Jumping Jiminy – It’s Jongosi at Hilton Festival


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Hilton Arts FestivalThe 24nd annual Hilton Arts Festival is offering a bumper Jongosi schools arts festival embedded in the main festival, for high schools and primary schools to have a tailor-made package ahead of the main event.

The festival will take place on the beautiful grounds of the Hilton College from 16 – 18 September 2016, with Jongosi taking place for one day only – Friday 16 September for Senior Primary Schools (grades 6 and 7 only) and for High Schools.

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This is the seventh year in which the Hilton Arts Festival has hosted a special schools festival. This year’s festival starts with a carefully-thought through programme of age-specific arts-events aimed at schools. Approximately 2000 learners will experience the thrill of the performing arts over the day long programme.

Gcina Mhlophe
Gcina Mhlophe

The focus this year will be on syllabus-related productions as well as some for sheer entertainment and fun.

It is a celebration of all that is young, new and vibrant and has been dubbed “Jongosi” – Johnny Clegg’s word from the Afrikaans meaning “jong ous” which has become absorbed into isiZulu parlance. Jongosi is designed to educate, entertain and allow learners to expand their world-view. It is not a syllabus related experience. Rather, it is aimed at inspiring learners, provoking thought and discussion and having fun.

“Children will be fully occupied in a day filled with performance, wonder and inspiration. They will have the opportunity to experience a festival atmosphere as well as watching several performances. The craft market and the art exhibitions will be open. Refreshment outlets will be open. Alternatively, children may bring their own packed lunch,” explains festival director, Sue Clarence.

The business community is invited to support this initiative by sponsoring a group of underprivileged learners to attend the festival Jongosi days.

The following productions make up the Jongosi programme. All production notes are available on www.hiltonfestival.co.za:


Sizwe Banzi is Dead
The Snow Goose
Yin ‘iRespect
Falling Off the Horn
Big Boys!
Pay Back the Curry
Master Harold & the Boys
Bones of Memory
A selection of 5 interactive workshops ranging from dance to making a movie!

The festival would not be possible without: Hilton College; Independent Newspapers; Grindrod Bank; Black Coffee; KZN Dept. of Arts & Culture; SAB Castle Lite; Bidvest Car Hire; Indwe Risk Services; Zultrans; Marriott; BASA; Loud Crowd; and SAPPI.

All enquiries on 033 383 0126 /7 or festival@hiltoncollege.com

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