PE Opera House launches exciting programmes

2016-03-23 06:00
PE Opera House General Manager Monde Ngonyama (left) with one of the artists to entertain music lovers during Afro Jazz Sundays, Lubabalo Luzipho of Port Elizabeth. Photo: WERNER HILLS

PE Opera House General Manager Monde Ngonyama (left) with one of the artists to entertain music lovers during Afro Jazz Sundays, Lubabalo Luzipho of Port Elizabeth. Photo: WERNER HILLS

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THE Port Elizabeth Opera House and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality have launched a jobs incubator programme which seeks to give space to local artists to sharpen their skills in practising their craft at the Opera House.

“Nelson Mandela Bay will never be the same again,” said PE Opera House general manager Monde Ngonyama.

He said the creative genius of theatric icons and pioneers of social cohesion like John Kani, Winston Ntshona and Athol Fugard, would be rekindled through a number of programmes that target school-going children, as well as professional actors, singers and dancers.

The Creative Economy Programme Investment Strategy, sponsored by the municipality and National Lotto, was accepted and endorsed by the Mandela Bay Arts Council especially for providing artists with year-round programmes and enabling resources.

There will be a township dance development programme known as Dance Seasons for schoolchildren. This R1-million programme, which starts next month, will culminate in the ensemble that will form the production Umlilo from which the Schools Festival Udumo Hi Dance Competition will be presented.

Sundays will provide local music lovers with entertainment through the introduction of Jazz Sunday, which will include comedy for families.

Mayor Danny Jordaan welcomed the programme and called on artists to attend the mayoral imbizos on the Integrated Development Plan so that they could speak about their need for art centres in local communities.

“We are happy we’ve finally agreed with the Nelson Mandela Bay Arts Council on the programme of action,” arts and culture executive director Noxolo Nqwazi said.

She said artists had in the past come up with proposals without her office responding because they had been talking as individuals.

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