Sibikwa presents year-end youth concert

Bongani Yende

Last weekend the Sibikwa Arts Centre celebrated its Saturday Arts Academy and Inclusive Creative Arts Programme learners.

  The learners who completed their 2019 year of study will proceed to their next year of study in 2020. 

  With the guidance of their teachers, 137 learners, aged between six and 33 years, presented poetry, drama, music, dance and story-telling performances and a visual arts exhibition that showcased what they had learnt, and the growth they achieved over the year.

   Both days included certificate and prize giving ceremonies that recognised the dedication, diligence and promise of learners that demonstrated improvement and excellence across the art forms. 

  Hundreds of parents, family and community members, and programme partners and funders, attended the event. 

  The Saturday Arts Academy is one of Sibikwa’s cornerstone projects. Established in 1995, the academy is committed to the marginalized youth of South Africa, using the medium of arts education to develop an appreciation of the arts, understand what it means to be a leader, and enhance their life and interpersonal skills. 

  Registration for young people between the ages of six and 24 years, interested in participating in this 37-week Saturday Arts Academy in 2020, closes on 6 December 2019.

  Through engagement and education in drama, poetry, music and dance, this programme promotes the benefits of multi-disciplinary arts experiences for encouraging expression, growing confidence and building the capacity of young people for improved learning, work-readiness and reimagining the possibilities of their futures. 

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