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City's arts and culture talent shines at showcase<p>The organisations represented included artists from across the spectrum, from opera singers and classical musicians to magicians and jugglers, giving some of the younger participants the opportunity of sharing the same stage with artists and companies they look up to.</p><p>‘The arts inspire us, bring us joy and help us express our values. We see them as integral to growing healthy communities and as a way of bringing people together regardless of their differences. It's one of the reasons the City is proud to support such a variety of organisations,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien. </p><p>The City’s focus is to support grassroots organisations by providing them with access to resources and other support which will enable them to flourish and allow their talents to be shared not only with Cape Town, but the entire country. The showcase included performances from jazz musicians from Khayelitsha, Hip Hop dancers from Ocean View, and actors from Gugulethu, Delft, Philippi and Athlone.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" /></figure> <p>'We see young people responding to the opportunities that creativity offers in terms of exploring themselves, learning new skills and addressing relevant everyday issues. In our leading cultural organisations, we see a level of excellence and dedication that is an inspiration to all of us. It is especially important to the young people who attended this showcase to see that culture and creativity have the ability to change the way we see the world, and help us to access our full potential as human beings.</p><p>‘The arts further promote social tolerance and a greater ability to question our lived experiences and by so doing, it encourages a deeper understanding of the communities around us. As a result, positive social change is supported through improved social interaction and bonding. This opens a safe space to deal with a complicated world, and kick-start conversations about important issues,’ said Councillor Badroodien.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" /></figure> <p>While the City is honoured to have contributed to the development and growth of these organisations; their administrators, technicians and directors, and the hundreds of amateur, emerging and professional creative people that they serve, it is also excited to support some arts which are not often in the limelight.</p><p>'Many of these organisations do more than arts development and their programmes have an educational or life skills component, giving more than just a chance at being in the spotlight but also empowerment and preparation for life,' added Councillor Badroodien.<br><br>‘It was a big night for our young participants. Getting to watch the showcase was another highlight, the quality of the performers, young and old, amateur and professional was an inspirational and delightful experience. It was a special night for us,’ said Vukisani Nongogo from the Magnet Theatre: Training and Youth Upliftment Trust which provides a support programme for existing community drama groups in Vrygrond, Samora Machel, Gugulethu, Du Noon, Nyanga East and Khayelitsha.<br><br>‘Last night was a resounding success for us to end our year as we were part of a very prestigious group of artists representing diverse art forms and genres. The appreciative audience was a bonus for the Musiquelaine SA band members with people singing along as they played, adding to their joy and the fun of the overall evening,’ said Johanna Francis from Musiquelaine SA in Steenberg who runs a programme to introduce high school learners to read and play musical instruments.<br></p>2019-11-21T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#a4a279af-4b4b-46ae-ab60-475ecf75ef44;L0|#0a4a279af-4b4b-46ae-ab60-475ecf75ef44|Arts and culture;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#90504d85-82c9-48e6-933d-9f0df5779288;L0|#090504d85-82c9-48e6-933d-9f0df5779288|organisation;GP0|#3e00c2c7-fedf-442d-8068-e856bb6690e2;L0|#03e00c2c7-fedf-442d-8068-e856bb6690e2|Skills;GP0|#3decfc6f-7267-4b2b-b0ac-26d812fa61f5;L0|#03decfc6f-7267-4b2b-b0ac-26d812fa61f5|programme;GP0|#a468e10c-b7b3-4882-9c7a-af9e2085c13b;L0|#0a468e10c-b7b3-4882-9c7a-af9e2085c13b|Community services;GP0|#5fb0fd45-1240-41c9-aaeb-627cbd4a11ab;L0|#05fb0fd45-1240-41c9-aaeb-627cbd4a11ab|Health1

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