September 2018

Friends, supporters, music, poetry, dance and art lovers

We want to share some of the weird and wonderful things happening in this space. The CCC is in the second half of its eleventh year and continues to grow and flourish. Allow us to give you some insight into what is going down.

  • Our major annual event takes place on Heritage Day at Artscape. The Production, called Just Our Journey, celebrates the inspiring story of the CCC through poetry, music and dance. Watch out for details during our marketing campaign. Tickets at R100 have gone on sale.
  • We have just successfully completed our campaign to recruit 100 people to our Circle of Culture Each person contributes a minimum of R150 each to the CCC. This has taken us to virtual self-sufficiency with regards to our core work, without having to go begging to a government department, corporate or lottery. A huge thanks to all who have joined.
  • In April this year, we received funding from the Foundation for Human Rights to run six programmes with a strong human rights focus. We conceptualised these as consisting of two elements – a cultural concert and a human rights workshop. Four are completed. The first, in Bonteheuwel in April, was attended by more than 800 people, of whom 50 youth attended the Human Rights workshop. The second combined the communities of Gugulethu, Manenberg and Tambo Village and was called We Are One. Six hundred people attended the concert and 60 the workshop. The initiative showed that there was substantial unity in action across boundaries, contrary to the public narrative that shows people in constant conflict with each other. The third was the Rosa choir concert called Music and Friendship performed to a packed-out audience of 300 at the Novalis Institute in Wynberg. The Human Rights workshop was held in co-operation with the Good Hope Seminary school with a focus on diversity, inclusivity and dialogues. CCC partnered with Artscape for a Women’s Festival on 9 August. The gender workshop took place at the end of the month. The two outstanding events are a junior choir camp and concert in October and a Cultural Picnic at the Castle of Good Hope on 2 December 2018. The first is co-ordinated by Hilary Oostendorp and Aziza Davids and the Castle event by June Knight. More details to follow. Kay Jaffer, our fundraiser, has worked closely with the FHR and Elizabeth Schutter and Cheryl Jason have provided the administrative and financial support to make the series the success it has been so far.
  • The CCC is now involved with four choirs. We initiated two – the Rosa Choir and the junior Rosa Choir – formed in 2012 and 2015 respectively. In 2017, we joined hands with Vulamathuba (Communicare), to form a choir at Huis Alleyne in Bishop Lavis. This year, we developed a similar partnership with the Wesley Practicing School to form a school choir. The Rosa choir is seriously on the rise and increasingly in demand. Just last month, we performed at the CTICC, at the Good Hope Seminary school and at St Oswald’s Church in Milnerton with a visiting choir from America. We were thrilled to have Archbishop Tutu and his wife Leah in attendance. The juniors are progressing steadily under the capable leadership of Aziza Davids (Project Manager) and Janine Parenzee (Choir Director), ably supported by youth Lihle Yenge and Chadwin Nel. Next month we will share more information on the Vulamathuba choir.
  • Rosa choir musician Zackie Johnson prepared a group of our junior choir members to present a short drama to a Theatre Group this past Saturday 8 September 2018. The presentation was well received.
  • A company called Hot Coffee Media, is assisting with our media and marketing efforts. Driven by Lynn Dreyer, there have already been positive results.
  • The CCC will have its first AGM on 13 October, since we became an NPO early last year. A Board will be established, and an audited financial statement presented. More details will follow soon.

There is a lot more to say, but some of it will be reserved for future editions. For now, we simply want to thank our team that drives this progress, the many artists that we work with, the communities that we engage with and the audiences who keep on supporting our projects and programmes.

Mansoor Jaffer

CCC Chairperson

On behalf of the Steering Committee