More than 1000 students flocked to the Cape Town Science Centre to attend the much-anticipated M-Net Magic in Motion Expo which ran from 25-28 August. This is a country-wide mobile expo targeted at high school learners in three provinces. The aim is to expose learners to the many opportunities available in the film and television industry. 2015 is the first time UCT Centre for Film and Media Studies has participated in this event.
Cape Town audiences were treated to a spectacular production of ‘Heart of Redness’ in late August. Directed by Professor Mark Fleishman, this musical is based on best-selling author Zakes Mda’s novel of the same name, which has also been shortlisted for the prestigious Commonwealth Writers Prize. What makes the 2015 production particularly memorable is that a number of University of Cape Town drama and music (opera) alumni were in the cast, alongside Magnet Theatre graduates.
Professor Mark Fleishman (Department of Drama) and a group of 42 facilitators, are bringing smiles and excitement to the small Cedeberg town of Clanwilliam. The annual Clanwilliam Arts Project takes place from 31 August to 6 September and has attracted 700 school children from the local area this year.
Two students of the South African College of Music have secured first prize in the singing category of the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition final held in Johannesburg on 29 August. 24-year-old Levy Sekgapane and 21 year-old Zoe Modiga have each won a R200 000 to further their music education. This is South Africa’s most lucrative competitive music scholarship.