Last week our boys were able to immerse themselves in a cultural, artistic and musical microcosm of the world in the little town of Grahamstown.
The National Arts Festival is a momentous occasion on the South African cultural calendar, and is known as being the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent. This year was the 42nd year of its founding.
The Festival was abuzz with various happenings throughout the 11 days and our boys were given a taste of what was on offer on both the Main and Fringe Programme as well as the exhibitions around the town, and stalls at the much loved Village Green.
Our school production “Metamorphosis” also formed part of the Fringe Programme and was a huge success. It really is a true testament to the talent that we have at our schools. A Dramatic Arts teacher and theatre critic had this to say of the play: We took 30 students who have studied Berkoff’s surrealist interpretation of the masterpiece and it is a highlight of our festival so far! The superb set, the physical theatre, the use of different casts and the chorus was not that of High School work but totally professional and mind blowing! I urge all serious Kafka fanatics to see this excellent production.
We are very privileged to be situated in such a special town that has access to these cultural, musical and artistic offerings and we are so pleased to have our boys take part in this wonderful festival that many schools are unable to offer their pupils. Similarly our close relationship with Rhodes University opens up doorways for our pupils to be subjected to, and allow them to take part in various events and courses.