A vision living up to its name

A vision living up to its name

by Lebogang Mdlankomo –

With just her drive and nothing else Andrea Lois Nel started the Rising Star Academy in North West province in 2013 and hasn’t looked back.”Materially I had nothing. I had gone through a personal upheaval and I had nothing to lose. I started with three students and some homemade pamphlets which I copied and handed out to people,” says Andrea.

She says that while growing up, her parent’s involvement in a local theatre group inspired her passion. “It was always an interest which never waned,” she explains, and owes her success to constantly trying, persevering and believing in herself.  (more…)

Words of encouragement for Scholarships participants

Words of encouragement for Scholarships participants

by Altovise Lawrence, Scholarships MC 2013 –

The transition from High School to a tertiary institution is much like preparing for a performance. There are endless rehearsals where time is spent preparing for an opening that will be nothing short of ‘Perfect!’.

But then you fumble. You forget your line. You miss a step.

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Hail the author: Intellectual property and performance rights

Hail the author: Intellectual property and performance rights

by Andrê Cloete from DALRO | Supervisor: Theatrical Rights –

As creatives and performing artists embark on journeys of exhibiting their talent and producing a stage work, they often do so with the common yet basic fear that so many in their field share: that of it being a success, and so much so that it enables them to put food on the table and keep the bills at bay for a little longer. It’s the curse that so many share in today’s volatile environment. If you’re a performer or creative yourself, I’m sure you’re nodding your head as you read this.

However; I’d like to pose a related question to you. With contracts signed and wages coming in, how many of us ever stop and wonder if the author is getting his/her share? (more…)

And music for all

And music for all

by Hlabangani Mtshali –

Although orchestral music has a sizable audience in South Africa, it is still not as popular outside the circles of its aficionados. One orchestra, however, is looking to change that by bringing world-class orchestral performance to the people.

Later this month, The Bloemfontein City Orchestra, with support from the Nedbank Arts Affinity and the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), will be performing world renowned composer Karl Jenkins’ moving composition, The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace at the Sand Du Plessis Theatre in Bloemfontein. (more…)

PR dreams and media nightmares

PR dreams and media nightmares

by The Famous Idea Trading Co –

It is important to engage with people online, as that’s where so much information is gathered these days and where most people look for events to attend. 71% of South African internet users are going online via their cellphones and most say they use the internet to surf for information and to connect with people via social networks. It’s a big market, and a relatively cheap one to access BUT it isn’t the only one. If you want more than your followers and friends (and maybe their friends) to come to your event, you need to share the details via wider platforms, and here traditional media like newspapers and magazines are a great publicity resource for artists.

Basically, there are three different kinds of ways a journalist/media outlet will mention your project – either as a listing (ie What’s On); an interview/story about the event or people involved ahead of the time; or a review after.  (more…)

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