Suidoosterfees Talent Search coming to Wellington and Langa

The annual Suidoosterfees is in its 15th year and will take place in the heart of Cape Town from 26 April to 1 May, 2018. Next year’s festival will have the theme Fantastiese 15/Fabulous 15/Zemikhosi 15 and aims to bring communities from across the Western Cape together to celebrate and promote local arts.

The festival is also conducting its fourth annual talent search, with the aim of identifying promising young artists between the ages of 9-25 from local communities. From here, the young artists are given a platform to develop their talents and to receive mentorship from professional artists and industry veterans.  The talent search is looking for enterprising youngsters in the categories of vocals, instruments, dancing, acting, magic and more.

The first five finalists from the talent search in Paarl have already been chosen and will be going through to the semi-final. They are Shockwaves (dance group), Ryan Popper (dance), Nicole Ashley Mc Thomas (drama and dance), Keanan Swarts (drama), and Rouxné Muller (vocals).

The talent search is coming to the Breytenbach Centre in Wellington on Saturday, 14 October and to the Guga S’Thebe Arts and Cultural Centre in Langa on Saturday, 21 October from 10:00 – 16:00. Other venues to be visited are:

  • The Magnet Theatre in Observatory on Saturday, 28 October 2017
  • The Stage in Bellville on Saturday, 4 November 2017

For the qualifying rounds, judges include the well-known actor Sne Dladla, performing artist Riaan Visman and acclaimed director Lindi Smit. The SOF Talent Search semifinal will take place on 10 March, 2018 at the V&A Waterfront with the finals taking place on 28 April, 2018 as part of the annual Suidoosterfees in Cape Town.

Highlights of the 2018 Suidoosterfees include Emo Adams, Bobby van Jaarsveld and Katlego Maboe in a swing show with Capetonian and Karoo sounds. Celebrities like Shaleen Surtie-Richards, Vinette Ebrahim and Evita Bezuidenhout will also be present while the jazz icon Melanie Scholtz will be performing in Cape Town Tango.

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For more information regarding entries for the Suidoosterfees Talent Search, contact Lyndsay Cader ( | 021 408 3560 | 084 282 2040).  

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