Youth festival to showcase dancers

2017-07-11 06:02

Artscape Theatre has joined forces with the education department to give learners the opportunity to study subjects like drama, music and dance at school.

Artscape is planning the biggest entertainment line-up for Youth Month in the theatre complex’s history.

The inaugural month-long youth festival is currently on and ends on Saturday. It features a host of productions, showcasing the diverse talents of Cape Town’s young people.

According to a statement from the theatre complex, the ongoing youth development programme, titled Borne Frees, will have a three-day event from Thursday to Saturday in which the Borne Frees project will give an opportunity to 100 young dancers from different schools across Cape Town to express their dreams and concerns through dance.

Artscape CEO Marlene le Roux says Artscape is dedicated to providing opportunities for Cape Town’s young performers.

Le Roux says: “It is important to commemorate the sacrifices made by young people during the Soweto youth uprising on 16 June 1976.”

She says their protest is still relevant today when so many young South Africans are fighting for their right to a better life.

“It’s a privilege to have an organisation like Artscape where we can make an impact in young people’s lives,” adds Le Roux.

At the launch of the youth festival last month, she said unemployment was the biggest challenge faced by the youth of this country. She also pointed out that even those who completed tertiary education struggled to find jobs due to a lack of opportunities.

Behind the scenes the theatre also offers an internship training course, teaching skills related to the arts, such as stage management, lighting, sound, marketing and arts administration.

Rising stars also benefit from Artscape’s resource centre which provides training, networking opportunities, internet services and industry information.

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