Attending a Sisonke performance always leaves me feeling inspired about the potential of the people we have in this country. It is the perfect antidote to the disappointment brought about by living under a government that cares nothing for it’s people and the environment.
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Watching these kids perform and understanding the years of work that have gone into developing their skills and now their community is wonderful.
Below this flyer for their show is some background to what Sisonke is. I have taken it from their marketing material.
Sisonke Social Circus was founded in 2011 when community members felt a need to integrate children of the diverse communities in and around Stellenbosch and the Boland area. “Sisonke” is an isiXhosa word meaning “we are together” and exemplifies the mission of this exciting initiative. Circus is a wonderful tool in social development and integration where children and youth are able to transcend racial, socio-economic and gender differences in a safe (though challenging) environment. Not only are the above mentioned stigmas and barriers broken down; young people also learn to work and play together, trust one another, take responsibility and accountability for each other’s safety and well-being, develop leadership skills and self-confidence as well as many other valuable life skills. This is all achieved through learning and performing circus disciplines such as juggling, unicycle, acrobatics, human pyramids, trapeze, trampoline, dance and much more. Sisonke offers the program free of charge for all the participants, no matter their background.
24 February 2016