Rainbow Academy had an incredible 2014 and we would like thank you for sharing some of these amazing moments with us!
MARCH 2014: SOUNDS FRINGE FESTIVAL
Rainbow Academy was at the helm of the first ever Sounds Fringe Festival that rocked the city from Thursday the 27th of March – Sunday, the 30th of March. The idea was the brainchild of Rainbow Academy Chairman, Frank Gormley, who alongside Denay Willie (CEO Rainbow Academy) and Vaughn Fransch (Director Rainbow Academy) worked together with a phenomenal team of sponsors, media and artists to stage this historic music festival in the city.
The Sounds Fringe Festival featured over 40 artists in 60 shows over 4 days across 10 different venues in the city. Stages were set up in museums, cathedrals, churches, pubs and restaurants at venues such as The TAJ Hotel; Mandela Rhodes Place and Spa Hotel; The Twankey; The Crypt; Iziko Museums; The Slave Lodge and St. Georges Cathedral with performances from 12pm-10pm each day.
The music was an eclectic mix of blues, rock, jazz, folk, fusion, pop, urban and traditional township and Goema music and featured 40 of Cape Town’s Top Musicians including: Farryl Purkiss, Alvin Dyers, Errol Dyers, Tete Mbambisa, The Rudimentals, Jeremy Olivier, Emily Bruce, Saudiq Khan, Albaire, Hassanada’s, Beatenberg, Sterling EQ, Reza Khota, Francesca Biancoli, Amanda Tiffin, Spencer Mbadu, Gerald Clark, Amy Campbell, Sui Generis, Adamu, Philip Malan, Kanimambo, Nick Turner, Blackie Tempi , Touchwood, Dan Shout, Manny Walters and many more.
JULY 2014: CELEBRATING MADIBA
July was an opportunity for us to pay homage to the life and legacy of our great leader, Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela. We celebrated each day being mindful of the principles Mandela stood for and spread the Spirit of “Ubuntu” through our July Winter Drive Campaign and Special Mandela Day Performance.
We collected a total of 607 donation items for the homeless in our July Winter Drive Campaign with the CCID;students celebrated the birthday of Mandela in song and dance with special performances of South African music at Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa.
SEPTEMBER 2014: HERITAGE MONTH
40 Rainbow Academy students took part in performances at the National Art Gallery, Slave Lodge and Iziko Museums for Heritage Day. As part of Seniors Month in September, we also undertook special performances at St. Mary Magdalene Senior Citizen’s Club and Lilly Haven Old Age Home. We loved spending time in the community, bringing smiles, joy and hope to many who appreciated our musical talents and time spent with them.
ALSO: RAINBOW GOES GREEN :Rainbow Academy goes green making our own new recyclable arts and crafts for sale at St. Georges Mall Earth Food fair. 100% of our products are green, designed by our students and go towards students school fees.
OCTOBER 2014: 100% PASS RATE FOR RAINBOW STUDENTS
We achieved 100% pass rate for our 8 students entered into London Trinity and Rock School Music Examinations this October. These exams are internationally recognized and accredited. We would like to thank our teachers, staff and students for a brilliant job!
NOVEMBER 2014: GRADUATION CEREMONY
We are so proud of our 15 graduates, who officially received their Rainbow Academy training certificates, also business and hospitality awards at our 2014 graduation ceremony held on the 29th of November. We would like to thank all our guests, sponsors and programme partners for attending the evening and making it such a memorable occasion.
TOP HONOURS WENT TO:
1. TOP STUDENT AWARD: Most Outstanding Work, Commitment & Overall Achievement : ODWA BONGO
2. TOP APPRENTICESHIP AWARD: Most Outstanding Work & Overall Commitment: KWAKHANYAMAHLATHI
3. TEACHER AWARDS:
• MOST OUTSTANDING TEACHER: NATASHA STARKENBERG
• OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND CONTRIBUTION: GODFREY JOHNSON
4. TOP INDIVIDUAL AWARDS: OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND CONTRIBUTION
• VOLUNTEER: LEEROY SIAS
• OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AS AN EXCHANGE STUDENT: RYAN LANZ