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About Schools Festival

The Grahamstown Foundation’s Arts Education Department runs several provincial festivals throughout South Africa. Festivals include the Sasol Schools Festival Series (Mpumalanga, Free State/Northern Cape, and Gauteng) for Grade Elevens and the Standard Bank National Schools Festival for Matrics. Our project serves to ignite a passion for South African arts and develop artists and arts consumers with a culture of ‘paying for the arts’. Self-expression and bridge-building between individuals and communities are focal points while platforms for performance encourage audiences to engage with the best South Africa has to offer encouraging emerging artists to discover and develop their own artistic skills. Some 6,000 participants benefit from these programmes nationally over the period of a year. The need is evident from the enormous demand by schools. Participants from across a wide economic divide get to literally ‘rub shoulders’ because the projects attract large numbers of participants from the most rural schools to the most wealthy. Opportunities to engage with diverse arts experiences is rare, as are opportunities for artistic performance and assessment. The festivals expose the youth to professional work and hands-on workshop experiences with artists. They also engage with intellectuals in lectures and demonstrations. Professionals are drawn from national experts committed to establishing a creative nurturing ground and a sustainable arts industry. Our Educational objectives are to supplement the often under-funded and under-resourced arts and culture components of school curricula recognised as essential to holistic education, by submerging learners in an intensive arts experience that is absent in schools. Further objectives are to expose learners to a range of genres, arts opportunities and career options while encouraging them to further explore opportunities in the arts.

2016 Schools Festival Calendar

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Schools Festival Calendar 2016

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2015 South African Schools Festivals Calendar

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2015 Provisional Calendar

Calendar 2015

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Calendar 2013

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New Director for Arts Education The Grahamstown Foundation is delighted to introduce Ingrid Wylde as the recently appointed Director of Arts Education, taking over from Neville Engelbrecht who left at the end of October. Well known as the artistic director … Continue reading

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Rank Order of Top 100 De Beers English Olympiad Winners

The Grahamstown Foundation and the South African Council of English Education (SACEE) have announced the rank order of the Top 100 De Beers English Olympiad winners at an official prize giving ceremony held in Grahamstown on Thursday 12 July. Please … Continue reading

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La Rosa Dance Company at the 2012 National Arts Festival

La Rosa, South Africa’s premier Spanish Dance Company will present Bernarda at the 2012 National Arts Festival. The Production is a fusion of Flamenco dance, Asian aesthetic and heightened theatricality. For more information on the Company as well as their … Continue reading

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