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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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James Cairns is a creative director at The Framework and has performed and written extensively for South African screen and stage.

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She is a versatile choreographer and teacher able to communicate and work with students, professional dancers/performers, artistic directors and producers alike.

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Jonathan Roxmouth is a South African stage actor. Roxmouth gained acting experience at the Natal Playhouse while still at school. He began his professional career in 2006, playing Vince Fontaine/Teen Angel in the Barnyard Theatre Group’s production of Grease, and has been acting in stage and musical productions since.

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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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