Arts Awareness in the Cape Winelands
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport partnered with various organisations and municipalities in the Cape Winelands region to promote and develop performing arts in rural communities, and to create opportunities for artists in the arts sector.
From 16 October to 19 October, drama, music, dance and visual art activities successfully targeted aspiring artists in the region. The final event in this programme was the Cape Winelands Performing Arts showcase which took place in Ashton on Saturday, 20 October 2012.
On 16 October, Nale Consulting facilitated a visual arts networking session in Bonnievale for emerging artists from the street painting programme. Participants shared resources and skills and received mentoring from professionals.
On 17 and 18 October:
- The College of Magic facilitated a magic development and awareness programme in McGregor for youths from the Langeberg area.
- Dance for All presented a dance development workshop in Zolani to promote the dance styles Hip Hop, Contemporary and African Dance.
- Jazzart presented a dance development workshop at Kleinplasie Museum in Worcester to promote the dance styles Hip Hop, Contemporary and African Dance.
On 18 October, the Zabalaza Festival co-ordinating team presented a drama development workshop for amateur writers, directors and actors. The aim was to help participants enhance their scripts and develop their dramas in preparation for the 2013 Cape Winelands Drama Festival and the Zabalaza Festival.
From 17 to 19 October, the Western Cape Choral Music Association (WECCMA) facilitated a three-day choir development workshop in Zwelethemba for choir members and conductors from the Langeberg and Breede Valley municipalities.
People who attended the concert at the Ashton Town Hall on 20 October had the opportunity to see performances by some of the best artists in the Western Cape, including Cape Town City Ballet, Cape Town Opera and the Western Cape Choral Music Association.
The Department believes that enabling young people with an interest in the visual and performing arts to interact with professionals have increased the likelihood that they will become active in the arts. During this series of events they were able to make contact with a variety of organisations which are engaged in genre promotion, arts development and building the arts sector in the Western Cape.