The ActionArte Foundation S.A, a non-profit organization based in Observatory but working close with the community of Hanover Park, Cape Flats, contacted the Railton Foundation to collaborate and form a long term partnership with us because the two organisations have common objectives.
Their objective is to explore circus as a launch pad for physical and playful activities that can provide a safe place for kids outside of the realities of daily life, a space for the kids to express themselves and to build social relations (across communities) in the area. ActionArte is also a facilitator program, aiming at creating skilful social circus instructors and professional performers.
They were on a high school tour to facilitate workshops in Knysna and agreed to stop over in Swellendam on 30 January 2017 on their way and visit our Arts & Culture Development project to give a workshop and a mini circus show. Learners from Olyfkrans College, Bontebok Primary, VRT Pitt Primary and Swellendam Secondary School participated in the 2 hour workshop, covering stations of different circus disciplines.
The feedback from the participants was that it was very interactive, fun and tested their physical and mental abilities at the same time. Everyone enjoyed the show and their coordinator, Hanne Le Cour, indicated that they would like to come back and facilitate more workshops and present a bigger show!
We also wish to thank our sponsors, Winterson and Somerkoelte and Reitzhof for their contribution to make this initiative a success.
So watch this space for the next show!
“From the Community, With the Community”