Introduction to the Northern Arts Festival
IntroductionThe Northern Arts Festival will deliver a sixth installment in September 2012. In the last four years, this festival, comparatively speaking in it’s infancy, had become a fixture on calendars not only in the Nelson Mandela Metro, but across the Eastern Cape - art lovers across our country is beginning to notice it. The Northern Arts Festival is different from probably most similar events because it caters for and attracts such a varied fan base that reflects our rainbow community so perfectly. This festival creates a platform for artists and performers that would otherwise not have opportunities to showcase their talents. It further creates short term employment opportunities as well as much needed entertainment, relaxation and clean fun to a people that is starved of such opportunities.
Objectives of the ProjectTo provide career opportunities for young artists i.e. singers, songwriters, actors, visual artists, producers, sound stage and lighting technicians and also management crew.
To create a platform for young people to showcase their talents in respect of the performing arts; To provide entertainment to a community of more than 600 000
To develop the Northern Arts Festival into an event on the arts calendar that will be recognized as one of the 10 best in Southern Africa by the end of next year.
To contribute to community building initiatives healthy living as well as to combat crime and substance abuse.
Six important reasons why the project should be fundedFunding of the Northern Arts Festival is a direct investment into a fledgling community that reflects the rainbow nature of our society. The artists, participants, organizers etc. are drawn from all sectors of the community. The Northern Arts Festival is both an event as well as a process. Performances carrying social uplifting messages will be available on an ongoing basis to schools and youth organizations. Agreements will be entered into that will allow for performances to continue for educational purposes.
Platform to unearth talentThe Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth do not have an infrastructure i.e. theaters, amphitheaters etc. Budding artists perform on street corners, churches and community halls etc. The Northern Arts festival creates opportunities for budding artists to perform in front of thousands. Establishment of New Community Arts Structures and the Strengthening of Existing Our talented Artists will not flourish unless they are supported and looked after by organizational entities manned by volunteers. Whilst the performers and artists will take centre stage over the five days of the event, the organizers will work on the fringe to bring together these volunteers that will establish new arts committees and strengthen existing ones. The Northern Arts Festival creates networking opportunities that will otherwise not exist.
Sharing of Expertise
Although the Northern Arts Festival is still financially dependent on grants and sponsorship, it is already inundated with requests from people wanting to learn from our experience. We hope to become a resource to many more arts enthusiasts to ensure more of our communities get opportunities to participate and enjoy the development of the arts.
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