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Outspoken and deliberately controversial, John Vlismas is one of South Africa’s most prolific and award winning international comics.

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Rob van Vuuren has established himself as one of the most prolific players in the South African entertainment scene. He has worked as an actor, writer, director, dancer and producer across various genres and in different media.

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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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Mamela Nyamza started to develop her own artistic practice, developing choreographies which deal with important political and social issues of today’s South Africa. Since 2006 she has dedicated her career to her own choreography which brought about autobiographical works such as Hatch, Kutheni, Shift and Hatched.

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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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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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Dada Masilo trained at the Dance Factory, the National School of the Arts and Jazzart (Cape Town) before working for two years at the renowned Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (PARTS) in Brussels. She has been teaching at the Dance Factory Youth since 2006.

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The popular character, fondly known as Tannie (or ‘Aunt’) Evita, was created by South African performer, author and social activist Pieter-Dirk Uys during the Apartheid era.

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Trevor Noah is recognized as one of the top comedians in the country, renowned for his clean cut image, sharp wit, intelligent commentary and unmistakable charm. His mixed-race heritage, his experiences growing up in a Soweto township, and his observations about race and ethnicity are leading themes in his comedy.

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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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The vibrant outreach programme, based in Athlone, now has service points in the surrounding townships of Gugulethu, Nyanga, Khayelitsha and Langa. An extended Rural Outreach Programme has been created in Barrydale and in the Robertson Wine Valley.

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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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