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Welcome to The Rainbow Academy a Non-Profit School of Performing Arts and Business

What We're All About

The Rainbow Academy, situated in the Central Business District of Cape Town, has mobilized over 400 scholarships between 2010 and 2019 among underprivileged youth, aged 18-25, from the predominantly and historically disadvantaged Coloured and Black communities within the “Cape Flats” communities, such as Mitchells Plain, Mannenberg, Langa, Gugulethu, Kayelitsha, Retreat, Paarl and Nyanga, in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Well-known to these areas, are the of sub-economic social and living conditions where human rights violations and crime are rampant. Furthermore, youth from these areas are only afforded few, if any, access and opportunity for tertiary education, employment and the development of sustainable careers within the performing arts, culture, heritage and creative industries.

Various government and provincial bodies, such as The National Arts Council, The Department of Economic Development, The Department of Arts and Culture, The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport and The Western Cape Department of Education have endorsed the skills acquisition and  qualifications’ programme offered by the academy. The Academy provides qualifications in the gap between matric and entry into tertiary institutions in South Africa (NQF Level 3-4), thereby addressing the most dire area of skills training needed in the youth unemployment market.

The Rainbow Academy has successfully initiated joint initiatives with business, NPO and government stakeholders, such as music festivals, performances and public arts programmes in the Cape Town City centre in order to introduce & promote new platforms of mutually beneficial "business and arts" collaborations and opportunities. These initiatives also aimed to promote cultural tourism and activation of public performance programmes such as street theatre and busking in the city centre. Further aims included public engagement of the arts, promotion of SA and Cape Town music, heritage and culture and engagement of new businesses as partners to the Rainbow Academy.

Our Programme

Our objective is to annually, train, provide job experience  and recognised qualifications to 40 students
aged 17-25 years old from disadvantaged communities of Cape Town

Latest Posts

Read more +15 Jul 2019 By Rainbow Academy in Uncategorised

Expresso Show TV Performance

We are getting ready for our live TV Expresso Show Performance. We join Cape Town today in remembering 50 years since the declaration of District Six with its heritage, legacy and the impact, after being declared a whites only area in the groups areas act. We remember the pain, abhor the evil of racism, acknowledge
Read more +15 Jul 2019 By Rainbow Academy in Uncategorised

Rainbow Academy District 6 Commemoration

THANK YOU for helping us to secure 30 students scholarships for 2017.
Read more +15 Jul 2019 By Rainbow Academy in Uncategorised

007 2nd Annual Charity Gala Dinner 2016

THANK YOU for helping us to secure 30 students scholarships for 2017.
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