Festival of Fame – the country’s leading Youth Arts Festival

Winner of the 2014 BASA (Business & Arts SA) - Increasing Access to the Arts Award for its corporate sponsor, RMB!

A fabulous 5-day celebration of all forms of the arts presented by the National School of the Arts in partnership with ASSITEJ (International Association of Theatre for Children & Young People) at the NSA and The Joburg Theatre complex. The diverse and dynamic programme of NSA & award-winning professional productions offers something for everyone from 8 - 80!

Annually more than 5 000 learners from across Gauteng (even from Cape Town and Zimbabwe) spend a day at the Festival, entranced by the magical productions and being inspired in their own creativity. Festival of Fame adds a vibrant and memorable dimension to the high school Creative Arts curriculum.

For Gauteng arts lovers the Festival offers top quality productions at low ticket prices and an enchanting glimpse into the talents of the young people who will go on to become the future leaders and luminaries of the South African arts landscape.

Festival of Fame is a feast of family-friendly entertainment.

Festival of Fame 2017 presents a feast of family-friendly entertainment – art, dance, drama, music, poetry, choral showcase, daily lunch-hour concerts, masterclasses and so much more! NSA major productions, learners’ own original works, professional dramas and comedies, art exhibition and an awe-inspiring art installation – something for everyone from eight (and younger) to 80 (and older). The stunning line-up includes:


We Will Rock You

Running time: 90 minutes
Ages: All
A coup for the NSA, the QUEEN/Ben Elton School’s Edition of their smash-hit musical WE WILL ROCK YOU, that ran on London’s West End for 13 years, staged here for the first time outside the US and UK! This vibrant production is co-directed by Joburg Theatre’s resident director Timothy Le Roux (an NSA Alumnus) and Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year, Tracey Human. Featuring Queen’s iconic hit songs, the story tells of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion, and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and acts the same. Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown. This production won’t only rock you, it’ll blow your socks off!! This truly is fantastic family entertainment.

Dance Spectrum

A spectacular kaleidoscope of dance (ballet, Spanish, contemporary and Afro-fusion) staged by renowned dance teacher and director, Manuel Norambueono. This production will feature a short suite of magical highlights from Sleeping Beauty set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent musical score; a new Spanish piece, Sorrow/Joy…The journey of Life, choreographed by Gillian Bonegio to a poem by renowned Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca; two stunning new contemporary works, one choreographed by Jayd Swart and the other by Phume Sikhakhane, and various other new choreographic works from NSA’s rising stars in dance.

Star-Struck – A Disney Dream

In this delightful and satirical exploration of the universal Disney themes about human hopes, dreams, desires and aspirations, all the best-loved Disney songs from over the years ensure that audiences from 3 to 83 will be enchanted. The children will be singing along while the adults will relish the wicked sense of humour that weaves through the satirical verse that probes the Disney dream. You’ll leave the theatre firmly believing that ‘when you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires will come to you’.

The Eagle has landed

The NSA inner quad will be transformed into a magical space of folded paper birds soaring through the space, perched on pillars and landing on every available surface. Visitors will earn entrance into the space or passage through the quad by contributing a folded origami bird to the giant installation. Tables along the sides of the space will be ‘manned’ by a rotation of art learners who will teach the visitors the skill of origami folding. The pieces produced in this way will be contributed to the space. The result will be an installation, produced not only by the art department but by the whole body of visitors to Festival of Fame 2017 i.e. a statement created by those interested in the arts.

The progress of the work will be photographed by a camera mounted upstairs. Stills will be captured at 10 minute intervals. The body of stills will then be edited together to create a stop motion documentary of the process which would be posted on YouTube.

See Production Synopses for more exciting productions and events

Full day tickets to all shows only R90!
R70 for school block bookings.
All evening & weekend shows at The Joburg Theatre only R100 a ticket.








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