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Star For Life high school learners showcased their talent at the 3rd SFL Arts Festival in Durban.

posted 6 Oct 2014, 04:40 by ntobeko dlamini   [ updated 6 Oct 2014, 04:41 ]
As September is celebrated as the heritage month in South Africa, we have seen a number of arts and cultural events happening all over the country. Friday, the 15th of September was a show of colourful and vibrant performances by the young aspiring artists from all of Star For Life partnered schools in Durban, at the 3rd Star For Life Arts Festival held at uMlazi Cinema.

                                                    Learners performing a traditional wedding song 'umbholoho'

The festival was opened by an entertaining traditional dance by Umbelebele High School learners, this group brought the hall down so much that learners from other schools who were also performing at the festival were ululating and screaming.


The representative from the KZN Department of Arts and Culture, Dr Rage Govender said he has attended all Star For Life Arts Festivals in previous years which were held in Umkhanyakude and he is happy that Star For Life is also spreading to other KwaZulu Natal regions, such as Durban.

                                                              Shumayela High School learners performing at the SFL Arts Festival 2014.


“This is an excellent platform for high school learners to showcase their talent, they perform with such energy and enthusiasm. I think this program should be replicated to all over South Africa.”


Mafumbuka, Mbelebele, Vikingozi, Vukuzakhe, Masakhaneni, Umkhumbi, Zuzumqhele and Shumayela were the eight high schools, which contributed to this festival. Each of these schools performed in the categories of drama, music, dance and visual arts. Learners used these performances to tell stories of their heritage. 


The arts educator from Zuzumqhele High School, also praised Star For Life; “All learners have strengths but not all of them are gifted academically, these kinds of events are a great platform for those creative and artistic learners.” Said Mrs. Khoza.