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from the finest local and international artists



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Masterclass Panel

Classical Instrumental: Congyu Wang

Hailed as a “complete musician – a sensitive artist and an extremely talented young pianist”, Congyu Wang is an internationally renowned soloist who has garnered acclaim as a recitalist, accompanist and chamber musician.

Born in Singapore, Congyu Wang started playing the piano at the age of 3. He was selected for a scholarship that enabled him to attend the prestigious Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, where he studied with renowned pianists Jean-Marc Luisada and Odile Catelin-Delangle. He later enrolled in the Schola Cantorum (Paris) to continue his studies with Gabriel Tacchino (who had been Francis Poulenc’s only student). 

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Light instrumental: Mario Nell 

Acknowledged as one of South Africa’s leading musicians and teachers, Mario Nell is a senior lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch. He studied at the Universities of Port Elizabeth and Stellenbosch before he completed his master’s degree in performance at the University of Cape Town and a PhD at the University of Stellenbosch.

Also holding a UPLM from Unisa, he was the winner of the Unisa Overseas Music Bursary Competition. From 1999-2001 he furthered his studies at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany. From 2006-2007 he also studied for his Nachdiplom at the Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland where his main focus was on historical performance practice.

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Berthine van Schoor-Krumme 

Berthine van Schoor is one of South Africa’s finest cellists and is well known for her warm, burnished sound and versatility.

She started cello lessons at age 6 with the legendary Betty Pack and studied with Magdalena Roux at the University of Stellenbosch, where she obtained a B.Mus and B.Mus Hons (cum laude) as well as being awarded several prizes and bursaries. She later studied with Prof Heidi Litschauer at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, where she obtained a Konzert Diplom and M.Mus.

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Drama division: Lizz Meiring

Lizz has received 19 awards as an actress, director, writer, for her service to the arts and a lifetime achievement award. She has also been nominated for a further 18 awards.

Lizz made her professional debut at the age of 9, in CJ Langenhoven’s “Die Vrou van Suid Afrika” directed by Anna Neethling-Pohl. Hereafter she performed in several productions for the semi-professional “Pretoria Theatre for Children”, as well as making her TV debut in 1976 on the teenage TV programme “Gateway”. 

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Vocal category: Jannie du Toit

After completing his studies in law and language studies, Jannie Du Toit started a career in music. Jannie’s albums released are as follows:

Drie-uur in die môre (1987), Palet (1990), Skadu’s (1992), De Kleine Man (1994), Volgende Winter (1996), Geloof Hoop en Liefde (1998), Leeuspruit (2002), Diepverlange (2007), Onderweg (2011), Ligjare (2013), Doep is nie dood nie and Grenzeloos Nederlands (2014), Bonjour Monsieur Brel as well as Kiekies – Lucas se liedjies (2016) – album in collaboration with Thean Kotze.

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Dance: Ignatius van Heerden

Ignatius van Heerden, brought up in the town of Ohrigstad, displays his extensive dance training skills in the styles of jazz, ballet and contemporary dance.

 He successfully obtained a number of awards and nominations over the last decade, some of which include a Standard Bank Ovation Award (2017), SATMAG Award (2017), FNB Vita Award for Most Promising Male Dancer (2004), a Naledi Award Nomination for Best Choreography (2010) and a Merit Award at the National Arts Festival for Excellence in Creativity and Innovation (2013).  

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R350 000 in prizes to be won
PLUS Scholarship to take part in an International Festival

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All competitors will receive participation certificates.
Entry to the following year’s competition to the winners in each category will be free.
The award of prizes by independent adjudicators is not obligatory if the standard of the performance does not warrant it.

OVERALL CATEGORY WINNERS
R30 000 cash deposit.
A two-day masterclass to the value of R30 000.

The overall winner will get to perform at the Wêlakapêla Kids Festival 2020 and will be dressed by one of South Africa`s top fashion designers, Thomas Thomson.

SECOND PLACE CATEGORY WINNERS 
R12 000 cash deposit.

WINNER PER SECTION
Winner for Age section 1:
R 1 000,00
Winner for Age section 2:
R 1 500,00
Winner for Age section 3:
R 1 800,00
Winner for Age section 4:
R 2 000,00
Winner for Age section 5:
R 2 500,00
Winner for Age section 6:
R 2 800,00
Winner for Age section 7:
R 3 500,00

Additional Classical & Crossover/Light Instrumental prizes per performance
Prize for the best performance of a baroque piece:
R 500.00
Prize for the most memorable performance of a classical work:
R 500.00 
Prize for the best performance of a piece by a South African composer:
R 500.00 
Prize for the best performance of impressionist/modern work:
R 500.00 
Prize for the best performance of a romantic piece:
R 500.00 

Additional Dance, Vocal and Drama prizes per performance
Prize for the best performance of the competition:
R 500.00 
Prize for the most memorable performance of the competition:
R 500.00 
Prize for the most unique performance at the competition:
R 500.00 
Prize for the most technical performance at the competition:
R 500.00 

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Enjoy a one of a kind festival!

The biggest and first kids arts festival. Come and enjoy our wonderland in a safe and secure environment. 11 and 12 May 2019 at the Ruimsig Stadium.

The sole purpose of the Wêlakapêla Kids Festival, is to create a unique festival that has never been seen in South Africa.

This festival will focus mainly on children and children’s productions, stalls will only sell interesting children’s items.

This festival has it all - Live Entertainment, Children’s Theatre, Huge Inflatable Park for all ages, Food Stalls, Puppet Theatre, Children’s Beauty Salon, Haunted House, Flea market with all children’s products, Adult Wine & Dine area - Hours of Fun.

This unique experience will be the first of its kind and focuses on the development of the arts for children of all ages and ethnic groups. The festival is very proud to produce a line-up on the main stage that allows the audiences to see all their favourite characters on one stage.

The Wêlakapêla Kids Festival - the first of its kind - come and enjoy our wonderland in a safe and secure environment.

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