The National Arts Festival and Grahamstown Foundation’s Regional Schools’ Festival has been a fixture on the South African schools’ calendars for 45 years but it’s also adapting to Covid times by developing an exciting film-making project called the Future Arts Programme.
Funded by National Lottery Commission, the Grahamstown Foundation and National Arts Festival are excited and proud to be teaming up with the Market Theatre Laboratory to deliver the digital programme for schools. The deadline to submit participation forms is just ahead, on 24 February 2021, and the project is open to participation from schools in all nine South African provinces.
The Market Theatre Laboratory has conceptualised a series of pre-recorded workshops for the Future Arts Programme, created by a selection of respected South African artists. The workshops are designed to be experienced by students in their schools environment and facilitated by their own educators.
Schools can commence with the programme from 11 March and it will be available to learners during March and April
the workshops include:
• DEVISING with Kgomotso ‘MoMo’ Matsunyane
• NARRATIVE with Ameera Patel
• SPACE, LIGHT and ART DIRECTION with Jemma Kahn
• OBJECTS and PUPPETRY with Liezl de Kock and Rob Murray
• MOVEMENT with Billy Langa
• CAMERA and COLLATION with Daniel Buckland
• CAMERA and COLLATION with Mongiwekhaya Mthombeni
• SOUND with Nhlanhla Mahlangu
The schools enroll and learners work in small groups to progressively produce a short film. The project will give learners access to new technology and tools, build skills and share creativity across schools, and will ensure that learners get feedback on the work they have produced.
The format will also allow schools to integrate the two-day workshop process in a way that suits them. Participation is open to Grades 10, 11 and 12 learners within arts subjects e.g. the visual arts, music, drama, dance and media studies. The Regional Schools Festival is open to learners in all nine provinces and participation is free