Dancing their way into the Stewartry
A Kirkcudbright woman has successfully secured funding to bring an underprivileged dance-act from South Africa to Scotland.
Emma Picken, co-founder of charity BE United, was unable to crowdfund the £18,000 required but the £3,000 she did collect, added to grants and gig money, means the 15 cast members are all set for their first UK visit.
As a result, Champions Tale will now be performed in Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Wigtown next month.
Emma said: “We got some funding from Edinburgh Council and from already secured gigs. With the crowdfunding we can pay the flights.
“We are now going to start selling tickets so people can get involved by actually coming to see the show.
“We will be at the Fullerton Theatre in Castle Douglas on October 13 and in Dumfries on the 14th although we are still confirming the venue.
“First we are at the Wigtown book festival on October 1.”
The stars of the show are already chapping at the bit to visit the country and perform.
“We are all excited about this opportunity,” said Professor Lephafa.
“We have invested hard work and dedication. Even though we have challenges we do not lose our focus.”
Dance member Londiwe Mabaso said: “For me it means a lot, it’s a dream come true I am very excited to come to Scotland, this is such a great opportunity.”
Tickets for the Castle Douglas show can be bought via www.thefullarton.co.uk/ events.
BE United Emma Picken, from Kirkcudbright, and Boysie Gumede of BE United
Champions Tale Members of the dance crew are heading to the region