Dance Spectrum at the National Arts FestivalACT - Arts and Culture Trust
2011 marks the third consecutive appearance of the National School of the Arts at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.
The school’s Dance Department travels down every year to present the cream of the year’s performances to a national audience.
“2011 has been a special year for us, with our learners’ excellence being recognized with a grant from Nedbank’s Arts Affinity and the Arts & Culture Trust. On 29 June excitement levels reached fever pitch as twelve learners and two teachers headed down from Johannesburg in the school minibus. Many of the school’s learners come from underprivileged backgrounds and this is one f few precious opportunities to see their wonderful country,” says Felicity Gallagher, Sustainability Officer of the School.
On Thursday evening teenage nerves gave way to a professionalism that always astonishes audiences in dancers of this age at the opening of the production at the festival.
This year the dancers put on a selection of the best pieces from March’s Festival of Fame’s flagship annual joint production, Blue Moon Broads, which achieved new levels of excellence for the school, as the Art, Drama, Music and Dance Departments combined their amazing depth of talent and expertise to create the most magical collaboration ever.
Book tickets for the upcoming shows on 2, 3 and 4 July 2011, at The Centenary Hall, through Computicket. Tickets can also be directly purchased at the Centenary Hall.
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About the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT)
ACT is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Structured ACT funding programmes support projects that contribute to improving the quality of life in communities where it is most glaringly needed. In tandem with this, ACT supports innovative projects which renew and advance the arts in South Africa. In all these endeavours, ACT covers the broad spectrum of the arts, ranging from grassroots and community-based projects to professional initiatives. Go to www.act.org.za for more information about ACT, its funding programmes, criteria for assessment, and submission of applications online.
About Nedbank Arts Affinity
The Nedbank Arts Affinity programme is one of four multi-award winning programmes. Since inception the Nedbank Affinity programme has raised over R140 million for arts and culture, sport development, helping needy children and the environment. Donations to the Nedbank Arts Affinity programme are made as follows:
- Credit Cards: a percentage of the purchases made on Nedbank Arts Affinity credit cards is donated to ACT, at no cost to the client;
- Savings Account: an initial contribution of R2.50 is made on opening a Nedbank Arts Affinity Savings Account and a percentage of the daily credit balance is donated to the ACT, at no cost to the client;
- Current Accounts: when opening a Nedbank Arts Affinity Current Account, clients receive a Nedbank Arts Affinity chequebook and a fixed amount is donated to ACT at no cost to the client for every new chequebook ordered;
- Investment Accounts: a percentage of Nedbank Arts Affinity Investment Account, the total donation is based on the client’s average monthly balance - the higher the client’s monthly investment balance, the more Nedbank will donate to ACT, at no cost to the client.
To open a Nedbank Arts Affinity account, please visit any Nedbank branch or call 0860 DO GOOD (364663). For more information please visit www.nedbankarts.co.za.
About the National School of the Arts
The National School of the Arts is our country's leading arts high school, specializing in training in art, dance, drama and music. The NSA has had a 100% matric pass rate for the past 15 years and is recognized by the Department of Education as a centre of excellence for academics and the arts. We have a policy of accepting children based on talent and not financial background, and over 30% of our students are unable to pay school fees.
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