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Sunday, June 25, 2023


Deadline for applications: Friday June 30, 2023 at 17h00

(Above: Olivia Ntsuba and Keisha Solomon's EXPERIENCE: Cape Town’s Keisha Solomon and Olivia Ntsuba, collectively billed as “Experience”, won first place in the 2022 Open Horizons platform. Photo supplied)

Open Horizons and Youth Open Horizons at JOMBA! 2023 offers a public platform for new works by dance-makers

2023 marks the 25th edition of the Centre for Creative Arts’ JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience and the festival is opening its doors to both live and on-line events in a unique blended festival format. Practically exciting is the opening of submissions for the two public access platforms for 2023; the JOMBA! Open Horizons (formerly the JOMBA! FRINGE) and the JOMBA! Youth Open Horizons (formerly the JOMBA! YOUTH FRINGE)

The JOMBA! Open Horizons will continue on as a digital event in 2023 and provides an opportunity for dance makers to present their digital/dance film work for showcasing under the auspices of the JOMBA! festival. Focus is being placed on looking at the intersection of dance and film and the growing body of digital dance choreographers. Submitted works are adjudicated by a JOMBA! Jury and the top 6 to 8 are selected for screening at JOMBA! JOMBA! is opening submissions in both long and short form.

(Above: Tshepo: Gauteng-based Tshepo Molusi’s solo “The Convincer” won second prize on the 2022 Open Horizons platform. Photo supplied)

The winners will be screened, followed by the announcement of the top 3 in both the long and short form categories, which comes with cash prizes:1st: R3,000, 2nd: R2,000, 3rd: R1,000.  Submissions are due by Friday June 30 (17h00) and online submission forms can be found at 

The JOMBA! Youth Open Horizon will be offered as an alive event at JOMBA! and submission to participate is open to any dance group – with any style of dance – with dancers under the age of 16yrs, The event is open door to pantsula, hop-hop, Bharatha Natyam, ballet, Contemporary, Ngoma etc. This is a day of celebrating youth dance in KZN and of opening arms to a dancing community. JOMBA! will supply a small lunch snack to all dancers participating.

Application forms can be sent via the online portal image.png

Deadline for applications: Friday June 30 (17h00)

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JOMBA! runs from August 29 to September 10, 2023


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