Taking South African performing arts to the world

Original article on artlink.co.za | 8 March 2017 |  by  Zesan

The South African World Championship in the Performing Arts will be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre from 31 March to 9 April 2017.

This is the 20th edition of the championship to be held under the auspices of Beyond 2000 – Performing Arts Development. For the past 19 years the event was hosted by the City of Rustenburg in the North West Province.

Since 1998 Beyond 2000 has been a platform for the youth of South Africa to excel in the performing arts space, competing on an international level with their peers from around the world.

SACOPA is the brainchild of Dr Ellen Roux, who is also the President of the South African Association of Talent, Modelling and Entertainment (SAATME) and the licence holder of The World Championships of Performing Arts. With 39 years of dedication to Arts and Culture Development, Dr Roux’s passion, love and dedication to all children of SA is aimed at providing individuals with a career in the performing arts, which is not well catered for in our schooling system, unlike sports. Her dedication is providing a career development path specifically for young people from previously disadvantaged communities.

The South African Championships of Performing Arts is the only recognised national competition for both novice and experienced performers, and includes the six disciplines in the performing arts, focusing on both junior and senior divisions.

As of today, we have had +- 650 number of entries in all categories and we hope by close of business tomorrow to have 3 500 entries.

“We are grateful to the City of Rustenburg for being our host for the past 19 years. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we are happy to have secured our new home here at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in Gauteng,” Dr Ellen Roux, founder of Beyond 2000 said.

“We are thankful to the Gauteng Department of Arts & Culture that has provided support with their involvement in the accreditation process, making it easier for us to communicate with schools and the industry.”

Currently, there are about 160 Educational Schools in Gauteng participating, more schools are involved where learners attend music, drama and dance schools outside the Departmental Schools. The breakdown per province varies on a yearly basis, with between +- 65-320 per province, depending on the province sending their contestants. The Western Cape have increased their numbers this year, but there is still a lot to do.

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