KZN pupils to showcase talent

2016-03-23 06:00
PHOTO: SupPlied  The winners, Fezokuhle Primary School, blew the crowds away at the 2015 Old Mutual Wildlands Ubuntu Earth Festival.

PHOTO: SupPlied The winners, Fezokuhle Primary School, blew the crowds away at the 2015 Old Mutual Wildlands Ubuntu Earth Festival.

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PUPILS from 40 KZN schools will take part in a schools version of “South Africa’s Got Talent” in Pietermaritzburg tomorrow, 18 March.

Titled the “Old Mutual Ubuntu Earth Festival”, the competition aims to encourage pupils to learn about environmental and social issues, as well as educate an audience, through performance.

The event is presented by Wildlands and sponsored by Old Mutual.

The competing pupils will choose a category they want to perform in (song – solo, group or choral or poetry – classic or free-style, cover versions and original music is encouraged), and will be judged on how they weave in messaging around preserving and protecting the environment, as well as addressing social challenges, into their performance.

The message makes up 50% of each schools score and is essentially what makes this event unique.

The Ubuntu Earth Festival model is structured around two complimentary interventions - a talent search (auditions) during which about 40 local schools will be invited to submit Ubuntu Earth performances for adjudication. The 40 performances will be whittled down to between 10 and 15, and those acts are the ones that will take part in the regional festival.

Old Mutual sponsorship manager Bandile Mngoma said: “The Ubuntu Earth Festival is an exciting addition to our sponsorship portfolio, more so that we will interact with learners and educators in the hope of shaping a better future for them through performing arts.

“Whatever happens on the day it’ll be great to see how the students interpret and engage with their environment.”

The winning performance (one overall primary school and high-school winner) will be chosen at the regional competitions.

“It is heart-warming to see how passionate the youth are about environmental issues,” said deputy director of marketing at Wildlands, Lauren van Nijkerk.

“Last year we heard the most beautiful songs written about saving our wetlands, preserving water and putting an end to poaching – topics that one assumes are not top of mind for the youth of today.

“This really is a special competition in that scholars are given a platform to simultaneously expose their talents and make a difference.”

The competition sees the overall winning acts walking away with R5 000 (each) in school improvement vouchers, a mentorship from a professional in the music industry and airtime on a local radio station.


Venues and dates for the regional competitions: 18 March 2016 – Edendale Lay Centre, Pietermaritzburg, 15 June 2016 – Acornhoek, Mpumalanga, 9 August – Magaliesburg; Gauteng.

For more information, email or call 033 343 6380.

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