Our culture, our passion, our inspiration
Approximately 4 months to go until a mass of young enthusiastic learners descend on the quiet town of Montagu on Route 62 in the Klein Karoo to strut their stuff in a variety of art forms including music, art, drama and dance. The Montagu Youth Arts Festival, now known as the MMADD Festival is where the arts are coming together this August of 2014!
Festival Director, Helen Gooderson is also CEO of the Rural Arts Development Foundation NPO that endorses the festival as part of their strategic planning to create relevant and sustainable arts platforms in rural South African Communities. This enables participation in the arts for rural youth who have previously not been a part of the greater creative dialogue available in larger city centres. The MMADD festival stimulates participation from schools all over the Western Cape. This year, there have been enqueries from schools as far afield as Bloemfontein and Durban and it will be an absolute pleasure to see the event become a truly national platform for the development of youth arts in South Africa with more rural schools being able to attend.
Once again, the panel of adjudicators is a phenomenal selection of arts professionals, all ready to asses the competency of participants and share some words of wisdom to inspire them.
KAREN JEYNES is a creator of things: plays, films, TV shows, novels, radio dramas, articles and book reviews. Her plays include the multi award-winning “Everybody Else (is Fucking Perfect)”, “Wake up and smell the coffee”, “Kiss Kiss”, “I’ll Have What She’s Having”, and “Laying Blame”, as well as “Vaslav” and“The Best or Nothing” premiering in 2014. She serves on the boards of Women Playwrights International and the International Centre for Women Playwrights, for whom she edits the “Seasons” anthology. She is passionate about nurturing new writers, directors and performers, and runs courses and workshops around the world, lectures, and teaches scriptwriting through the SA, NZ and UK Writers Colleges. She is obsessed with reality television, Good Omens, chaos theory and Nutella. She edits www.thatwordsite.com, a home for wordnerds. You can find her on twitter @karenjeynes.
http://www.fionaduplooy.co.za/ FIONA DU PLOOY is a choreographer and teacher whose evocative visual style, comprehensive movement vocabulary and extensive knowledge of ballet and contemporary dance has been seen in work created for both theatre and television. Recent Choreographic Highlights include creating a water Ballet for BETESDA for which she was nominated for a 2011 FIESTA Theatre Award for Outstanding Design for Choreography; staging and choreographing 2011 ‘s NOT THE MIDNIGHT MASS ; INFECTING THE CITY 2011, GIPCA ‘S THE BEAUTIFUL FEAST and Castle Lites ‘s fabulous ICE ICE BABY campaign.
Winner of the prestigious FLEUR DE CAP Award for Outstanding Performance in a Cabaret 2010 for ANGELS ON HORSEBACK, she now Co – ordinates and teaches Movement for Performers at UCT ‘s Drama Department.
LARESA PERLMAN has been doing photography for 27 years, for the past 12 years as a professional. She has been the official photographer for the Robertson Wine Valley for the past 4 years. She has a fully equipped 120 square meter studio on the farm and does printing and framing.
She is now a publicist at DIVA PR a boutique PR agency she started in 2005 and manages several celebrities like Marc Lottering, David Kramer, the Fugard Theatre and Pieter-Dirk Uys, and restaurants in the Harbour House Group. She is also a travel writer, photographer and lifestyle blogger and her travel stories have been published in the Sunday Independent, Weekend Argus and iAfrica.com
Her nickname is Diva.
Twitter & Instagram @AllisonFoat
DR LOFTUS HEUNIS is well- known as an adjudicator at Eisteddfods and Music Festivals throughout the country. This winner of two National prestige research awards, promoter and examiner of post-graduate studies at the University of Pretoria, has written many articles and books on musicology, music therapy and education. He has a Higher Diploma in Education, Licentiate in Piano teaching from UNISA, B.Mus Musicology, cum laude from UNISA, Magister in Music Education, cum laude from UPE, Doctor of Philosophy from the University of the Free State and DMAS from the Academy Mozarteum in Salzbeurg, Austria. His teaching experience includes piano, guitar and recorder, School Music Education, Music Theory, History of Music (Teacher’s College, Graaf Reinette, University of Port Elizabeth. University of the Free State) and was also guest professor at Kodaly Institute of America (invitation from Prof. Denise Bacon) as well as The University of Calgary, Canada (Invitation from Professor Lois Choksy)
VICTOR AND HESTER HONEY
Married in 1960 3 children: Marisa Freya Translator and language editor Nathan Set constructor in film industry Timothy Photographer
Both speak English and Afrikaans and Hester is acquainted with German and Classical Greek. She has also studied 2 years of Mandarin at the University of Stellenbosch
Both trained as Art Teachers and Hester went on to do a BA Hons in English at Stellenbosch University. She was awarded the Benjamin Boshoff prize for being the best student in English from 1982 – 1984
Victor taught art at primary and high school levels; taught at Art Centres: was principal of the Hugo Naude Art Centre in Worcester for 5 years and was a lecturer and then senior lecturer in Art Education at Stellenbosch University for 25 years. He also acted as head/chairperson of the Visual Art department for a total of 6 years. Victor was involved with various regional and national Visual Arts, Design and Art Education organizations as well as an art for the blind project at the SA National Art Gallery. The University of Stellenbosch conferred an Honorary Master’s Degree on him in 2001
Hester has been a general teacher at primary schools; has taught English and Needlework at high schools and has taught Textile crafts, Printmaking and Calligraphy at Stellenbosch University’s Visual Art Dept. She also taught art at the Frank Joubert Art Centre in Cape Town and the Hugo Naude Art Centre in Worcester. She has worked as a children’s book illustrator and now works as an editor, primarily of M and DPhil degree’s theses and dissertations.
During the early 1990s Victor facilitated and chaired the Stellenbosch Discussion/Negotiating Forum preceding the first democratic elections.
GODFREY JOHNSON Studied music at UCT Drama mentors: Pieter-Dirk Uys and James Blanckenerg. Performances in musicals include playing Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show and playing Noel Coward opposite Pieter-Dirk Uys in Noel and Marlene. Numerous television appearances include a cameo role on Montana. He is also popular in the add industry and recently played the conductor in The Klipdrift add. Film credits include lead roles in The Satyr of Springbok Heights, Once Upon a Roadtrip and more. In 2007 he won the Fleur du Cap award for best performance in a cabaret for Kissed by Brel.
In 2010 he was nominated for the same award for his one man show Flirting with Coward and this year for The Shadow of Brel. He has performed at every major festival in South Africa as well as performances in London’s West End, Montreal and Amsterdam. Performed over 20 one man shows including Alice Sal Regkom, The Importance of Being Harnessed, Songs My Lover Forgot to Sing To Me, Flirting with Coward and The Shadow of Brel. He performed at The Fugard Theatre with Pieter-Dirk Uys in Bambi Sings the FAK and other Struggle Anthems. He has also directed, The Cape Town Show, and adjudicated for MMADD Festival in 2012.
He is currently composing the musical, Die Van Aardes van Grootoor, written by Pieter-Dirk Uys. He will be directing 2 productions at this years Grahamstown Festival, The Best or Nothing with Caely-Jo Levy and Pineapples and Casual Racists with Karen Jeynes. He will be performing 2 one man shows, Karen Jeynes’ new play, Vaslav which will be directed by Lara Bye as well as Mr Johnson Presents.
EMILE MINNIE Emile is a Cape Town based singer-songwriter and entertainer.
In 1995 he completed a BA degree in Clarinet and French at the UFS, obtained his UNISA grade 8 in clarinet and his Royal Schools grade 7 in theory. In 2003 he performed with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, took part in the International Music Festival in Chile, and toured SA and Namibia with chanteuse Danièle Pascal.
In 2006 Emile’s show “Dagbreek” was nominated for a Kanna for Best Music Theatre at the Klein Karoo National Festival, he was a finalist in the World Song Contest, a top 10 finalist in the ATKV Songwriting Competition, and Laurika Rauch recorded three of Emile’s songs on her album “’n Lekker verlang-liedjie”. In the same year Emile was a top 10 finalist in the ATKV Crescendo Songwriting Competition.
In 2008 Emile won third place in the Huisgenoot songwriting competition, he played a leading role in the South African film “White Wedding”, his “Nagmusiek” album was nominated for a SAMA in the category Best Alternative Afrikaans Album, and he was a finalist in the Media 24 Spontaan competition.
Emile is releasing his 8th album, “Wagtende Nasie”, this year.
FAHRUQ VALLEY-OMAR was born in Worcester on 23 May 1945, second eldest son of Ismail and Julaigha Valley-Omar. He attended the DRC Primary school and later Matriculated at the Esselen Park High School. He completed the Teachers Certificte at the Hewat College of Eduction. His first teaching appointment was at the Esselen Park High School where he remained for 4 years.
He applied to UCT to do the Performer’s Diploma in 1968. Due to the colour bar, all theatres were closed and reserved for whites only. He swithed to Drama Teaching and completed the Teacher’s Endorsement Diploma in Speech and Drama. He preceeded to graduate studies and successfully the degree B.A. (Drama). Fahrug was employed by the Education Dept as itinerant lecturer in Speech and Drama at the Battswood and Wesley Colleges. After 4 years he was seconded to the Bellville College of Education where he remained for 18 years, during which time he directed 14 full lenghth plays.
He subsequently performed plays at the then Nico Malan theatre, theBaxter and the State Theatre in Pretoria as well at the Absa KKNK. In addition he served as adjudicator at the Peninsula and Tygerberg Eisteddfods.