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TEST DRIVING THE ARTS (article first published : 2004-06-2)

The Playhouse Company’s artistic director, Linda Bukhosini, today welcomed the media and members of the public to the first concert of 2004 of its popular series, Test Driving the Arts.

The free concerts will be held every alternate Tuesday at 12h45 for 13h10 in the Grand Foyer and offer a free platform to community artists. At the end of each year, artists can register for the following year.

“We want to encourage those art forms that have been marginalised, particularly those that say – `We are South Africa 2004!’,” said Linda. “A stipend is offered for groups to showcase their art forms and part of the idea is to expose the level of talent. Many groups who have appeared in the concerts before have gone on to greener pastures.”

Today’s concert was hosted by well-known personality Thanda Ndlovu and the programme included top classical Indian dancer Pravika Nandkishore, the Ubuka Young Stars isicathamiya group and Savela, a highly-energised maskanda which recently won a recording deal with Sony.

As Savela closed the concert, audience members were invited to take to the floor and Linda Bukhosini proved that she can high-kick it with the best of traditional dancers!

More information on Test Driving the Arts from Coreen Traut on 031 369 9460 or e-mail: arts@playhousecompany.com




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