From Woodlands to Philippines

2018-01-17 06:01
Shane Taylor. PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

Shane Taylor. PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

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SHANE Taylor from Woodlands has been selected by the Xtreme Concepts Internationals to be the international artist liaison officer for the annual One World Music Cultural Exchange Festival. However, he only has two weeks to raise R40 000 to attend the event in the Philippines.

Taylor desperately needs sponsorship and will not only be the international artist liaison officer, he will also be the assistant stage manager and emcee. The festival takes place at the 22nd Philippines Inter- national Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018, from February 8 to February 11 in Pampanga, Philippines.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever Taylor said he saw an advert on the Internet last year where they were looking for an international artist liaison officer and he applied.

“When I first saw the advert I didn’t think about applying, but after some time I thought this could be a big opportunity for me, and I applied.

“I then received a call telling me they had received my application. I think they just wanted to check if I am really an outspoken person because that is what they stated in their advert.”

Taylor said he received the confirming email about his selection in December last year and the second email on January 3.

“I have been running around like a headless chicken looking for sponsorship and emailing government departments and companies, but with no luck.

“I will not only be representing Woodlands, Msunduzi or Pietermaritz- burg, but South Africa. I will appreciate any help I can get. Designers can sponsor me with their designs, which I will showcase and wear at the festival.

“I will not only be attending as an international artist liaison officer, I will receive training because when I return to South Africa I will be expected to initiate the festival.”

Taylor will be travelling with two South African artists Clinton Mann from Cape Town and Lucille Cornelius from Durban. Contact Taylor on 072 598 6388 to assist.

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