Even though the lockdown has put serious restrictions on the local arts community, the East London Performing Arts Society (ELPAS) has come up with a way to help performers express themselves.
The organisation will be hosting their new Performance Project competition and are calling for all aspiring stars to enter.
“Plans were in the works for the Performer Project this year before Covid-19 happened.
“Luckily, as performers ourselves, we know how resistant we have to be and how quickly we need to be able to adapt,” said ELPAS member Nasine Van Rensburg.
“That is when we realised we could still do the competition but we could do it online.”
Van Rensburg said the competition was open to singers, dancers, musicians, actors and any other member of the performing arts.
“Entering is simple as it requires contestants to request an entry form and follow the instructions.
“They then submit an audition video of their particular act, which will be uploaded to our Facebook page for all to see.
“These will then get judged by local industry giants such as Joanne Jackson, Marcel Corson and Eugene Gouws,” she said.
Each category is judged separately.
Entries are currently open and close on September 5.
For more information, e-mail eastlondonperformingarts@gmail. com or visit the ELPAS Facebook page.
“Our goal is to basically keep the arts going,” Van Rensburg said.
“We know that many performers are stuck at home, disappointed that everything they were looking forward to this year was cancelled.”
“We want them to have something that excites them and something to look forward to, as well as to work towards.
“We want them to know that the performing arts can never be cancelled, we have just had to learn how to adapt to the current situation.”