On the afternoon of December 12th, an audience, mostly parents & families plus a few of the early holiday visitors, gathered outside the new music building in Hamburg to watch a performance of 'Indalo'. This outdoor production, which grew out of the 'Carnival of the Animals' (performed in 2013 at Grahamstown Festival), featured the Music Academy and a new cast of local young actors.
Despite a gale force wind, actors and musicians managed to tell their story to a crowd who were wowed by the music, the magic and the humour. It was a delightful finale to Keiskamma Trust's activities throughout 2014. The production was followed the next day with the Intlantsi Creative Development team organising and hosting the annual Christmas party for all the local children. Over 350 Hamburg children received gifts from Father Christmas, and were entertained by the Intlantsi facilitators, who 'clowned' and face-painted for hours!
The Trust offices are now closed for the end-of-year break but the Art shop continues to be open every day as visitors come to do their Christmas shopping. An adjacent building is also serving as a gallery, where the Altarpiece, back 'home' from its global journeying, is being exhibited, as well as several pieces from the 'Botanicals' range.
Our gallery and shop in Hamburg
Our shop in Cape Town ( @ The Watershed - Ground Floor - Market Stall F107)
And so another busy year here draws to a close. As ever, the challenges will continue in 2015. For a small NGO in a remote rural location, keeping funding flowing and helping to nurture a healthy, sustainable community is never plain sailing. But if you dip back in to these 2014 blog posts, you'll get a sense of this special place and what is being achieved and celebrated in this little corner of Eastern Cape.
None of this could happen without all our donors and friends! So we take this opportunity the thank you ALL for another year of continued support. All of us here at Keiskamma Trust – staff, volunteers and students – wish you a peaceful and enjoyable holiday season and warm wishes for everything you hope for in 2015.