This December month remains packed with performances at Artscape for your enjoyment during the forthcoming Festive Season both at the theatre and online on our YouTube channel.
Old favourties such as A Christmas Carol – The Story of Scrooge are back as well as the Arts Ability Festival focusing on inclusive dance forms of dancers with disabilities.
At this time of the year most people across many parts of the world wind down to enjoy some downtime with friends, family and loved ones as we all take a break to “recharge”.
It has been a tough year, if not a tough 22+ months, as the world was ravaged with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and concomitant lockdown regulations in its varying forms
Thus Artscape remains eternally grateful to those who have supported the cultural institution throughout these trying times.
Together with our patrons as well as the Artscape Associated Arts Companies housed in the building as well as those who are based externally we managed to keep the Arts alive. With the regulations of lockdown levels easing, we saw our patrons slowly trickling back to the theatre. We fully understand that without our patrons, we are not able to function.
Equally we need to thank the Western Cape provincial government, who assisted us with the maintenance of the building; the national Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) who assisted with funds to run the complex; and the City of Cape Town, who funded local artists as well as the Western Cape provincial government department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) who assisted with much-needed funding.
Together all of the above mentioned role-players, including sponsors and most importantly the patrons, offered their respective lifelines to “hold our hands” during these difficult times.
To show our gratitude we have recorded a “Thanksgiving Concert” for your enjoyment this December on our online platforms. The concert is in collaboration with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and the Associated Arts Companies at Artscape.
Says Artscape CEO, Marlene le Roux: “This concert is just to say ‘thank you” to all. The name of the concert encapsulates our feelings towards especially all our partners and friends. Equally at Artscape, we gratefully have 50 years of being a home for the arts. We remain mindful of all the history and elements of us reaching this milestone. Equally we want to say ‘thank you’ to all those who came before us to all of those who currently ensure our success”.
We hope that you’ll enjoy the show and many more to come during 2021.