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Gala Performance at South Africa House
Saturday 24th September is another important date for your diary.
Mbulelo and many of his creative friends from The Lion King and other South African artistic stars based in London will give a Gala Performance at South African House, Trafalgar Square, in the presence of the new High Commissioner for South Africa, His Excellency Jeremiah Mamabolo.
Both our Founder Patron, Sinéad Cusack, and her husband are able to join us on the night.
The evening will celebrate South African Heritage Day 2022 and, equally important, raise funds for the vital work that the MN Foundation continues to do in South Africa.
Mbulelo Ndabeni was invited to be a panelist to discuss how to develop and grow dance in the Eastern Cape. The workshop, chaired by Dr. Vusi Ngema, took place at the Mandela Bay Theatre Complex in Gquberha. Mbulelo says of the workshop:
'It was absolutely incredible, so revitalising, so energizing, motivational and empowering on so many levels...'
Mbulelo in Gqeberha with Dr Vasabantu Ngema
Kristine Elliott, Founder of the Gugulethu Ballet Project visited Ugie from the US with her fellow choreographers, teachers and artists Nathan Bartman and Ciara Baldwin, both currently in London, to offer a series of classes in the Ntokozweni Community Hall in Ugie.
UK Co-ordinator Clico and Gerald, her husband, visited Ugie and spent time both with the very talented children and enthusiastic local supporters.
Thimna in the bushman’s cave
Every class finished with a meditation on ‘Gratitude’
Umbrellas donated by UK supporters it’s been raining far too much this year
Visit to Buskaid
Mbulelo visited Buskaid in January. Buskaid offers high quality string tuition to underprivileged young people at its music school in the township of Soweto, Johannesburg. Director Rosemary Naldon wrote:
‘An unexpected miracle occurred in the school last Saturday. Mbulelo Ndabene recently returned to SA from the UK after a highly successful dance career there (google him - he’s impressive!) to open a Dance Project, similar to Buskaid, in his little hometown, Ugie, in the Eastern Cape. This is immensely brave, shows remarkable idealism and a firm belief in the positive future of the Arts in South Africa. The energy, laughter and inspiration Mbulelo brought with him on Saturday was just what we all needed, and a great start to our 25th Anniversary year!’