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Stellenbosch Town Hall overflowed with brilliant, vibrant, confident youngsters at the Cape Winelands Drama Festival Finale on Saturday 21 November 2015.

The Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS), in partnership with the Zabalaza Festival at the Baxter Theatre, Stellenbosch Municipality, the University of Stellenbosch, Langeberg Municipality and the Cape Winelands District Municipality hosted this lively event with spectacular performances by different groups.

 

Eight groups participated in the day’s events. They were all equally talented, but it was Team Bring It, with their performance of Endless End,  who convinced the judges that they are the ones who deserve to represent the Cape Winelands at next year’s Suidoosterfees in May, along with the runners up, Curtain Call African Spear, with their performance of Turning Point. These two groups are also awarded the wonderful opportunity of performing at the Zabalaza Festival at the Baxter Theatre next year in March, along with the group Mansion of Possibilities with their performance of Bus Stop. The University of Stellenbosch sponsored tickets for the winners to attend next year’s festival. This will assist these emerging artists in experiencing professional theatre at professional festivals.

 

Some of the highlights also included the individual awards with Team bring it taking Best Director, Best Script and Best Production, Alfred Stamper with the Best Ensemble award, while Curtain Calls Sinesipho Dayimani and Yongama Mqela from Our Hope walked away with the Best Supporting Actress and actor awards. But the biggest accolade went to the Best Actor and Actress who truly showed their talents to the audience and the adjudicators, they were Zizipho Sogwagwa (Mansion of Possibilities) and Ntandazo Peter ( Curtain Call African Spear). Curtain call also took second place with their well-deserved production.

 

Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais, welcomed everyone in attendance and described the fine talents showcased as an “inspirational creative experience”. She also reminded the performers of their endless possibilities and that opportunities are there for the taking. “I am taking this opportunity to encourage the performers among us to continue to develop their art of drama through the constructive, professional partnerships with experts in their fields. Continue to nurture your craft. I can assure you, there will be days where you feel uninspired, but push through them, because each one of you showcasing your talents here today, contributes to a bigger cause”, she said.

 

DCAS presents these festivals to identify and develop the arts in communities. Communities should support these festivals to invest in local talent. Let us continue to develop excellence in the arts BETTER TOGETHER.

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The winners of the Cape Winelands Drama Festival Finale Team Bring It rejoicing in their victory   DSC 4181

The Khoisan Drama Group in an emotional performance of Die Bloedlyn   The winners of the finale Team Bring It during their performance of Endless End