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Star For Life Arts Exhibition impresses stakeholders

posted 31 Oct 2013, 05:28 by ntobeko dlamini
The 2013 edition of the Star For Life Annual Arts Festival was held at the University of Zululand on the 24 of October 2013. Dr Per Strand, the Executive Director of Star For Life opened the morning with a speech on the work of the Star For Life Arts Program. “Star For Life is helping you to understand that you’re unique and you have the power within you to do great things.”

                                           The all boys choir from Khombindlela performing at the Exhibition. 

Stakeholders and teachers attended the exhibition were impressed by the work of these aspiring artists. The representative from Department of Education, Mr Thokozani Xulu said they were very grateful of the partnership they have with Star For Life. “This activity is in line with the campaign that was launched by the former M.E.C Mr. Senzo Mchunu; My Life My Future, which aims to work together with stakeholders like Star For Life to fight all the ills that affects our learners in schools. We thank Star For Life for supporting us in this initiative”, said Xulu.

Star For Life Executive Director Dr Per Strand and Arts Manager Thandiwe Mazibuko during the presentation of learners certificates.

All the schools that participated in the exhibition were required to contribute in all the prescribed genres; music, dance and theatre. The principal from Zenzeleni High School, Mr Mthiyane said; “Celebrating the talent of our learners was great and they excelled in their performances, they have made us proud as teachers”.

The organiser and the Arts Programme Manager, Thandiwe Mazibuko noted that the exhibition “was a delightful showcase of the creativity of the learners.” I am glad that all art forms were showcased especially the visual arts which has always been neglected in platforms like these and the Department of Education is admiring our work and they've pledged  to work with us going forward.”

Sbusiso Langa from Zakheleni High School was ecstatic seeing more people appreciating her visual art piece. “This is the happiest day of my life. I have never had an opportunity to showcase my work in a platform like this; I didn't expect to see so many people attracted to my work”. Langa’s art work was inspired by nature, reflected in the use of blue and green colours in his painting.

The exhibition was concluded with a traditional “South Coast” style dance from Zenzeleni High School, the audience were enthralled by the unusual style of dance.