This past weekend, Sibikwa Arts Centre celebrated its Saturday Arts Academy and Inclusive Creative Arts Programme learners.
The Saturday Arts Academy and Inclusive Creative Arts Programme learners who completed their 2019 year of study and will be proceeding to their next year of study in 2020. With the guidance of their teachers, 137 learners, aged between 6 and 33 years, presented poetry, drama, music, dance and story-telling performances and a visual arts exhibition that showcased what they had learnt, and the growth that they had achieved over the year. Both days included certificate and prize-giving ceremonies that recognised and applauded the dedication, diligence and promise of learners that demonstrated improvement and excellence across the art forms. Hundreds of parents, family and community members, programme partners, and funders attended the 4 showcases to witness the young budding performers on stage. It was a day of excitement, pride and hope that will remain a beautiful memory for all.
A visionary arts centre dedicated to cutting edge performing arts that awaken and nurture talent in a society poised to tell our own stories in our own ways, and committed to the development of young artists and their work; Sibikwa prides itself on providing quality arts education that is experiential and multi-disciplinary.
The Saturday Arts Academy is one of Sibikwa’s cornerstone projects. Established in 1995, the Academy is committed to the marginalized youth of South Africa, using the medium of arts education to develop an appreciation of the arts, understand what it means to be a leader, and enhance their life and interpersonal skills. Registration for young people between the ages of 6 and 24 years, interested in participating in this 37-week Saturday Arts Academy in 2020, closes on 6 December 2019.
The Inclusive Creative Arts Programme intends to build the capacity of out-of-school out-of-work youth, providing them with the access and opportunity for personal and professional development. Through engagement and education in drama, poetry, music and dance, this programme promotes the benefits of multi-disciplinary arts experiences for encouraging expression, growing confidence and building the capacity of young people for improved learning, work-readiness and reimagining the possibilities of their futures. This Inclusive Creative Arts Programme was initiated in 2018, and commenced with the 1st Semester of the 2019 cycle in February.