Artscape to launch its year-long education programme
30 January 2020
Audiences can look forward to Artscape’s annual education and training programme that seeks to make the arts more accessible, provide a platform to previously marginalised art forms, and develop South Africa’s next generation of arts and performance practitioners.
The 2020 programme launch will take place on 11 February followed by the open-to-the-public quarterly and first Lunch Hour Concert of 2020, featuring Cape Town Opera and the Unmute Dance Company.
The diverse year-long arts education programme, in collaboration with the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape government, amongst others, also attempts to address some of the socio-economic challenges facing today’s youth, such as distance, transport, lack of funds and disability.
“By giving participants access to world-class stages with professional lighting and production values, our programme inspires young people’s creative dreams, helps them to grow as performers and artists, and drives employment,” says Artscape CEO, Marlene le Roux.
“Our Schools Arts Festival, as a mere example, will see learners from about 15 schools deliver a programme of choral music, theatre and contemporary dance, while the High School Drama Festival engenders latent creative talent,” she adds.
Projects such as the Artscape Women and Humanity Festival, the Youth Jazz, the isiXhosa Set Work production, Buzani ku Bawo, the ArtsAbility Festival as well as celebration of national holidays, speaks to the transformation mandate.