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An inspirational leader and teacher as well as a creative force, Maqoma has served as associate artistic director of Moving Into Dance Mophatong, the Dance Umbrella festival and the Afro-Vibes Festival in the Netherlands and the UK. He is currently serving on the dance committee of the National Arts Festival.

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With a philosophy of “You have got to laugh at it” and a mission to bring laughter, smiles and warmth to everyone she meets it, she remains a popular favourite in Cape Town and, increasingly, South Africa.

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Alan Committie is one of South Africa’s leading stand-up comics,
 character comedian, award winning actor, comedy writer, Theatre director, Master of Ceremonies (MC), facilitator, and other talents.

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Electro-punk DJ, Haezer, originating from Cape Town, Haezer has been producing his signature trash-electro sound since 2008.

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The first female Artistic Director to lead the Baxter Theatre Centre, Lara Foot has a distinguished record in the Arts, with many awards not only as a producer but as a writer and director.

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Johnny Clegg is a singer, songwriter, dancer, anthropologist and activist. who blends Western and African Zulu rhythms together. He is well-known and important figure in South African music who successfully blends Western and African Zulu rhythms and lyrics together.

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A trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer whose career spans four decades, Masekela was part of South Africa’s first Youth Orchestra Huddleston Jazz Band (formed 1956) and formed the Jazz Epistles, who later became the first African Jazz group to record an LP.

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He began his musical career in the mid 1970s and pioneered the use of Cape Afrikaans and South African English in his lyrics, often using both languages in the same song. His first album titles BAKGAT! issued by Mountain Records was released in 1980, and was immediately banned, because it was considered too political and vulgar for the South African citizens.

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Underground Dance Theatre is a collective of artists who want to explore new performance styles and create progressive, high quality work that is at the meeting point of physical theatre, contemporary dance and dance theatre. The company uses a collaborative choreographic approach to look for original movement and images that deconstruct and redefine the limits of dance in South Africa.

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The Nomadic Orchestra is a five-piece instrumental dance band based in Cape Town. The primary goal of the Nomadic Orchestra is to get people moving. The band makes an infectious kind of high-energy dance music – even the most prudish find themselves unconsciously tapping their feet.

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This big haired funny man is one of South Africa’s most loved comedians. Son of a pastor he grew up in Mitchell’s Plain and burst on to the comedy scene in 1997 with his first self-scripted one-man show, After the Beep.

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Shane Cooper is a bassist, composer and producer based in Cape Town, South Africa. Cooper took up an interest in guitar and joined his school band at aged 14, spending his time playing and listening to records at home with his drummer brother.

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The music industry is nothing new to Mi Casa, the band producer Dr.Duda has been in the industry for over fifteen years, producing and DJing alongside the likes of DJ Fresh, Dj Mandla, Dj Mbuso and making hit tracks featuring talented vocalists such as RJ Benjamin, J-Something and Zodwa amongst many others.

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Fred Abrahamse started his career at The People’s Space, as a founding member of the Troupe Theate Company. He was Artistic Director of the Baxter Theatre and is well-respected producer and designer.

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One of South Africa’s leading concert guitarists, Grace is also Head of Classical Guitar Studies at the University of Cape Town. A graduate of the Royal College of Music in London, he became the first guitarist in the history of the college to receive the Tagore Gold Medal.

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Executive Director Professor Elizabeth Triegaardt, with the help of Artistic Director Robin van Wyk, has intensified Cape Town City Ballet’s original philosophy of opportunity for talent into one that actively seeks out – and creates – training, performance and choreographic opportunities for young dancers from previously disadvantaged communities.

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