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BRUSH-UP YOUR SHAKESPEARE (article first published : 2005-05-9)

Taking place in Durban from May 7 to 28, the National Creative Arts Youth Festival, initiated by Professor Elizabeth Sneddon and now in its 16th year, is a celebration of the achievements of the youth of South Africa. Directed at young, predominantly school-going people, the festival has achieved remarkable success in building a broad multi-cultural base and participation.

One of the annual highlights of the festival is the Brush-Up Your Shakespeare Inter-School Quiz Challenge taking place from May 14 to 15 in the Lecture Theatre, Durban Girls College, 596 Musgrave Road. This highly popular annual event reveals an impressive knowledge of Shakespeare from high school learners.

Brush-Up Your Shakespeare is an on-going activity which aims to furnish young people with a clear and dynamic understanding of the values that underpin civilisation, because these values determine the integrity of the individual’s choice of action for which he/she is ultimately, solely responsible.

The organisers of the festival believes that - educationally speaking – no-one should be deprived of the experience of Shakespeare’s interpretation of human actions and the underlying motivation that determines choice, because it provides one with an insight into a world forever widening on one’s view. As such, it is a freeing process - freeing one from arrogance, prejudice, hypocrisy self importance, intolerance and meanness of spirit.

The Competition is conducted over three rounds. In the Preliminary Round, all participating schools were required to answer a written questionnaire. The Second Round saw the eight top schools participate in a series of public quiz programmes with teams competing against each other.

The top eight schools will be paired as follows for the build-up to the finals.

May 14 at 10h00 - Durban Girls’ High School (Team 1) vs St. Mary’s DSG (Junior Team) and St Catherine’s High School (A team) vs Durban Girls’ High School (Team 2).

May 14 at 14h00 - St. Catherine’s High School (B team) vs Scottburgh High School and Crawford College Glenmore vs St. Mary’s DSG (Senior Team).

On May 15, the semi final round will take place at 14h00 followed by the final round at 18h00.

Entrance is free and the competition is open to the public. More information from the Festival Director, Ann Curry, on 031 201 9312 or 031 661 751 or e-mail: ncayf@iafrica.com

The success and the meritorious educational goals of the Festival have been made possible by the emergence of like-minded sympathisers such as The Israel South African Foundation, The Aaron Beare Foundation, Pick ‘n Pay Retailers, The Anglo American Chairman’s Fund, The Fulton Trust, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Distell (Pty) Ltd, The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, The Durban Institute of Technology and The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.




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