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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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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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Internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Nelisiwe Xaba has been involved in various multi-media projects collaborating with visual artist, fashion designers, theatre and television directors, poets and musicians. Her seminal work, The Look At Me And That’s All They Think, inspired by the ‘Hottentot Venus’ (Sara Baartman), saw her collaborate with fashion designer Carlo Gibson of Strangelove, producing avant-garde costumes central to the work. Her recent work, Black!.White?, interrogates racial politics and incorporates costume animation, music and dance. Uncles and Angels uses video projection technology to create a multiple live recorded and pre-recorded images exploring traditional dance forms.

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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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Specialising in athletic neo-classical and neo-contemporary styles of dance, the CDC has performed works by internationally recognised choreographers such as Christopher Huggins (USA), Carlos Dos Santos (USA), and Redha (France).

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