News » Festivity of Arts for Grade 12's!

Much excitement and anticipation abounds with just under a month to go until the 38th Grahamstown National Schools’ Festival. Close to 900 delegates from around South Africa will gather in Grahamstown for this five-day event.

Organised by the Grahamstown Foundation’s Arts Education department, the Schools Festival Team worked diligently to give delegates an intense arts programme packed with unforgettable experiences, which includes challenging, provocative and inspirational food for thought. All of this will hopefully translate into an intensive creative experience guaranteed to instil self confidence, -discovery and a lifelong passion for the arts.

The programme for 2012 includes an astonishing 18 shows, selected from some of the most talented artists throughout South Africa and abroad. Some of the shows include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, presented by the National Arts Festival in association with Artscape and Abrahamse Meyer Productions; Mother to Mother, presented by Free Voice Productions; The Three Little Pigs, presented by Rob Van Vuuren; Love At First Fight, presented by Follow Spot Productions; Little Foot, presented by the National Arts Festival in association with the Market Theatre; Through Blue, presented by Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company; as well as many more mind-blowing productions.

But exhilarating performances are not the end of delegates’ exposure to the arts at this festival. Delegates will gain a hands-on interactive learning experience in the ‘Be Creativity’ workshop sessions as well. Workshop facilitators include: Richard Antrobus, Liam Magner, Terri Elliot, Rob Murray; Tristan Jacobs; Rod Amner; Liezel de Kock; as well as members of the Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company. The grade twelve’s attending the festival this year will have the opportunity to discover various disciplines of the arts by exploring the fundamentals of dance, physical theatre, entering the world of electronic music and learn to improvise poetry reciting through free-styling with Hip Hop and Gum Boot dancing. They will have the opportunity to discover their creative writing abilities and the power of words, express their feelings about life issues they are dealing with through visual art, music, words and movement, or master the skills of acting with experts.

Delegates will have the chance to develop and explore their creative potential practically, with the aim of learning how to use the arts to communicate and to empower themselves. Presenters of the no less than nine ‘Think Creativity’ lectures will challenge learners’ analytical capacity in taking a critical look at themselves and the world around them. Lecturers include Rob Murray from Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company; Rob van Vuuren & James Cairns from The Three Little Pigs; Yvette Hardie, Festival Director of Out The Box Festival of Visual Performance and Puppetry; Thembi Mtshali-Jones, South Africa’s most celebrated artist as a singer, actress and playwright; and many more exciting lecturers. As if all of this is not enough, inspiring visual art exhibitions by top artists carried over from the National Arts Festival rounds off an action packed week of awesomely intense and amazing arts activities.

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