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

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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 the Arts 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 the Arts is a feast of family-friendly entertainment.


The National School of the Arts in partnership with ASSITEJ SA (International Association of Theatre for Children & Young People) will host the eighteenth Festival of The Arts (FOTA) that will take to the stages of the Joburg Theatre and the National School of the Arts (NSA) from 6 – 11 March 2018.

Since 2014 the festival has offered a diverse line-up; with several multi-nominated and award-winning professional productions, thanks to the partnership with ASSITEJ SA (International Association of Theatre for Children & Young People). This year’s line-up will include: ‘The Snow Goose’ (by Contagious Theatre), ‘Tracks’ (by Maude Sandham) and ‘A Season of Simplicity; same kind of difference, but still the same thing’ (by Gladys A. Collaborative Productions House), ‘Johnny Boskak is Feeling Funny’ (by Craig Morris) and ‘The Darker Ages’ (by Masidlale Productions). The audience for which these shows are suitable for are primary school learners (10 - 14), high school learners (15 - 17) and families.

This year’s line-up of professional productions will provide a wider scope of inclusivity, originality, content, variety and quality work, which is touring schools locally and nationally. Topping the bill in the student productions’ program is The Wiz, the vibrant soul / R&B re-interpretation of Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. With a top creative team headed by director Tracey Human, The Wiz will feature between 50 and 70 learners from across the four NSA art departments; art, dance, drama and music. It is in the interdepartmental musical that the versatility of the NSA learners is showcased, allowing the triple-threat performers a chance to shine in the spotlight! The Wiz will be a big audience pleaser while providing critical vocational training for the burgeoning performing artists many of whom are eyeing a possible career in musical theatre.

“The partnership between ASSITEJ SA and the National School of the Arts will further fortify the vision to present a national youth-focussed, school arts festival. The festival creates a platform for collaborations between students, professional artists and academics over the 6 day festival” – Tumi Moroeng Gauteng Projects Coordinator In line with this vision, the partnership between ASSITEJ SA and the NSA has integrated a Professional Development component to its youth-focussed festival in addition to the ASSITEJ SA / Naledi Showcase.

The festival not only offers the value and sheer joy of the performing arts, but also goes towards preparing students for the world that awaits them. Capitalising on its culturally heavy leaning towards exemplary, rounded education, the National School of the Arts’s FOTA will see some sterling productions from students and invited guests, while also no doubt offering talent scouts an opportunity to identify up and coming stars of the stage & screen.

For more information, please contact:

Charmaine Stander
011 339 6539

Or for ASSITEJ-related queries, please contact:

Tumi Moroeng
011 028 6638




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