Arts and talent nurtured at forum

2017-06-01 06:01
PHOTOS: suppliedAntoinette Pillay of Mzansi Arts presents Chad van Niekerk with his prize after he was chosen to get a fully-paid entry to the Mzansi Arts programme.

PHOTOS: suppliedAntoinette Pillay of Mzansi Arts presents Chad van Niekerk with his prize after he was chosen to get a fully-paid entry to the Mzansi Arts programme.

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THE Arts, Film and Video Forum (AFVF) hosted its end-of-programme showcase of talent at the Genesis Conference Centre in Marburg last Friday and the event was well attended.

Through a lotto-funded programme, the organisation has supported some emerging music and visual arts talent on the South Coast over the past nine months. The talent showcase at the event signalled the end of its first phase of development.

The AFVF was founded in 2010 to help emerging artists on the South Coast to get their work recognised and support their progress onto the national and international stage.

Starting from humble beginnings, the organisation has done much grassroot development in schools and the community.

Following its successful application for lottery­ funding in 2016, the AFVF established its recording studio at the Genesis Youth Centre and auditioned local singers and bands, eventually choosing a few who they recorded and mastered their music.

Ivan Naidoo of AFVF Hilton said the emphasis has been on the creation of original music they can be proud of.

“The results have been exceptional and the showcase was the platform for these artists and bands to display their talent before an appreciative audience,” he said.

The three artists and groups showcased were Fine Cara, a three-piece rock band, Caroline Cardew and Chad van Niekerk, who are solo artists.

“Fab” Mpendulo Mbanga, a hip-hop and rap artist from Gamalakhe is also part of the AFVF developmental programme as well as supporting acts.

Ray Nkonyeni Municipality mayor Cllr Nomusa Mqwebu was also in attendance and expressed her support and willingness to work with the AFVF to promote the arts on the South Coast.

CEO of the Ugu South Coast Development Agency, Mandla Mabece, also committed to working with the AFVF in supporting the arts.

Hilton O’Dwyer, AFVF chairman, expressed his gratitude to Ziphakamise who served as the conduit organisation in accessing lotto funding. He also thanked local businesses for their contributions in making the event possible. - Supplied.

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