Marlene le Roux, CEO of Artscape and activist for people with disabilities, visited Hawston last week and said she is making it her mission to bring Artscape to Hawston this October as part of their annual Rural Outreach Project.

Marlene le Roux, CEO of Artscape, with Philip Boyd, former principal Capab dancer, Chantel Louskitt, administrative coordinator of Hermanus FynArts, and Elnora Gillion, Deputy Mayor of the Overstrand.

This development is aligned with the work done by the local arts fraternity to ensure that our region is now firmly established on the itinerary of art enthusiasts. Our monthly Hermanus First Fridays, OAK concerts, Hermanus FynArts Festival, Pringle Bay Art & Craft Route and Baardskeerdersbos Art Route all contribute to the diverse arts offering available locally.

The Rural Outreach Project, a partnership between Artscape, Overstrand Municipality, Catapult Foundation and the Association for Persons with Disabilities, aims to bring the best cultural experiences to our communities and to involve our youth in the arts. Marlene emphasised that the collaboration planned for 14 -19 October is not a festival but a cultural collaboration to show that government can play its part in breaking down stereotypes while creating ethical leaders through participation in the organisation of a big production. It is about opening the minds of our youth to the potential of what is possible.

The hosted Artscape delegation included Philip Boyd, principal dancer for Capab for 23 years and now an Overstrand resident. Philip will also present a talk during Hermanus FynArts in June entitled ‘My life with Prima Ballerina Assoluta Phyllis Spira OMSG’.

We are looking forward to the 13th production of the Artscape Rural Outreach Project when Artscape will give Hawston and the Overstrand a taste of the best in theatrical experiences.

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