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Children’s Arts Festival

JULY 13, 2016
Children’s Arts Festival

Colourful bunting and candy-coloured signs blended with the myriads of brightly dressed children flocking to the 28th Children’s Arts Festival.

Each classroom at St Andrew’s Prep was transformed into exciting drama theatres, creative art classes, fascinating workshops, dance classes and music dens. From chocolate-making to puppets, basket weaving to clock construction; leather craft, diary decoration and door signs to interactive productions and gum-boot dancing lessons – the Children’s Arts Festival was a resounding success with over 1 966 children from across the country participating in over 3 000 workshops.

The main objective of the nine-day festival is to enrich and educate primary school children from different social backgrounds in the field of arts and culture. The Children’s Arts Festival remains a popular event for a number of schools cultural programme in South Africa.

Of the 24 creative arts workshop presenters, seven were top-rated actors who were performing for the National Arts Festival.

Not only are the children kept productively busy and enjoyably challenged, but their meals are also provided, making sure each child has something healthy and enjoyable to eat and drink.

Image: "Each face has its own rhythm and it is this rhythm which creates the likeness of the person." - Henri Matisse, famous artist 1869 - 1954. The Grade 7s have the fascinating task of creating their own versions of art in the framework of Henri Matisse's art. Dressed in blue berets and red scarves (and working under the French flag), the boys have had to think outside the box and create impressions in a very different way. Seen here: (Left to right): Farai Chinyoka, Ntsika Ngewana, Giniello Jansen and Kitso Mokgatlhe.