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Saturday, November 9, 2013


Twist is delighted to announce that it has signed a grant agreement with the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) for the 2013-2014 project cycle. The NLDTF grant is for R2,110,200, and will cover a full cycle of the project.

The NLDTF relies on funds from the proceeds of the National Lottery. The Lotteries Act and regulations guide the way in which NLDTF funding may be allocated. The NLDTF wants the grants to make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, especially those more vulnerable, and to improve the sustainability of the beneficiary organisations. Available funds are distributed to registered and qualifying non-profit organisations in the fields of charities; arts, culture and national heritage; and sport and recreation. By placing its emphasis on areas of greatest need and potential, the NLDTF contributes to South Africa’s development.

This agreement with the NLDTF has allowed Twist to recruit four groups for the new programme cycle, which will span two years. The groups were selected after a month of meetings with different theatre groups around KZN. “We met with a number of exciting groups, saw a great deal of talent and were inspired by the continuous growth of community theatre in the province,” says a Twist representative. “The groups that we selected for inclusion in the 2013/2014 cycle come from a range of different areas, spanning the province.”

Afri Bulletin Arts Organisation hails from Hlabisa. There are seven members of the group under the leadership of Lucky Dlamini. They are a registered Non-Profit Organisation, and have previously worked on a number of programmes with the Hlabisa Municipality and performed in Durban, Manguzi, Hluhluwe and Hlabisa.

Lashona Ilanga Youth Arts Creation is a group based in Mariannhill, under the leadership of Doctor Kheswa. Their 18 members get together at a local crèche, and work in theatre, dance, poetry and other performance forms. They have performed in and around their area, and as far afield as Ladysmith.

Siyathuthuka Theatre Company is based in Lindelani, and group members come from near-by Kwa Mashu and Ntuzuma. The 15 members get together at a local hall to rehearse under the directorship of Siyabonga Mthembu, and their productions have won awards at a number of local community theatre festivals.

Izwi Youth Movement is based at Mpophomeni near Howick. This ten-member group, founded by Sanele Gumede, is associated with the larger group of Mphompeni Youth Theatre. They have a good relationship with the local municipality and with the Department of Arts and Culture in Pietermaritzburg.

All of the new groups are looking forward to embarking on this journey with Twist, on a path to developing their organisational and artistic skills, and building themselves into more sustainable, lasting organisations.

The first part of the new Twist cycle started at the end of October, when the groups came together in Durban for an induction workshop and a session on workshopping new plays, led by the award-winning theatre-maker, Neil Coppen. The groups will then participate in an exchange programme that introduces them to the Stut Community Theatre group from the Netherlands, who perform in Durban courtesy of funding from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and who will conduct a workshop for the group members exploring new theatre styles.

More information on Twist Theatre Development Projects on 031 201 5594 or directed to Postnet Suite 142, Private Bag X 10, Musgrave Road, Durban, 4062.