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Wednesday, November 27, 2013


The Wentworth Arts and Culture Organisation, supported by the ACT Development Programme, will host the Durban Dance Movement Festival.

“Dance Movement” received a grant through the Arts & Culture Trust’s Development Programme, and will use the funding to further its objectives of offering KwaZulu-Natal’s disadvantaged youth, aspiring dancers and artists a platform to professionally develop their dancing and artistic skills. The festival is a celebration of the best dance-works and performances in hip hop, contemporary, jazz and ballet. Each masterpiece has been professionally choreographed and involves community-based artists, dancers, youth groups, and other artistic stakeholders from KZN.

“Despite the challenging environment that we are in, we continue to develop, promote and sustain dance in South Africa, thereby creating jobs for our artists,” said festival director and choreographer, Jarryd Watson. “Dance Movement is reaching an absolute milestone!”

The festival supports audience development by encouraging Durban residences to attend dance and theatre festivals which simultaneously give artists the opportunity to explore and showcase their creativity, while also creating jobs and sustainability for dance and theatre in the area.

The festival will run on 6, 7 and 8 December at the Catalina Theatre at Wilson’s Wharf, Durban.

Funded by Nedbank Arts Affinity, The ACT Development Programme makes provision for support of all expressions of art and is open for applications on an ongoing basis. ACT’s user-friendly application process allows practitioners to submit applications online at Other methods such as email, fax and post are also available. The main focus areas of the programme include youth and professional development as well as the creation of new South African work. The current funding cycle closes on January 31, 2014, and the outcome will be available by March 15, 2014.