“Shakespeare Schools Festival South Africa: Celebrating Youth Empowerment through Shakespearean Theatre”

1 min read
shakespeare theatre Cape Town

The 13th edition of the Shakespeare Schools Festival South Africa (SSFSA) is currently captivating theatre-goers at the Star Theatre in Cape Town’s historical District Six Homecoming Centre from 8 May to 27 May. This year’s festival, with the theme “Unplugged and Illuminated in 2023!” features 38 groups of young South African performers showcasing their talent by performing Bard’s works over 17 days.

A Catalyst for Youth Empowerment

According to Kseniya Filinova-Bruton, the festival founder and CEO, SSFSA has been a catalyst for youth empowerment since its inception in 2010. It offers school-going youth a non-competitive, inclusive environment where they can build confidence, hone life skills, and have their voices heard, acknowledged, and respected.

Inclusivity is Key

SSFSA welcomes learners with different abilities and physical challenges, including students from the De La Bat School for the Deaf and the Pioneer School for the Visually Impaired. To encourage learners to unleash their creativity, each participating play must be at most 30 minutes, and participants are encouraged to interpret the works innovatively while adhering to Shakespeare’s fundamental elements.

The Full Range of Shakespeare’s Plays

Scripts in English, isiXhosa, isiZulu, and Afrikaans are available for performance. The SSFSA team supports participants throughout the process, offering assistance with scripts, acting, and directing tips. In addition, educational programs have been established to benefit educators, learner-directors, and casts.

Impressive Line-Up of Performances

The 2023 SSFSA program features performances by various schools, including Lalela Hout Bay, Generations Blue Moon Montessori School, Parklands College, Athlone High School, Wynberg Boys’ Acting Association, De La Bat School, and many more. The festival culminates on 27 May with performances by Curro Hermanus Independent School, Westlake Primary School, and Bay Primary School.

Fostering a Sense of Camaraderie and Teamwork

The Shakespeare Schools Festival in South Africa is an excellent platform for learners to showcase their talents. With the continuing support of educators, mentors, and the SSFSA team, it will keep growing and inspiring young performers for years to come. It promotes and encourages youth in the performing arts and fosters a sense of camaraderie and teamwork among the students.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Previous Story

Challenges and Opportunities for South Africa’s Agriculture Industry Ahead of Winter Crop Season

Next Story

South Africa’s Energy Crisis: The Threat of Stage 9 Load-Shedding and Beyond

Latest from Blog

Wavescape Surf and Ocean Festival: Two Decades of Celebrating Oceans and Surfing

The Wavescape Surf and Ocean Festival in Cape Town is celebrating its 20th year, championing conservation, community development, and surfing culture. With outdoor screenings, beach cleanups, and discussions, the festival has raised almost R7 million for ocean charities and showcases unique surfboards created by talented artists. Spearheaded by Director Shani Judes, the festival is a beacon of celebration and advocacy, resonating strongly with oceanconscious communities and brands. As it evolves and innovates, the Wavescape Surf and Ocean Festival remains an indispensable event for surfers and marine enthusiasts alike.

The Rhythmic Harmony of Life and Love: The Tale of Black Coffee

Black Coffee is a South African Grammyaward winning disc jockey who recently confirmed being in a new romantic relationship with Venezuelan model, Victoria Gonzalez, after his divorce from Enhle Mbali. Their love story began during a flight mishap to Argentina where Black Coffee suffered a critical spinal injury, and Victoria stood by him during this trying period. Despite the hardships, Black Coffee remains hopeful about the possibility of marriage, as his personal journey, much like his hypnotic tunes, is a melodic composition of towering peaks and profound valleys.

Unveiling the Artistic Interplay in the Rugby Universe

The ‘Zombie’ remix, a tribute song to South Africa’s rugby coach Rassie Erasmus, has become an anthem for the Springboks. However, its appropriation from the original song’s historical background has sparked controversy among some Irish rugby fans. Despite this, the South African reaction has been indifferent, with some fans inviting Irish fans to the SA vs Ireland test matches in July. The controversy highlights the interplay of music, sport, and culture, as well as the importance of cultural sensitivity.

Fan Frenzy Revived: Comic Con Cape Town 2024 Returns in Full Throttle

Comic Con Cape Town is finally returning in 2024 with a fiveday immersive experience for pop culture fans from around the world. The event promises a lineup of local and global celebrity guests, cosplay competitions, exclusive merchandise, informative panels, workshops, gaming and tech experiences, and a sneak peek of forthcoming releases. The festival will also feature international comic book luminary Dan Didio and Durban’s Anand Ramcheron. Mark your calendars for April 27 to May 1, 2024, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

An Unfortunate Encounter at Oudekraal Beach

At Oudekraal Beach in Cape Town, a fun day of scuba diving turned into a horrifying experience when an aggressive seal attacked several divers. Thanks to the quick response of the National Sea Rescue Institute and emergency services, all the divers were rescued, but some suffered from puncture wounds and required medical attention. This incident, along with previous cases of aggressive seal behavior, calls for increased awareness and caution when engaging with marine animals.