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Stanford Festival- a celebration of light

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The classrooms were buzzing. There was tapping of feet, clapping of hands, the sound of drums and the melody of a flute in the air, mixed with the children’s laughter. A small group of children in the shade of a tree practicing their dance moves.

Happy faces at the Creative Works week-long holiday program at Die Bron Primary School in Stanford in the last week of September. The Na-Beat Drumming team came to town and we all joined together to collaborate and work towards a common goal; celebrating the diversity of our community and the beauty, creativity and talent of the children and youth in Stanford and the Overberg.

On Saturday the 28th September, we celebrated our very first Stanford Festival – Celebration of Light on the village common. The day was filled with a range of artists. TheBaruch Kaapse Klopse marched and wowed the crowd with their happy tunes and dancing;Stanford’s local isiXhosawomen danced and sang in their beautiful traditional dresses, a glittering array of children’s art was on display in the Okkie Smuts hall;Lorraine thrilled the village children with a puppet show and storytelling. In the afternoon we gathered to watchthe Stanford’s Got Talent Show featuring Hershwin and Gershwill -rappers extraordinaire, Gershwin TheGom king, the Nightingale twins – Taylor and CourtneyAnderson and Hermanus Harmonic Singers who serenaded, stirred and praised.

Jim and John of Black Sheep fame strummed on the common and people enjoyed the Stanford Cares Bazaar, face painting and socialising as a community. That evening the night was lit with the magical story ofKachen and the porcupine, our feature performance produced By Na-Beat Drumming facilitators, with amazing light and sound by Chad McGear.

The children of Stanford and Gansbaai sang, danced and thrilled the audience with this wonderful performance.

We hope locals and visitors to Stanford enjoyed the event as much as we enjoyed creating it, and look very forward to the next Stanford Festival.

Huge thanks to Overberg Agri, Kleinrivier Cheese, Kiwinet, OK stanford, Oumeul Bakery, Cliff Lodge, Whale Song Lodge, the Regina Foundation in Holland, the Amani Harmonic Foundation, Die Bron Primary School and their staff, Okkie Smuts Primary and staff, Grootbos Foundation ,Food for Thought, Roland, Paul and Lorraine, The Children’s Book Network, Creative Works facilitators and the Na-Beat Drumming team.

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