On Tuesday, October 20, Artscape will be visiting the Breede Valley region in celebrating its ninth year of Rural Outreach Programs in the Western Cape. This program is one of the Artscape initiatives run by the Department Audience Development and Education. This year the program is made possible by partners such as Department of Education, Stigting vir die Bemagtiging deur Afrikaans (SBA), Media 24 as well as the Breede Valley Municipality.
The program will be filled with performances from artists such as Alistair Izobell, Minette du Toit-Pearce, Camillo Lombard, Donveno Prins, Ivan Siegelaar and Fancy Galada. Cape Town City Ballet, Dance for all and the Unmute Dance Company will bring forms of classical, African and contemporary dance to the stage.
The Breede Valley community will be enriched by special Artscape productions for Primary Schools, Artscape Careers in Arts Program for High Schools, Afrikaans- language and creative writing workshops for Afrikaans teachers and learners by SBA as well as workshops in journalism for learners by Media24’s WeCan24 Community Outreach Project. This will all come to a grand finale at the Gala evening production for the broader community. All these activities will take place at the Worcester City Hall.
* Tickets for the Gala evening show is available at R20 p.p.
Tickets can be purchased at: The Breede Valley Tourism Offices, 23 Baring Street, Worcester. Contact person: Nelmari van Litsenborgh 023 348 2795
Q&A with tour organizer Sedrico Husselman:
What’s exciting for you about taking the arts to new towns and regions?
The Arts have the wonderful ability to bring communities together in a non-threatening environment. This is an all-inclusive production and the stage will be shared by the special needs community and well known professional artists. Multi-Culturalism is a core deliverable for Artscape and through this project we bring people in this Municipality from various languages and racial groups together under one roof. The diversity of art genres on stage ranges from Ballet to Contemporary dance and the genre of music will be well represented across classical and traditional mediums.
How did you guys decide on the Breede Valley as a region that you guys wanted to take the arts to?
Each year Artscape chooses a Municipality that speaks to our key deliverables and add to Nation Building. The Breede Valley Municipality serves a large population of students through the multitude of schools who reside in its borders. This is key for us to present our programs to the younger generation as it assists us with our strategic objective of building into the lives of the future patrons of the arts. Arts Education is also about building an awareness amongst young South Africans with regards to inclusivity of people with disabilities. This is an opportunity for us to bring able bodied learners together with special needs learners in one venue and create the platform to showcase that Inclusive Education is possible and that the Arts is a wonderful method for making this possible.
What’s your long-term vision for this specific Outreach adventure?
Artscape’s goal is always to leave a legacy where it delivers world class performances. We hope that our expressions on a community stage will encourage young South Africans to pursue a career in the arts not only on stage but also back stage. Hence in our Career Exhibition production on the day to High Schools we introduce them to the various careers of sound, lighting, stage management and production management. This annual outreach project for us is to drive the constitutional value of Nation Building and Social Cohesion. The accessibility of the arts is also important for us and to break down elitism and make the arts accessible for all!