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At an event in Pretoria last night, the Dance Umbrella Festival received the Sports & Events Tourism Exchange’s ‘Best Event leaving a Development Legacy’ award.
The award, presented by the Department of Tourism, City of Tshwane and Thebe Reed Exhibitions, was made in recognition of the immeasurable role the Dance Umbrella Festival has played in the development and nurturing of contemporary dance practitioners in South Africa.
As the Dance Umbrella Festival, the largest open and free platform for contemporary dance draws closer to celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018; it can look back with pride at the long list of choreographers with whom it has worked in both a development and producing function.
In 2017, the Dance Umbrella Festival will take place from February 23 to March 5 and will again celebrate the best of young South African talent, who will share the platform with local and internationally renowned choreographers. This two-week long programme will feature new contemporary work from both young and established artists.
The producer of the Dance Umbrella festival, Dance Forum, hosts ongoing residency and master class programmes nationally. The focus of these programmes is to connect with young choreographers and dancers giving them the tools to develop their work and ultimately to present the work at Dance Umbrella and beyond.