Using arts to empower pupils

2011-04-11 00:00

ELEVENTH-GRADERS from Pietermaritzburg, Durban and surrounding areas will enjoy two days of arts festivities at the 2011 KwaZulu-Natal Schools’ Festival on Thursday.

The event will be held at Hilton College and over 400 grade 11 pupils are expected to attend.

The festival forms part of the National Schools Festival Series and is organised by the Grahamstown Foundation’s Arts Education Projects.

Benita Rama, marketing officer of the South African schools festivals arts education, said the festivals bring together pupils from a wide range of backgrounds for a highly intensive, structured arts education experience, which comprises cutting-edge South African theatre productions, interactive workshops and stimulating lecturers.

“The programme is designed to dish up a feast of top quality South African theatre as well as drawing out learners’ potential and building their confidence in expert-led workshops,” said Rama.

The line-up this year includes comedy, dance, music and drama, among which will be the hip-pop theatre piece Spitfire, which has won two awards.

Rama said the participants will get a hands-on interactive learning experience through various workshops to explore and develop their creative potential practically with the aim of learning how to use the arts to communicate and empower themselves.

“We are confident that the learners attending will have a deeper understanding and appreciation for arts and their relevance as a tool towards empowerment and free thinking …” she said.

Local schools that will be in attendance include Maritzburg College, Carter High School, Heather Secondary, Russell High and Alexandra High.

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