DWR Distribution supports Hello

With the aim to inform, inspire, mobilise and educate community members involved in the arts, the fourth Hello Community Arts Development Programme and Festival was hosted at the Breytenbach Theatre from 16 – 26 August, with DWR Distribution and the SOS Charity fund supporting the event.

Hello is the vision of Hardus Koekemoer and Wandile Mgcodo from the Department of Entertainment Technology at the Tshwane University of Technology, has seen its state funding slashed, but the university, alongside DWR Distribution and radio broadcaster 93.6 Tshwane FM, have continued to invest in the project.

“We were presented with vast talent around Gauteng, and with the introduction of a poetry evening added to the theatre and music productions, we gained a new audience,” explained Wandile Mgcodo. “My highlight is always seeing the groups performing on a professional stage, for which to some, it’s the first time. Of course, we can’t forget the students, who are so passionate that you sometimes forget about all other problems.”

“For the students, the festival offers an experimental learning experience outside the box,” said Wandile. “The community groups, on the other hand, appreciate the opportunity given to them. To grow the festival, our plan is to involve more stakeholders in the art fraternity and put more efforts in marketing the project in order to attract more artists and to enlarge the audience.”

Duncan Riley of DWR and the SOS believes it’s very important to give back. “So many individuals in our industry went through the doors of Tshwane University of Technology,” said Duncan. “I feel it’s important to support Hardus and Wandile who are instilling a passion for the arts and a platform to express it.”

With various art forms on stage, the festival ended with the poplar musical production Gug’Othandayo, conceptualized by Gogos (grandmothers) who tell a story of their lives and the issues that come their way.

“Thank you to DWR Distribution and the SOS Charity Fund to help us fulfil this great vision,” ended Wandile. “The funds donated assisted with the technical support and covered both the transport costs and logistics of the grandmothers who performed in the production Gug’othandanyo. I would also like to thank all the groups involved, the students, the Tshwane University of Technology and our partners for your assistance with Hello, a festival for and by the community.”

Info: www.dwrdistribution.co.za

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