Due to the current Lockdown restrictions, the 8th South African International Ballet Competition (SAIBC) at Arstcape has been postponed to 19 to 23 October 2021 . While the actual competition has been shifted to later in the year, the two scheduled panel discussions will be going ahead as planned on 20 and 22 July at 16h00, with a superb group of experts in their respective fields. The competition already has 140 participants from South Africa and around the World and entries will now be accepted up until 30 July.

The first discussion is to be facilitated by London-based The Healthy Young Dancer Project (THYDP). The conversation will revolve around the optimal wellbeing of a dancer- mental and physical – and will address issues around how dancers cope with the strain of not being able to practice or perform in the more stringent Lockdown phases, and how best to deal with these frequent setbacks. The second discussion will be chaired by Amsterdam-based ballerina Michaela DePrince, and the topic of conversation will be inclusivity and the breaking of barriers of entry in the ballet world.

The SAIBC panel discussions will be live streamed via the SAIBC’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. There is no cost to view and access will be through the SAIBC’s Facebook and Youtube channels with links will being made available online on the day. For more info visit .

The SAIBC 2021 in association with Artscape that is celebrating 50 years in 2021, is generously supported by the Western Cape Government Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, the City of Cape Town and the Joan St Leger Lindbergh Charitable Trust.