Project to nurture arts and reward talented students

Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

Arts On Campus competition that has been established to unearth talent in schools and universities will be hosting the last auditions on Friday.

The auditions are strictly for university arts students and will take place at the University of Johannesburg in Soweto from 2pm.

Established in 2003 by former Arts and Culture Minister Ben Ngubane and academic and musician Cosbie Mbele, pictured, the project nurtures talent and makes sure recipients are rewarded with a decent life.

"Many graduates do not know what to do with their music degrees because they think they have to perform to make a living. Elsewhere in the world, people make a living from only writing music," says Mbele.

She says many people do not see the performing arts as a career. "I hope to make people understand that they can make a decent living out of the arts."

Mbele says the first Arts on Campus semifinals will be held at the University of Johannesburg on March 20.

In the semifinals they expect to see winners of the competitions held in other provinces competing in different genres of music such as classical, opera, jazz, popular and traditional music. Mbele says poetry and drama will also be included.

She adds that the inter-varsity experience, will include a visit by the University of Winscosin Choir from the USA. "The USA students will also perform and visit historical places in Soweto," she says. The finals of this competition will include prizes worth R50000.