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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.

De Beers English Olympiad 2012: Results to be released during July 2012

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s De Beers English Olympiad exam! We hope you enjoyed it! Please note that results for the 2012 exam will be released in July 2012. This is after the official Prizegiving where … Continue reading

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EUREKA PRODUCTIONS – Making English and Drama accessible through Performance

Eureka Productions presents LIFE IN POETRY: POETRY IN LIFE! An interactive performance workshop making poetry come to life! Let pupils be taken into the world of poetry analysis and understanding in this fun and dynamic manner. Incorporating poems on the … Continue reading

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De Beers National English Olympiad – Call for 2012 Entries

The De Beers English Olympiad, which saw over 7000 entries this year, has made a call for the 2012 Olympiad Exam, which will be written on Tuesday 6 March. The theme for 2012 is “When Urban Meets Rural” (the anthology … Continue reading

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OuR FinAL ScHo0Ls FeStiVals ArE ARoUnd tHe CorNeR!

The Grahamstown Foundation’s annual SASOL Gauteng Schools Festivals are here again and will see 1 000 delegates from all around the province taking part in an exciting display of some of South Africa’s top productions, lectures and workshops! Date: 13 … Continue reading

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They May be Young, but…

From 10-14 July we held a very successful Standard Bank National Schools Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. Just over 900 matric students from all around Southern Africa came together to experience 5 full days of the Arts. What transpired can … Continue reading

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Top 50 2011 National Olympiad Winners Announced!

The 2011 National English Olympiad, sponsored by De Beers, has offically announced their top 50 winners! The exam which took place 8 March, saw over 6 700 Grade 10 – 12 learners from all around Southern Africa enter. While the … Continue reading

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De Beers Olympiad Winners Tell of Their Experience in the UK

Over 6 000 Senior High school students from around Southern Africa took part in the annual De Beers English Olympiad Exam in March last year. Kajal Tulsi (Edenvale High School), Francois Kassier (Hilton College) and Kerstin Hall (Chester House) were … Continue reading

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A Vision of the Future for Arts Education

Neville Engelbrecht, Director of the Arts Education Department at the Grahamstown foundation (South Africa), answers some questions about the challenges of Arts Education, and his vision for the future. “Studies show that knowledge of dance develops attributes of creative thought, … Continue reading

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Arts Education is Where We’re At!

Greetings to all teachers, artists, scholars and anyone who accidentally found themselves on our new Schools Festival blog! While we’re well into 2011, the Ars Education Department here at the Grahamstown Foundation has decided to make a conscious effort to … Continue reading

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