The festival will take place on the beautiful grounds of the Hilton College from 16 - 18 September 2016, with Jongosi taking place for one day only - Friday 16 September for Senior Primary Schools (grades 6 and 7 only) and for High Schools.
This is the seventh year in which the Hilton Arts Festival has hosted a special schools festival. This year's festival starts with a carefully-thought through programme of age-specific arts-events aimed at schools. Approximately 1500 learners will experience the thrill of the performing arts daily over the day long programme.
The focus this year will be on syllabus related productions as well as some for sheer entertainment and fun.
It is a celebration of all that is young, new and vibrant and has been dubbed "Jongosi" - Johnny Clegg's word from the Afrikaans meaning "jong os" which has become absorbed into isiZulu parlance. Jongosi is designed to educate, entertain and allow learners to expand their world-view. Jongosi has been a phenomenal success so it is being further developed for this year.
"Children will be fully occupied in a day filled with performance, wonder and inspiration. They will have the opportunity to experience a festival atmosphere as well as watching several performances. The craft market and the art exhibitions will be open. Refreshment outlets will be open. Alternatively, children may bring their own packed lunch," explains festival director, Sue Clarence.
Teachers are asked to diarise the event and book early as it is anticipated that Jongosi will become fully subscribed. The full programme is available on request.
The business community is invited to support this initiative by sponsoring a group of underprivileged learners to attend the festival Jongosi days.