Broadway reaches out to disadvantaged communities

2009-01-23 00:00

Singers and actors from New York’s legendary Broadway visited Durban’s Agape Orphanage yesterday as part of an intensive four-day national tour aimed at launching Broadway in South Africa (BSA) a new, not-for-profit arts organisation.

BSA will “seek to create a cross-cultural exchange between youth who are in need and artists who seek to use their talents for change”, said a spokesman.

It comprises 14 New York City-based professional actors, dancers, singers, directors, musicians and producers, who wish to kick- start positive change through art. They also believe that they, too, will learn from working to bridge the gap between different cultures artistically.

“Our deep philosophy is that all children deserve the opportunity to explore their own creative potential, and should never be denied exposure to art because of their life situations,” the spokesman added.

BSA plans to bring professional Broadway performers to South Africa as both artists and teachers to both provide arts education for children from disadvantaged communities and raise funds through star-studded Broadway concerts.

Proceeds from both local and American concerts will go to Keep A Child Alive, a not-for-profit organisation co-founded by singer-songwriter Alicia Keys that provides medication to children and their families living with HIV and Aids.

The Durban leg of the tour included school visits in Wentworth on Thursday and a visit to Botha’s Hill and Agape Orphanage yesterday.

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