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Star For Life hosted its first annual Arts Festival

posted 10 Sept 2012, 09:48 by Rickard Lundquist   [ updated 25 Sept 2012, 03:38 by ntobeko dlamini ]

The Star For Life first annual Arts Festival was held at the St’ Lucia Sports and Community Hall on Friday, 24 of August 2012.

High school learners from various schools under uMkhanyakude district municipality gathered together to showcase their unique creative talents. This event was attended by provincial department of Art and Culture, municipal managers, educational managers, principals and teachers from different schools around the district.

The exhibition showcased a wide variety of art forms, ranging from different genres of music, popular and traditional dance and visual arts. “There was a variety of art forms exhibited today and I am very impressed with most of the sculptures and painting exhibited and this will go a long way in our own growth”, said Nomcebo Mfekaye a grade 10 learner from Somfula High School.

Audience were also entertained with music and stage plays throughout the day, Somfula High School choir has audiences captivated with their smoothly polished voices, when they perfomed their gospel song.

Senior Manager from Department of Arts and Culture in KZN, Dr Raj Govender thanked Star For Life for creating a platform for learners to showcase their talents, “Star For Life has provided our learners with a platform to showcase both their visual and perfoming arts, and this should be replicated through out the country”, Said Dr Raj. He also thanked all the teachers who were present for taking extra time helping learners preparing for the festival.

Thandiwe Mazibuko, the festival organiser said the festival aims to give young people the platform to showcase their creativity as well as to use their talents to make a living. “we are very proud of these learners, they’ve been preparing for this day for the past two months and today they have done an amazing work exhibing their extraordinary and professional work”.

The Community Services Manager from uMkhanyakude District Municipality, Mr Sipho Mkhwanazi also expressed his words of gratitude to Star For Life. “We would like to see Star For Life spreading its wings even further, we wish all of our 540 schools to be covered by Star For Life programmes”, he further stated that as the municipality they will always support Star For Life programmes.

The Star For Life executive director, Mr Siphile Mdaka acknowledged the power of art in enhancement of self-esteem which is the main objective of Star For Life, and also thank the partners who have join hands in making this a success.