BY BILLY SUTER
A PLANNED outdoor festival of music, comedy and other arts events for the whole family – featuring popular names in entertainment and scheduled for mid-May in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands – is now to be a novel and exciting online experience, due to the growing Coronavirus pandemic.
The event, specifically aimed at school children, has been arranged by Clanstival Cultural Arts NPC, an organisation that aims to breed a fresh culture of appreciation and respect for the arts among South Africa’s youth.
“We strive to offer a wide representation of role-model-worthy artists, with a positive message to instil on our impressionable young audience,” says a spokesman.
The organisation’s big event is the Clanstival festival, a biannual, two-day music and arts festival experience in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. It offers a 100% alcohol-free environment for families with young children who wish to be entertained in safety.
““As a temporary measure, this year’s Clanstival, on May 15 and 16, has been converted into an online interactive digital sensory experience, to be produced out of the Hilton College Theatre, Hilton College, as part of our contingency plan in the face of Covid-19.
“Working with top names in film, production and streaming, as well as market-leading technology firms from around the globe, we will be delivering a never-before-seen level of online engagement.”
The line-up for May 15 and 16 includes The Parlotones, The Gugulethu Tenors, Elvis Blue, Kevin Fraser, Sonofold (ex-Perez), The Black Lapels, Jem Atkins, Rusty Red, Gavin Ferguson, Roly Struckmeyer, Gareth Gale, Talisa Symons, South Wolves, Kirsty-Anne Stephens, Jane Linley-Thomas and also Seth & Reece & DJ Clockalot (Michael Goddard).
Performers selected from a talent search for artists under the age of 13, from all categories of performing arts, will also be featured.
“We encourage young artists, under the age of 13, to enter this talent search at www.clanstival.co.za The winner will get R10 000 as well as R10 000 for their school. All entrants will be included in our production, with their entry clip of themselves showcasing their talent.”
And how will the online experience work?
“For R20 (per family) to experience the Clanstival Interactive Digital Festival, a web link with personal log-in credentials will be delivered via the email address used to purchase your ticket. Our vendors are Webtickets and Zapper.”
Fifteen percent of gross proceeds will go to Kenosis Community which aids homeless, abandoned and disadvantaged children. All remaining profits will go to the performers, to support them for loss of income from the Coronavirus tragedy.