Celebrate heritage in Elsies River

A day of fun and entertainment for all the family, the ComArt Heritage Festival will celebrate local culture through music, food, dance and song.

The Festival takes place on Saturday 18 September at the Norwood Central Primary School in Elsies River in the Cape and will offer live music, delicious local fare, games, clothing stalls, dance demonstrations and activities for the younger visitors.

ComArt is a non-profit organisation that provides access to arts training and resources as a means to promote community growth, development and nation building. Based in Elsies River, ComArt serves surrounding communities by utilising arts, culture and heritage projects as vehicles to create opportunities for local residents and broaden their range of choices.

“To honour our rich cultural heritage, we wanted to create a Festival that celebrated our unique local traditions, food and entertainment in a fun and family-friendly programme,” says David Sylvester, Project Director of the ComArt Heritage Festival. “In addition, and in keeping with our objective of nurturing economic opportunities for the community, we invited local organisations to host the different food stalls in order to raise funds for themselves.

“Each food stall will have a different theme and there is going to be a smorgasbord of delectable local food available – between them I am sure everyone will find their favourite Cape Town dish!” says Sylvester.

There will be a hearty meat braai with roosterbrood, hot dogs and hamburgers, snacks such as pumpkin fritter and pancakes, and popular puddings such as jelly ‘n custard and sago as well as a range of sweet goodies that will make you feel like a kid again, with candy floss and toffee apples.

Various local artists will keep the crowd entertained including the talented ComArt Youth Vocal Ensemble, performing a selection of South African indigenous music, and the Elsies River-based Christmas band, Wiseman From The East. Camillo Lombard and Danvino Prins, both acclaimed Jazz icons, originally from Elsies River, will also perform.

The Fred Astaire Dance Studios will illustrate why they have been keeping people on their toes for so many years, when they demonstrate their skills in a Ballroom and Latin dance display.

With lots of activities available to keep everyone occupied, there will be card games, dominoes and darts for the adults and pony rides, face-painting and a jumping castle for the kiddies, as well as a tea garden and clothes stalls for a spot of shopping.

Since its inception in 1997, ComArt’s numerous successful projects have encompassed youth training and skills development programmes, including the presentation of a musical in collaboration with Artscape’s Audience Development and Education department, and a digital media project that was displayed in the USA; international cultural exchange initiatives; creative writing programmes with the Western Cape Language Committee and heritage projects with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and the District Six Museum, as well as dance, instrumental and choral music training. Under the direction of eminent Professor and soprano, Virginia Davids, both the adult and youth Choirs make a critical contribution to the preservation of choral music in Elsies River and have performed extensively nationwide.

The ComArt Heritage Festival will take place on Saturday 18 September at the Norwood Central Primary School, Halt Road, Elsies River from 9am to 4pm. Entrance is free and secure parking will be available.

There are a limited number of food stalls left for community organisations wishing to take part. For further information contact the ComArt office on 021 931 7868.

Artslink.co.za Account:
Christine Skinner
082 855 7277


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