The Rural Arts Development (RAD) Foundation hosts the 24th annual Montagu Music, Art, Dance and Drama Festival (MMADD).
MMADD draws participation mainly from primary, high school and tertiary education institutions in Cape Town and the surrounding areas, including Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay, Worcester and George.
The festival categories are Music, Art, Photography, Dance, Literature, Poetry, and Drama. The theme for the Art and Literature entries this year is #AWAM (Arts With A Message).
The festival event is held in Montagu and was first started in 1995 by local teachers, the Montagu tourism office and volunteers, and has grown over the past two decades.
The festival offers an opportunity for talented youth from all communities to have an adjudicated, performance platform and gives developing talent the chance to network with young people from other schools and professionals from all over the province.
The adjudicators this year are Ricardo Koopman and Tylor Spelman (Dance) Emile Minnie and Odwa Mvunge (Music); Godfrey Johnson, Sue Diepeveen and Karen Jeynes (Drama); Pierre de Wet and Janet Both (Art); Laresa Perlman and Lome Burger (Photography), Deonette de Kok (Letterkunde) and Jean Mitchell (Literature). Previous dance adjudicators include Brigitte Reeve-Taylor, Fiona du Plooy and Allison Foat.
At the end of the ten-day festival, trophies are awarded to category winners, both individuals and groups. All entrants receive certificates. Other prizes include Master Classes with Emile Minnie, Laresa Perlman, and Ricardo Koopman. In addition, tickets to performances at Artscape by Cape Town Opera, the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and Cape Town City Ballet.
Daily tickets are available at the door.
Venue: NG Church Hall, Bath Str, Montagu
Time: 9am to 6pm
Cost: R10 for scholars | R20 for adults | R50 for a 4-day pass