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Monday, May 29, 2017


Deadline: June 15, 2017

Keeping arts alive for future generations, the Hilton Arts Festival (taking place at Hilton College from September 15 to 17) is working proactively to introduce young people to the wondrous all-encompassing world of live performance. To this end, it is offering a Jongosi / youth component as part of the main festival, and is looking for youthful performers to participate in the festival itself.

This year, the festival invites schools to participate in the eighth Jongosi Festival. Save the date if you would like your drama, music or dance classes to experience the best of live performances on offer in the country. The Jongosi Festival embedded in the main festival, takes place on September 15 and has a specifically, carefully-selected age-appropriate programme aimed at Grades 6 – 10. The full programme will be released in due course.

Festival Director, Sue Clarence stated: “The day is structured to ensure that learners will be fully-occupied attending a variety of fabulous, innovative theatre. The aim is to instil a love of the performing arts, to provide enjoyment and to stimulate thought and discussion.”

The festival is embarking on a new project this year. It aims to provide a platform for exceptionally talented young performers to gain experience and to have a taste of the professional world of performing arts.

Clarence adds: “We are inviting talented young artists to perform in an informal / busking capacity on equipped stages in the two main food outlets, in the open-air amphitheatre and in designated areas in the craft market area. These groups could be a dance troupe able to perform on grass or in a paved courtyard; a physical theatre piece that is able, through its design, to “pop up” anywhere; marching bands; mime artists; string quartets or marimba bands. Anything your pupils shine at!

“The second option is for a limited number of exceptionally talented performers to be cast in a one-off concert staged in a variety- type format, alongside professional performers. Details for this will be determined by the talent discovered at the audition.”

Auditions will be held at the Roy Couzens Theatre at Westville Boys’ High Theatre on June 21 from 16h00. The address is 26 Wandsbeck Road, Dawncrest, Westville.

A panel chaired by Evan Roberts, one of Durban’s leading independent musicians, eventors and musical directors, will select successful groups and individuals to participate in the Hilton Arts Festival 25th anniversary year event. He will also direct the one-off concert.

Schools are encouraged to give their pupils the opportunity to submerge themselves in quality performance at the 25th Hilton Arts Festival this year at Hilton College from September 15 to 17.

If schools are interested in submitting names for an audition they should get in touch with the festival office on or 033 383 0127 no later than June 15.

For more information, visit or contact the Festival Office. For all Jongosi information, contact Su Huggett on

The festival would not be possible without the generous support of Hilton College, Times Media Group, Grindrod Bank, Black Coffee, DWR, PWC, Bidvest Car Rental, Indwe Risk Services, Assitej South Africa, Loud Crowd, Sappi, Redlands Hotel, Zultrans, KZN Dept of Arts & Culture, BASA, Castle Lite, Maritzburg Sun, Caxton.