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As testament to the creative imagination of some of Cape Town’s youngest budding artists, more than 500 submissions were received in the second annual Festive Lights Art Challenge. Read more below:

The Art Challenge, which is aimed at children aged 6-12 years of age, incorporates some of the artworks that were featured on stage as part of the backdrop. The theme for the City’s festive lights event this year was ‘City of inspiration’.

In the year that marks what would have been the late Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, South Africans are encouraged to reflect on his life and legacy. The City also calls on Capetonians to be #BeInspiring and help shape our common destiny.

‘Nelson Mandela loved children and believed their education was of utmost importance. He also believed that children should be able to express themselves. Art is a great tool for expanding a child’s imagination and we need to encourage this among all young people,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith, as he welcomed some of the young artists and declared the Art Exhibition open.

‘It has been truly inspiring to see how much support this initiative has attracted from the schools this year. I commend the schools and the teachers too for supporting this initiative, and helping their young charges to be creative,’ added Alderman Smith.

Every single artwork is of equal importance, therefore all of the submissions from the 11 participating schools will be displayed at an open exhibition on the second floor of the Civic Centre, from Wednesday 5 December to Friday 11 January 2019.

‘I have been blown away by the level of creativity from such young people and there are some truly inspiring works of art. I would like to investigate the possibility of auctioning some of the artworks, which would be of benefit to the individual children. I call on art galleries or auctioneers who may be in a position to help to please contact me so that we see how best to make this a reality,’ added Alderman Smith.

The following schools participated in the competition:

· Capriccio! Arts Powered Pre-School

· iThemba Primary School

· Jan van Riebeek Laerskool

· Liesbeeck Primary School

· Luzuko Primary School

· Mseki Primary School

· Oakhurst Girls’ Primary School

· Rondebosch Boys’ Preparatory School

· Rustenburg Girls’ Primary School

· St Cyprian’s School

· Willows Primary School

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