A NON-profit organisation, Emphithi Empowering Projects, together with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Edgewood Campus and University of Zululand will host the cultural theatre exchange on April 28 at Eastwood Hall from 9 am to 5 pm. The programme is aimed at empowering the youth that is involved in performing arts, especially in theatre. Skumbuzo “Skebhe” Dlamini, director of Emphithi Empowering Projects, said it will be the first that they are doing this programme for the whole community. He said different groups will perform and there will be workshops aimed at uplifting the skills of the youth in performing arts and theatre.“We started with the programme two years ago and we only focussed on university students. “We have since then realised that there is a lot of talent outside universities as well especially in the Pietermaritzburg community. “That is why we decided to spread outside universities. We believe that there is a lot of potential and talent from our youth and they will learn a lot from these workshops.“This is our way of trying to remove our youth from the streets and help them stay away from drugs and alcohol. “We also want to show the youth that they can make money out of theatre because the unemployment rate is so high. We want to show them that they can use their talent to make a living,” he said. Dlamini said they also want to teach the youth how to “behave themselves”. He said everyone is invited to come and attend this programme.