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Cape Town – Ihata Safe House, a shelter for abused women and children, benefited from a youth empowerment initiative which took place last week.
Inspired Stages sees teens from all backgrounds, races, and economic standing get together to celebrate one another and build confidence through the performing arts.
The youths take part in dancing, music and singing workshops over the course of a few days before a final performance.
The money raised by ticket sales for the performance at the end of the week gets donated to charity.
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Inspired Stages director Karen Burt said there were special guest presenters and industry professionals who gave up some of their time to share their expertise.
Some of the music industry’s top stars lent their talents, including Nomvula Xaluva, Jarrad Ricketts and Majozi.
The workshops were hosted at various venues in the Sun International GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, which sponsored the event.
There were 160 teenagers between the age of 13 and 19.
From the ticket sales alone for the public performance, they raised R3 200, which was matched by GrandWest, for a total R6 400 donation to Ihata Safe House.
“Teenagers came from various schools, NGO’s and foundations across the Western Cape,” Burt said. “This included 32 teenagers from Beacon Hill Secondary School in Mitchells Plain, the school I have been working with, who were transported through to GrandWest each day as part of a one year initiative to train up mentors within the school and to then, next term, pass on the learnings to the younger grades and Mitchell’s Plain Community.”
On their feedback forms, the teens wrote that Inspired Stages was “a freaking fantastic experience”, “a place to really express who you are without judgement”, “like the family I never had”, “a place of acceptance”, and “out of this world amazing and helps you deal with issues”.