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As many as 140 teenagers, with ambitions to pursue careers in the performing arts, left GrandWest inspired, motivated and emboldened to follow their dreams after attending the recent Inspired Stages workshop, an initiative between GrandWest and Inspired Stages’ Karen Burt.

The learners, from over 15 schools, were given endless opportunities to collaborate, create, discover, develop and perform in a series of workshops covering music, dance, singing, events, technical, production and other skills.

For the participating teens, every day was like a backstage pass, which included guest sessions with industry professionals, role models, celebrities and performers. Mentors and special guests at the Inspired Stages workshop included Lee Piedt, Bev Scott Brown, Kim Kallie, Robin Pieters, Marvin Levendal, Tyler Spelman, Acoustic Element, and Wiunston Siljeur.

“Catering for teens with an interest in any aspect of the performing arts industry, Inspired Stages aims to ignite the passion and empower attitudes of the next generation, on and off the stage. Our recent workshops have shown that the performing arts can help develop teens’ self belief, self worth and self respect through the stages of performance and life. The feedback we have received from this year’s participants has once again been overwhelmingly positive,” says Burt.

Heidi Edson, Group Socio Economic Development Manager at GrandWest says: “GrandWest is passionate about building a sustainable performing arts industry. This most certainly must begin with giving young people both an opportunity to develop their talents amongst previously disadvantaged youth, provides extramural activities, and brings new blood into the industry, thereby preserving the performing arts in South Africa.”

This is the third year that Inspired Stages workshops have been hosted. The next Inspired Stages workshops will take place from 3 – 7 July 2017 at Golden Valley in Worcester.

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