managed by Shirley A.
Inspired by Venezuela´s El Sistema, Umculo│Cape Festival was founded in 2010 in order to offer musical development opportunities through international partnerships to South Africa´s existing education structures, with a focus on the voice and music theatre.
Through choral singing, young South Africans learn social responsibility and teamwork. Through music theatre, these young people can be guided through creative expression and awareness to a self determined future. By bringing together the infrastructure and skills of the European opera world with the potential, spirit and talent of young South Africans, Umculo aims to make a meaningful contribution at an international level.
In 2014, Umculo turns five – and looks back on a short history that reaches deeper and further than any of us could have imagined when the project was born. Four opera productions, three international education conferences, two international youth music exchanges, one world premiere performed twice in partnership with a major South African event, scores of creative workshops in dozens of townships, international partnerships that have grown lives of their own, hundreds of young lives touched by music!
Umculo is a vision that is larger than its component parts. It is a vision of hope for South Africa built on the extraordinary music talent and optimism of a young community at risk. The power of the Umculo vision continues to draw hundreds of voluntary participants each year, and to motivate all those involved to produce outcomes that are as strong by professional musical standards as they are as a tool for social change.
Thank you for your support for Comfort Ye. The production was a great success, and we were awarded the YAMA RESEO prize for best music theatre production for young people in Zagreb in 2015 for it.
Your donation helped us with catering, coaching, and transport for our young singers, and also set the basis for our work with projects like our recent St John's Passion
where we needed funds for catering, training, and transport for our young participants.
Your support means a lot to us!