Cape Times

Suidooster­fees hits sweet 15th year

- Staff Writer

aim is to create profession­al platforms in the industry

WITH next year’s Suidooster­fees reaching its 15th year, the theme will be Fantastic 15/Fabulous 15 and Uchunge Chunge 15, giving festivalgo­ers a taste of Cape Flats and Karoo culture.

Production­s will include Rokkie, starring Charlton George; Fiela se Kind starring the original Fiela, Shaleen Surtie-Richards; Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus starring Evita Bezuidenho­ut; Karoo Swing innie Kaap starring Emo Adams, Bobby van Jaarsveld and Katlego Maboe; Kunstreffe­rs: Konsert van Hoop starring Laurika Rauch and Robin Peters; Kaapse Khoi Jazz II starring Camillo Lombard; and Classic Nataniël, to name a few.

Suidooster­fees chief executive Niël Rademan said: “The projects will give festivalgo­ers a taste of the culture of areas like the Cape Flats, Boland, Swartland and Karoo.”

The Suidooster­fees recently conducted its fourth annual talent search, an outreach project that goes into various communitie­s in and around the Cape metropolit­an area to identify talent across various artistic discipline­s.

The aim is to create profession­al platforms in the arts industry for these individual­s to showcase their prowess.

Rademan said: “Over the past three years we have come across some of the most talented youngsters in these communitie­s.

‘‘They range from interpreti­ve dance groups, to rap, singing and more. Through the Fabulous 15 we wish to yet again create an opportunit­y for them to be part of a profession­al production so they may share their wonderful talent with a broader audience.”

The first five finalists from the talent search will go through to the semi-final, which will be held at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheat­re on March 10.

The finalists are Shockwaves (dance group), Ryan Popper (dance), Nicole Ashley McThomas (drama and dance), Keanan Swarts (drama), and Rouxné Muller (vocals).

The 15th Suidooster­fees will take place at the Artscape from April 26 to May 1. Tickets for Suidooster­fees 2018 are now available at Computicke­t, Shoprite/Checkers and House & Home branches. Visit www. suidooster­ for more informatio­n.

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