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The North West Cultural Calabash

Buz Publicity
08/29/2007 14:28:19

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The Cultural Calabash Concert and District Selections in Mogwase at Orbit College this weekend.

The final in the four week long Cultural Calabash Festival District Selections will take place this weekend in Mogwase. This is the final event in the build up to the annual North West Cultural Calabash Festival which takes place in Taung in September.

Winners in each category from the District Selections which were held in Lehurutshe last weekend are:


Dance: Traditional: NGAKAYA SETWANA




Music: Jazz: MARMAKAZI



Drama: Original: T.L.T GRIGATES

These winners will compete with the other winners from the three District Selections which have already taken place. As usual the selection day will be is preceded by a concert on Friday night and it’s non other than Hip-hop kingpin Tuks and popular Motsweding FM DJ Douglas Mosadi who will be entertaining audiences.

All budding young actors, dancers and singers from the various areas still have a chance to show off their performing arts skills and enter the District Selections. Children aged 14 to 20, who are resident in the North West Province, are eligible to enter the talent competitions taking place during the Calabash’s various district events. Teens can take part in three categories – drama (preparing an extract from a play or writing an original short play on the theme ‘Relationships in My Country, My South Africa’); music (solo singing unaccompanied, pop band or jazz band); or dance (traditional, pantsula, hip-hop or gumboot). The deadline for entries has been extended to the Wednesday prior to each district selection, but hopefuls are urged to hurry up and book their space in the spotlight.

During these district events, the top young performers in each of the drama, music and dance sub-categories will be chosen and will compete for selection to the main North West Cultural Calabash festival, which takes place in Taung from 21 to 23 September 2007. The winners will also participate in the Aardklop arts festival in Potchefstroom from 24 to 29 September 2007, and will receive cash prizes, trophies and follow-up skills development, management and mentoring.

The district selection events, on successive Saturdays, will be accompanied by a series of music concerts on the preceding Friday nights. Each of the concerts will feature DJ Webster’s Crew, Tuks Senganga and Douglas Mosadi, as well as a host of local artists.

The Bojanala district selections will take place at Orbit College in Mogwase on 1 September, and will be heralded in the previous evening by a music concert featuring DK Music and Badimo Jazz Band.

The district selection events are free to the public, while each of the concerts carries a nominal R20 entrance fee.

The main festival, from 21 to 23 September, will play host to a pop concert and a jazz concert featuring top South African acts, as well as several theatre, dance, poetry and traditional arts events.

For more details, visit http://culturalcalabash.blogspot.com or phone the Calabash office at 018 392 4100.

Soak up some culture this Heritage Day

The sleepy village of Taung will pulse with music, theatre and dance this Heritage Day weekend, when the 2007 North West Cultural Calabash comes to town.

This year’s main Calabash event will be held from 21 to 23 September in Taung in the North West Province – where the 2.5 million-year-old Taung skull, belonging to a species thought to be a relative of modern man, was discovered by Raymond Dart in 1924.

In keeping with the area’s heritage focus, the Calabash has established itself as a multi-disciplined youth arts festival, which is a platform for both established and up-and-coming talent.

On Saturday, 22 September, a pop concert takes place at the Taung Sport Ground from 6pm, featuring some of the countries top artists. Sunday, 23 September sees a jazz concert at the same venue from 4pm, with a stellar line-up.

From Friday to Sunday, the Mmabana Theatre is host to a variety of theatre and dance productions featuring both local and national artists.

Wordfest events – including a sign language play, a seminar, a book launch, open mic sessions and poetry recitals – will also take centre stage. Traditional dancing and other activities will be hosted by the Taung Tribal Authority during the course of the weekend.

There will be accommodation available for anyone wanting to make a weekend of it and this information can be obtained from the Calabash office.

Tickets for the festival events are available at Computicket. For more details and the programme, visit http://culturalcalabash.blogspot.com or phone the Calabash office at 018 392 4100.

Media Queries:
Bridget van Oerle / Anele Sigidi / Karlen Hendricks
BUZ Publicity
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