy. From Benoni, Khumbulani Mtshali, Khanyisile Jali, Mokete Matsheke, Mnqobi Mngoma, Thando Shoko, Khensani Ntimane, Keano Mthetho, Akani Ntimane and Siyabonga Mzimela

The Holiday Programme was devised by Dey Tebogo Matsheni, herself a Sibikwa graduate. The theme of the play which incorporated singing, music, dance and poetry, shared the message that we come from many cultures in SA but ultimately we should set aside our differences and unite as we are one country. The performers were the senior Saturday Arts Academy learners drawn from throughout the Ekhurhuleni Metro. Through the holiday programme, they are given an opportunity to perform in public to a variety of audiences and the learners enjoy every moment of it. Akani Ntimane from Daveyton said “it was a fun experience for me, in the top 10 moments of my life.” Noluthando Dlamini from Vosloorus said “we made many people smile, we inspired many souls. I really was so emotional and proud of myself and my team.”

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