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Excitement is building in the rehearsal rooms of school learners who are taking part in this years Shakespeare Schools Festival South Africa! we just cannot contain our excitement as our first festival of the year is but only a few weeks away!

Shakespeare Schools Festival South Africa is a not for profit organisation who sees the value of making sure that arts and culture are alive and well in our learner’s classrooms! we rely on the support of parents, teachers, and the general public to keep our festival running!

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Dear Colleagues, teachers, directors and friends of SSF SA,

SSF SA registrations are now open for 2020! 

It is that time of the year again! 

Registrations are open for our 10th year anniversary of;
SHAKESPEARE SCHOOLS FESTIVAL South Africa 2020!
Important information:
Registration dates:
Opens August 5th 2019 and will close November 30th 2019
Where to Register:
Please register your school on our website https://www.ssfsa.co.za/register-here/ You will notice the new Google form process. We look forward to receiving your registrations.
Registration fee:
R1 500 per group.
Early bird special on Registration fees:
15% discount if you register before August 31st 2019

Dates and venues for 2020 (please note some of the dates are provisional)
Cape Town – Baxter Theatre, April 20th – May 2nd  (We will be running one big festival in Cape Town at Baxter theatre)
Johannesburg – Joburg Theatre, September
Durban – The Playhouse Company, September
George – George Arts Theatre, September
Makhanda (formally known as Grahamstown) – September
Bloemfontein – TBC

Teacher-Director Workshop Dates:
February 8th 2020 (10h00-16h00)
Cast Workshop Dates:
March 2nd – March 13th 2020 (Schools usually will attend one cast workshop along with another 2-3 other schools)
Hope to see you there!! Remember 2020 is going to be The Shakespeare Schools Festival 10th Birthday, we want next year to be one big celebration!

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Staff news
Tiffani Cornwall had a long-standing career with SSF SA, from grade 11 learner in 2011 at Mondeor High Schools, Tiffani went on to take up the position of JHB Festival Coordinator and then onto National Festival Programme Officer. Tiffani started her own Performing Arts Company She Of the fire. We are very proud of Tiffani and grateful for all the amazing work she has done for SSF SA. We are looking forward to welcoming Tiffani as our guest director and workshop facilitator in the near future.

Sadly we have had to say goodbye to our Cape Town coordinator Catherine Isaacs who has returned home to Johannesburg, we also look forward to seeing her at our Joburg Theatre festival run as a guest director this year.

After 2 years of amazing work, Mmatumisang Motsisi has taken up more study time and had to step down as our Makhanda Festival Coordinator. We would like to thank Tumi for all the inspirational work she has done for the festival in growing numbers of participating schools in the Eastern Cape.

Our warm welcome extends to Keraleigh Hodson, as she joins our team as Festival Administrator (office.ssfsa@gmail.com),  Tamika Sewnarain (ssfsa.cpt@gmail.com) who is taking up the role of Cape Town Festival Coordinator as well as Mpumi Kubheka as our new Makhanda Festival Coordinator (ssfsa.grahamstown@gmail.com). We look forward to working with you ladies!

Our Regional coordinators remain as follows:

Johannesburg – Jade Beeby – ssfsa.jhb@gmail.com
Durban – Rowin Munsamy – ssfsa.kzn@gmail.com
George – Heather Stead – ssfsa.george@gmail.com
and we are busy interviewing for the post of Bloemfontein Coordinator, please contact us for queries.

If you have any PR or media-related questions, please feel free to contact Blythe Stuart Linger who heads our team as Brand and Social Media Manager. blythe@bslmanagement.com

Funding and Support a School initiative
2018-2019 funding season has been the toughest one for our festival. We had the number of funding applications turned down, the education through performing arts seems to get less and less funding every year. In the past, we were able to support under-resourced schools by means of offering them fee free participation, in some cases, we were able to help out with transport to the theatre or meals for the learners on the day of the festival. Sadly, 2019 will be the hardest for us on the financial side, and to be able to continue our work, we have reached out to all our networks, including our schools, to see if you might be in the position to sponsor a registration fee of R1100, or make a donation towards our costs, such as printing, theatre rentals or marketing. To make a donation, please follow this link – https://www.ssfsa.co.za/Donation/
or if you wish to support another school and cover their registration fee, please contact Keraleigh on office.ssfsa@gmail.com and we can suggest the school which you can help.

If your school requires support for the registration fee, please email a one-page information letter about your school, together with a motivation paragraph why our festival is important for your school – direct your letters to office.ssfsa@gmail.com. We cannot guarantee the support but will try our best to assist where possible.